Opinion

Proceed very carefully with Kim

Editorial

North Korea’s claim it will suspend testing of nuclear weapons is the show of good faith that absolutely had to precede direct talks between that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump. But Trump is right to adopt what, at first glance, may seem to be a ...

There’s good news from Japan

Editorial

Iowa’s growing ethanol industry just got some very good news. Japan has opened its huge marketplace to ethanol manufactured from corn. Until the recent decision by the Japanese government to make this change most of the ethanol sold there was produced from sugarcane. This is a major boost ...

A careful investigation is needed

Editorial

In August, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed making ultrasonic inspections of the fan blades in Boeing 737 aircraft engines mandatory. The agency never issued a final decision, however. The engine’s manufacturer had recommended such inspections be conducted within a year. A few ...

Barbara Bush will be missed

Editorial

Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady to many Americans. In some ways, she felt like the first grandmother. Bush died last week at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the White House, ...

Remembering Barbara Bush

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In the past few days there, of course, has been a great deal in the news, and rightfully so, about the passing of Barbara Bush, the matriarch of the Bush family that deserves all the accolades she has received. As I reflect on my own personal views of Barbara Bush I cannot ...

Earth Day is a time for unity

Editorial

The late 1960s were turbulent years in America. It was a time of rapid change when young protesters expressed disillusionment with many aspects of the world their elders had built. The divisions in society that emerged from those conflicts decades ago still haunt our society in the 21st ...

Why would you not?

Local Columns

I have been a nurse for over 35 years and it continues to amaze me when I hear the question, “should I go get that done?” I am talking about routine check-ups, immunizations, lab work and screenings that can catch medical problems early, or help to decrease the risk of that acquiring that ...

Surgeon general issues an advisory

Editorial

Recently the U.S. surgeon general did something that has not been done in 13 years. Dr. Jerome Adams issued an advisory. The last one was about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Adams’ new advisory concerns the opioid abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. Too many Americans ...

Has issues with ordinance

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Ordinance 052, before the county supervisors, would allow off road vehicles (ATVs) to travel on all county roads including paved roads such as P-59 (the Coalville Blacktop). Between Fifth Avenue South and Coalville in excess of 7,000 vehicles pass along that section of blacktop ...

Iowa’s congressmen fail

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Iowa’s congressmen Fail “We the People” We know that the only issues that the “do-nothing” Congress will address are those that benefit’s corporate welfare, the party’s elite donors and Trump’s cronyism. This Cowardly Congress has not exercised their lawful ...

Entitlements drive the budget

Editorial

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan is leaving Congress because he doesn’t want his children to reach adulthood having experienced only a “weekend dad.” After 20 years in Congress, Ryan’s decision is understandable in that light. But one wonders if Ryan, R-Wisc., may have been ...

The federal debt keeps growing

Editorial

The deadline to file a federal income tax return was Tuesday, unless you requested and get an extension. Oh, well. At least the government will be paid for ... Wrong. The Internal Revenue Service collects only about $1.69 trillion in income taxes each year. Another $1.24 trillion flows in ...

Attack on Syria was fully justified

Editorial

Syria was not the only, or even the most important, target in Friday’s attack on chemical weapons facilities in that country. The focus was on deterring use of such fearsome armaments by any nation. Bashar Assad, Syria’s murderous dictator, has used chemical agents on his own people in ...

Free screening is well worth your time

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: In the past, we have traveled south and spent our winters there. After returning from spending a lot of time in the sunny south we noticed that I had quite a large darkened area on my forehead and also my ear. Our daughter suggested we take advantage of a free screening at ...

Paul Ryan deserves our thanks

Editorial

Paul Ryan, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has rendered very valuable service to his fellow Americans during his 20 years in Congress. His role has been especially valuable during the past year and a half. Ryan, R-Wisc., revealed last week that he will not seek re-election. He ...

Improvements are about to begin

Editorial

In May an important construction project will get under way at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport. The air carrier apron — the area where airliners park to load and unload passengers — will be replaced starting in May. It is anticipated that this much-needed work will be finished by late ...

USDA-SBA partnership makes sense

Editorial

Keeping the farm economy strong requires that the business communities in the small towns throughout rural also thrive. That’s why a new partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the federal government’s Small Business Administration is an encouraging development. On ...

Fulfilling a promise to our community

Local Columns

We know “practice is the best of all instructors” and the William G. Smith Simulation Center provides a welcoming and innovative practice environment. Since its debut in January 2016, the center has provided students studying to be a nurse, emergency medical technician or paramedic, medical ...

This trade news is encouraging

Editorial

Diplomats in many other countries learned the secret to good relations with the United States years ago: Tell the Americans what they want to hear. So the small victory President Donald Trump has won in the so-called “trade war” he initiated needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Time ...

A second look makes good sense

Editorial

For a time, President Donald Trump said, he thought about vetoing the $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress laid on his desk a few weeks ago. Too much money was being spent unnecessarily and some priorities had been ignored, he explained. In the end, Trump signed the bill. Now, he reportedly ...