Editorial

Vladimir Putin is a dangerous adversary

Let us hope President-elect Donald Trump’s interaction with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on business deals has not blinded him to the very different way in which the Kremlin handles diplomacy. Lavish receptions, posh accommodations, gracious words and even state awards for business partners ...

Gen. John Kelly has a tough mission

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly told U.S. senators last week that if they confirm him as the nation’s next leader of the Department of Homeland Security, his top priority will be closing the nation’s borders to “illegal movement of people and things.” Given what his potential boss, ...

Dr. David Shulkin faces a challenge

Few Cabinet officers head agencies based almost solely on promises. But Dr. David Shulkin, nominated to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be one if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The VA’s mission is to keep the promise we Americans make to everyone in military service. It ...

Today we honor a dream of justice

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, being observed today, is an appropriate time to recall an exceptional person. But more importantly, it’s a time to recommit the nation to the cause for which King died and the legacy he left for all of us. The famed civil rights leader, assassinated April 4, ...

Branstad announces final agenda

Gov. Terry Branstad announced Tuesday in his Condition of the State address — delivered at a joint session of the Legislature — a sensible plan of action for 2107. The governor’s vision for the year ahead and beyond gives a high priority to: • A budget that is balanced, stable and ...

It’s time to accept the election results

It appears a substantial number of liberals consider politics to be not the art of compromise, but a stage for temper tantrums. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who has a reputation of being among the more liberal Republicans in the Senate, is being targeted by some left-wingers. Her ...

Health care debate is starting again

President Barack Obama may well be hoping to paint congressional Republicans into a corner regarding the Affordable Care Act health insurance fiasco that is known as Obamacare. In reaction to GOP pledges to repeal the Obamacare law, Obama said he has no problem with the idea —î providing ...

2017 brings new faces to courthouse

Americans are quick to criticize elected officials, but in truth most of us recognize that their calling is of vital importance to the success of our society. Three Webster County officials — Webster County Supervisors Clark Fletcher and Bob Singer and County Auditor Carol Messerly — have ...

Congress faces a complicated task

Haste makes waste, especially in Washington, D.C. There, undue haste to replace the Affordable Care Act —î Obamacare —could make it or something worse permanent. As its unofficial name implies, the national health care takeover law is President Barack Obama’s baby. Reportedly, he and ...

US credibility with Israel is important

Fortunately, Israeli officials and citizens have been well aware for several years that President Barack Obama is no friend of the Jewish state. They also understand that in less than two weeks, Obama will be out of the White House. That will leave President-elect Donald Trump, the State ...

Iowa’s rural economy remains strong

In the 21st century, Iowa’s economy is becoming more diversified. By any measure, however, the agricultural sector is at the heart of what keeps the Hawkeye State prosperous. Just before Christmas, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey released a detailed analysis of how agriculture in ...

Congress must heed what voters want

Apparently it was not only Democrats who didn’t get the message on Nov. 8. Some Republican leaders in Congress may have missed what voters were saying, too. On Monday, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives moved to weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. They did so ...

Turkey’s troubles raise issues in US

Turkish officials have insisted for some time that a former ally of that country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was granted asylum in the United States, is behind attempts to topple Turkey’s government. Nonsense, U.S. officials respond. The controversy was renewed recently ...

Tax reform is essential for prosperity

Both Republicans who control Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have plans to grant most Americans tax relief. They hope to inject real growth into an economy still recovering only anemically from the so-called Great Recession. In reconciling their slightly different versions of tax ...

Good news regarding Ebola virus

Millions of people worldwide, but primarily in West Africa, have received a present from Canada. It came in the form of a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus. When Ebola pops into the news every few years, it makes big headlines. It is in the class of diseases known as hemorrhagic fevers, ...

Obama fails to support Israel at UN

In public, President Barack Obama has been exceedingly, commendably courteous toward President-elect Donald Trump. But in handling public affairs, it has been a different story. Since Trump won the election, Obama has been pushing to implement both domestic and international agendas with ...

Charities need our support year-round

As the bills for Christmas present spending come in, many of us will scratch our heads and wonder, “Where did all the money go?” Those who try to keep charitable organizations running wonder the same thing. Many of them stretch their budgets to —î and sometimes past —î the breaking ...

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017

Today, we welcome in a new year. Last night, no doubt many readers stayed home, joining the ranks of those sitting on the couch, counting down the final moments of 2016 while participating vicariously in the festivities broadcast from Times Square in New York City. Others celebrated the ...

Obama overreaches one more time

It has been obvious during the past few years that President Barack Obama believes himself to be the government. Never mind that the Constitution vests law-making power solely in Congress. Now Obama seems to think his decrees are permanent: What one president does, another cannot ...

Let’s take special care on the roads

All across the Hawkeye State, people will be taking advantage of this holiday weekend to pursue festive New Year’s activities. That makes it especially important that each of us resolve to keep our streets and highways safe. Paying heed to a few safety tips can help prevent what should be ...