Editorial

Government should support business

Former President Barack Obama is infamous for his claim that, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” He might well have added, “and we in Washington will be more than happy to tear it down.” Obama was attempting to give government the credit for America’s free ...

It’s time to act on the voters’ mandate

In 2010, Iowa voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment creating Iowa’s Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. The goal was to establish a permanent, dependable mechanism for channeling public funds to address an array of natural resource protection and ...

‘Roe’ had a change of heart

Pro-abortion activists want women to think the 1973 Supreme Court ruling known as Roe v. Wade is, without question, a good thing. It is not, of course. And the pro-abortion forces would prefer you not know that for years, one of their staunchest opponents was the woman behind Roe v. ...

NATO is not going away

Why should Americans pay more to defend our European allies than taxpayers in most of their countries are willing to bear? That — not whether Washington should abandon NATO to the not-so-tender mercies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin — is the question President Donald Trump has been ...

McMaster is a good national security pick

Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, named by President Donald Trump to be his new national security adviser, has been described as “a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker.” That is precisely what the nation needs. McMaster replaces Gen. Mike Flynn, who lost his job because ...

Sen. Ernst seeks to honor Gold Star families

The sacrifices made by those who serve in our nation’s armed forces are many. Unfortunately, some of these heroes must lay down their lives so that the American way of life can be preserved. These fallen men and women leave behind family members who must face the remainder of their lives ...

Grassley works to ensure government accountability

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley has a long record of working hard to make sure that federal government programs accomplish the purposes for which they were created. The Iowa Republican is among the Senate’s most diligent watchdogs of bureaucrats at work. He has made it central to his mission in ...

FFA enriches the lives of students

The FFA was established in 1928 as Future Farmers of America. It was renamed the National FFA Organization in 1988 to reflect the rapid changes and greater employment diversity in agriculture. To most of us, it is known simply as FFA. After more than eight decades, FFA continues to enrich the ...

Yellen has a point about regulations

Apparently Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen feels more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up — and a president unlikely to veto its actions. On Tuesday, Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key ...

Dayton Expo shows what town offers

Dayton may be a small city, but it has a lot to offer. Much of what it has to offer will be on display Saturday at the 24th annual Dayton Expo to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Dayton Community Center and gymnasium, 103 First St. N.W. More than 800 people attended last year’s ...

This limit just doesn’t make sense

When U.S. military helicopters were sent to Afghanistan to aid in the battle against terrorists there, many of their mechanics stayed behind in this country. Men and women accustomed to servicing the aircraft and with a very real stake in doing it well — their comrades in arms fly the ...

Trump adviser Conway breaks a rule

Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, broke a rule last week. She dared, on national television, to suggest people ought to buy clothing from Trump’s daughter’s clothing line. Horrors! Has she no shame? Is capital punishment too good for her? Pardon our ...

Pakistan has supported terrorists for years

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Maybe DeVos isn’t the issue

Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education means the end of public schools as we know them, her critics have charged. There was enough concern about that among senators that 50 of them voted against her. For the first time in history, a tie vote over a Cabinet nominee had to be ...

College, Fair Board join forces

Great things happen when groups join forces for the common good. For the latest example of that, look no further than the Webster County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds southwest of Fort Dodge will see a series of improvements this year because the Webster County Fair Board and Iowa Central ...

Has bureaucracy gone wild?

On Jan. 30, President Donald Trump issued an order that requires federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new one they establish. It was in keeping with his pledge to reduce the cost and intrusiveness of government. Now, two organizations and a labor union have filed a lawsuit ...

Congress wants to eliminate program

An independent federal election commission intended to help states with their voting systems should be eliminated, members of a House of Representatives committee voted this week. Created after the 2000 presidential election raised questions about fairness and honesty, the Election ...

Trails enhance the community

Trails offer outdoor recreation for people at every level of physical fitness. The most athletic among us can run or pedal their bikes as fast as they can on a trail. Senior citizens can move along at a more sedate pace and families can travel as quickly or as slowly as they want to. And on ...

Ours is an exceptional nation

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Vital flow of information is threatened

Once a year, all local governments in Iowa are required to publish a public notice in a newspaper listing the salaries of every one of their employees. Anyone who thinks public notices aren’t important or arent’t read by the average Iowan should visit their local coffee shop the day that ...