Editorial

America celebrates its workers

To most Americans in 21st-century America, Labor Day is not an important holiday.It marks the unofficial end of summer. As such, it affords a three-day weekend to pursue summertime passions one last time before the weather cools. For most of us it has little additional meaning.It may come as a ...

Clay County Fair is an Iowa treasure

The days are a tad shorter. The kids are back in school. There's a hint of fall in the air. The season for summer fairs and festivals is nearly at an end.For the countless Iowans and others who love county fairs, however, one big event remains - the Clay County Fair.The fair that opens in ...

Dayton Rodeo fun starts today

The 2013 incarnation of the Dayton National Championship Rodeo will attract large crowds this Labor Day weekend - deservedly so.What began more than 75 years ago as the dream of three young cowboys - Allen Porter, Duane Vegors and Vern Danielson - has grown to a four-day event that draws ...

Is the water really rising?

Climate change worriers have a new tool intended to advance their argument - but it may not be as pleasing as they hope.The University of Michigan and an independent research group have developed an interactive map designed, according to The Associated Press, "to help local officials in the ...

Will this law be enforced?

State legislators from throughout the nation heard a stern lecture from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently.Clearly, Sebelius was in a mood to browbeat leaders in states that have been reluctant to implement mandates of the new national health care law - "Obamacare." ...

Move ahead with Yucca Mountain

Among the most serious energy-related challenges facing the United States is what to do with waste generated at nuclear power plants, health care facilities and other users of radioactive materials. There is no place where the highly dangerous waste can be stored securely and safely over the ...

STEM initiative is working

There is widespread agreement that if the years ahead are to be a time of growth and prosperity rather than stagnation and hardship, our nation and state must have a work force with the skills successful companies of tomorrow will require. For this to occur, it is crucial that students be ...

St. Edmond fund drive is on target

Catholic education has been an important part of life in Fort Dodge almost since the town was founded. The first Catholic school got underway in 1862. The 151 years since have witnessed many changes and stupendous progress. The impressive educational complex that is today's St. Edmond is a ...

Help Nigeria fight this threat

Americans sometimes wonder why Muslim clerics are not more energetic in their criticism of terrorists who claim to be Islamic fundamentalists. In some places, however, a few leaders of the faith do speak out - and pay heavy prices for their religious honesty and courage.As many as 44 Muslims ...

Excessive spending must be curbed

Taxes have gone up, not just for "the wealthy" but for every American who works. The national debt is approaching $17 trillion. Deficit spending still is reported in hundreds of billions of dollars a year.But some liberals are saying that federal spending cuts can be put on the back burner now, ...

A free press is vital to America

Our nation's Founders disagreed on much. But on one thing - the necessity of a vigorous, unfettered press to defend Americans' rights - they were solidly in agreement. As Thomas Jefferson put it, "Our liberty depends on freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."So ...

Schools are starting — drive safely

The fairs are over or soon will be. It won't be that long before cooler weather becomes the norm rather than the exception - summer is drawing to a close.Even though the calendar shows another month of summer to be enjoyed, for students vacation days are about to end. All across Iowa young ...

World Bank should reconsider

For decades, leaders of the World Bank have recognized one of the surest ways to reduce poverty in developing countries is to help their residents obtain reasonably priced electricity. That farsighted philosophy appears to have been scrapped.If the World Bank pursues the new strategy espoused ...

Trial raises troubling issues

Army Maj. Nidal Hasan went has gone on trial in a military court at Fort Hood, Texas, with his life on the line.Hasan killed 13 people and wounded dozens more in a 2009 shooting rampage at the post. He has admitted that, meaning the Army court-martial's purpose amounts to determining whether he ...

New pollution rules needed

While power plants must stay within strict limits on the amount of pollutants they release into the air, rules intended to safeguard streams and lakes are much less restrictive. They have not been updated at the federal level in more than 30 years.That is far too long, given the fast pace of ...

Bill Ryan will be missed

Many Fort Dodgers take pride in the history of their hometown. Bill Ryan, who died Monday, did more than that. He worked hard to acquaint present and future generations with our community's early days so they could understand the hardships and sacrifices that were necessary to build our modern ...

EPA claims cause alarm

A poultry farmer is West Virginia named Lois Alt is letting the Environmental Protection Agency know its efforts to overstep its bounds will not go without a fight, even if that fight must come from the little guy. The case has national ramifications.When the EPA told Alt she needed to get ...

Farmers markets are good for America

Farmers markets are becoming more common not only in Iowa, but also across the nation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture took note of that development this month during the celebration of National Farmers Market Week.According to the USDA, there are now 8,133 farmers markets listed in the ...

Some good news about fracking

A U.S. Department of Energy study concluding possibly hazardous chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," at gas and oil wells does not pollute groundwater is good news.Actually, it is only common sense: Fracking occurs thousands of feet below aquifers. For chemicals to migrate ...

Bloomberg won’t give up his quest

After New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg lost another court challenge to his attempt to limit the size of soft drinks that can be sold in some locations, he vowed to appeal to a higher court.And why not? Two state courts already have ruled Bloomberg's plan is unconstitutional - but they miss ...