Editorial

Gowrie keeps getting better

There are people who say small rural towns will just fade away in the 21st century. Some may, but the residents of Gowrie have a quite different fate in mind for the community they call home.Gowrie is on the move.That reality was celebrated Friday at the annual dinner meeting of the Gowrie ...

Margaret Thatcher was an exceptional world leader

After some initial unpleasantness between us, Americans and Britons have enjoyed a deep friendship and an unshakeable alliance.Thoughtful people in this country join our cousins "across the pond" in mourning the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.Known as "The Iron ...

Support March for Babies

Premature birth is the No. 1 killer of newborn babies.Every year, more than 500,000 babies are born prematurely in the United States. Those who survive often have lifelong health problems, including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, chronic lung disease, blindness and hearing loss.The March ...

Help preserve the story

The spectacular success of agriculture is one of our nation's most significant accomplishments. For more than a century, this sector of the American economy has been characterized by innovative solutions that have set the standard for agriculture worldwide.Last month, the Smithsonian's National ...

Will we learn from this death?

For a few days there was speculation Mingo County, W.Va., Sheriff Eugene Crum was murdered recently because of his crackdown on illegal drug activity.But the county's prosecuting attorney said there is no reason to believe that. Now, it appears Crum was the victim of a mentally deranged ...

Area heroes warrant praise

People whose positive actions go far beyond the ordinary warrant particular praise. That's why the American Red Cross launched what has become an annual tribute to individuals who accomplish the remarkable.At the Heroes of the Heartland event, held Thursday at Willow Ridge Restaurant and Golf ...

Proceed with great caution

Secretary of State John Kerry has said North Korea's new round of saber rattling and threats to step up its nuclear weapons and missile programs are unacceptable. He has added the U.S. will do whatever it must to safeguard its interests and its allies, including South Korea.To that, North ...

Further study should occur

It may seem to some Americans that new revelations of what the "Affordable Care Act" - the national health care takeover law - will cost have become a regular feature of news reports. Most recently, a study indicated the law will force millions of Americans to pay more for their health ...

Better training may be needed

When 26-year-old Robert Saylor refused to leave his theater seat after watching a movie in Frederick, Md., earlier this year, sheriff's deputies were summoned. Saylor argued with the three men, who removed him from the theater forcibly.Saylor was handcuffed and forced face-down onto the ground. ...

Better information is the goal

In the increasingly data-driven world of 21st-century agriculture access to information is an important key to commercial success.With that in mind Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is putting a high priority on his leadership of the U.S. delegation to the G-8 International Conference on Open ...

Grant strengthens Otho Fire Department

The contribution a fire department makes to the safety and well-being of community is of such basic importance that it is easy to take for granted. Anytime the capabilities of firefighters to do their job can be enhanced, everybody wins.Consequently, it is very good news that the Otho Fire ...

They need to try harder

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder revealed recently he has found a way to avoid furloughing thousands of federal prison guards - action the Justice Department had claimed would be necessary because of "sequester" spending cuts. Holder said he has moved $150 million from other agency accounts to ...

Public access is crucial to preserve democracy

A recent incident in Humboldt makes crystal clear why it is important that the Iowa Legislature fund adequately the newly created Iowa Public Information Board.Jason Klocke was concerned that Blacktop Service Co., 16 Taft St. N., in Humboldt, was awarded a contract by the Humboldt City Council ...

A useful reminder

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke issued a not-so-gentle reminder recently in explaining the Federal Open Market Committee's decision to stand pat, again, on artificially very low interest rates. Despite protests from the White House that our economy is on the rebound - that we have turned ...

Not worth the wait

Well, it wasn't worth the wait. The budget just approved by the U.S. Senate, that is.Under Democratic control, the Senate has not approved a budget in four years. That is an exceedingly disturbing lapse in the duty senators have under the Constitution.But the budget approved by the narrowest of ...

Easter offers a message of hope

Having commemorated the sorrow of Good Friday, Christians the world over today are contemplating the joy of another Easter morning with the message of victory over death and despair.The celebration of the resurrection of Christ is a time of renewal and a reaffirming of faith in him who rose to ...

It is time to tighten our belts

According to a recent story by The Associated Press, the taxpayers spent nearly $3.7 million in 2012 for pension and other expenses for the four living former U.S. presidents - George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.That's in addition to the cost of Secret Service ...

USDA helps Americans stay healthy

For four decades, March has been designated National Nutrition Month. This initiative of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is an effort to remind us all of the importance of making wise food choices.Good health is influenced hugely by developing sensible approaches to eating and ...

Innovative policies help boost Iowa’s economy

Policies that help strengthen Iowa's economy should be a top priority for state government. With that it mind, Gov. Terry Branstad launched the Skilled Iowa initiative nearly a year ago. According to a statement issued by state officials on June 11, 2011, the goal is "to provide assurances to ...

It’s time for spring and farming

Agriculture is at the very heart of life in the Hawkeye State and especially so as spring unfolds. The renewal of the earth is also a time when the pace quickens on Iowa's more than 92,000 farms.According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture a ...