Editorial

This attitude illustrates a major problem

If taxpayers needed proof many in the U.S. government bureaucracy do not see themselves as public servants, Faris Fink provided it.Fink is the Internal Revenue Service official the agency chose to testify before Congress concerning IRS waste of taxpayers' money. Presumably, the idea was for ...

Get out of the way

Jobs data for May left economists even more worried about the sputtering of the already painfully slow economic recovery. Automatic Data Processing said private-sector jobs in the U.S. increased by only 135,000 jobs last month - considerably fewer than what analysts expected.National Federation ...

Hacking problem must be addressed

Too often, "diplomatic concerns" are used as an excuse by presidents who either are afraid to stand up for Americans' rights or are simply so gullible they allow foreign leaders to dupe them. We don't know which is the case involving President Barack Obama's timidity over Chinese hacking of ...

Freedom is the issue

Virtually every time a totalitarian regime has subjugated its own people, the process began by warning them dire consequences would result if the government was not permitted to take small steps to safeguard the nation and its people. Objectors were told times had changed since their countries' ...

Help celebrate Hometown Pride

In every town there are special people who contribute to the success of the community through the giving things they do. These folks - whose selfless contributions make life better for others in their hometowns - sometimes go unacknowledged. That's unfortunate because many of the people who ...

Support Iowa manufacturers

Backing hometown sports teams is second nature to most people. Supporting Iowa's agricultural economy and the state's manufacturers should become equally common.There are important reasons to opt for purchases at or through local merchants whenever possible. The same goes for championing and ...

Diva Tech helps girls

Iowa Central Community College benefits our region in numerous ways. Leaders at the college frequently introduce projects or programs that are highly innovative.Diva Tech Camp, now in its ninth year, is a good example of the type of initiative that sets Iowa Central apart from less imaginative ...

Poetic justice for EPA

It is poetic justice, in a way: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, so fond of demanding that other people clean up the environment, isn't very good at doing the job itself.According to the EPA inspector general, "deplorable conditions" were found at a 70,000-square-foot warehouse the ...

Benghazi raises serious questions

President Barack Obama's position on the terrorist attack last fall at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is puzzling in the extreme.U.S. intelligence agencies reportedly know the identities of some terrorists behind the attack and the murders of four Americans at the consulate. Yet nothing ...

This should not become a matter of party loyalty

Democrats in Congress may well be facing a test of whether their allegiance is primarily to Americans and the nation's ideals - or party loyalty.To their credit, Democratic lawmakers who have spoken out about the Internal Revenue Service scandal, in which conservative groups were singled out ...

It’s time to honor our fathers

Father's Day is upon us once again.That's good news for the greeting card vendors.In recent years, they have sold upwards of 100 million cards to Americans intent on paying tribute to good old dad. About half of those cards are purchased by dutiful sons and daughters. Wives honoring a man they ...

Block these nominations

Hundreds of rulings handed down by the National Labor Relations Board since January 2012 are, in effect, null and void. That is because three of the five NLRB board members were appointed illegally by President Barack Obama.Obama's reaction to the federal court ruling on the matter, in January, ...

This plan should be blocked

Most of the 166 prisoners being held at the U.S. prison at the Guantanamo Bay military base are more than "terrorist suspects," the term used often to describe them. They are hardened Islamic militants whose primary goal in life is to kill Americans.Once again, President Barack Obama has said ...

Some skepticism is in order

Lots of people use more than one email address, for very good reasons. People who use email at work usually maintain separate personal accounts, for example.And some people use more than one email address in their jobs. It can be helpful, even critical, to be able to differentiate between very ...

Cyberwar is a serious threat

Think for a moment about what would happen if a foreign power launched a military attack calculated to destroy billions of dollars' worth of U.S. property - but without causing any injuries or deaths.It would be an attack and retaliation would be swift and devastating, right?Wrong.Such attacks ...

This IRS waste is intolerable

"Taxpayers should take comfort that a conference like this would not take place today," assured acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Danny Werfel last week. He referred to outlandish, inexcusable spending of taxpayers' money in a 2010 conference of IRS employees held in Anaheim, ...

Schools are out — Drive safely

Commencement exercises are over and area schools for the most part have closed their doors for summer vacation.All across the Hawkeye State, young folks are now out of school and, therefore, present in nearly all parts of our communities throughout the day.That makes it especially important ...

Outrage in D.C. is quite selective

Some champions of the free market insist Congress simply can't abide with success. They say that is why so many lawmakers want to increase taxes on corporate initiatives that result in profits.Most of the time, outrage over big business is quite selective. Take gripes from a group of both ...

More lawsuits aren’t needed

Many of us have received the class-action settlement notices in the mail. They inform us that because we bought a certain product or service, we are entitled to share in the proceeds of a lawsuit settlement on behalf of our class.But we didn't ask to be included in the lawsuit. We don't recall ...

Much remains to be done

As Philadelphia Dr. Kermit Gosnell prepares to spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering babies born alive during botched abortions, his lawyer has brought up a troubling aspect of the case.Attorney Jack McMahon has told some reporters he blamed inadequate government regulation of ...