Editorial

New VA approach makes sense

Members of Congress made their bipartisan frustration with the Department of Veterans Affairs clear recently. The U.S. Senate approved a bill expanding accessibility of veterans to private health care providers as an alternative to the VA system. The vote was 92-5. Previously, the House of ...

This investigation is warranted

Some in federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies blame President Donald Trump for raising questions in the public’s mind about whether they can be trusted. Instead, conscientious public servants in agencies such as the FBI and CIA should be blaming the bad apples in their own ...

Trail system gets a boost

Outstanding recreational opportunities contribute positively to the quality of life in any community. Consequently, it’s good news that Fort Dodge and Webster County are moving closer to completing a comprehensive trail system. The extensive trails already in place are a tremendous asset to ...

Take time to remember

Today is Memorial Day. For many people, it is a time to welcome the summer season by taking advantage of a three-day holiday weekend to spend relaxing time with friends and family. It is important, however, not to forget what this day is truly about. Beginning soon after the Civil War, a ...

Don’t fail to make your voice heard

Primary Election Day in the Hawkeye State is June 5. To make voting as convenient as possible, many states allow registered voters to cast ballots over a period of weeks in advance the official Election Day. Here in Iowa early voting is underway. Ballots can be cast at county auditors’ ...

Justice Neil Gorsuch is correct

Judges and appeals court justices are not supposed to make new laws. Their role under our checks-and-balances system is limited to interpreting laws and state and national constitutions. For many years, some on the U.S. Supreme Court ignored that fundamental doctrine. Now, however, the tide ...

Gina Haspel takes charge at CIA

To judge by her comments moments after she was sworn in as the new CIA director, Gina Haspel has her priorities in order. Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the intelligence agency, revealed some of her plans on Monday. She wants to improve CIA personnel proficiency in foreign languages, strengthen ...

Getting a Korea deal will be hard

When President Donald Trump returns from a meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in June — assuming it happens — he will not be able to get off Air Force One waving a piece of paper and proclaiming it represents peace in our time. Unfortunately, that is the reality of the ...

It’s EMS Week all across America

In Webster County and all across America, teams of dedicated professionals stand ready to render medical assistance in emergencies. For some this is their career. For many others it is a volunteer undertaking that is performed in addition to their normal employment. It’s impossible to ...

Needed changes at VA can’t wait

Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...

Good news for ethanol industry

Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst, the two Republicans who represent the Hawkeye State in the United States Senate, are both strong champions of Iowa’s evolving ethanol industry. They are working collaboratively to make sure that our state’s ethanol producers do not face marketing ...

Graduates are a source of pride

All across Iowa, this is the time of year when high schools celebrate with commencement exercises an important milestone in the lives of seniors. Graduation from high school is a key benchmark event. It is a major transition point in life. For many young folks, not only does it represent ...

It’s a good time to enjoy our parks

Today is National Kids to Parks Day. This is a countrywide celebration organized annually by the National Park Trust “to connect kids and families with their local, state and national parks and public lands.” It has helped popularize these wonderful outdoor recreational venues since ...

Melania Trump has an excellent idea

First lady Melania Trump has an excellent idea with her “Be Best” campaign to help children. Too bad so many in the media, after listening to her unveil it , focused most of their reporting on her relationship with her husband, President Donald Trump. Approximately half of one major news ...

Developing tomorrow’s community leaders

Leadership Fort Dodge has an ambitious mission. It seeks to develop community leaders “who are informed, dynamic, qualified and motivated.” Now in its 13th year, the project endeavors to mold future leaders by providing them the background information and other tools they need to become ...

Honor Flights deserve support

Sixteen million Americans served in this nation’s military forces during the most horrific war in history — World War II. The nation’s official memorial paying tribute to their sacrifices was a long time coming. It finally was opened to the public on April 29, 2004, in Washington, D.C. ...

Senate should confirm Gina Haspel

Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to head the CIA, spent much of her career at the CIA in undercover roles, performing work truly critical to national security. It is known she played a key role in what is being termed “brutal interrogation” of suspects involved in Islamic ...

Iowa leads nation in egg production

Egg production is big business in Iowa. The Hawkeye State’s 54 million laying hens generate a remarkable 16 billion eggs each year, making Iowa the No. 1 egg-producing state in the nation. The Iowa egg industry is a big purchaser of Iowa’s other agricultural products. The state’s layers ...

Mothers deserve our thanks

If you think that Mother’s Day is one of those holidays created by the greeting card industry, you may be in for a surprise. Giving thanks to mothers has been a part of many cultures for as far back as history has been recorded. In the United States, the tradition is frequently traced to ...

Karl Marx had enormous influence

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a valid point in a speech delivered in Berlin on the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth. Marx, Juncker said, “isn’t responsible for all the atrocity his alleged heirs have to answer for.” Perhaps not. Marx, an icon among the ...