Editorial

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 ...

Learn from Germany’s experience

An Iraqi woman who left her native land for what she hoped was the safety of Germany has returned home — where she feels safer from Islamic State terrorism. Her decision is one more red flag for German officials who adopted an open-door policy toward refugees from the Middle East. Ashwaq ...

Dayton Rodeo fun starts today

The 2018 incarnation of the Dayton National Championship Rodeo will attract large crowds this Labor Day weekend — deservedly so. What began 81 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 ...

Iran’s alleged spying raises concerns

Even as Iranian leaders were seeking Americans’ trust over nuclear weapons, they may have been plotting violence in this country. Two Iranians, Ahmadreza Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, have been arrested by the FBI. Both are U.S. residents. The two are accused of spying on Jewish groups and ...

Trump makes a sound move

Even his fiercest foes ought to be able to see the wisdom of a decision recently by President Donald Trump. Apparently, some do not. That is most unfortunate. About $230 million in “stabilization” funds the United States had agreed to spend in Syria will be withheld, Trump decided. ...

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 ...

Pope Francis responds

Pope Francis took precisely the correct attitude in his letter responding to a grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania. The missive admitted that too many in the Roman Catholic church “showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.” Since it was ...

Farm Progress Show warrants a look

It won’t be long before the 2018 incarnation of the Farm Progress Show welcomes a multitude of visitors to the Boone area. This year’s event kicks off Aug. 28 and will run three days. The show is a highlight of summer for farm folks and others with a business interest in agriculture. It ...

A parade could still make sense

After hearing of the estimated cost — $92 million — of a parade he proposed to showcase America’s military, President Donald Trump wisely called the event off. As he noted, that much money could do much good if spent on defense hardware. Trump suggested the parade in Washington, D.C., ...

Vaccinations save lives

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

More improvements are coming

Fort Dodge is fortunate to have a state-of-the art airport featuring direct commercial passenger flights to major airline hubs. Our airport also has first-rate facilities to serve the varied needs of private and corporate aviation. The inescapable truth is that even those Fort Dodgers who ...

It’s time to bring him to trial

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed may die of old age before ever being convicted of the horrific crime he allegedly masterminded nearly 17 years ago. Mohammed, captured in 2003, is accused of being the key planner of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America. Yet, though Mohammed, 53, has been ...

Federal debt continues to grow

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Recently, it was reported ...

Trump has identified a problem

President Trump’s proposal to create an entirely new branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, may or may not be a good idea. But the initiative does point to a dangerous gap in our defense posture. Trump’s idea is for a new service equal in stature to the Army, Navy, Air Force, ...

Honoring service to 4-H

It’s hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn’t know a bit about 4-H. It has been more than a century since 4-H got its start in Iowa in 1901. Today it is the largest youth-development program in the Hawkeye State. About one-quarter of the state’s young folks are involved in 4-H. Those ...

Making the wall less likely

Given the waste of time and money evident in the government’s efforts to build a wall along our southern border, it is no wonder Mexican officials want no part of paying for it. Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is difficult to restrain it upon hearing more evidence of how bureaucracy in the ...

Your local news isn’t ‘fake’

Less than a month into his term, President Donald Trump created a “fake news” battle with multiple national media outlets, referring to them as the “enemy of the people.” And that rhetoric continues. The idea of fake news now permeates our national dialogue, used to dismiss news reports ...

Let’s support Backpack Buddies

In our affluent society, it is unacceptable for any children to be hungry or lack regular access to nutritious food. Making sure that local young folks do not experience hunger is the mission of Backpack Buddies. The Backpack Buddies initiative supplements school breakfast and lunch ...

This nominee should be confirmed

Government policy ought to be guided by solid science, not political correctness. That seems obvious, and President Donald Trump appears to agree. Recently, he nominated University of Oklahoma meteorology professor Kelvin Droegemeier to head the White House Office of Science and Technology ...

It’s a hopeful beginning

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...