Editorial

North Korean threat is increasing

If there ever was a time when North Korea’s bullying militarism could be curbed without great loss of life, it probably passed decades ago. That should not blind world leaders to the reality that the regime’s lethality grows by the week — and cannot be ignored forever. A new North ...

4-H is about helping youths achieve

It’s hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn’t know a bit about 4-H, but with county fairs underway or about to be all across the state, this is an appropriate occasion to reflect on the important contribution this organization makes by helping young people develop skills and values that ...

ISU Extension and Outreach helps Iowans

This year Webster County is celebrating 100 years of organized county Extension work. This long-established partnership with Iowa State University provides local citizens with access to education and university research. This important program is an outgrowth of the land-grant university ...

Camp David is a valuable resource

President Donald Trump’s style is, well, different. In many ways he seems determined to redefine the presidency. In doing so he may give his successors new tools to deal with both domestic and foreign policy. Let us hope he recognizes the value of some of the old, well-worn tools, ...

Let’s keep our farms safe for kids

According to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, agriculture is the second most dangerous occupation in the nation with a death rate at 22.7 per 100,000 workers. Given agriculture’s central role in Iowa’s economy, an emphasis on farm safety is of crucial concern in the ...

Our national debt keeps on growing

A few days ago, thoughtful Americans paused to reflect on and be grateful for our many liberties. To an enormous extent, we owe them to the nation’s founders, who followed up their courageous Declaration of Independence with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that have been reliable insurance ...

VA health care takes a positive step

It probably should come as no surprise that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been relying on an ancient computer program to manage electronic health records. Named VISTA (for Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture), the basic system appears to have been in use since ...

It’s a day to celebrate America

Whether you spend this Fourth of July picnicking, swimming, boating, enjoying a parade, attending a community celebration, watching a fireworks display or just plain loafing, there should be at least a brief time to pause and reflect on this country’s enduring experiment in constitutional ...

Civility seems to be in short supply

It would be difficult these days to find a member of Congress not concerned about acrimony in politics spurring a few crazies to commit violent acts. But some of the very people whose denunciations of violent rhetoric are loudest should be looking in the mirror. Some members of Congress ...

Be sure to attend your county fair

Times change. Even so there are a few constants in life. One is the pleasure provided by the county fairs that continue to be a highlight of summer in the Hawkeye State. For as far back as anyone who now lives in this part of Iowa can remember, these summer festivals have been ...

Castro’s Cuba remains a huge problem

No doubt Cuban leaders counted on the United States not to look back after former President Barack Obama reversed longstanding policies toward the communist island in December 2014. But there is a new president in town, and he is right to insist Cuba keep its end of the bargain. For decades, ...

Stay safe this Independence Day weekend

Since July 4 falls on a Tuesday this year, many people may be about to begin what will be a long holiday weekend. The festivities that typically surround our nation’s birthday make it a good time for recreation or simply a relaxing interlude. Taking care on the roads is always important, ...

Serving the nation has risks

Americans’ admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. But we forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the Army, ...

Keeping guns out of courts makes sense

Courtrooms and the associated areas where judicial matters are handled can be places where emotions run high. People accused of wrongdoing or convicted of lawbreaking, their friends and relatives and victims of crimes sometimes react strongly to the potentially life-changing events that occur ...

Century Farms celebrate history

It’s more than 180 years since land that is now the state of Iowa was opened for settlers. The America of the 21st century is far different from the nation presided over by President Andrew Jackson in 1833. There is, however, one constant feature for Iowans — agriculture is at the very ...

Fort Dodge police get a helping hand

There are certain formal events where police officers wear uniforms that are dressier than their normal work attire. When those occasions take place Fort Dodge police will now have brand new dress hats thanks to the efforts of a local group. Serving Our Servants — a Christian-centered group ...

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 ...

New disposal site is a huge asset

In our modern world, just about every household accumulates chemicals that can become dangerous when large quantities come together in a landfill. The Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 2150 S. 22nd St., was created to give area households a way to dispose safely of such items as used oil, ...

Iowa Central gets a big boost

Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa. Not only does it provide affordable educational opportunities, the college also helps make certain that workers with the right technical skills are available to present and future employers. A desire to ...

Be prepared for more surprises

As often is the case, Americans last year may have established a model to be emulated by the rest of the world. This one involves politics, not technology or culture, however, and the ramifications could be earth-shaking. Last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was not as ...