Editorial

Bureaucracy strikes yet again

Rules are rules. Bending them beyond some reasonable point risks creating chaos. Somehow, giving poor kids a break despite the fact some adult filled in a federal form using the wrong typeface or with incorrect margins doesn’t seem like it would create a problem. Some members of Congress ...

Transportation Week starts Sunday

National Transportation Week begins today. This celebration of the transportation industry has taken place each May since it became a permanent event in 1962. An annual observance taking note of this vital industry’s importance to the nation dates back to the 1950s. That makes this an ...

Iowa leads nation in egg production

Egg production is big business in Iowa. The Hawkeye State has more than 50 major egg producers. The state’s nearly 60 million layers generate a remarkable 14.4 billion eggs each year, making Iowa the No. 1 egg-producing state in the nation. The Iowa egg industry is a big purchaser of ...

Rejoining Main Street Iowa makes sense

For 35 years, Main Street America has helped historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts address the challenges of successful evolution in a rapidly changing society. It is a network of programs with the purpose of assisting local communities preserve their unique architectural and ...

Obama is setting a bad example

While he was president, Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to decry cronyism between big business and public officials. It undermined Americans’ faith in government, he opined. Of course, Obama is well aware of the “revolving door” phenomenon in Washington, in which government ...

Clinton weighs in on 2016 election

So, Hillary Clinton is writing a book, perhaps offering her take on the 2016 presidential election. And, as she told an interviewer recently, she accepts responsibility for losing to Donald Trump. Sort of. “It wasn’t a perfect campaign. There’s no such thing,” Clinton told a ...

It’s once again beef month in Iowa

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has officially proclaimed May as Beef Month. For many of us, every month is a time to partake of a food that ranks high on the list of culinary favorites. It’s no secret that Americans have a love affair with beef. That’s been true for generations and the demand ...

Volunteers can make a big difference

Public-spirited people who make time in their lives to support worthy causes help make any town a better place to live. In that regard, the large and dedicated cadre of volunteers at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center is an especially noteworthy example. Trinity celebrates ...

Threats to security and safety are many

Former CIA and National Security Agency head Gen. Michael Hayden’s presentation recently in Steubenville, Ohio, may have been a sobering one for some of those in attendance. It was quite an education in threats facing both our security as a nation and our safety as individual ...

Enforcement officials are doing their job

Some government officials are being condemned by millions of Americans for a strange reason: They are enforcing the law. That makes no sense except to those who have forgotten our very freedom is based on rule by law, not by the whims of powerful individuals or whatever happens to be the ...

2017 legislative session was productive

In recent years, control of the Iowa Legislature has been split. Neither political party controlled both chambers and the governorship simultaneously. The result has been much legislation proposed that couldn’t achieve sufficient consensus to make it into law. As a result of major ...

Academic success warrants praise

The Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Club has been a part of this community for a century. Its many worthy activities and community-improvement projects contribute grandly to making this town a place anyone would be proud to call home. Helping young people succeed and taking the time to acknowledge and ...

VA’s problems require prompt attention

It is a measure of how bad things are at the Department of Veterans Affairs that President Donald Trump is ordering creation of a special office to protect whistleblowers and find out why VA Secretary David Shulkin cannot just fire employees who are incompetent and/or dishonest. Trump signed ...

Friends of St. Edmond Ball is Saturday

Catholic education has been an important part of life in Fort Dodge almost since the town was founded. The first Catholic school got underway in 1862. The 155 years since have witnessed many changes and stupendous progress. The impressive educational complex that is today’s St. Edmond is a ...

President Trump seeks China’s help

President Donald Trump is being criticized for dropping complaints about currency manipulation by China, while he attempts to gain Beijing’s help against North Korea’s rogue regime. It is true that China’s currency manipulation has been harmful to some U.S. businesses and workers. At ...

Grassley shows how Congress should function

Iowa’s senior U.S. senator helps counter by the example he sets the disillusionment so many Americans express about Congress. He works collaboratively with other senators — both Democrats and Republicans. A study just released by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt ...

Privacy of US citizens needs protection

Much of the media attention on the intelligence community’s surveillance activities has focused on top government officials, right up to and including President Donald Trump. But what about the rest of us? Is the government snooping on Jane and John Q. Public, too? Some members of Congress ...

Meals on Wheels needs strong support

Fort Dodge is a community where charitable endeavors flourish. In our town, when people need a hand up, their fellow citizens step forward to find a way to help. That is being illustrated powerfully by the revival of a critical undertaking — Meals on Wheels. Most readers are probably aware ...

History has a lesson for us today

Seventy-five years ago this month, people in Tokyo, Japan, looked up and saw something they had been assured was not possible: American B-25 bombers flying low as bombs spilled from them onto the city. Japan’s surprise attack at Pearl Harbor was supposed to have been the kickoff of an ...

Taxes and debt in US are enormous

Now that the deadline to file federal tax returns without seeking an extension has passed (on Tuesday), we can all relax and stop gritting our teeth about how much of our hard-earned income goes to Washington. Or not. Each year, the Tax Foundation think tank compiles statistics and other ...