Editorial

Reynolds sets out important goals

Gov. Kim Reynolds delivered her first Condition of the State Tuesday. She told lawmakers — and her fellow Hawkeye State residents — that Iowa is doing well but has important challenges to confront in the year ahead. The governor pointed with pride to some of Iowa’s strengths: • It ...

Iowa’s courts must remain world class

Iowa has a court system that is the envy of many other states and a source of pride to Hawkeye State residents. Keeping our state’s courts world class should be a priority for lawmakers when budget decisions are made this year. Iowa’s Supreme Court is led by a Fort Dodger. In his role as ...

USDA accomplished much in 2017

Late last month, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue shared his perspective on how the agency he heads had fared in 2017. He said it was a year during which the hard-driving team at the U.S. Department of Agriculture achieved a great deal. “Unlike any other federal department, USDA ...

Iran’s leaders face their public

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official’s warning recently. Others familiar with the situation may have thought it less humorous. Iran has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations during recent weeks. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad ...

New tax shouldn’t hurt charities

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. That’s an absurd claim. It should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. If you make contributions to recognized ...

Change advocates are on the move in Iran

Iranians demanding both social and economic reform in their country have taken to the streets again. This time, U.S. leaders should not let them down. Massive demonstrations in Tehran and many other cities have been in progress for several days. In some ways, they appear to be a repeat of ...

Kim Jong Un is at it once again

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

USDA gets some welcome news

Many Iowans are very familiar with the many things the U.S. Department of Agriculture does extremely well. Most of us, however, don’t have any direct knowledge of how the agency is viewed by the civil servants who work there. The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte jointly have ...

DNR aids area fire departments

Fire protection is crucial no matter where one lives. In small-town and rural America, volunteer fire departments are of vital importance to the well-being of both businesses and residents. Staffing and equipping these organizations is a challenge both in terms of recruiting a sufficient ...

It is time to make Amtrak safer

It became clear almost immediately after an Amtrak train crashed in Washington earlier this month that excessive speed was to blame. The train was traveling at 80 mph on tracks rated for 30 mph when it derailed, killing three people and injuring many others. National Transportation Safety ...

City Council members are sworn in

On Tuesday, Mayor Matt Bemrich and the other members of the Fort Dodge City Council elected in November were sworn in. The Honorable Mark Cady, chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court who is a Fort Dodge resident, administered the oath of office. The only newcomer to the council is Lydia Schuur ...

Some common sense is needed

Strange, isn’t it, that some environmentalists have such a two-sided view of conflicts of interest? When climate change research happens to be funded even in part by industry and turns out to ratchet down the near-panic over global warming, it is labeled as bunk. That happens even when the ...

Twitter should proceed carefully

Twitter announced recently it has begun to enforce new rules meant to reduce abusive, hateful, violent content. Of course, the intent is good; and Twitter has every right to host whatever content it chooses. It is free to encourage or suppress whatever speech its decision-makers deem meet or do ...

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2018

Today, we welcome in a new year. Last night, no doubt many readers stayed home, joining the ranks of those sitting on the couch, counting down the final moments of 2017 while participating vicariously in the festivities broadcast from Times Square in New York City. Others celebrated the ...

Sertoma brings Santa to nursing homes

Most of us have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas and the extended holiday season in the company of family members and friends. For those in our community who are permanent or temporary residents of nursing homes, this time of year may not be so festive. That’s why since 2015 Fort ...

This Pentagon audit is needed

Perhaps the Pentagon’s decision to launch a comprehensive audit is progress. We’ll believe it when we see it. If history is any guide, the Defense Department will spend too much on an audit that covers up massive misspending, then will ignore the results. Frugal lawmakers have tried ...

Let’s take special care on the roads

All across the Hawkeye State, people will be taking advantage of this holiday weekend to pursue celebrate the arrival of a new year. That makes it especially important that each of us resolve to keep our streets and highways safe. Paying heed to a few safety tips can help prevent what should ...

St. Edmond group shows holiday spirit

The spirit of giving was very evident at St. Edmond Catholic School this holiday season. Students, who are all part of the National Honor Society at St. Edmond, donated gifts for 30 youngsters who participate in Athletics For Education and Success. That made this time of year much merrier for ...

UN continues to disappoint

Like the its predecessor, the League of Nations, the United Nations was supposed to be a decisive mechanism to keep the peace. It has fallen far short of that goal. Perhaps the most serious non-nuclear crisis in the world today is the civil war gripping Yemen. Violence there appears to be ...

More bad news about North Korea

Analysts have concluded the worldwide “WannaCry” ransomware attack last May originated in North Korea. The news is a reminder that the threat from Pyongyang is more widespread than many people may have thought. “WannaCry” infected hundreds of thousands of computers throughout the ...