Editorial

Fund gives a helping hand

A new source of money is available to help people in Hamilton and Webster counties who sometimes struggle to keep their homes in good shape. It’s called the Heart of Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund. It recently received $217,108 in state money to provide housing assistance to people whose ...

First Step Act makes sense

Any prison system should perform two key functions. First, it should punish those who break laws. Second, and perhaps most crucially, it should make it more likely that when prison terms end and offenders return to society they are less likely to commit additional crimes. Unfortunately, ...

Lizard Creek access will be welcome

On the west side of Phinney Park Drive, just before the road goes under the railroad overpass, there’s a small parking lot. At first glance, it may seem like the parking lot is there all by itself for no apparent reason. In fact, it’s there for a good reason. Just beyond it is a little ...

Bikes for Tykes brings cheer to kids

The annual Bikes for Tykes drive has a simple mission: making Christmas merrier for youngsters. Each year hundreds of new bicycles are donated so that children in families facing economic difficulties won’t have to go without bikes. In recent weeks, individuals, businesses and organizations ...

Reynolds seeks better policy dialogue

The quality or our state’s school systems is among the most important determinants of Iowa’s long-term prospects. In addition to making life richer through stimulating a love of lifelong learning, good schools have an enormous impact on economic development. When they produce graduates who ...

What’s in a window?

The buildings of our past, particularly those we deem importantly historic, are not merely reminders of the way things once were done: They are part of the fabric of our communities. That is why, in our opinion, the choice made by the congregation of a Webster City church to completely ...

Truce in tariff war provides hope

An encouraging sign for farm states like Iowa emerged in recent days with news of a 90-day truce in the tariff battle between the United States and China. President Donald Trump announced the agreement, which began on Dec. 1, at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires; for the first time, China’s ...

From other editors: Privatized Medicaid is here to stay

The election of Gov. Kim Reynolds means privatized Medicaid is here to stay. She has refused to return control of the health insurance program for 600,000 people to the state, and it’s unlikely she will do so in the future. That reality should prompt all Iowans, including privatization ...

The 2020 presidential election is crucial

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush’s (Dec. 5) funeral, we couldn’t help but reflect on how dramatically the nation’s political landscape has changed since ...

Why are so many in need?

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

US beef now on market in Morocco

Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation’s economy. It’s also hugely significant for the Hawkeye State. According estimates by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 million American ...

Hams for Hunger brings holiday joy to those in need of a meal

Food, like twinkling lights and carefully wrapped presents, is a major component of the holiday season. At family dinners across the area, dining room tables will be just about creaking under the weight of all kinds of good things to eat. But unfortunately, not everyone can afford even a ...

Grassley to head Senate Finance

There aren’t many roles in our nation’s capital more important than being chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance. Consequently, its welcome news that Iowa’s senior U.S. senator is poised to take the helm of this crucial policy-generating body. The committee has a broad ...

Drug prices are out of control

If price-gouging for life-saving EpiPens goes on, feds should step in. If competitive forces cannot drive down the price of an essential drug that costs just $75 across the border in Canada, Congress and federal regulators have the authority, as well as an ethical obligation, to step ...

Santa Cops are on the beat again

The Santa Cops project is a delightful annual effort to make the holiday season a bit brighter for area youngsters whose families need a hand up to make this time of year as merry as it should be. The Fort Dodge Police Association, Webster County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Dodge/Webster ...

From other editors: Overdue answers on Medicaid

It’s a bit bureaucratic, but on page 15 of the new review of the various cost saving estimates from Iowa’s Medicaid program, there is this extraordinary line: “However, during the decision making process to move the Medicaid program from primarily a fee-for-service program to a managed ...

Sen. Joni Ernst shows leadership

Passing a budget and the appropriations bills to fund the U.S. government are among the most important functions of the U.S. Congress. Anyone who has been paying even casual attention realizes, however, that getting that vital work done on time and in an orderly fashion almost never ...

Iowa Central students show spirit of giving

The cynics in our world are quick to assert that college students live in a self-indulgent, self-centered world where truly being a part of the community where the college is located is simply not a priority. For some students, that may be true. It’s certainly not the case, however, for ...

Hunger is a huge problem

Hunger is a huge problem in many places around the world. The impact of an inadequate diet is especially great for children. With that in mind, Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit Christian organization, coordinates an effort to get food to people in need. Last Saturday, about 400 ...

George H.W. Bush left a legacy

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...