Editorial

Iowa farms are vital to whole world

As another growing season ends it’s a good time to recognize the contribution agriculture makes in the lives of all of us. While it seems unlikely that many Iowans need to be reminded that agriculture is vital to this state, this is a good time to recall just how impressive American ...

Drug abuse epidemic continues

Another day, another bill in Congress aimed at curbing the drug abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. This one was approved Monday by a vote of 99-1 in the Senate. A similar bill was approved several weeks ago by the House of Representatives. Now, the two chambers must reconcile their versions ...

This hypocrisy needs to stop

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...

Crime Stoppers helps keep our county safe

Totally eliminating crime from our communities is a goal that can never be achieved fully, but there’s a good deal that can be done to move closer to that ideal. High-quality, professional law enforcement is a vital part of any game plan to get crime under control. Even the best policing ...

Keep the pressure on Kim

One can understand why North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may believe he can get away with lying to President Donald Trump. He and his predecessors did it successfully with previous presidents, so why not? But Kim’s failure — thus far — to keep his promises about abandoning nuclear ...

Charles Grassley does it again

When a politician makes a promise, it’s not uncommon for voters to doubt that it can be taken seriously. When U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley says he will do something, however, it’s a good idea to pay close attention — the Iowa Republican follows through on his pledges. Many years ago, ...

Mentors help students succeed

The educators at the Fort Dodge Community School District do a superb job. Even so, however, some of the young folks attending our schools are not progressing as well as they could be. These young people need a little more special attention than can easily be provided in a traditional classroom ...

Pressure on Iran may be working

Aug. 28 was a tough day for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Members of his country’s parliament raked him over the coals because he has not done enough to keep the economy from crashing and burning. What a shame. Pardon the sarcasm, please. But news Iran’s leaders are becoming angry ...

More money isn’t always the answer

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Senate should confirm Kavanaugh

Democratic senators who made a mockery of fairness in disrupting a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh insist they are being denied information they need to decide whether he is qualified. Not really. Senators have been given many more documents regarding Kavanaugh than were ...

Scott Pruitt set a bad example

Government officials often are not the most popular people. Whether because federal agencies do things that can cost people their jobs or due to general dislike based on ideology, some have good reason to worry about their safety. Apparently, former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott ...

A day for memories and fierce resolve

Sept. 11, 2001, is a day etched in the memories of Americans. The horrifying images of what began as a beautiful September morning and changed abruptly into hellish chaos remain vivid. The heartbreak of that awful day stems not only from the innocent lives destroyed, but also from the ...

US economy is growing fast

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

It’s almost harvest time in Iowa

Since human beings first learned to cultivate the soil, harvest time has had extraordinary significance. In earlier centuries, good crops meant prosperity and security. They signaled that the winter months just ahead could be faced without fear of starvation. In 21st-century Iowa, harvest ...

Socialism in action causes harm

The paradises promoters of socialism promise often turn out to be bottomless pits of misery. Even questioning the totalitarian regimes can be dangerous. Central and South America are proving to be incubators of repression and economic want because of socialism. In Venezuela, which should be ...

Iran is experiencing big troubles

Aug. 28 was a tough day for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Members of his country’s parliament raked him over the coals because he has not done enough to keep the economy from crashing and burning. What a shame. Pardon our sarcasm, please. But news Iran’s leaders are becoming angry ...

A compromise seems in order

Shutting down seven of a Georgia county’s nine election polling places was bound to raise a stink. Perhaps the outside consultant who recommended it ought to take a refresher course in American history. Election officials in Randolph County, Georgia, are between a rock and a hard place. ...

Keep the pressure on North Korea

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may have been jubilant about his deal with President Donald Trump, reached earlier this summer during their meeting in Singapore. Kim may have believed that, in exchange for mere promises, he had gained Trump’s unqualified trust. That would have fit ...

Hackers are still intruding

No doubt many eyes are on Moscow after the revelation recently that an attempt to hack into the Democrat National Committee’s computers was thwarted. Coming two years after Russian hackers stole information from the DNC database, the new attempted electronic B&E does raise questions ...

Today America celebrates its workers

To most Americans in 21st-century America, Labor Day is not an important holiday. It marks the unofficial end of summer. As such, it affords a three-day weekend to pursue summertime passions one last time before the weather cools. For most of us it has little additional meaning. It may come ...