Editorial

Intelligence leaks must stop

Keeping secrets can be just as important as uncovering them for intelligence agencies. An enemy’s knowledge of what one knows can be dangerous. Consequently, the anger of British officials about leaks regarding their investigation of the Manchester concert hall bombing is understandable. ...

Helping to restart lives

When the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility began operations in 1998, expectations were high that what had been built here would add innovative capabilities to strengthen significantly the state’s prison system. Those expansive hopes are being fulfilled admirably. Some prisons are little more ...

Take time to remember

Today is Memorial Day. For many people, it is a time to welcome the summer season by taking advantage of a three-day holiday weekend to spend relaxing with friends and family. It is important, however, not to forget what this day is truly about. Beginning soon after the Civil War, a day in ...

PICA receives well-deserved recognition

Sixteen years ago, Jan and Phyllis Wilson created a nonprofit organization they named Pride in Community Appearance. It has become widely known simply by its acronym — PICA. The goal was to mobilize volunteers to help make their hometown a more attractive place to live and work. Gerry ...

Special counsel may be needed

After it was revealed the Justice Department has named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to head an investigation into alleged contact between Russian officials and President Donald Trump’s associates, some in the media and politics expressed concern. Pointing to some ...

Let’s take special care on the roads

All across the Hawkeye State, people will be taking advantage of this holiday weekend to pursue fun summer activities. 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 be an ...

Congratulations to our new governor

Wednesday a landmark transition took place in the Hawkeye State. Gov. Terry Branstad resigned to assume the critical international role of U.S. ambassador to China. Kim Reynolds, who has been Iowa’s lieutenant governor since 2011, took the oath of office to succeed him as our state’s chief ...

Trump does well in Saudi Arabia

There can be no doubt Saudi Arabia leaders got the message President Donald Trump was sending Saturday. Ironically, it was one former President Barack Obama claimed to be trying to convey — but in which he failed dismally. Trump has been accused of, in effect, being unnecessarily blunt and ...

Federal debt is a massive problem

Recently, President Donald Trump lifted the government hiring freeze he ordered when he took office. A more targeted “drain the swamp” plan will be implemented, the White House claimed. Doing so is badly needed because the growth of the federal problem is a long-term problem that needs to ...

North Korea poses a real threat

North Korean dictator Kim Song Un has gone beyond rattling his saber during the past few months. He has gone to waving the sword around his region of Asia, and that seems to be prompting some other world leaders to re-examine the old advice about the enemy of my enemy being my ...

Graduates are a source of pride

All across Iowa, this is the time of year when high schools celebrate with commencement exercises an important milestone in the lives of seniors. Graduation from high school is a key benchmark event. It is a major transition point in life. For many young folks, not only does it represent ...

International hacking threat is very real

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange ...

Leopold Center gets a reprieve

During the recently ended legislative session, Iowa lawmakers faced the need to find ways the state government could spend less money so it could achieve a balanced budget. Unfortunately, Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture became one of the targets of that ...

Developing tomorrow’s community leaders

Leadership Fort Dodge has an ambitious mission. It seeks to develop community leaders “who are informed, dynamic, qualified and motivated.” Now in its 12th year, the project endeavors to mold future leaders by providing them the background information and other tools they need to become ...

Foster care helps children thrive

When youngsters lack a loving and supportive home life — even if that is just a temporary circumstance — they are put at an enormous disadvantage. All too often, the result can be a journey to adulthood that does not afford the child the type of environment necessary to thrive. One of the ...

Here’s a sad truth about Congress

In cautioning federal agencies about an outrageous provision of the federal Freedom of Information Act, a Texas congressman has reminded the American people of it, too. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, has sent letters to about a dozen agencies regarding press inquiries about government ...

Strengthening Families Program is a huge asset

The Strengthening Families Program, which is part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, has just celebrated an important milestone. It has served our community for 15 years. This impressive undertaking helps local sixth-graders prepare to cope successfully with some of the ...

Mothers deserve our thanks

If you think that Mother’s Day is one of those holidays created by the greeting card industry, you may be in for a surprise. Giving thanks to mothers has been a part of many cultures for as far back as history has been recorded. In the United States, the tradition is frequently traced to ...

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 ...