Editorial

Grassley’s leadership singled out

Iowa has become a national leader in making use of wind energy to generate electric power. Our state’s wind farms produce nearly 40 percent of the electricity used in the in Iowa. That’s the largest share of electricity generated from wind of any state in the nation. That already impressive ...

Is North Korea serious about peace?

New long-range missiles are being built in North Korea, despite assurances by that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, that he desires peaceful coexistence, it was reported recently. Just weeks ago, Kim told President Donald Trump he is willing to pursue disarmament talks. They have been going ...

Dragon Boat Bash is back

Tall corn and dragon boats may seem like an odd combination, but here in Webster County they both have emerged as symbolic of summer. The 22nd annual Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash will take place today and Saturday at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. It features assorted festivities and ...

This change could be a good thing

News the Taliban have agreed to their first direct talks with a U.S. official, regarding peace in Afghanistan, is highly significant for a number of reasons. During the months following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on America, U.S. forces, working with our allies, deposed the Taliban from power ...

The truth about wildfires

With destructive, deadly wildfires in California making both headlines and dramatic pictures, expect a new round of claims that climate change is to blame. But if there is a link between global warming and wildfires, it is a negative one. Solid, scientific research indicates the area burned ...

Paul Manafort’s trial begins

For more than a year, special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Since then, as has occurred previously in special counsel probes, Mueller and his staff have branched out. Wrongdoing not connected directly to the election has been ...

National Night Out is Tuesday

The Fort Dodge version of National Night Out will be held Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in Fort Dodge City Square in front of the Fort Dodge Public Library. There is no admission charge. The goal of this annual event is to provide opportunities for the public to interact with the personnel from the ...

Nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair

If you love a parade, plan to be in Des Moines Wednesday evening at 6:15. That’s when what’s billed as the state’s largest parade will be the kickoff event for what may well be the grandest of our nation’s state agricultural festivals — the Iowa State Fair. Iowans gathered in ...

Kavanaugh has the right approach

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has made it clear he has mixed feelings about the availability of firearms in America. Gun, gang and drug violence “has plagued all of us,” Kavanaugh wrote in one opinion from his current position as a federal judge in Washington. He added a ...

Sen. Charles Grassley works hard

When voters choose someone to represent them in Congress, they expect that the person who has won their support will honor that trust by taking the job very seriously. A strong indicator of just how faithfully U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley discharges his responsibility to represent Iowans is his ...

Helping to preserve history

Helping current residents understand the history of a community is a vital goal. Thanks to a generous gift, the Depot Museum in Webster City is on the road to achieving significant renovations and enhancements. Last month, the Wilson Brewer Historic Parks Committee received a $100,000 ...

Positive signs from North Korea

It would be nice to believe recent news from North Korea is evidence that country’s regime is serious about the “denuclearization” deal with President Donald Trump. Indeed, the report sounded very, very good: “North Korea appears to have started dismantling key facilities at its main ...

VA gets another new leader

Ho-hum. Another day, another secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. So, what else is new? Precious little, and that is the problem. On July 23, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Robert Wilkie as VA secretary. He becomes the second person in the position in just 18 ...

Encouraging news from Mexico

Most illegal immigrants come to the United States for economic opportunity. A few make the journey to escape political repression or crime. In many ways, what they do is entirely understandable — though, of course, immigration laws need to be enforced. Making their own homelands more ...

Iowa Sales Tax Holiday starts Friday

It’s hard to believe, but area families are already beginning to think about the items that will be needed to send young folks back to school properly equipped and looking good. According to the National Retail Foundation, a typical family with children in school will spend nearly $600 on ...

A little upbeat news

Newspapers have to report so much bad, upsetting news that the occasional heart-warmer comes as a welcome pleasure. The good news this month was not all from Thailand, where rescuers pulled off the rescue of members of a boys’ soccer team who had been trapped in a cave. We had a miracle ...

There’s trouble in Arizona

The polarization of politics has become so bad that some liberal Democrats in Arizona are criticizing one of their party’s candidates for the U.S. Senate for refusing to join calls to eliminate the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. And, some far-left complainers say, U.S. Rep. ...

Federal bureaucrats in action

Surely the Food and Drug Administration has something better to do than launch a crackdown on producers of soy, almond and similar beverages labeled as “milk.” Apparently not. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is telling reporters that his agency may begin enforcing a federal regulation ...

This development is disturbing

So crazy has the lawsuit climate become that a court filing this week probably should have come as no surprise. Still, it is more than a little unsettling. MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas, has filed suit against hundreds of victims of the mass ...

Trump causes a firestorm

Given the firestorm that erupted over his joint press conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump had no choice but to walk back one comment he made in Finland on July 16. In answering reporters’ questions, Trump, standing feet from Putin, indicated skepticism over ...