Editorial

Transparency is essential

Transparency will be the hallmark of her administration of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Allison MacFarlane assured U.S. senators before they voted recently to confirm her for a five-year term as NRC chairwoman.Let's hope so. Pledges of transparency by politicians - and make no mistake, ...

IRS scandal grows worse

An Internal Revenue Service official in Washington now is admitting she knew of the agency's discrimination against conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. That makes it clear the White House claim the harassment occurred only in the IRS' Cincinnati office simply is not true.Some ...

A shakeup may be needed

Among the most upsetting aspects of the Internal Revenue Service scandal is that participants in harassing organizations based on their political ideals do not seem to recognize they did anything wrong.Recently, acting IRS head Danny Werfel conceded his agency discriminated against more ...

Move ahead with caution

Members of Congress of both parties are right to balk at President Barack Obama's request for money to arm rebels fighting the Syrian regime. Clearly, some of the lawmakers have better memories and more strategic attitudes concerning the Middle East.After many months of doing nothing to aid the ...

Attend your county fair

Times change. Even so there are a few constants in life. One is the pleasure provided by the county fairs that continue to be a highlight of summer in the Hawkeye State.For as far back as anyone who now lives in this part of Iowa can remember, these summer festivals have been much-anticipated ...

Let’s keep horses safe

This year's wet spring and early summer are likely to produce one bumper crop that just about everybody would rather avoid - mosquitoes.That means that Iowans need to pay special attention to keeping themselves and animals they value safe from mosquito-born ailments. These pesky insects are ...

Alstott donation an inspiration — we hope

On June 29, The Messenger reported on that the $13,000 to $14,000 needed to put on a fireworks show for Fort Dodge could not be raised this year.Almost immediately, Kevin and Karen Alstott blasted into action.The Alstotts, owners of C&S Products of Fort Dodge, contacted the Greater Fort ...

It’s a day to celebrate America

Whether you spend this Fourth of July picnicking, swimming, boating, enjoying a parade, attending a community celebration, watching a fireworks display or just plain loafing, there should be at least a brief time to pause and reflect on this country's enduring experiment in constitutional ...

Humboldt celebrates 150 years

When Stephen H. Taft founded the town initially called Springvale, but subsequently renamed Humboldt, America was in the midst of a terrible Civil War. Even during those dark days in 1863, however, Taft and the initial settlers had a bright vision for the town they were establishing. They were ...

NSA?has definitely crossed a line

Government officials' reactions to revelations the privacy of millions of Americans has been invaded would be laughable were the situation not so serious.Among questionable activities engaged in by the National Security Agency has been secretly seizing telephone records of millions of Americans ...

More sensible rules are needed

After a shooting spree that killed four people in Santa Monica, Calif., the city's police chief talked with reporters. But critical information about the killer, a 24-year-old man, was not provided - because that would have made Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks a criminal.Time and time again, ...

Century Farms celebrate history

It's 180 years since land that is now the state of Iowa was opened for settlers. The America of the 21st century is far different from the nation presided over by President Andrew Jackson in 1833. There is, however, one constant feature for Iowans - agriculture is at the very heart of economic ...

Davis-Bacon Act should be repealed

Most people believe how they spend their own money is none of the government's business.Already, that is not allowed for some goods and services. For example, the new national health care law, "Obamacare," will require millions of Americans to pay more to buy health insurance meeting federal ...

Neighborhoods series starts in Today Magazine

Just about every town larger than a hamlet has neighborhoods that over the years have acquired special names. Sometimes these are formal designations used for official purposes. Often, however, they are quite informal, and their origin may no longer be known by many current residents - or in a ...

This attitude illustrates a major problem

If taxpayers needed proof many in the U.S. government bureaucracy do not see themselves as public servants, Faris Fink provided it.Fink is the Internal Revenue Service official the agency chose to testify before Congress concerning IRS waste of taxpayers' money. Presumably, the idea was for ...

Get out of the way

Jobs data for May left economists even more worried about the sputtering of the already painfully slow economic recovery. Automatic Data Processing said private-sector jobs in the U.S. increased by only 135,000 jobs last month - considerably fewer than what analysts expected.National Federation ...

Hacking problem must be addressed

Too often, "diplomatic concerns" are used as an excuse by presidents who either are afraid to stand up for Americans' rights or are simply so gullible they allow foreign leaders to dupe them. We don't know which is the case involving President Barack Obama's timidity over Chinese hacking of ...

Freedom is the issue

Virtually every time a totalitarian regime has subjugated its own people, the process began by warning them dire consequences would result if the government was not permitted to take small steps to safeguard the nation and its people. Objectors were told times had changed since their countries' ...

Help celebrate Hometown Pride

In every town there are special people who contribute to the success of the community through the giving things they do. These folks - whose selfless contributions make life better for others in their hometowns - sometimes go unacknowledged. That's unfortunate because many of the people who ...

Support Iowa manufacturers

Backing hometown sports teams is second nature to most people. Supporting Iowa's agricultural economy and the state's manufacturers should become equally common.There are important reasons to opt for purchases at or through local merchants whenever possible. The same goes for championing and ...