Editorial

Frontier Days kicks off summer

Warm weather returned to our area somewhat later this year than most of us would have preferred. Starting today, however, there is a sure sign that the summer season is truly at hand - Frontier Days 2013 kicks off. The gates open at the Fort Museum this afternoon and an exciting evening of ...

It’s not a pretty picture

A politician can pull off only so many well-timed maneuvers before even his staunchest supporters must admit the efforts do not pass the smell test.Recently, President Barack Obama hastily asked Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., to reintroduce an old media shield bill. The Free Flow of Information ...

Iowa leads nation in egg production

Egg production is big business in Iowa.The Hawkeye State has more than 80 major egg producers. The state's nearly 60 million layers generate a remarkable 15 billion eggs each year, making Iowa the No. 1 egg-producing state in the nation.The Iowa egg industry is a big purchaser of Iowa's other ...

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 time 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 ...

Visitors can help FD prosper

It's often difficult to appreciate blessings close at hand. Hawkeye State tourism may well be in that category for many Iowans.The truth is, however, that tourism is an extremely important factor in Iowa's economy. It generates more than $7.2 billion annually in spending according to the Travel ...

Gift helps jump-start a local business

The success of small businesses is critical to the economic prosperity of not only our region and state, but to the whole nation.Turning an innovative entrepreneurial idea into a thriving enterprise can be a challenging undertaking. Not having the financing to get started often halts or delays ...

Support veterans — buy a poppy

The men and women who have served this nation in times of war should have a place in our hearts at all times, but most especially as the Memorial Day weekend approaches.One way to show that these veterans are remembered and valued is to buy a poppy and wear it prominently and with pride.Soon ...

This approach should benefit all workers

Some lawmakers in Washington are decreeing that a job "perk" available to government workers should be denied to those in the private sector.Since 1985, federal law has permitted public-sector workers who are on the job more than 40 hours a week to choose between being paid time-and-a-half ...

Heads need to roll

Recently, Internal Revenue Service officials insisted high-ranking leaders at the agency were not aware some conservative political groups were being harassed over tax matters. Only "low-level" employees knew, the public and members of Congress were assured.That is not true.The Associated Press ...

Graduates are a source of pride

All across Iowa, this is the time of year when high schools celebrate at commencement exercises an important milestone in the lives of seniors - graduation.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 ...

Heroes can be next door

Sometimes we forget how many good people there are in the world. Then we read about someone like Charles Ramsey.Ramsey, 43, is the man who played the key role in freeing three women from about a decade of captivity at a house in Cleveland. His comments during interviews have made it clear he ...

We need to understand

Investigators continue to uncover more and more disturbing information about the Tsarnaev brothers, accused of setting off bombs at the Boston Marathon. A common theme of much of the news involves so-called "radicalization" of young people right here in America.The Tsarnaev family may have had ...

Let common sense prevail

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., seems determined to gain full Senate approval of updates to federal background check rules for prospective gun buyers. Though the amendment he and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., crafted was rejected earlier this spring, Manchin has said he is preparing to try ...

Transportation Week is at hand

National Transportation Week began Sunday and runs through Saturday. 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 ...

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 Anna ...

No election is needed

The resignation of Ricki Osborn as Webster County attorney to enter private practice leaves a vacancy in that important law enforcement post.The Webster County Board of Supervisors has two options. It could appoint someone to this job or it could schedule a special election. The cost of an ...

Tree program deserves praise

Area residents had an opportunity Thursday to acquire trees at a bargain price.The MidAmerican Energy/Friends of Wesbster County Conservation Plant Some Shade program distributed about 120 trees.Most of the cost is borne by MidAmerican Energy. The price charged to people who obtained trees ...

This could be a model

Industry and environmental groups do not often see eye-to-eye. But a group of companies in the shale oil and gas industry has decided to take its own step toward improved stewardship.Companies including Chevron, EQT Corp., Consol and Shell have formed the Center for Sustainable Shale ...

This project deserves support

One might suppose a documentary about the last American veteran of World War I would arouse enormous interest from those in government with the financial power to support such a project. Apparently not.As The Associated Press reported this week, producer David DeJonge still needs about $35,000 ...

Appeal this bad decision

A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in a case with wide-ranging ramifications.Not long after President Barack Obama took office, his EPA revoked a permit for a surface mine. The permit already had been granted by the Army ...