Editorial

Schools are starting — drive safely

The fairs are over or soon will be. It won't be that long before cooler weather becomes the norm rather than the exception - summer is drawing to a close.Even though the calendar shows another month of summer to be enjoyed, for students vacation days are about to end. All across Iowa young ...

World Bank should reconsider

For decades, leaders of the World Bank have recognized one of the surest ways to reduce poverty in developing countries is to help their residents obtain reasonably priced electricity. That farsighted philosophy appears to have been scrapped.If the World Bank pursues the new strategy espoused ...

Trial raises troubling issues

Army Maj. Nidal Hasan went has gone on trial in a military court at Fort Hood, Texas, with his life on the line.Hasan killed 13 people and wounded dozens more in a 2009 shooting rampage at the post. He has admitted that, meaning the Army court-martial's purpose amounts to determining whether he ...

New pollution rules needed

While power plants must stay within strict limits on the amount of pollutants they release into the air, rules intended to safeguard streams and lakes are much less restrictive. They have not been updated at the federal level in more than 30 years.That is far too long, given the fast pace of ...

Bill Ryan will be missed

Many Fort Dodgers take pride in the history of their hometown. Bill Ryan, who died Monday, did more than that. He worked hard to acquaint present and future generations with our community's early days so they could understand the hardships and sacrifices that were necessary to build our modern ...

EPA claims cause alarm

A poultry farmer is West Virginia named Lois Alt is letting the Environmental Protection Agency know its efforts to overstep its bounds will not go without a fight, even if that fight must come from the little guy. The case has national ramifications.When the EPA told Alt she needed to get ...

Farmers markets are good for America

Farmers markets are becoming more common not only in Iowa, but also across the nation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture took note of that development this month during the celebration of National Farmers Market Week.According to the USDA, there are now 8,133 farmers markets listed in the ...

Some good news about fracking

A U.S. Department of Energy study concluding possibly hazardous chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," at gas and oil wells does not pollute groundwater is good news.Actually, it is only common sense: Fracking occurs thousands of feet below aquifers. For chemicals to migrate ...

Bloomberg won’t give up his quest

After New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg lost another court challenge to his attempt to limit the size of soft drinks that can be sold in some locations, he vowed to appeal to a higher court.And why not? Two state courts already have ruled Bloomberg's plan is unconstitutional - but they miss ...

Not the ‘reform’ we had in mind

Why is it that almost always, when the word reform is used in Washington, it means bigger, more expensive government?And why is it that when liberals talk about creating jobs, they really intend to place new obstacles in the way of the private sector?It is happening again. President Barack ...

Korean War veterans deserve our thanks

Events more than half a century ago on the Korean Peninsula are merely the stuff of history books for most Americans. But for a few, including many residents of our area, they were a matter of life and death.Sixty years ago last month, the Korean War ended in what many historians refer to as a ...

Congress needs to investigate

Beside and just below the American flag at many places can be seen the black and white POW/MIA banner. It is a sign that many people view it as a duty to find out what happened to the thousands of Americans still listed as missing in action or as prisoners of war from our nation's ...

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 Fairfield for the ...

Middle School open house is today

Few things are as important to the future of a community as is the education of its children. Top-notch teachers, of course, are one crucial ingredient of a superb school system. So too are the buildings that house the enterprise and the manner in which they are equipped.In just a few weeks, ...

Iowa Sales Tax Holiday starts today

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 ...

Let’s focus on essential spending

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is spending much of his time these days jetting around the country to spread his woe-is-us message to the Pentagon's civilian workers.In a speech to Defense Department employees in Charleston, S.C., Hagel predicted hundreds of thousands will remain on furlough for ...

U.S. should stay out of Syria

Presidents are right to insist the Pentagon prepare contingency plans to meet any eventuality, no matter how remote the possibility they may be used.But sending Americans into combat in the Syrian civil war is such an insane idea that Congress should make it clear that if President Barack Obama ...

Dragon boats are coming 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 17th annual Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash - sponsored by CJ Bio America - gets under way at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park Friday with assorted festivities and ...

Grassley keeps them honest

Sen. Charles Grassley has built a reputation as a thoughtful lawmaker who has contributed positively to a wide array of legislation during his more than three decades representing Iowa in the United States Senate. One of the Iowa Republican's most noteworthy accomplishments, however, is his ...

School board candidates deserve praise

In a few weeks, voters in Fort Dodge and elsewhere in north central Iowa will go to the polls to select the members of local school boards.Being a school board member is not for the faint of heart.The issues these boards must confront are immensely challenging. They are also frequently ...