Editorial

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 ...

Real problem, wrong solution

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has the right idea but the wrong strategy.Brown has introduced a bill intended to safeguard taxpayers from having to bail out more "too big to fail" banks in the future. His method of doing that would add a burden to customers of both the mega-banks and some of their ...

They should try again

At another time, in a different context, Sens. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey might have been successful in a proposal they and two other senators offered recently. At the very least there might have been some willingness by lawmakers to discuss the idea and, perhaps, alter it slightly to make it ...

Wasteful spending must be stopped

No nation on earth has an armored vehicle capable of standing up to the U.S. Abrams tank. On conventional battlefields, it is virtually unbeatable. Yet the Army doesn't want any more of the deadly behemoths. It has plenty and, besides, the generals understand they need to put more emphasis on ...

It’s Beef Month in Iowa

Gov. Terry Branstad has officially proclaimed May as Beef Month in Iowa.For many of us, every month is a time to partake of a food that ranks high on the list of culinary favorites.It's no secret that Americans have a love affair with beef. That's been true for generations and the demand for ...

This delay is ridiculous

Printers, especially those doing high-volume jobs requiring special paper and techniques, sometimes encounter challenges that delay production. We're in the printing business. We understand that.But two and one-half years to get creases out of the finished paper production? Good heavens. Most ...

Some hard questions must be addressed

Did U.S. terrorism experts fail again to connect the dots? That should be among the first questions asked by those investigating the killing spree allegedly committed by two brothers who raised suspicions among Russian authorities more than two years ago.Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ...

Friends of St. Edmond Ball is hugely important

Catholic education has been an important part of life in Fort Dodge almost since the town was founded. The first Catholic school got under way in 1862. The 151 years since have witnessed many changes and stupendous progress. The impressive educational complex that is today's St. Edmond is a ...

BLAST! program warrants support

Since 1999, Butler's Learning After School Time has encouraged and assisted students in the program to achieve success in school. The program offers theme-based enrichment classes, open computer lab time and physical education programs, in addition to providing an environment conducive to ...

Congress needs to act quickly

While President Barack Obama and most members of Congress have seemed preoccupied with proposals for new limits on gun ownership since the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., not much has been said about getting to the root causes of such horror - insanity and the evil that sometimes drives ...

China helps Iowa prosper

International trade is a critical contributor to economic prosperity in Iowa. According to the Business Roundtable, about 2,500 Iowa companies export their products and services internationally.The export of farm goods is an important component of the trade picture. Analysts estimate that every ...

A Concert to Remember is Sunday

The fight against Alzheimer's disease should be a concern to all Americans. According to the Alzheimer's Association, this debilitating ailment is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause here in the Hawkeye State. Roughly 5.2 million Americans of all ...

Show marks club’s 50th anniversary

The River Valley Rockhounds Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show will take place Saturday and Sunday in the Career Education Building on Iowa Central Community College's Fort Dodge campus. This annual event has developed a large following among people who have an interest in fossils, minerals and other ...

Are you taxed too much?

Now that you have completed your federal income tax return - and you have, we hope, because it is due to be filed April 15 - you have a few moments to reflect on taxes in general.According to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, it is taking you longer than in the past to pay your taxes.Each year ...

First, enforce existing laws

Mingo County, W.Va., Sheriff Eugene Crum might be alive today if an existing federal gun control law had worked as it was supposed to.Crum was shot to death earlier this month, allegedly by Tennis Melvin Maynard, who has been charged with the murder. Maynard's father has said his son is ...

Earth Day is a time for unity

The late 1960s were turbulent years in America. It was a time of rapid change when young protesters expressed disillusionment with many aspects of the world their elders had built.The divisions in society that emerged from those conflicts four decades ago still haunt our society in the 21st ...

Wind power is booming in Iowa

Windmills once dotted the Iowa landscape. Converting the energy of the wind into mechanical energy helped run pumps and other machinery on Iowa farms, and elsewhere, long before electrical power made its appearance.A high-tech, 21st-century cousin of those windmills, so important in years gone ...

Join the fun Sunday

Spring is officially here. The weather has been a bit cooler and wetter than some might like, but most of us are eager to put wintry weather behind us and get back outside.Sunday is a good time for some outdoor adventure.The second annual Hy-Vee Half Marathon and 5K Walk/Run for JDRF kicks off ...