Opinion

Police face a tough challenge

Editorial

Some of those involved on both sides in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Virginia, agree on one thing: Blame the police. Could law enforcement officials and officers have done anything better in their reaction to the Saturday mayhem? Perhaps. Rest assured, they have been ...

It’s almost harvest time in Iowa

Editorial

Since human beings first learned to cultivate the soil, harvest time has had extraordinary significance. In earlier centuries, good crops meant prosperity and security. They signaled that the winter months just ahead could be faced without fear of starvation. In 21st-century Iowa, harvest ...

Vaccinations — timing is everything

Local Columns

It’s hard to believe summer is already coming to an end and children will soon be going back to school. When helping get your child ready for school, don’t forget to make sure they are up to date with vaccinations. This is especially important for seventh- and 12th-graders this year, as it ...

It’s time to proceed with caution

Editorial

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from both North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications recently both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that ...

Chaos is growing worse in Venezuela

Editorial

President Donald Trump is right to be concerned about what is happening in Venezuela. He is wrong to consider use of U.S. military force to correct the situation. Venezuela appears to be on the brink of chaos as a result of action taken by that country’s leftist president, Nicolas Maduro. ...

133rd Test Squadron set to deploy

Editorial

The Iowa Air National Guard 133rd Test Squadron plays a highly significant role in our nation’s defense. It tests communication gear, radar, data links and software before it is issued to all branches of the military. It has the distinction of being the only Air National Guard unit with this ...

US needs a nuclear waste repository

Editorial

Former President Barack Obama’s scuttling of the all-of-the-above energy policy our nation needs included a move most people in the Midwest probably did not notice. Given Obama’s vendetta against fossil fuels, that is understandable. But in 2010, Obama abandoned work on a proposed nuclear ...

Postal Service needs major reforms

Editorial

First-class postage stamps at 49 cents each may be about to go the way of the carrier pigeon. By next month, the Postal Service may be given permission to increase stamp prices dramatically. Increasing use of online communications has hurt the Postal Service, cutting deeply into its revenue. ...

Government waste must be ended

Editorial

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last year ...

Grateful for the support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Reflecting on the first exciting four months with a new name we at Youth Empowerment Association, Inc (formerly known as It Gets Better FD & Beyond) are overwhelmed by the support in north central Iowa due to the progress and change that was needed to continue the advocacy ...

Webster City event succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Arts R Alive in Webster City would like to thank all who attended and helped to make the seventh annual Sculpture Event and Seneca Street painting a success. Visitors enjoyed a sunny Wednesday evening and braved the wind on Thursday night. Visitors came from 19 different ...

Thief steals memorials

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: “I would rather be a little nobody, than to be an evil somebody.” — Abraham Lincoln. The person/persons who ravaged the Moose Lodge picnic area are nobodies and they are also evil. After suddenly losing one of our Moose members, we used our outdoor wall to serve as a ...

Measure to honor our heroes near approval

Editorial

Tens of thousands of American military personnel have served in the assorted wars on terrorism that have been an unfortunate, but necessary, part of life in the 21st century. Unfortunately, thousands of these American patriots have given their lives in these crucial battles to preserve our way ...

Saving money on college

Local Columns

Iowa Central Community College offers two opportunities for families to save on the cost of their children’s college education; Senior Year Plus Programming and our North Central Career Academy. In 2008, the state of Iowa created Senior Year Plus as a way to provide increased and more equal ...

Socks for the Sole deserves support

Editorial

Hard as it is to believe, it’s almost time to begin outfitting youngsters for their return to school. The assorted clothing and supplies they will need can end up being a fairly hefty expense. For those families with limited incomes, the challenge can be especially daunting. That’s why ...

Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash is back

Editorial

Popular sporting event is great fun and supports worthy cause 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 21st annual Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash — sponsored by CJ Bio America — will take ...

Farmers markets are good for America

Editorial

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 be proclaiming this week National Farmers Market Week. In his proclamation, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue took note of the ...

MS-13 must be totally eliminated

Editorial

MS-13 is one of the most vicious criminal organizations in history. All one needs to know about MS-13 is that its preferred method of killing is to use machetes, axes and knives to hack victims apart slowly. Not infrequently, the group’s targets are children. Last week, President Donald ...

Remembers Fred Larson

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I really enjoyed your article on Fred Larson. I wrote a comment but soon realized that the only way I could send it would be via a Facebook posting. I do not participate in Facebook nor do I do any social media. I would like to submit my note on the story about Fred because he ...

Lauds FD arts world

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I recently had the wonderful opportunity to perform with the Karl King Municipal Band in their Independence Day concert and was once again reminded of how fortunate we are in this community to have the remarkable artistic heritage that we have. As the band nears its century ...