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Editorial

Enthusiasm for Clinton is declining

Rumors recently that former Vice President Al Gore was considering another run for the White House said something about Hillary Clinton's candidacy - and it was not good.Gore, 67, narrowly lost the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush. A substantial number of admirers have hoped since ...

Century Farms celebrate history

It's more than 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 ...

This IS terrorist will be prosecuted

An Islamic State terrorist who helped create the horror of American Kayla Mueller's last months probably will be held accountable for her crimes, even though U.S. officials have announced they will not charge her in this country.They could have done so.Umm Sayyaf - the wife of an Islamic State ...

Joe Biden ponders a White House run

Vice President Joe Biden may know something the rest of us do not about investigations into Hillary Clinton's behavior while she was secretary of state. Knowledge he does share with many others is that Clinton is not enjoying the unconditional support she had hoped for as a candidate for ...

Social Security must remain strong

Virtually all Americans rely on the Social Security program or will once they reach the age at which they need income to replace paychecks they no longer receive. No wonder the system has been referred to as the third rail of politics - any president or member of Congress touching it dies ...

Water Quality Initiative moves forward

In July, Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law the Iowa Legislature's latest commitment to an ongoing partnership with farmers to protect the Hawkeye State's soil and water resources. This action coupled with approval of another bill also signed earlier in the month makes available an additional ...

EPA mistake should be investigated

A private company guilty of releasing 3 million gallons of wastewater into a river would be in deep trouble with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A small- to medium-size firm probably would find its survival threatened.But the culprit behind such a release affecting New Mexico and ...

Schumer puts nation ahead of party

United States Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has been a staunch supporter of President Barack Obama on most matters. But even Schumer has a limit.Schumer revealed recently he will oppose Obama's proposed pact with Iran over that aggressive country's nuclear weapons program.Obama insists the deal ...

Time is running out for elephants

An ongoing environmental disaster has not received appropriate attention from world leaders, including both Republican and Democratic American presidents and members of Congress in the United States. It is the slaughter of endangered animals.Once they are gone in the wild, many can never be ...

Learn from the Hiroshima bombing

No human being with an ounce of compassion in his or her soul would deny that what happened 70 years ago this month - the only hostile use of atomic bombs in history - was a horrible event. At least 129,000 people and as many as 246,000 perished when the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima, Aug. 6, ...

It’s crucial to keep our troops safe

It is impossible to say how many members of the armed services would have survived attacks on them during the past few years had they been, well, armed.But Pentagon policy is that service men and women at many facilities, including recruiting stations, cannot carry guns, Americans have been ...

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 ...

Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash is 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 19th annual Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash - sponsored by CJ Bio America - is underway at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park today with assorted festivities and ...

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 ...

Cecil’s shooting raises major issues

Cecil, the lion killed illegally in Zimbabwe by an American dentist, will not have died in vain if what happened to him draws attention to the threat of extinction of his kind.But the government of Zimbabwe, where Cecil was killed, is doing all it can to divert attention from the real ...

Many dispute Iran deal claims

"Faute de mieux." That means "for want of something better" in Secretary of State John Kerry's second language. It's also the best case made by its journalistic defenders for approval of the nuclear weapons deal Kerry negotiated with Iran. Or to be more exact, for rallying 34 votes in the ...

It’s never too late to say you are sorry

Ed Jackfert of Wellsburg, W.Va., has received something for which he has been waiting more than half a century - an apology. The gesture will have worldwide significance.Thousands of Americans due the same apology died before it was offered. No doubt they, along with his remaining comrades in ...

Bill Northey keeps in touch with Iowans

Bill Northey, Iowa's secretary of agriculture, is determined to keep faith with his pledge to visit all 99 Iowa counties each year to meet with Iowans to discuss the future of agriculture. This summer he will be making stops all across the Hawkeye State.Once election season is over, some ...

Smart911 can help save lives

Beginning today, Webster County residents have a new way to pass on detailed information that can help firefighters or medical crews better respond to emergencies.Smart911 is an online service that lets residents upload information about themselves. That includes medical details, allergies and ...

Seeking input is the right thing to do

The value of the Des Moines River corridor to Fort Dodge and Webster County is undeniable.That was underscored in two meetings Wednesday evening during which the public's input was sought regarding the corridor's condition now, and its terrific potential for the future.The meetings to seek ...