Editorial

World Pork Expo is worth a look

The 2014 incarnation of the World Pork Expo gets underway in Des Moines Wednesday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds and runs through Friday. This annual event brings together pork producers, exhibitors and visitors not just from across Iowa, but also from throughout the nation. Among the 20,000 to ...

Let’s keep Highway Trust Fund strong

No one in Congress wants to take the blame for higher gasoline taxes just weeks before a major election. That probably explains delays in addressing long-term problems with the Highway Trust Fund.But unless something is done to provide an infusion of money for the fund, it will dry up within ...

Northey salutes conservation support

Iowans concerned about water quality in the Hawkeye State can take pride in the record of the Legislature this year.That's Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey's message. He issued a statement early this month saluting the lawmakers for their continued support of his department's approach ...

This can’t be tolerated

Men and women in the military come to understand quickly that mistakes or shirking one's duty can have truly terrible consequences. People die. Others are maimed in body and mind, coming home in desperate need of help.It is different in government. Mistakes, including very serious ones, often ...

Boko Harum must be destroyed

It took headlines about nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls for the U.S. to offer that country help in fighting the Boko Haram terrorists responsible.As it is, the United States provided just a few aircraft to search for the girls.But Boko Haram has been terrorizing Nigerians for several ...

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 ...

Iowa leads in egg production

Egg production is big business in Iowa.The Hawkeye State has more than 50 major egg producers. The state's nearly 60 million layers generate a remarkable 14.4 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 ...

This approach makes no sense

A demonstration of the topsy-turvy, self-defeating nature of U.S. energy policy is being provided right now in Washington, D.C.U.S. senators are debating a major energy bill. Among provisions for which there is bipartisan support is one involving new liquified natural gas terminals at seaports, ...

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 ...

Double standards aren’t acceptable

Federal regulators demand that the rest of us, including individuals, companies and states, comply with rules intended to safeguard the environment.Any energy company caught not performing environmental inspections on 2,000 oil and gas wells would be put out of business by the bureaucrats. Any ...

This tax fraud must be stopped

The Earned Income Tax Credit can be a blessing to low-income families. It also has been a bonanza for tax cheats - and the Internal Revenue Service cannot seem to stop them.About 27 million families received nearly $62 billion in tax credits through the EITC in 2011. Many received checks from ...

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 ...

Meddling may cause waste

As chairman of a special U.S. Senate committee investigating logistical aspects of how the U.S. was conducting World War II, then-Sen. Harry Truman made it clear he was not out to second-guess generals and admirals. His mission, Truman said, was merely to ensure they had the tools they believed ...

Apply this simple test

Members of Congress should apply a simple test to the American Legion's demand that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and two high-ranking subordinates resign.Some lawmakers already have said they plan to investigate allegations dozens of veterans died while awaiting care at a Phoenix VA ...

Build this pipeline now

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., may be familiar to some Iowans because he is often in demand for nationally televised interview programs. That is because he is plain-spoken, uses common sense to analyze policy questions, and is not afraid to speak the truth - regardless of whether Republicans ...

Disease threats are very real

Several years ago, the book and resultant movie "Outbreak" sparked some public interest in diseases that spread like wildfire and are virtually impossible to treat. Now, it seems, people are more interested in zombies.But a reminder of the potential for a very real worldwide plague came last ...

These charges require action

Department of Veterans Affairs officials have testified in Congress that there is no basis for allegations of corruption and mismanagement that may have killed as many as 40 veterans at a VA?hospital in Phoenix.Not good enough, lawmakers should respond.Reports of the problem surfaced after a ...

Burning ban is sensible policy

On Monday, the Fort Dodge City Council voted 5-2 to temporarily lift the city's ban on open burning. From May 31 to June 8, Fort Dodge residents will be allowed to burn grass and leaves without the use of a fireplace or a fire pit.Let freedom ring.While some people apparently believe bans on ...

Pass pipeline authorization

President Barack Obama is fond of using executive orders to pursue his agenda even when Congress disagrees. Perhaps it is time for lawmakers to return the favor.Throughout his term in the Oval Office, Obama has blocked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. It would bring enormous quantities ...