Editorial

Space policy was very poorly conceived

NASA officials have revealed that in protest of Russian actions in Ukraine, the U.S. space agency is suspending most cooperation with its Russian counterpart.Just one joint initiative will be continued, NASA officials said. It involves the U.S. paying Russia to ferry American astronauts and ...

Common sense was lacking

Adults have every right to take risks, as long as they understand that if taxpayers have to foot the bills to get them out of jams, they will be liable for part or all of the cost.But putting children in jeopardy through bad judgment is something else again.In March, Californians Eric and ...

Veterans deserve better than this

Veterans Administration officials insist they are making progress in reducing the time those who have served our country in uniform must wait for decisions on disability benefits. The claims backlog allegedly has been cut by 40 percent during recent years.But the agency has a backlog of 368,000 ...

Don’t miss out on Citizen’s Academy

Television shows, movies and novels about law enforcement have been successful for decades. That's strong evidence that a great many Americans are fascinated by this aspect of our modern world.Here in Webster County, however, local residents have an opportunity to gain firsthand, real-world ...

Branstad seeks to protect Iowa’s egg industry

Egg production is hugely important to the agricultural economy in the Hawkeye State. Iowa leads the nation in egg production with an annual output of more than 14.4 billion eggs.According to information released by the governor's office on March 6, one of the largest markets for those eggs is ...

Not the way law enforcement should work

It should be clear to Americans that President Barack Obama's opinion is that the law is what he and he alone says it is - even if it encourages wholesale slaughter of bald eagles, the nation's symbol.If a law enacted in Congress gets in his way, Obama simply changes it.Several months ago, The ...

Administration needs to be more transparent

Nearly 400 airplane flights taken for personal reasons by Attorney General Eric Holder and other top Justice Department officials were not included in government reports on use of aircraft.According to the Government Accountability Office, which exposed the secrecy over personal use of federal ...

2014 Fur Ball deserves support

It would be hard to imagine 21st-century America without pets. They contribute wonderfully to the happiness and well-being of people of all ages.In a perfect world, every pet would at all times be a welcome and loved part of someone's home. Unfortunately, reality falls short of that ...

Obama is not dealing effectively with Putin

Russian leader Vladimir Putin and many other world leaders know how to use power. They understand diplomacy, military might and economics. Some use their personalities to exert pressure.President Barack Obama seems to comprehend none of this. Confronted by a crisis in Ukraine and a leader - ...

Let’s slow down on RICL

Rock Island Clean Line is working on securing easements across 375 miles of Iowa, looking to string a direct current electric transmission line that will flow electricity generated from a yet-to-built wind farm consisting of 2,000 turbines in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska.The ...

It’s vital to sell Fort Dodge and Webster County in Washington, D.C.

Visiting our nation's capital is always an adventure.Walking the hallways where history was made and continues to unfold is seductive for even the most jaded among us. One cannot help but be impressed - and maybe made a bit uneasy - by the massive bureaucracy at the governmental heart of the ...

Area heroes deserve praise

People whose positive actions go far beyond the ordinary warrant particular praise. That's why the American Red Cross launched what has become an annual tribute to individuals who accomplish the remarkable.At the Heroes of the Heartland event, Tuesday at Willow Ridge Restaurant and Golf ...

FAA is slowing innovation

There are all sorts of possibilities for using unmanned drone aircraft to make our lives better. No pun intended, but the sky's the limit.Except in the United States.Here, the Federal Aviation Administration has decreed that there is to be no use of drones for commercial purposes.You can buy ...

Not fulfilled: A promise of transparency

When President Barack Obama took office, he promised Americans the most transparent administration in history. Just the opposite has occurred.The situation is getting worse, according to a study of the federal government's responses to requests for records. The Associated Press found that "the ...

Protect volunteer fire departments from ACA rules

For many years, many Americans have been able to count on volunteer fire departments to come to our aid in emergencies. Hundreds of men and women provide the service while asking for nothing in return.For generations what they did was a wonderful bargain. In exchange for a few dollars now and ...

Help celebrate National Ag Day

After an especially brutal winter, spring has finally arrived.As another growing season approaches, Tuesday has been set as National Ag Day by the Agriculture Council of America.The council designates the week within which it falls as National Ag Week. This important time to celebrate ...

All coups are not treated the same

No wonder so many foreign leaders are reluctant to go along with U.S. policy initiatives. From one day to the next, President Barack Obama's inconsistencies have meant flipping a coin is an appropriate method of predicting how the White House will react to the next world crisis.New Ukrainian ...

Who cares about senior citizens?

President Barack Obama does not have to worry about votes from senior citizens this fall. But many members of Congress do - and that may be why they kept him from another massive raid of Medicare benefits.Obama had planned to limit access to three classes of drugs on which many Medicare ...

This is Sunshine Week across America

Democracy functions best when the public has access to detailed information about what government officials do and why they do it.Iowa and most other states have what are called "sunshine" laws. They require most public business to be conducted in meetings open to the public. There are also ...

Sending too mixed a message

Apparently neither Attorney General Eric Holder nor his boss, President Barack Obama, are familiar with the concept of sending mixed messages.Recently, Holder termed heroin use "an urgent and growing public health crisis."He is right about that.Between 2007 and 2012, heroin use in the United ...