Editorial

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 ...

We need more information

Institutionalized bigotry was abolished years ago in the United States. Yet, as we are reminded regularly, some Americans' hearts still are closed to the idea of equality.Occasionally that manifests itself in violence. To our knowledge, no jurisdiction in the nation takes that lightly. Police ...

This is National Transportation Week

National Transportation Week began Sunday and runs through Saturday. This celebration of the transportation industry has taken place each May since it became a permanent event in 1962. An annual observance taking note of this vital industry's importance to the nation dates back to the ...

Mothers deserve our thanks

If you think that Mother's Day is one of those holidays created by the greeting card industry, you may be in for a surprise. Giving thanks to mothers has been a part of many cultures for as far back as history has been recorded.In the United States, the tradition is frequently traced to Anna ...

Wrongdoing is rampant

You've seen it happen dozens of times: A government official breaks the law. He or she is "severely reprimanded" and forced to resign. And there the episode ends.A Federal Election Commission lawyer has resigned after being caught breaking the very laws he was supposed to enforce.FEC officials ...

Ag Days a valuable experience

"Where do hamburgers come from?""The grocery store?"Despite Iowa's agricultural heritage, many of the state's children are familiar with farms only as images through a car window.For the past 19 years, Youth Environmental Agriculture Days have helped children in the region develop an ...

Let’s stop Big Brother

Most Americans can understand why law enforcement and national security officials want access to information about us - though there are serious, in some cases overriding, invasion of privacy concerns.But the Internal Revenue Service? No way. That clearly crosses an unacceptable line.Several ...

Don’t hamper this trend

Perhaps the most important report on the U.S. economy in years was released recently by a private consulting company. It indicates American manufacturers are growing more competitive in comparison to overseas industries.Manufacturing in China cost 14 percent less than in the U.S. in 2004, ...

Secrets in D.C. threaten liberty

It is understandable that the armed forces, the nation's intelligence agencies and the White House want to avoid disclosure of information that may be harmful to national security. But too often, secrets kept by the government have less to do with security than keeping Americans in the dark ...

IG report is very troubling

It is no wonder the federal government is confused about what is fair and right, when it comes to consideration of the Social Security Administration's now-halted program in which tax refunds were seized to recoup decades-old overpayments. The Internal Revenue Service is a model of the right ...

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 ...

We need to learn more

Sometimes it must seem to the public that the more researchers learn about homicidal teenagers, the less we really know.For example, we suspect many people understand that quite a few violent rampages by teenagers and pre-teens involve "loners" - youngsters with few or no friends, who just ...

More nonsense in D.C.

At times it seems few in the federal government worry much about enforcing the law. Millions of illegal immigrants are evidence of that.Then, out of the blue, a few bureaucrats decide to show just how heavy Uncle Sam's hand can be.It happened at the Social Security Administration, which used ...

Friends of St. Edmond Ball is crucial event

Catholic education has been an important part of life in Fort Dodge almost since the town was founded. The first Catholic school got underway in 1862. The 152 years since have witnessed many changes and stupendous progress. The impressive educational complex that is today's St. Edmond is a ...

More red ink is coming

Americans seem to have become numb to worry about our astronomical national debt, already at $17.5 trillion.During the next 10 years, to $25.7 trillion, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.Think of the numbers this way: Every $1 trillion in debt amounts to about $3,125 for ...