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Editorial

They call it ‘Operation Inherent Resolve’

One has to wonder how much effort the White House put into coming up with the official name for the war against Islamic State terrorists. Clearly, more thought went into that than into a strategy to actually fight the IS.With much pomp and ceremony, the name - "Operation Inherent Resolve" - was ...

Harassment of clergy is intolerable

Harassment of members of the clergy for what they preached was one of the abuses Americans outlawed when we established the United States.It's back.In Houston, Texas, city officials were upset when a citizens' group challenged a new ordinance. It requires that businesses allow patrons to use ...

Send Joni Ernst to Washington, D.C.

If they elect Joni Ernst to the U.S. Senate, Iowans will be sending to Washington a woman whose service there will make our nation stronger. An Ernst victory will also provide notice to politicians on Capitol Hill that the voters of the Hawkeye State want major changes in the way they do ...

Daryl Beall should remain our senator

Daryl Beall has been a part of north central Iowa for much of his life. He was born in Fort Dodge and grew up in Calhoun County. His lifelong record of community service is impressive. Over the years, his leadership roles in civic, business and religious organizations made this a better place ...

Jennifer Benson for county attorney

Jennifer Benson should be elected Webster County attorney.Benson, who has served as first assistant in the county attorney's office for more than three years, has demonstrated her qualifications for the job in both experience and ability.Benson's career has been spent as a prosecutor. Prior to ...

Support Sexton in House District 10

The voters in House District 10 - all of Calhoun, Pocahontas and Humboldt counties and six townships in western Webster County - have the opportunity to be represented in the Iowa House of Representatives by an extraordinary community leader.Mike Sexton, a business owner and farmer from the ...

Send Leffler back to the supervisors

The economic upswing in Webster County is undeniable.A wave begun by ag-industrial development has led to a deluge of hundreds of well-paying jobs and millions of dollars in investment in Webster County and the region.Though many entities and individuals deserve credit for their roles, both ...

Let’s keep Steve King in Congress

The 50 American states send 435 men and women to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Most of them are little-known to anyone who doesn't live in the district that sent them to Washington.Steve King, a Republican from Kiron who has been in the U.S. House for a dozen years, does not fit ...

U.S. military faces many challenges

Many serious challenges face the U.S. armed forces. But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, no doubt acting at the behest of his boss, President Barack Obama, thinks climate change is a top concern."Our militaries' readiness could be tested and our capabilities could be stressed," Hagel claimed ...

October is National Pork Month

October has been designated National Pork Month. That makes it an especially good time to reflect on the importance of the pork industry to this state.It's unlikely that anyone who lives in Iowa does not already know that pork production contributes mightily to the economic vitality of the ...

Gun control won’t curb mass violence

Thoughtful Americans understand new controls on gun ownership are not the way to curtail mass violence such as that occurring all too frequently in the United States. In a great many cases, mentally unbalanced people are to blame.A situation in Wisconsin illustrates the need for a re-evaluation ...

Keep Branstad in governor’s chair

Four years ago, Iowa voters brought Terry Branstad, a four-term former governor, out of retirement because the Hawkeye State faced woes so severe that a proven leader was needed in the governor's chair.The record of Branstad's fifth term has proved that decision to have been wise.In 2010, the ...

Nobel prize winner has a message

For most of us, the work Nobel Prize winners do in fields such as science and economics is impenetrable. They write about exotic reactions among various chemicals, models to predict how economies will react to certain stimuli, etc.But Frenchman Jean Tirole's Nobel Prize in economics is easy to ...

Concern about Ebola is on the rise

Officials in the U.S. have proven, effective tactics to battle infectious diseases.But the devil is in the details - and the devil now is Ebola.It was confirmed Wednesday that a second employee of the hospital where a Liberian man died of Ebola has come down with the disease. Like the first ...

Fight against Islamic State is failing

Our nation's policy aimed at destroying the Islamic State terrorist army isn't even containing it. That, of course, was President Barack Obama's original goal.And American airstrikes are doing little to safeguard anti-terrorist allies such as the Kurdish people in Iraq.After Obama declared the ...

Don’t fail to get a flu shot this fall

Concern about exotic diseases is high because of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. News a Liberian man visiting Texas had brought Ebola here heightened the worry among many Americans.But what of a disease that has killed far more Americans - influenza?Has protecting yourself against the flu ...

U.S. Secret Service must be reformed

President Barack Obama should be livid about revelations over the Secret Service's failures in protecting him and his family. All Americans should be angry.Initially, the Secret Service claimed an intruder who managed to get across the White House lawn last month was stopped just inside the ...

Ebola should serve as a warning

In all likelihood, you have never heard of Hendra virus disease or Chapare hemorrhagic fever. You probably do know about Ebola, however.Ebola has been in the headlines because of a massive outbreak of the disease in Africa. Thousands of people have perished from it.Now, the United States has ...

Let’s keep Bill Northey on the job

When Iowans go to the polls this year, they have a chance to re-elect a superb secretary of agriculture. His credentials for that job convinced this newspaper when he first sought this office that he would be a truly exceptional leader. His outstanding performance in office has shown that ...

Newspaper carriers deserve applause

Every day more than 53 million newspapers are delivered to readers. Those compendiums of news and community information arrive on doorsteps all across our land as if by magic. Nothing magical is afoot, of course. Hundreds of thousands of newspaper carriers spread out across the nation each day ...