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Editorial

We should listen to this Nobel laureate

To the jeers of liberals who claim they are merely insensitive to the poor, conservatives have argued for years that simply throwing money at the economically disadvantaged is foolish. More thought needs to be put into assistance that really helps people lift themselves out of poverty, it has ...

More federal revenue isn’t the answer

The federal government needs more of our money, some Washington politicians insist.Really? During the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, Americans paid 6 percent more income and Social Security taxes than during the previous 12 months.Corporations dodge their obligations, the tax-and-spend crowd ...

The world may now be less safe

Leaders in several Middle Eastern countries have seen the handwriting on the wall regarding U.S. acquiescence in a "deal" over Iran's nuclear weapons program. Clearly, they believe, it will mean atomic warheads on Iranian missiles within just a few years.Some are not waiting to be subjected to ...

Is Pakistan a friend of our nation?

A Pakistani official's admission a few days ago does not exactly fall into the category of surprise of the century. Leaders in his country's spy and espionage service knew al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was in their country for some time before a U.S. SEAL team killed him there, the former ...

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 ...

Iowa Central honors its alumni

Many alumni of Iowa Central Community College made admirable contributions to the college community during their student days and have distinguished careers in the years that follow. The college honors some of these alumni each fall by inducting them into the Triton Hall of Fame. That annual ...

Closing Gitmo is the wrong move

So desperate is President Barack Obama to keep a campaign promise to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center that he apparently is prepared to put Americans at risk if that is what it takes.Despite bipartisan opposition to the idea, Obama continues to pursue the possibility of closing ...

Trust in America is waning abroad

Americans can't be trusted. They don't keep their commitments. That is the message heard loud and clear throughout the world as a result of President Barack Obama's foreign policy.The most recent victims of it are rebel groups fighting both Syrian dictator Bashar Assad's regime and Islamic ...

Prisoner releases must make sense

Labeling criminals as threats to society merely because they have been convicted of low-level drug offenses is absurd, some claim. But releasing them from prison based solely on the same criterion is ridiculous - and possibly dangerous - too.About 6,000 inmates will be released from federal ...

The Taliban must not return to power

Recently, first lady Michelle Obama took to Twitter to promote her list of "girl power" songs, ranging from "Survivor" to "Girl on Fire." It was part of her promotion of her "Let Girls Learn" campaign.More than 62 million girls throughout the world do not have adequate access to education, the ...

This 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 ...

October is Co-op Month across US

There are various types of businesses that operate as cooperatives, but according to the National Cooperative Business Association they all are owned and democratically controlled by their members and are designed to serve those members. The members typically are the people who "use the co-op's ...

The Democratic debate season begins

When Democrat candidates for president Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared in their first nationally televised debate Tuesday night, fireworks of the type engaged in by the large field of Republicans weren't the order of the day.Both Sanders and Clinton essentially chose to ...

We owe our veterans a great deal

Brian Keaton made history recently in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a professional baseball game. He and his brothers-in-arms have made much more important history on other fields, however.Prior to a game between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants, Keaton ...

Cameras also reveal police heroism

What would you do if you were a policeman who - fortunately wearing a ballistic vest - had just been shot by a suspect?Remember, the impact of a bullet striking a ballistic vest is severe and often quite painful. And if you are the officer, your thought in the split-second before you must act ...

Kunduz presents a tragic reminder

Methods of hitting specific, sometimes small, targets with bombs, rockets and artillery fire have improved dramatically during the past several years. But relying on "pinpoint bombing" or "surgical strikes" remains potentially risky, as a tragedy on recently made clear.An airstrike by U.S. ...

Are we being foolish — once again?

We Americans seem to be viewed as suckers by many of our enemies. And why not? We strike trust-us deals with an Iranian regime operating under the motto, "Death to America." For decades we trusted North Korea to refrain from developing nuclear weapons.For more than a year before the Sept. 11, ...

Younkers Bridal Spectacular is today

Getting married is a time for celebration. Making certain that a wedding day will be a treasured memory for a lifetime requires substantial planning. Perfect weddings don't happen without careful advance preparation.For prospective brides and grooms considering the myriad options can be great ...

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 ...

VW’s cheating raises major issues

Environmental Protection Agency officials and members of Congress should be asking themselves this question: How did Volkswagen executives think they could get away with cheating on emissions testing?Thanks to an investigation carried out by West Virginia University scientists, it is known that ...