Editorial

Grassley champions biodiesel industry

A robust biodiesel industry can help America achieve its long-term goal of having diverse sources of energy. Biodiesel producers are also potentially important positive contributors to the Hawkeye State's economy. Consequently, Iowans will benefit directly if biodiesel producers thrive.That's ...

Debt limit follies continue

How would you react if your bank gave you an open-ended credit limit - and assured you that within a year or so, no matter how much you had borrowed in the interim, it would be increased?Banks don't do that because their executives are well aware of what would happen.But Congress does.President ...

USDA?invests in Midwest environment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in mid-February that it would provide as much as $35 million over a three-year period to help landowners conserve grasslands and wetlands in the Prairie Pothole region - Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.According to the USDA, ...

The goal is high-quality ambassadors

For most of U.S. history, presidents of all political parties have used ambassadorships to other countries for political reasons. Sometimes they reward friends. Sometimes they get political rivals out of the way.Now the American Foreign Service Association, a group of professionals at the State ...

Another media blitz begins

It would be difficult to top the White House media blitz on the Affordable Care Act as an example of taxpayer-funded government propaganda. Still, President Barack Obama seems determined to try - on climate change.From one-sided "lesson plans" for school children to speeches claiming Obama's ...

MidAmerican helps build a greener Iowa

The American poet Joyce Kilmer wrote a famous tribute to the beauty and wonder of trees on a February day in 1913.While it seems unlikely that our readers need reminding, that poem starts out:"I think that I shall never seeA poem lovely as a tree."It winds up with the famous lines:"Poems are ...

Crime Stoppers helps keep our county safe

Totally eliminating crime from our communities is a goal that can never be achieved fully, but there's a good deal that can be done to move closer to that ideal.High-quality, professional law enforcement is a vital part of any game plan to get crime under control. Even the best policing can't ...

The delays must end

Enough is enough - unless, apparently, you are President Barack Obama, determined to please certain environmentalist supporters. But what about the rest of us? Are other Americans not entitled to some consideration?The Environmental Protection Agency has revealed it can find no reason to reject ...

Don’t bail out health insurers

No wonder many insurance company executives supported President Barack Obama's virtual takeover of the U.S. health insurance system. And no wonder that, despite ample evidence Affordable Care Act is a crashing failure, so few are talking about refusing to participate.ACA's foundation rests on ...

Congress should monitor this policy closely

Allowing immigrants with links to terrorists to stay in the United States makes no sense. We have plenty of applicants for entry who revere this country without giving breaks to those who do not.Not long after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, immigration policy was altered to bar people ...

These assaults must end

Many senior leaders in the armed forces admit the military has a serious problem in how it handles sexual assaults. Why isn't something being done about it?An Associated Press investigation of more than 1,000 reports of sex crimes involving U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan during a ...

Dayton Expo is Wednesday

The trials of a hard Iowa winter are a preoccupation for everyone just now. The many pleasures of the Dayton Expo are a good way to take one's mind off the less than optimal weather.The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Dayton Community Center and Gymnasium, 103 First ...

100 Women Who Care launch new philanthropy

Fort Dodge is a community blessed with a wide assortment of charitable endeavors. This is a town where showing concern for people in need of a hand up is a widely shared value.The local philanthropic world has an exciting new entrant.Marti Doyle, of Fort Dodge, and a large group of local women ...

Let’s preserve religious freedom

Recently, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, President Barack Obama insisted freedom of religion "is important to national security and is a central tenet of U.S. diplomacy," according to The Associated Press.Really?We suppose Americans should be pleased the White House ...

FFA Week starts Saturday

FFA was established in 1928 as Future Farmers of America. It was renamed the National FFA Organization in 1988 to reflect the rapid changes and greater employment diversity in agriculture. To most of us, it is known simply as FFA.After more than eight decades, FFA continues to enrich the lives ...

Time to build this pipeline

Throughout his term as president, Barack Obama has insisted his administration could not allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry Canadian oil to the U.S. unless the State Department signed off on it.Recently, the State Department revealed - at last - that it can find no reason ...

This outrage requires action

Members of Congress are beginning to hear about an outrageous scheme that may have cost taxpayers as much as $100 million. Prison terms, perhaps hundreds of them, would be a good way to deter similar scandals in the future.Investigators say the scheme involved people signed up as "recruiting ...

Economy is still sluggish

Manufacturing has rebounded in the United States, President Barack Obama assured us earlier this year.Not really.Manufacturing barely expanded last month, in a sign that sector of the economy is far from as healthy as the president claims. During January, orders for new goods fell 13.2 points ...

Friendship Haven capital campaign is great success

Friendship Haven has been an important part of Fort Dodge for more than six decades. It offers a variety of living options for seniors. Since it was founded in the mid-20th century, this community within a community has grown and evolved in response to the changing needs of the sectors of the ...

This change has consequences

Assuming President Barack Obama means what he says Americans are about to get a lot less for the tax dollars they send to Washington.That cliff-drop of a loss in government services may well be felt at the local and state levels.Before he presented his State of the Union speech, Obama made his ...