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Editorial

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 ...

Certification recognizes ag park’s excellence

The ag park just west of Fort Dodge - Iowa's Crossroads of Global Innovation - made an important step forward this week. It became one of the first four industrial sites in the Hawkeye State to achieve recognition through the certified site program of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. ...

It’s all about politics

It has become clear politics is the only thing preventing President Barack Obama from deciding whether to approve the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. That ought to infuriate thousands of construction workers who could be working on the project as early as this summer, not to mention millions of ...

Wind power is booming in Iowa

Windmills once dotted the Iowa landscape. Converting the energy of the wind into mechanical energy helped run pumps and other machinery on Iowa farms, and elsewhere, long before electrical power made its appearance.A high-tech, 21st-century cousin of those windmills, so important in years gone ...

Same failure keeps happening

With the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing comes the realization that it might not have occurred had U.S. intelligence agencies merely heeded warnings from Russia.Months before the bombing killed four people and injured hundreds, Russia's intelligence agency alerted its U.S. ...

Trinity helps FD prosper

UnityPoint Health - Trinity Regional Medical Center is a good example of something that is so vital a part of our immediate environment it is easy to take for granted. Its excellence is enormously important to our community and region.Having a first-rate medical center close at hand is ...

Federal debt keeps going up

Tax Freedom Day for Americans, on average, was April 21 this year. That was the day on which, according to The Tax Foundation, we as a nation had earned enough money to pay our local, state and federal tax bills.Tax Freedom Day has grown later and later, in a steady march toward crushing ...

Federal debt keeps going up

Tax Freedom Day for Americans, on average, was April 21 this year. That was the day on which, according to The Tax Foundation, we as a nation had earned enough money to pay our local, state and federal tax bills.Tax Freedom Day has grown later and later, in a steady march toward crushing ...

Federal debt keeps going up

Tax Freedom Day for Americans, on average, was April 21 this year. That was the day on which, according to The Tax Foundation, we as a nation had earned enough money to pay our local, state and federal tax bills.Tax Freedom Day has grown later and later, in a steady march toward crushing ...

Earth Day is a time for unity

The late 1960s were turbulent years in America. It was a time of rapid change when young protesters expressed disillusionment with many aspects of the world their elders had built.The divisions in society that emerged from those conflicts four decades ago still haunt our society in the 21st ...

Easter offers a message of hope

Having commemorated the sorrow of Good Friday, Christians the world over today are contemplating the joy of another Easter morning with the message of victory over death and despair.The celebration of the resurrection of Christ is a time of renewal and a reaffirming of faith in him who rose to ...

Mental health programs need strengthening

Programs to help U.S. servicemen and women suffering from mental challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder, have been around for decades. Clearly, more effort needs to be put into them.After Army Spc. Ivan Lopez shot and killed three people and wounded 16 others before killing ...

More security isn’t the only answer

Students at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., have been buying tickets for the prom, griping about make-up days because of snow cancellations this winter, studying for tests and, in general, behaving like most teenagers.Until morning on May 9. For a few hours then, the school ...