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Editorial

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 ...

Pursuing the wrong priorities

Clean water and effective sewage treatment are serious, immediate environmental concerns for tens of millions of Americans in rural areas and small towns where funds for such purposes are limited. Yet President Barack Obama, supported by his Environmental Protection Agency, wants to slash ...

This reform may be worth considering

A U.S. Senate committee has proposed eliminating mortgage giants Fannie Mae (the Federal National Mortgage Association) and Freddie Mac (the Federal Home Mortgage Corp.). Done responsibly, killing the two entities would be a good idea.Banking and mortgage practices are enough to make the ...

Iowa ranks near top in new Ag Census

American agriculture is an enormous, diverse part of the U.S. economy. Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service conducts a Census of Agriculture to develop a detailed compilation of facts and figures regarding the nation's farms and ...

Space policy was very poorly conceived

NASA officials have revealed that in protest of Russian actions in Ukraine, the U.S. space agency is suspending most cooperation with its Russian counterpart.Just one joint initiative will be continued, NASA officials said. It involves the U.S. paying Russia to ferry American astronauts and ...

Common sense was lacking

Adults have every right to take risks, as long as they understand that if taxpayers have to foot the bills to get them out of jams, they will be liable for part or all of the cost.But putting children in jeopardy through bad judgment is something else again.In March, Californians Eric and ...

Veterans deserve better than this

Veterans Administration officials insist they are making progress in reducing the time those who have served our country in uniform must wait for decisions on disability benefits. The claims backlog allegedly has been cut by 40 percent during recent years.But the agency has a backlog of 368,000 ...

Don’t miss out on Citizen’s Academy

Television shows, movies and novels about law enforcement have been successful for decades. That's strong evidence that a great many Americans are fascinated by this aspect of our modern world.Here in Webster County, however, local residents have an opportunity to gain firsthand, real-world ...

Branstad seeks to protect Iowa’s egg industry

Egg production is hugely important to the agricultural economy in the Hawkeye State. Iowa leads the nation in egg production with an annual output of more than 14.4 billion eggs.According to information released by the governor's office on March 6, one of the largest markets for those eggs is ...

Not the way law enforcement should work

It should be clear to Americans that President Barack Obama's opinion is that the law is what he and he alone says it is - even if it encourages wholesale slaughter of bald eagles, the nation's symbol.If a law enacted in Congress gets in his way, Obama simply changes it.Several months ago, The ...

Administration needs to be more transparent

Nearly 400 airplane flights taken for personal reasons by Attorney General Eric Holder and other top Justice Department officials were not included in government reports on use of aircraft.According to the Government Accountability Office, which exposed the secrecy over personal use of federal ...

2014 Fur Ball deserves support

It would be hard to imagine 21st-century America without pets. They contribute wonderfully to the happiness and well-being of people of all ages.In a perfect world, every pet would at all times be a welcome and loved part of someone's home. Unfortunately, reality falls short of that ...

Obama is not dealing effectively with Putin

Russian leader Vladimir Putin and many other world leaders know how to use power. They understand diplomacy, military might and economics. Some use their personalities to exert pressure.President Barack Obama seems to comprehend none of this. Confronted by a crisis in Ukraine and a leader - ...

Let’s slow down on RICL

Rock Island Clean Line is working on securing easements across 375 miles of Iowa, looking to string a direct current electric transmission line that will flow electricity generated from a yet-to-built wind farm consisting of 2,000 turbines in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska.The ...

It’s vital to sell Fort Dodge and Webster County in Washington, D.C.

Visiting our nation's capital is always an adventure.Walking the hallways where history was made and continues to unfold is seductive for even the most jaded among us. One cannot help but be impressed - and maybe made a bit uneasy - by the massive bureaucracy at the governmental heart of the ...

Area heroes deserve praise

People whose positive actions go far beyond the ordinary warrant particular praise. That's why the American Red Cross launched what has become an annual tribute to individuals who accomplish the remarkable.At the Heroes of the Heartland event, Tuesday at Willow Ridge Restaurant and Golf ...

FAA is slowing innovation

There are all sorts of possibilities for using unmanned drone aircraft to make our lives better. No pun intended, but the sky's the limit.Except in the United States.Here, the Federal Aviation Administration has decreed that there is to be no use of drones for commercial purposes.You can buy ...

Not fulfilled: A promise of transparency

When President Barack Obama took office, he promised Americans the most transparent administration in history. Just the opposite has occurred.The situation is getting worse, according to a study of the federal government's responses to requests for records. The Associated Press found that "the ...