Editorial

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014

Today, we welcome in a new year.Last night, no doubt many readers stayed home, joining the ranks of those sitting on the couch, counting down the final moments of 2013 while participating vicariously in the festivities broadcast from Times Square in New York City.Others celebrated the passing ...

Hang on, here we go again

Remember last month, when official Washington was assuring the American people a controversial budget deal would prevent any new fiscal crises for some time to come?Well, forget it. As usual, promises from Washington are not worth much.Late last month, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned ...

The waste goes on and on

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has released his annual "Wastebook," giving us all a window into the positively absurd ways in which the federal government spends the hard-earned tax dollars we give it. This year's list includes some items that would be laughable, if those who received the funding ...

Governors launch pro-trade initiative

International trade is crucial to economic growth both in Iowa and in many other parts of the United States. That's why Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has partnered with 15 American governors to urge President Obama and leaders in Congress to move ahead quickly to finalize three important trade ...

Here’s the real story

As part of their ongoing campaign to blame Republicans for everything bad that happens in the United States, President Barack Obama and fellow liberals warned this fall that the partial shutdown of government would erode confidence in the U.S. economy, both here and abroad.It did not.Failure to ...

These proposals have merit

When members of Congress get copies of bills under consideration, they also receive estimates of the measures' costs - not that it seems to do much good in controlling government spending.Lawmakers wondering how bills would affect employment are left to do their own research or, worse, rely on ...

More problems at IRS

If you owe the Internal Revenue Service money, chances are you will be harassed until you pay up or at least make arrangements to do so. Unless you happen to be doing business with the IRS.IRS Inspector General J. Russell George revealed recently that nearly 1,200 vendors who have contracts ...

It’s hard to trust this agency

One wonders how President Barack Obama and Environmental Protection Agency officials expect the public to trust the agency when it cannot even police its own high-ranking executives.We refer, of course, to former EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator John C. Beale, who this week was sentenced to ...

A day for Christmas thoughts

Some 2,000 years ago, an event took place that changed the course of history. No singular event has focused the attention of man on himself to the degree that the story of Bethlehem has, for it is the story of man.Kingdoms have risen and fallen, and great nations have perished from the earth. ...

Silent night, holy night …

All across the nation, a feeling of anticipation is in the air. It is Christmas Eve, a time when those whose jobs do not demand that they be at work complete preparations for tomorrow, the biggest day on most of our calendars. Once the packages are all wrapped, the last decorations are adjusted ...

FDSH band is heading to Outback Bowl

The day after Christmas, the members of the Fort Dodge Senior High marching band will leave wintry Fort Dodge for warm and sunny Florida.When the University of Iowa Hawkeyes meet Louisiana State University at the Outback Bowl in Tampa on New Year's Day, the local band will be on hand to provide ...

Branstad leads RFS protest

The biofuels industries are an important part of America's strategy to have diverse sources of energy. Making our nation less reliant on foreign energy producers is a significant benefit of this approach.The Hawkeye State's biofuels producers have become a key part of the nation's long-term ...

Local stores deserve support

Most people put a considerable amount of thought into their Christmas shopping. Finding just the right gifts and staying within the budget is important, after all.The really smart move this holiday season, for any number of reasons, is to do your Christmas shopping at local stores.Local ...

Problems persist with health law

As many as one-fourth of the people who thought they had obtained health insurance through the government's website, HealthCare.gov, may be "orphans," officials confirmed last week.That is the term federal bureaucrats have coined to describe people who enrolled for insurance through the website ...

Congress must stop this farce

In Washington, government spending is discussed in terms of billions and trillions of dollars. A million bucks isn't even enough to merit decimal-point mention in most agency budgets.But out here in the hinterlands, $1 million is still thought of as big money.U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and ...

Congress must demand more accountability

The Pentagon cannot account for more than $8 trillion U.S. taxpayers have given it since 1996, according to a report by the Reuters news agency.Yet, even as the Defense Department insists it needs more money to defend the nation, officials admit waste and fraud are rampant.Clearly, the Pentagon ...

Study this plan carefully

Proponents of accountability in political campaign financing may have applauded President Barack Obama's proposal recently to curb tax-exempt groups that use donations made anonymously to influence elections."The devil, of course, will be in the details" of the Obama plan, commented an official ...

Bill Northey helps Iowa agriculture

Once the election season is over, some politicians seem to disappear. Not Bill Northey. Iowa's secretary of agriculture is determined to visit all 99 Iowa counties each year to meet with Hawkeye State residents to discuss the future of agriculture. He regards this commitment to stay in close ...

Winning by stalling

Clearly, President Barack Obama is stalling the American people, hoping they will believe his claims about Obamacare until it is too late to repeal the program.That already has occurred for millions of people whose health insurance policies have been canceled. As of Dec. 3, the number in that ...

Iowa Central students show spirit of giving

The cynics in our world are quick to assert that college students live in a self-indulgent, self-centered world where truly being a part of the community where the college is located is simply not a priority.For some students, that may be true.It's certainly not the case, however, for the Iowa ...