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Opinion

Grassley works to ensure government accountability

Editorial

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley has a long record of working hard to make sure that federal government programs accomplish the purposes for which they were created. The Iowa Republican is among the Senate’s most diligent watchdogs of bureaucrats at work. He has made it central to his mission in ...

FFA enriches the lives of students

Editorial

The 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 ...

Hormones and heart disease

Local Columns

Women who are premenopausal actually have a lower risk than men of developing heart disease. However as women’s hormones change after menopause and their estrogen levels decrease, they increase their risk for heart disease. According to a study published in the Journal of the American ...

Yellen has a point about regulations

Editorial

Apparently Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen feels more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up — and a president unlikely to veto its actions. On Tuesday, Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key ...

Dayton Expo shows what town offers

Editorial

Dayton may be a small city, but it has a lot to offer. Much of what it has to offer will be on display Saturday at the 24th annual Dayton Expo to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Dayton Community Center and gymnasium, 103 First St. N.W. More than 800 people attended last year’s ...

This limit just doesn’t make sense

Editorial

When U.S. military helicopters were sent to Afghanistan to aid in the battle against terrorists there, many of their mechanics stayed behind in this country. Men and women accustomed to servicing the aircraft and with a very real stake in doing it well — their comrades in arms fly the ...

Trump adviser Conway breaks a rule

Editorial

Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, broke a rule last week. She dared, on national television, to suggest people ought to buy clothing from Trump’s daughter’s clothing line. Horrors! Has she no shame? Is capital punishment too good for her? Pardon our ...

Pakistan has supported terrorists for years

Editorial

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Maybe DeVos isn’t the issue

Editorial

Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education means the end of public schools as we know them, her critics have charged. There was enough concern about that among senators that 50 of them voted against her. For the first time in history, a tie vote over a Cabinet nominee had to be ...

College, Fair Board join forces

Editorial

Great things happen when groups join forces for the common good. For the latest example of that, look no further than the Webster County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds southwest of Fort Dodge will see a series of improvements this year because the Webster County Fair Board and Iowa Central ...

Shared vision

Local Columns

At the turn of the 20th century, the renowned American philosopher and sociologist, W.E.B. DuBois, made a compelling case for the future of all citizens of America. He claimed that in every society there was always a “talented 10th” or a top 10 percent who are leaders and have tremendous ...

Has bureaucracy gone wild?

Editorial

On Jan. 30, President Donald Trump issued an order that requires federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new one they establish. It was in keeping with his pledge to reduce the cost and intrusiveness of government. Now, two organizations and a labor union have filed a lawsuit ...

Congress wants to eliminate program

Editorial

An independent federal election commission intended to help states with their voting systems should be eliminated, members of a House of Representatives committee voted this week. Created after the 2000 presidential election raised questions about fairness and honesty, the Election ...

Trails enhance the community

Editorial

Trails offer outdoor recreation for people at every level of physical fitness. The most athletic among us can run or pedal their bikes as fast as they can on a trail. Senior citizens can move along at a more sedate pace and families can travel as quickly or as slowly as they want to. And on ...

Ours is an exceptional nation

Editorial

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Vital flow of information is threatened

Editorial

Once a year, all local governments in Iowa are required to publish a public notice in a newspaper listing the salaries of every one of their employees. Anyone who thinks public notices aren’t important or arent’t read by the average Iowan should visit their local coffee shop the day that ...

Print wrestling coverage sidelined

Local Columns

Terril is a town of 364 residents and it seemed like most of them were looking on from across the street as four fire departments tried to get a blaze under control the night of Oct. 12, 2015. Tim and Michelle Roth spent 15 years at 306 State Street. They moved there when their oldest sons, ...

Trump’s rationale makes sense

Editorial

President Donald Trump’s order banning travel to this country by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries certainly could have benefited from more planning. For example, denying re-entry to travelers who resided here, then left the United States intending to return within days or ...

Distracted drivers endanger everyone

Editorial

Cellphones are everywhere. The notion of a telephone that could be instantaneously available anywhere was the stuff of science fiction in the quite recent past. Twenty-five years ago, almost nobody had a cellphone. Today, it’s hard to find anyone who does not. It has become possible to ...