Editorials

Have Halloween that’s safe and fun

Unlike most holidays, Halloween really has no serious purpose. It's primarily an opportunity for harmless, child-oriented fun. Costumes, trick-or-treat activities and an opportunity to engage in make-believe combine to make Halloween a favorite of youngsters and those still young at ...

October is National Pork Month

October has been designated National Pork Month. That makes it an especially good time to reflect on the importance of the pork industry to this state. It’s unlikely that anyone who lives in Iowa does not already know that pork production contributes mightily to the economic vitality of ...

Newspaper carriers deserve applause

Every day more than 53 million newspapers are delivered to readers. Those compendiums of news and community information arrive on doorsteps all across our land as if by magic. Nothing magical is afoot, of course. Hundreds of thousands of newspaper carriers spread out across the nation each day ...

4-H is about helping youths achieve

National 4-H Week, which began Sunday, is a good time to celebrate the enormous contributions 4-H makes to our community and nation. It's hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn't know a bit about 4-H, but this week is an appropriate occasion to reflect on the important contribution this ...

Use caution around school buses

With schools now open across the Hawkeye State school buses are once again a common sight on the roadways. With that in mind, Gov. Kim Reynolds and other state officials took the time at her administration's weekly news conference on Aug. 29 to remind Iowans of the importance of adhering to ...

School board elections matter

Voters here in Hamilton County and elsewhere across Iowa go to the polls Tuesday to select school board members. With all the attention being paid to the run-up to the January presidential caucuses voters may be tempted to regard these local contests as of low priority. They aren't. The ...

Iowa Central gets a big boost

Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa. Not only does it provide affordable educational opportunities, the college also helps make certain that workers with the right technical skills are available to present and future employers. A desire to ...

Another successful citywide cleanup

Hats off to the many volunteers and workers who helped make the citywide cleanup days on Saturday and Sunday another success. We applaud the City of Webster City and the City Council for continuing to offer this opportunity to for local citizens to discard unwanted or unused items. It’s a ...

World Pork Expo is worth a look

The 2017 incarnation of the World Pork Expo gets underway in Des Moines Wednesday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds and runs through Friday. This annual event brings together pork producers, exhibitors and visitors not just from across Iowa, but also from throughout the nation. Among the 20,000 to ...

Congratulations to our new governor

Wednesday a landmark transition took place in the Hawkeye State. Gov. Terry Branstad resigned to assume the critical international role of U.S. ambassador to China. Kim Reynolds, who has been Iowa’s lieutenant governor since 2011, took the oath of office to succeed him as our state’s chief ...

Congratulations, Class of 2017

It’s that time of year again, as our young people begin the next chapter of their life stories. On Sunday, Webster City High School and South Hamilton High School seniors will mark the completion of their high school careers by receiving their diplomas. Some of the graduates will be ...

Is it time to start the school day later?

Studies by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine should serve as a wake-up call for both parents and school officials. They echo calls by some parents in our area for public education officials to rethink school scheduling. In more than a few schools, teenagers and even younger children are ...

North Central Career Academy helps teenagers

The North Central Career Academy, located in Eagle Grove at 216 S. Park Ave. — the old Iowa National Guard Armory, is an innovative undertaking designed to give high school students a head start on preparing for a successful work life. Launched by Iowa Central Community College in 2014, ...

Obamacare woes reach Iowa

Huge changes in our nation's health insurance system were enacted when Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act — popularly known as Obamacare. From the beginning, this legislation has been strongly opposed by virtually all Republican federal officeholders. ...

A chance for students to explore options

The past two weeks, students at Webster City High School have had a unique opportunity. With the guidance, permission and encouragement of the school's administration and teachers, the students have been exploring new challenges and opportunities. Spring Term was new this year and was an ...

Keeping history alive in Webster City

Right in the midst of Webster City is a jewel of great historical relevance. The Wilson Brewer Park, home to the Depot Museum and a complex of buildings dating back to the earliest settlers, serves as a significant reminder of the colorful and rich heritage of Webster City and Hamilton ...

Youth Advisory Committee a positive step

The City Council of Webster City is forming a Youth Advisory Committee to help bring younger voices into the direction of the community. The commission will include middle school and high school students, who will provide recommendations about ways to improve life in Webster City for young ...

Branstad announces final agenda

Gov. Terry Branstad announced (Jan 10) in his Condition of the State address - delivered at a joint session of the Legislature - a sensible plan of action for 2107. The governor's vision for the year ahead and beyond gives a high priority to: • A budget that is balanced, stable and stays ...

Iowa’s rural economy remains strong

In the 21st century, Iowa’s economy is becoming more diversified. By any measure, however, the agricultural sector is at the heart of what keeps the Hawkeye State prosperous. Just before Christmas, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey released a detailed analysis of how agriculture ...

Back Iowa Central on Tuesday

Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa. Not only does it provide affordable educational opportunities, Iowa Central also helps make certain that workers with the right technical skills are available to present and future employers. It’s no ...