Editorials

Sunshine Week is an important reminder

Democracy functions best when the public has access to detailed information about what government officials do and why they do it.Iowa and most other states have what are called "sunshine" laws. They require most public business to be conducted in meetings open to the public. There are also ...

Congress holding hearings on Flint River water crisis

Start building a new home on a tract of marshy land, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may be on your back promptly with orders to cease and desist and hefty fines intended to show you who's boss.But threaten an entire city with health problems that may persist for decades and, well, ...

Realistic response needed for North Korea

U.S. officials cannot say - or at least, will not - whether North Korea has managed to miniaturize nuclear weapons enough to use them as missile warheads. If that has occurred, it is an extraordinarily serious threat to world peace.North Korean officials claim they have built a nuclear device ...

Nancy Reagan, an influential first lady, advisor

During the first half of the nation's history, wives of our presidents received little public credit or even notice for their behind-the-scenes involvement in public affairs. But that changed to the point that thoughtful Americans have understood for many years that when they elected a ...

When premonitions become a reality

Were he alive today, former President Dwight Eisenhower would be angry about a report this week that some Navy SEALs have to share rifles. But "Ike," who also was supreme military commander of Allied forces during World War II, probably would not have been surprised.Just days before he left the ...

Maintenance might have prevented costly repairs

Sometime within the next five years, taxpayers probably will have to find $250 million to replace a key bridge at Washington, D.C. That is the estimated life remaining in the Arlington Memorial Bridge across the Potomac River.National Park Service officials, who have jurisdiction over the ...

Safeguarding free, vigorous press is critical

No doubt many politicians, both Republican and Democrat, cheered Donald Trump silently for a comment he made last week. Many of them agree with him that the press in America should be intimidated from reporting the truth about ... politicians.Trump, the leading GOP contender for president, said ...

Allies must be able to depend on U.S.

If as many as 200 U.S. troops were killed in a terrorist attack, Americans would demand to know how it could have happened. We would insist on learning whether our soldiers had been supported properly and what was being done to strike back at those responsible for the massacre.Between 180 and ...

Time, due diligence needed in manager search

The City Council is starting the process of searching for a new City Manager to replace the departing Ed Sadler. There will be many steps in the process, and it will require patience for both the council and the community. We hope the community will give the council time to get the process ...

Finkenauer tempest: Let’s move on

Some Iowans recently got after Abby Finkenauer, the freshman state representative from Dubuque, for taking a job last fall with Make It Work, a nonprofit group advocating for such issues as paid family leave and affordable child care. She recently joined fellow Democrats in advocating for ...

Wait for investigations to determine motive

Offenses against Muslims in the United States seem to be automatically labeled as "hate crimes" by federal officials. But when the targets are Christians, perhaps because of their beliefs, it is different. Motives tend to remain "unknown."Four people were injured last Thursday when a man walked ...

Time to retire ‘quaint’ Dem caucus

It's quaint. It's cute. It's inefficient. It's time for the Democratic Party's caucus process to die.Much was made following the Feb. 1 caucuses, particularly because Hillary Clinton bested Democratic opponent Bernie Sanders by a fraction of a percentage point. Some editorial boards demanded an ...

Voters should give Kasich another look

With the pace of Republican decision-making about a nominee for president picking up, the direction of the process may be taking a good, much-needed turn.Ohio Gov. John Kasich finished a strong second in this week's New Hampshire Republican primary election, meaning both voters and campaign ...

NK situation should be viewed as crisis

Any nuclear war, even if it involves a limited exchange of, say, 10 warheads on both sides, would be a terrible thing. But it would be much, much worse if the number of mushroom clouds on the horizon was in triple digits.U.S. intelligence analysts say North Korea, the most unpredictably ...

Make police body cam videos public

The promise of body cameras is faltering in Iowa, under the weight of secrecy and self-preservation. And the program's foundation will keep crumbling until the General Assembly backfills the crater that time eroded in the state's right-to-know law.Transparency and accountability was the pledge ...

Blame game in full swing in Flint

The blame game was in full swing this week as Congress held hearings on the Flint, Mich., water fiasco. There, people drank water tainted with lead for months before anyone did anything to deal with the threat.On Wednesday, lawmakers heard a round of cover-your-behind accusations from local, ...

Elected officials just don’t seem to get it

Spending by Americans was flat in December, but they socked money away in savings accounts at the highest rate in three years, the Commerce Department reported this week.Meanwhile in Washington, President Barack Obama and Congress continued to increase government spending. Just in case you ...

Fund anti-bullying, remedial reading programs

It's the kind of thing that will make you shake your head and wonder just what's going on in Iowa government these days.It's bad enough every year when the Democrats and Republicans seem to go nowhere fast on the budget until finally reaching some sort of agreement that no one likes and each ...

Decision time is here for Iowans

Today, Iowans have an important choice to make. We will gather together inschools, churches, and other locations to select our nominees forpresident. Whether Republican or Democrat, it is a responsibility we musttake seriously. Other states will not have the same chance we have had tosee the ...

Caucus time — be a part of the process

In one week, something really important is happening. Iowans will have a chance to come together in support of their candidates for President in the Iowa Caucuses. This year is the first time in 8 years that both parties will be selecting candidates. Once again, it puts the spotlight on Iowa, ...