Editorials

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, ...

More stringent screenings should be approved

Already approved by the House of Representatives, a bill requiring rigorous screening of Syrian and Iraqi refugees who want to come to the United States is being taken up by the Senate. President Barack Obama has said lawmakers should save themselves the effort. He will veto the measure if it ...

Thanks to all who keep the public safe

The harsh winter weather this week has been difficult for all of us who had to get out and about. With windchills dipping to the negative teens, it's down right dangerous to be exposed to those conditions for any length of time.No one knows that better than the folks who make their living ...

SCOTUS has little choice in labor suit

Labor union leaders may have had their fingers crossed, hoping no one would spot the Achilles heel in the self-preservation argument they have used so successfully for many years.Now it has been called to the attention of U.S. Supreme Court justices.Government employees have been one of the few ...

End-of-life counseling deserves close monitoring

Millions of older people who rely on Medicare will find the health care program is different this year. Several changes have been made to reduce costs and allegedly improve quality.One new facet of the program is that Medicare will pay for "end-of-life" counseling for patients. Their options ...

United Nations needs to rebuild its credibility

Japan's ambassador to the United Nations warned Wednesday the world body will lose credibility if it does not respond decisively to North Korea's claim it has tested a hydrogen bomb.The ambassador is wrong, unfortunately. The United Nations has no credibility left to lose regarding nuclear ...

End of ban on live bird exhibits is welcome

On Tuesday, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced the ban due to avian influenza on all live bird exhibitions at county fairs, the Iowa State Fair, livestock auction markets and other gatherings of birds is being lifted."This is very good news and another sign that ...

Debt: A greater threat than terrorism

No nation on earth has a battle tank capable of matching the U.S. M1 Abrams. It is simply unbeatable on combat. And the Army has so many of them it has parked 2,000 M1 tanks at a desert lot in California.Yet Congress - over Army objections - this year appropriated $120 million to upgrade M1 ...

Christmas is over, but help still needed

Another Christmas is history. Once again our compassionate community has worked something of a miracle for our less fortunate neighbors.Thanks to the generosity - the spirit of Christmas - that prevails in our area, hundreds of children received toys they probably would not have gotten ...

Remember those who keep us safe at Christmas

As the Christmas and New Year's holidays approach, we hope you will take a moment to remember those who work through the holidays to make sure Webster City and Hamilton County residents are safe and can enjoy the holiday celebrations.We appreciate the nurses, doctors and medical personnel who ...

Agency resorts to ‘covert propaganda’

Public opinion is an important consideration for government officials. It can encourage them to proceed with a proposed policy or persuade them to drop it. Executive branch agencies can use it to convince legislators to fund programs, refrain from killing them or otherwise do what the ...

Reforms are needed at Secret Service

It should not surprise Americans that they have heard little recently about shortcomings at the Secret Service. Sweeping misbehavior by government officials under the rug has become a pattern during President Barack Obama's administration.Still, one wonders why Obama has not demonstrated more ...

Attack was a wake-up call for the U.S.

If they had planned to do so, the man and woman who slaughtered 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., last week could not have provided a more effective wake-up call regarding the threat that is Islamic terrorism.Their victims included a rainbow of races - black, white, Asian and Hispanic. They ...