Editorials

The Season of Giving

I remember the moment Christmas changed for me. It was Christmas Eve; I was around ten years old, and my five siblings and I had spent the previous month scheming. Our mom worked incredibly hard; as a stay-at-home mom, she homeschooled, cooked, cleaned, and even kept us from killing each other ...

The EPA decision on RFS disappoints

We share concerns expressed within Iowa and the renewable fuels industry about the Environmental Protection Agency's final decision on the Renewable Fuel Standard for next year.The federal RFS requires transportation fuel sold in the U.S. to be blended with a minimum volume of renewable fuels. ...

President Obama hopes to change regulations

It has been suggested President Barack Obama wants to secure his place in the history books by forcing a draconian, harmful regime of environmental regulations on Americans.If he gets his way in Paris during the next few days, he indeed will earn the attention of future generations - for ...

A few more thoughts on shopping local

Few people really enjoy the Christmas shopping routine of trudging from store to store, often battling crowds of others seeking the perfect gifts at good prices. Some conclude it would be better to buy online or through catalogs.They are mistaken, having failed to wonder whether those crowds of ...

Include charitable giving in holiday budget

It can be easy during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season to overlook the fact that for the less fortunate among us, there will be no holiday from need.Children whose parents cannot afford those toys our youngsters think they have to receive, adults unable to find work to pay for ...

President Obama vows to step up airstrikes

President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande vowed Tuesday to step up airstrikes against Islamic State terrorists. During a meeting at the White House, they also agreed to improve sharing of intelligence about the group. And in a press conference, they said they would like an ...

Share the joy of the season with others

Christmas is a time of joy and love for most. The time spent together with family over food and gift giving is something that we all associate with this time of year. But there are those for whom Christmas is just another day, but with an added sense of loneliness and hopelessness. Some are ...

Holiday fun at Kendall Young Library

In my family we believe strongly in giving Thanksgiving its due time. One of the ways we try to avoid shortchanging this holiday is by waiting until after Thanksgiving weekend to put up our Christmas tree. While I love Thanksgiving, particularly the great quality time I enjoy with both ...

Much to be thankful for in Webster City

Tomorrow, many families will gather together to share a meal and remember the things for which they are thankful. Even with all the turmoil around the globe, we think there is much to be thankful for right here at home.We're thankful for the agencies that step in and offer support when there is ...

Alliance could do enormous harm to US

Leaders of both France and Russia want a military alliance against Islamic State terrorists. But thus far, it appears air strikes against IS targets in Syria by those two nations and U.S. warplanes have not been coordinated.France sent in attacking aircraft after terrorists massacred 129 people ...

Improving intelligence is critical priority

Are U.S. intelligence agencies any better at "connecting the dots" regarding Islamic terrorists than they were before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on America? Let us hope so.Investigations after the 9/11 assault revealed the intelligence community missed a substantial number of indications the ...

Congress questions training project

Several weeks ago, members of Congress were wise to ask about progress in a half-billion-dollar project to train Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State terrorists. They learned the initiative was a dismal, expensive failure. Fewer than half a dozen of the trainees were in the field in Syria, a ...

Role of press is essential in a free society

Many people are annoyed from time to time with journalists. We are viewed as too nosy, sometimes insensitive and occasionally biased.But with all our flaws, most Americans throughout our nation's history have recognized the importance of a vigorous, unfettered press. The truth may not always be ...

Caution needed to protect troops

Members of U.S. military special operations units are very, very good at what they do. But they are not that good. They simply will not be numerous enough to do what President Barack Obama apparently expects.Fifty special-ops troops are being sent to Syria to battle the Islamic State ...

Watch out for deer at this time of year It’s the time of year when drivers need to be especially vigilant on the roads, particularly around dusk or dawn. Deer are on the move, especially during those times, creating hazards on the roadways. And deer are

It's the time of year when drivers need to be especially vigilant on the roads, particularly around dusk or dawn.Deer are on the move, especially during those times, creating hazards on the roadways. And deer are a big problem for drivers in Iowa.According to the CarInsurance.com website, Iowa ...

Vote for continued progress in WC

Webster City has the lone contested race in the county. Three individuals are asking for your support to elect them to the City Council. We're not going to tell you who to vote for, but we will urge you to vote for continued growth and progress. The future of our community depends on it.Now is ...

Growth in exports boosts Iowa economy

When Terry Branstad emerged from political retirement as a candidate for governor in 2010, one of his campaign promises was to expand markets for Iowa products.Promise kept.In 2014, Iowa exports reached a record $15.1 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Iowa was one of 26 ...

Continuing to put Webster City on the map

There are a multitude of activities and events going on in Webster City these days. One simply has to look at the Daily Freeman-Journal's Go and Do column to see that. From RVTV to the RAGBRAI pass-through, from fall festivals to pancake dinners, from shopping events to craft fairs, anyone who ...

Conservative Congress Members face issues

During the next several weeks, conservative members of Congress will face a perfect storm of politics over government spending.First, they have to increase the federal borrowing limit early next month, or some agencies of government will run out of money. Much of what Washington spends is ...

The quiet approach

J. Bruce Harreld, the incoming president of the University of Iowa, seems to be quietly easing into the job. Since his appointment to the post to replace retiring president Sally Mason, Harreld has been meeting behind closed doors with various university groups - faculty, staff and some ...