Editorials

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 ...

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 ...