Editorials

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 ...

Stronger presence still needed in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama may have begun doing the right thing in Afghanistan - but time will tell whether he will follow through.Pursuant to a promise he made while campaigning for the presidency in 2008, Obama quickly began withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan after he was sworn in. His goal ...

Six more years of certainty for Deere

United Auto Workers' Deere work force voted for six years of certainty by approving a new contract that covers 10,000 workers at 12 plants in Iowa, Illinois and Kansas.Reporting in the Des Moines Register discloses pay raises of 37 cents to 56 cents per hour in the first year, with annual ...

O’Malley seems to have dropped the ball on his chances

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley had little chance of winning the Democrat Party's nomination for president prior to the Tuesday debate among the contenders. Hours before taking the stage, however, he managed to erase any possibility of attracting millions of votes.On Tuesday, O'Malley's ...

Public should see images on body cams

What would you do if you were a policeman who - fortunately wearing a ballistic vest - had just been shot by a suspect?Remember, the impact of a bullet striking a ballistic vest is severe and often quite painful. And if you are the officer, your thought in the split-second before you must act ...

Clinton ‘believes’ whatever pleases voters

While she was running unsuccessfully for president in 2007-08, Hillary Clinton's stance on protecting Second Amendment rights was so tough her chief opponent, Barack Obama, accused her of "talking like she's Annie Oakley."Now, as the leading Democrat candidate to succeed Obama, what Clinton ...

Shooting in Oregon another sign our culture is ill

He asked them their religion. If they said they were Christian, he killed them right there in that classroom in Oregon.And since the news trickled out, slowly, about what was done and how, some of us have been asking ourselves:Would I deny my faith to stay alive? Would I answer?"He said, 'Good, ...

Timing is everything

Lately I have been mulling over the passing of time. Time is something I will never fully comprehend. It flys by and it creeps on like molasses.It's been five years since the passing of a friend. I can't believe where the time went.As a senior in high school it was my first experience with ...

Scrapping space shuttle program was a mistake

The decision to scrap the U.S. space shuttle program was a mistake, one that may have set exploration of the great beyond back by years. NASA is just now beginning to develop a new system to send American astronauts into space and bring them back - without relying on Russia's goodwill.We were ...

This week is a good time to reflect on how they affect you

Here at The Daily Freeman-Journal, we work diligently to put out a daily newspaper that we hope readers find both informative and useful.This is National Newspaper Week. That makes it a good time to reflect on our industry.Newspapers are so much a part of daily life that most people spend ...

Tough job ahead for the next House speaker

Hard-right members of Congress got their wish last week when Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced he will step down - leaving not only his position as one of the most powerful people in Washington, D.C., but resigning from Congress altogether.Now, Republicans must make a very ...

Keep yourself, those around you healthy

If you are like most people, you buckle your seatbelt when you get in a car or truck. After all, with about 33,000 traffic deaths each year in the United States, there's no sense taking chances.So ... Gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Influenza kills about 24,000 Americans every year.If you ...

In My Opinion

We asked Webster City residents..."What is your favorite part about autumn?"

Keep yourself, those around you healthy

If you are like most people, you buckle your seatbelt when you get in a car or truck. After all, with about 33,000 traffic deaths each year in the United States, there's no sense taking chances.So ... Gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Influenza kills about 24,000 Americans every year.If you ...

Time to move on, let the process work

Local residents had an opportunity to voice opinions, ask questions and understand the ins and outs of the Webster City sign ordinance Monday night. The City Council opened up the floor for discussion, inviting any who wished to speak to do so during a public hearing.Eight or nine people ...

More conservation efforts could be established

With worry about the futures of some of the world's great animals - tigers, lions and elephants come to mind - fully justified, events in Rwanda during the past few years are more than nice to reflect upon. They also may be a model for conservation.In Rwanda, the mountain gorilla is making a ...

Successful celebration brings community together

Thursday marked the third time RVTV has visited Webster City. That's called a hat trick. Thursday also marked yet another time Webster City has shown the state what our community can do when we work together.The celebration of the Iowa/Iowa State game stretched for three city blocks, with ...