Editorials

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 ...

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 ...