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It’s time to tighten our belts

Taxpayers spend millions of dollars each for pension and other expenses for the five living former U.S. presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. That’s in addition to the cost of Secret Service protection for the former presidents and some ...

Iowa’s senators issue a challenge

The work habits of many U.S. senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives are an ongoing frustration for many Americans. There are short workweeks and far too frequent recesses when lawmakers depart Washington for extended periods of time. That leads to widespread cynicism about ...

USDA helps with Harvey’s aftermath

Many parts of the federal government are hard at work helping state and local officials cope with the massive problems Hurricane Harvey has created. While it isn’t the lead agency for rescue efforts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is playing an important role in facilitating recovery from ...

Ernst’s perspective on Afghanistan is unique

The long war in Afghanistan has been a sobering experience for Americans. The battles in this faraway land continue to consume American treasure and the lives of servicemen and servicewomen. To many of us, this struggle seems dangerously close to being an enterprise with no acceptable ...

Grassley protects U.S. taxpayers

Sen. Charles Grassley is an important voice in Washington on many issues of major significance to the future of the nation. While that may be the most crucial aspect of his service, he also is a tireless opponent of wasteful and fraudulent government expenditures. The Iowa Republican has ...

School board elections matter; vote today!

Voters here in Marshalltown and elsewhere across Iowa go to the polls today to select school board members. With all the attention being paid to the run-up to the January presidential caucuses voters may be tempted to regard these local contests as of low priority. They aren’t. The ...

A day for memories and fierce resolve

Sept. 11, 2001 is a day etched in the memories of Americans. Recollections of 9/11 remain vivid, though less so as time passes. The American people opened their hearts to the families touched by the evil work of the terrorists. They also resolved to prevent similar atrocities from creating ...

Northey heads to Washington

The White House has announced that President Donald Trump is nominating Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to be U.S. under secretary of agriculture for farm production and conservation. This is a new post created in May as part of a reorganization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ...

An elderly woman is carried to dry ground as she evacuates a neighborhood in west Houston inundated by floodwaters after water was released from nearby Addicks Reservoir when it reached capacity due to Tropical Storm Harvey on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

It’s time to lend a hand

The American Red Cross is helping the people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and all across the Gulf coast. A number of Iowa Red Cross volunteers already have joined in this crucial undertaking and more will certainly be headed south before long. Shelters are open all across Texas. ...

U.S. pork will now be sold in Argentina

Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation’s economy. It’s also hugely significant for the Hawkeye State. According to information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 ...

Be informed, be engaged

Thursday’s school board candidate forum demonstrated that the Marshalltown school district is fortunate to have five good candidates running for the four open seats up for election on Sept. 12. All five candidates, incumbents Ben Fletcher, Mike Miller and Bea Niblock, along with newcomers ...

Schools are starting — drive safely

The fairs are over or soon will be. It won’t be that long before cooler weather becomes the norm rather than the exception - summer is drawing to a close. Even though the calendar shows another month of summer to be enjoyed, for students vacation days are about to end. All across Iowa young ...

It’s almost harvest time in Iowa

Since human beings first learned to cultivate the soil, harvest time has had extraordinary significance. In earlier centuries, good crops meant prosperity and security. They signaled that the winter months just ahead could be faced without fear of starvation. In 21st-century Iowa, harvest ...

Measure to honor our heroes near approval

Tens of thousands of American military personnel have served in the assorted wars on terrorism that have been an unfortunate, but necessary, part of life in the 21st century. Unfortunately, thousands of these American patriots have given their lives in these crucial battles to preserve our way ...

Farmers markets are good for America

Farmers markets are becoming more common not only in Iowa, but also across the nation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture took note of that development be proclaiming this week National Farmers Market Week. In his proclamation, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue took note of the ...

Iowa senators team to protect students

Getting a college education can be important to success in life. Unfortunately, doing so has become an increasingly expensive undertaking. One consequence is that a many college graduates enter the job market owing a great deal of money. Iowa U.S. Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst, both ...

Reynolds is gaining influence

During Terry Branstad’s long tenure as our state’s governor, Iowans became accustomed to his influence nationally. His management of the Hawkeye State earned him the respect and admiration of state chief executives of both political parties. Gov. Kim Reynolds has only been at the helm of ...

Let’s keep our farms safe for kids

According to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, agriculture is the second most dangerous occupation in the nation with a death rate at 22.7 per 100,000 workers. Given agriculture’s central role in Iowa’s economy, an emphasis on farm safety is of crucial concern in the ...

Congratulations to our new governor

Wednesday a landmark transition took place in the Hawkeye State. Gov. Terry Branstad resigned to assume the critical international role of U.S. ambassador to China. Kim Reynolds, who has been Iowa’s lieutenant governor since 2011, took the oath of office to succeed him as our state’s chief ...

Graduates are a source of pride

All across Iowa, this is the time of year when high schools celebrate with commencement exercises an important milestone in the lives of seniors. Graduation from high school is a key benchmark event. It is a major transition point in life. For many young folks, not only does it represent ...