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    Decades of excessive spending, paid with debt, are hitting America’s credit rating. On Aug. 1, Fitch Ratings downgraded the United States federal government’s rating from AAA, the best, to AA+, one notch below. Fitch blamed “the expected fiscal deterioration over the next three years, a high and growing general government debt burden, the erosion of governance” and two decades of “debt standoff” over raising the debt ceiling.

    Our View is intended to be a viewpoint that could be shared by anyone who is invested in Council Bluffs, the metropolitan area and southwest Iowa region, regardless of political party.

    Alicia Mohondro lost her home in the wildfire that tore through the western Maui community of Lahaina. She says she received no warnings before she was forced to flee amid heavy smoke and flames and hopes the disaster will lead to a change in the alert system. 'The fire was so fast, it was a…


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