Opinion

A solution must be found soon

Editorial

Diplomats sometimes engage in hyperbole to make their points. But what Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said recently may be the literal truth. Haley spoke during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. It was called after it was confirmed that North Korea has ...

It’s time to tighten our belts

Editorial

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 ...

U.S. Virgin Islands need help

Editorial

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse than what is ...

Equifax badly fails America

Editorial

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

Praises county road crew

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We residents of Webster County are very fortunate to be served by the type of county employees we have. It is really hard work to find one who is anything but helpful, courteous, competent, and caring whenever you make contact with a problem or concern, and, yes, even with my ...

Lauds First Amendment

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Each time I read the words of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, I appreciate the precious freedoms we Americans enjoy. May we always treasure them. Gloria R. Milbrath Fort Dodge

Wants crossing rebuilt

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Union Pacific railroad crossing at South 21st and Sixth Avenue South needs to be rebuilt. How many years do we have to put up with such an awful crossing? Scott Macek Fort Dodge

Iowa’s senators issue a challenge

Editorial

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 ...

Dying in good health

Local Columns

Dying in Good Health, what? That sounds like an oxymoron. If you’re dying, how can you be in good health? What I mean is making your finals days, weeks and months the best that they can be. We are all born into this physical world and we are all going to leave it. We have no control over ...

Iowa Central honors its alumni

Editorial

Many alumni of Iowa Central Community College made admirable contributions to the college community during their student days and have distinguished careers in the years that follow. The college honors some of these alumni each fall by inducting them into the Triton Hall of Fame. That annual ...

Twin Lakes events succeed

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Eight teams (22 people) and 74 individuals registered for the 11th annual Half-Olympic Distance Triathlon and fourth annual Duathlon. The 96 registered athletes ranged in age from 14 to 77. The participants represented USA and Mexico; eight states: Florida, Iowa, Illinois, ...

‘Where will it stop?’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Ever since Cain killed Able people have committed some horrible atrocities against mankind. Man is a forgetful creature and needs a visual reminder of these horrible acts either through the written word or some type memorial such as the Vietnam Wall or the Holocaust ...

Wants tax reform

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Like many small business owners, my success hinges on my industry expertise and commitment to my customer base. I have been in business since 1988, and in the last 30 years I would like to think I have learned a thing or two about running a company. Unfortunately, the last ...

New campground enhances OHV Park

Editorial

The Gypsum City Off-Highway Vehicle Park is a major local recreational asset. The park opened to the public in July 2006 and has been growing and evolving ever since. It serves all-terrain-vehicle, dirt bike and snowmobile enthusiasts. The park is well on its way to becoming one of the most ...

USDA helps with Harvey’s aftermath

Editorial

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 backs Trump on Afghanistan

Editorial

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 US taxpayers

Editorial

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 ...

A day for memories and fierce resolve

Editorial

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 ...

School board elections matter

Editorial

Voters here in Fort Dodge and elsewhere across Iowa go to the polls Tuesday 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 ...

Iowa Central’s Health Sciences Department

Local Columns

Iowa Central Community College has many program opportunities throughout the college that allow students to get the training they need to become dedicated employees. The students have the opportunity to learn in the classrooms, lab and various hands-on experiences throughout the college and ...