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Let’s take special care on the roads

Editorial

All across the Hawkeye State, people will be taking advantage of this holiday weekend to pursue fun summer activities. That makes it especially important that each of us resolve to keep our streets and highways safe. Paying heed to a few safety tips can help prevent what should be an ...

Congratulations to our new governor

Editorial

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 ...

Trump does well in Saudi Arabia

Editorial

There can be no doubt Saudi Arabia leaders got the message President Donald Trump was sending Saturday. Ironically, it was one former President Barack Obama claimed to be trying to convey — but in which he failed dismally. Trump has been accused of, in effect, being unnecessarily blunt and ...

Federal debt is a massive problem

Editorial

Recently, President Donald Trump lifted the government hiring freeze he ordered when he took office. A more targeted “drain the swamp” plan will be implemented, the White House claimed. Doing so is badly needed because the growth of the federal problem is a long-term problem that needs to ...

North Korea poses a real threat

Editorial

North Korean dictator Kim Song Un has gone beyond rattling his saber during the past few months. He has gone to waving the sword around his region of Asia, and that seems to be prompting some other world leaders to re-examine the old advice about the enemy of my enemy being my ...

Graduates are a source of pride

Editorial

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 ...

HPV vaccination

Local Columns

Vaccines are among the few medical interventions that can virtually eliminate a disease. HPV (short for human papillomavirus) vaccination is the answer for many types of cancer. Nearly all cases of cervical cancer are caused by infection with high-risk types of HPV, and the virus also is ...

International hacking threat is very real

Editorial

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange ...

EMS Week starts Sunday

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: National EMS (Emergency Medical Service) Week is May 21 -27, 2017. EMS provides critical, emergent and immediate medical care to patients throughout the state. Many EMS providers are paid professionals, but close to 90 percent, are highly trained volunteers who provide these ...

Veterans project succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thank you for your coverage of the Veterans History Project Day held on Friday, April 28. We especially want to thank Dr. Dan Kinney, president of Iowa Central Community College, and his staff for hosting the day. The facilities were ideal for our needs, and every request we ...

FD Federated Garden Club says ‘thank you’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club thanks the community for their support for two of our recent events, the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa Sixth District Meeting, and our plant and garage sale. We thank Mayor Matt Bemrich, who made time in his schedule to welcome our guests ...

Leopold Center gets a reprieve

Editorial

During the recently ended legislative session, Iowa lawmakers faced the need to find ways the state government could spend less money so it could achieve a balanced budget. Unfortunately, Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture became one of the targets of that ...

Developing tomorrow’s community leaders

Editorial

Leadership Fort Dodge has an ambitious mission. It seeks to develop community leaders “who are informed, dynamic, qualified and motivated.” Now in its 12th year, the project endeavors to mold future leaders by providing them the background information and other tools they need to become ...

He always showed up

Letters to the Editor

We got the call last Sunday morning as we were headed to my son’s family’s church in Cedar Rapids. I knew the minute I saw who it was from what the call was about. My brother-in-law, Bruce (Vandagriff), had been bravely fighting an 8-month-long battle with brain cancer. We had just ...

Foster care helps children thrive

Editorial

When youngsters lack a loving and supportive home life — even if that is just a temporary circumstance — they are put at an enormous disadvantage. All too often, the result can be a journey to adulthood that does not afford the child the type of environment necessary to thrive. One of the ...

Appreciates the support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of SOS (Serving Our Servants), I wish to thank our community for all the support we received on Frida and Saturday, May 5 and 6. Indeed, thank you all. About four years ago, a handful of men and a matching grant began a mission or sharing our thanks and appreciation ...

Backs equality

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Born into the Burnquist family of Fort Dodge and Des Moines, my Iowa roots go deep. I became an Oklahoman in 1969, but now find an unusual religious connection between my two states. My Oklahoma City church minister, Kayla Bonewell, was married to her wife, Dana, by Iowa ...

Wants a bingo hall

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In regards to getting a bingo hall going, I think that would be great. So, all you Fort Dodge and out-of-town people that like to play bingo, you need to send a letter to the editor and it just might help to get one started again. There are a lot of out-of-town people that ...

Lauds ‘Guardian Angels’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Friday, May 5, my car decided not to move at the busy intersection of Fifth Avenue South and 22nd Street. My Guardian Angel, or rather three of them, was watching out for me. Two young men and a young lady appeared and pushed my car into a parking lot. They made sure I was ...

Here’s a sad truth about Congress

Editorial

In cautioning federal agencies about an outrageous provision of the federal Freedom of Information Act, a Texas congressman has reminded the American people of it, too. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, has sent letters to about a dozen agencies regarding press inquiries about government ...