Opinion

Citizens Academy shouldn’t be missed

Editorial

Television shows, movies and novels about law enforcement and public safety agencies have been successful for decades. That's strong evidence that a great many Americans are fascinated by this aspect of our modern world. Here in Webster County, however, local residents have an opportunity to ...

Rare diseases need attention

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Happy Rare Disease Day 2017 to my fellow Iowans. I’m sure you’re asking what is Rare Disease Day and how does it affect me? Rare Disease Day occurs every year on the last day in February. It was created by NORD (National Organization of Rare Diseases) to raise awareness ...

Sweetheart Gala is Saturday

Editorial

The 20th annual Sweetheart Gala, a fundraising event undertaken by the Webster County component of the American Heart Association, will highlight Saturday's social scene in Fort Dodge. The event will be at the Best Western Village Inn & Suites, 1518 Third Ave. N.W. A social hour will ...

Government should support business

Editorial

Former President Barack Obama is infamous for his claim that, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” He might well have added, “and we in Washington will be more than happy to tear it down.” Obama was attempting to give government the credit for America’s free ...

It’s time to act on the voters’ mandate

Editorial

In 2010, Iowa voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment creating Iowa’s Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. The goal was to establish a permanent, dependable mechanism for channeling public funds to address an array of natural resource protection and ...

Fundraiser is a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Webster County Agricultural Association, which maintains your Webster County Fairgrounds, would like to thank everyone for their part in making the 2017 pancake breakfast fundraiser a success. Thanks to the 4-H club leaders and members that volunteered their time to help ...

In defense of the judiciary

Local Columns

No matter your political beliefs, there can be no doubt that we are living in incredibly polarized times. Friends and family, whether Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or Green Party members, have all commented on the erosion of basic civility in public discourse. I certainly share their ...

Centenarians aren’t old fogeys

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Recently, Fort Dodge public schools celebrated 100 days of the school year, and as part of the celebration activities, at least one school had students (and a teacher) dress up as a 100-year-old person. What does a 100-year-old person look like? Women of 100 years of age ...

‘Roe’ had a change of heart

Editorial

Pro-abortion activists want women to think the 1973 Supreme Court ruling known as Roe v. Wade is, without question, a good thing. It is not, of course. And the pro-abortion forces would prefer you not know that for years, one of their staunchest opponents was the woman behind Roe v. ...

NATO is not going away

Editorial

Why should Americans pay more to defend our European allies than taxpayers in most of their countries are willing to bear? That — not whether Washington should abandon NATO to the not-so-tender mercies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin — is the question President Donald Trump has been ...

McMaster is a good national security pick

Editorial

Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, named by President Donald Trump to be his new national security adviser, has been described as “a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker.” That is precisely what the nation needs. McMaster replaces Gen. Mike Flynn, who lost his job because ...

‘Democracy is a participation sport’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The worldwide Women’s March and Muslim Ban protests were “very, very great,” however, while walking on one, two, three or more days is a “very, very great” way to show you believe in American principles, it will change nothing. Soooooooooooo.... Make a pledge to ...

Thank you

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thanks so much to the HONEST person, whoever you are, who found my purse in the Wal-Mart parking lot Sunday afternoon and turned it into the police department. Diane Esperson Dayton

Sen. Ernst seeks to honor Gold Star families

Editorial

The sacrifices made by those who serve in our nation’s armed forces are many. Unfortunately, some of these heroes must lay down their lives so that the American way of life can be preserved. These fallen men and women leave behind family members who must face the remainder of their lives ...

Grassley works to ensure government accountability

Editorial

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley has a long record of working hard to make sure that federal government programs accomplish the purposes for which they were created. The Iowa Republican is among the Senate’s most diligent watchdogs of bureaucrats at work. He has made it central to his mission in ...

FFA enriches the lives of students

Editorial

The FFA was established in 1928 as Future Farmers of America. It was renamed the National FFA Organization in 1988 to reflect the rapid changes and greater employment diversity in agriculture. To most of us, it is known simply as FFA. After more than eight decades, FFA continues to enrich the ...

Hormones and heart disease

Local Columns

Women who are premenopausal actually have a lower risk than men of developing heart disease. However as women’s hormones change after menopause and their estrogen levels decrease, they increase their risk for heart disease. According to a study published in the Journal of the American ...

Yellen has a point about regulations

Editorial

Apparently Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen feels more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up — and a president unlikely to veto its actions. On Tuesday, Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key ...

Dayton Expo shows what town offers

Editorial

Dayton may be a small city, but it has a lot to offer. Much of what it has to offer will be on display Saturday at the 24th annual Dayton Expo to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Dayton Community Center and gymnasium, 103 First St. N.W. More than 800 people attended last year’s ...

This limit just doesn’t make sense

Editorial

When U.S. military helicopters were sent to Afghanistan to aid in the battle against terrorists there, many of their mechanics stayed behind in this country. Men and women accustomed to servicing the aircraft and with a very real stake in doing it well — their comrades in arms fly the ...