Opinion

It’s time to honor our fathers

Editorial

Father’s Day is upon us once again. That’s good news for the greeting card vendors. In recent years, they have sold upwards of 100 million cards to Americans intent on paying tribute to good old dad. About half of those cards are purchased by dutiful sons and daughters. Wives honoring a man ...

‘Is this Heaven?’ endures 30 years later

Local Columns

Back when I was just starting high school, a phenomenon began occurring around my hometown of Lake City and beyond. The phrase “Is This Heaven? No, It’s Iowa,” started popping up everywhere, from conversations to bumper stickers. Maybe you remember this, too. It was all because of ...

Situation bears watching

Editorial

If indeed Iran is behind recent attacks on several tanker ships carrying petroleum products, action by the world community — not just the United States — may be necessary. But as of Thursday, only circumstantial evidence of Iranian complicity had been provided. It was on that day that two ...

Progress on mental health front

Editorial

Gov. Kim Reynolds stressed in her Condition of the State Address in January that there is a need to strengthen our state’s mental health systems. In the months that followed, she received strong support in the Legislature for additional funding and innovative initiatives. While there has been ...

Volunteers make it happen

Editorial

For a few hours Saturday night, Fort Dodge was the heart of rock and roll for Iowa. Some 6.800 people gathered at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex to hear Sammy Hagar and The Circle, Vince Neil and Wild Ambition. The crowd that happily listened to Hagar and Neil belt out their ...

Disappointed at Oakland Cemetery

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: When I visited Oakland Cemetery where some of my relatives in the five Haviland families that settled here decades ago and planted the huge apple orchard south of North Lawn are buried, I was saddened to find the flag I had left in the ground (because there was no flag holder ...

Volunteers work at Memorial Park

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to give a shout out to the good people of Fort Dodge. On May 23, my wife and I went to Memorial Park Cemetery to decorate family graves. I was very upset that the grass was 8 to 10 inches tall and a lot of headstones were covered with grass. I vented on Facebook. ...

Market on Central to return

Editorial

Downtown Fort Dodge is on the rebound. During the last several years, storefronts up and down Central Avenue and on nearby streets that have too long been vacant are once again coming to life commercially. The city’s historic business district is becoming the home to an impressive array of ...

Suspension of tariffs is good news

Editorial

Late last month, President Trump threatened to impose a 5 percent tariff on all goods imported to the U.S. from its biggest trading partner, Mexico, beginning June 10 and increase those tariffs by 5 percent each month to a permanent level of 25 percent in October unless Mexico satisfied him it ...

Ag Show is an opportunity

Editorial

Farm News is hosting its first of two farm shows for 2019. The one-day event will he held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Iowa Lakes Community College, 3200 College Drive in Emmetsburg. The show will feature exhibitors showcasing their latest state-of-the-art technology throughout 6,900 ...

Getting prepared for tomorrow

Editorial

Some politicians worry just about the next election. That’s not Gov. Kim Reynolds style. She’s dedicated to making sure that Iowa’s impressive success story continues far into the future. That’s why the governor has been a strong advocate for an initiative called Future Ready Iowa. ...

One hundred years ago, women got the vote

Local Columns

Editor’s note: The commentary below was a speech given by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, on June 4, 2019, as a salute to women’s suffrage. The speech can be viewed at https://youtu.be/hqI8JyMCYLw. I come to the floor today, on June the Fourth, to take a look back at a historic vote of the ...

From other editors: Europe is more polarized than ever

Editorial

Last week’s (May 23-26) elections to the European Parliament, like many other elections these days, were more of an ideological battleground than a process of choosing representatives to a legislature. The populist nationalists on the rise across much of the world had been expected to score ...

Setting record straight on new art

Editorial

A new piece of public art intended to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Fort Dodge city charter will debut downtown later this year. It will be made by Dan Perry, a sculptor from Waterloo. His finished artwork will stand some 15 feet tall on First Avenue South near Ninth Street. It ...

‘The eyes of the world are upon you’

Editorial

American paratroopers leaped out of planes into the dark early morning sky above Normandy in occupied France 75 years ago today. Their arrival signaled the beginning of the end for Adolf Hitler and his vile Nazi regime. Hours later, thousands of American, British and Canadian troops dashed ...

Stevens’ service remembered

Local Columns

For our 40th wedding anniversary, Linda and I joined my brother Dave and his wife Cheryl for a magical trip to Italy in 2008. Before we left, I asked my dad for advice on food and lodging since he was the only member of our family who had been to Rome — and much of Italy — years ...

From other editors: Drugged driving standards needed — and soon

Editorial

Thirty-five years ago, the notion of legalized marijuana seemed like an idea whose time would never come. Sure, there was discussion. And there were proponents. Usually wearing hemp necklaces and NORML T-shirts. “It’s no more dangerous than alcohol,” they would say. “But who needs ...

From other editors: Better safe than sorry

Editorial

A key objective of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law was to equip government to anticipate, and control, threats to the banking system such as the one posed by overheated subprime mortgage lending before the crisis of 2008. One such tool is the designation of systemically important ...

Legislature works to revitalize rural Iowa

Local Columns

Iowa is a rural state and its people have great pride in the bustling communities that dot our state. Countless Iowans grew up and continue to live in small-town Iowa because of the great quality of life that our rural communities offer. As state lawmakers, it is our responsibility to ensure ...

We rely on these imports

Editorial

Thank you, Beijing, for making it clear to Americans how short-sighted we have been for many years. Chinese officials have issued a new threat as part of their reaction to President Donald Trump’s increases in tariffs on some goods imported here from China. His purpose is to force Beijing ...