Opinion

Good news for soybean growers

Editorial

Most years Iowa is a national leader in soybean production. It usually ranks at the top or is a close second. The sale of soybeans grown in Iowa to foreign clients is a major positive contribution by our state to the U.S. trade picture. In recent years, a major portion of the Hawkeye State’s ...

Grassley wants to improve Medicaid

Editorial

America’s health care system is complicated and highly bureaucratic. Navigating it is a challenge for just about everyone. The low-income parents of children with complicated medical needs frequently find getting the multifaceted care their kids require an especially daunting task. That’s ...

Kim Reynolds tapped for national role

Editorial

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has been appointed to a key federal advisory body to help develop and implement a strategy for making the American workforce better able to meet the challenges of the 21st century. On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Advisor to the President Ivanka ...

Time out on CAFOs

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Rep. Sharon Steckman (D-Mason City) has introduced a bill calling for a moratorium on factory farms in Iowa. As an Iowan concerned about the health and future of our children we need a timeout. I am asking fellow Iowans to join with me to provide a means for study and planning, ...

What is a trillion?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Let’s consider this for a second; A day on Earth consists of 86,400 seconds. One MILLION seconds is 11 1/2 days, one BILLION seconds is 31 years, and, one TRILLION seconds is 31,000 years. Those zeros sure add up. Now let’s consider that the U.S. government is $22 ...

FFA is more important now than ever

Editorial

National FFA Week is this week.Those of us who live in rural Iowa need little reminder of the importance of agriculture education and the contributions to our nation made by those who pursue careers in agriculture. Even so, this is a welcome opportunity to showcase the activities of FFA at ...

February is Heart Month

Local Columns

February is Heart Month. At UnityPoint Health our goal is to keep you young at heart and help you “Do What You Love.” Whether you recently have experienced a cardiac event or know someone who has, UnityPoint Health is here to help. After a cardiac event, it can be nerve-racking to think ...

Border wall issue is complex

Editorial

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is right about one aspect of security along the U.S. border with Mexico. Just ask “El Chapo.” During the seemingly interminable battle over funding for border security, Pelosi, D-Calif., vowed not one dollar would be spent to construct new barriers meant to stop ...

Community spirit is alive in Knoke

Editorial

Providing up-to-date public safety services is always a struggle for small, rural communities that just don’t have a lot of money. That’s what makes a recent development in the tiny Calhoun County town of Knoke special. There, a modern three-bay station for the Butler Township Fire ...

End of an era

Editorial

This evening about 120 singers and 12 accompanists will take their places in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in downtown Fort Dodge. Soon after that, the voices of the Sonshine Singers will fill that room with majestic and inspirational music. They will bring all of their ...

The art of compromise

Editorial

Fifty-five miles of border made impassable to illegal immigrants beats nothing. That is the view President Donald Trump should take of a border barrier compromise hammered out by Republicans and Democrats in Congress. With the three-week deadline to avoid another partial shutdown of government ...

from other editors: State leaders should take their time

Editorial

From the beginning of the discussion, we have supported a medical marijuana program for our state because we have compassion for Iowans who seek relief through cannabidiol for medical conditions from which they suffer. Moving forward, we have urged the state to study ways of improving ...

Don’t hurt the working people

Editorial

Liberal leaders are so angry about any potential challenges to the Democratic Party’s new far-left orthodoxy that some are beginning to sound positively vicious. Take the reaction to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s decision to consider running for president as an independent. Some ...

Fort Dodge must remain competitive

Editorial

It wasn’t so many years ago when community leaders all across the nation were worried about high unemployment rates. Fortunately, our nation’s booming economy has put that concern in the rearview mirror — at least for now. The labor market is tight all across the United States with the ...

Iowa Central looks to the future

Editorial

Robbers traditionally had to go somewhere, often wearing a mask and packing a gun, in order to steal some money. Now, a new breed of bandits can help themselves to someone else’s money with a few keystrokes on a computer. Stopping these cyber crooks requires a new set of security skills. ...

Iowa should get tougher on abuse of animals

Editorial

In the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s 2018 annual ranking of states for animal protection laws, only Mississippi and Kentucky rate lower than Iowa. Our state can and should do better. One step in the right direction would be passage of a bill designed to increase the penalties for abuse of ...

Trump, Kim to meet again

Editorial

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un are planning a second summit meeting. The summit will be held Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam. But the question the two will discuss is clear: Is Kim keeping his pledge to dial back on North Korea’s runaway militarism? North Korea already ...

Joni Ernst has the right idea

Editorial

Americans have become frustrated by the failure of Congress to get its work done on time. Adopting a budget and approving the appropriations bills needed to fund the government should be a top priority. Unfortunately, for decades Congress has repeatedly failed to get these basic tasks ...

Still time to sign up for Strengthening Families program

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Strengthening Families for parents and youths 10-14 is about to start in Fort Dodge the week of Feb. 10. This PROSPER program will begin its 18th year of programs with sixth-graders and their families. Families that participate in the programs delivered through PROSPER can ...

Salvation Army gives thanks for help

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Salvation Army would like to thank the community for helping us in assisting the needy and marginalized people in Webster County. Through your efforts our Angel Tree program brought toys, food and clothing to many families this Christmas season. With the help of many ...