Opinion

Reynolds helps shape state’s economy

Editorial

Having an economy with a diverse array of jobs and a workforce with the skills to fill them are both vitally important to the future of the Hawkeye State. That’s why an announcement Gov. Kim Reynolds made on Nov. 14 is extremely significant. The governor said two new registered ...

Herzog, get on the same page as FD

Editorial

The lawsuit over site access to the Crossroads Mall that was dismissed Tuesday has created, whether it was intended to or not, a whiff of the once-stagnated Fort Dodge its powerful leadership has worked hard to assail. After all, the year it took to get to the court date successfully derailed ...

Our mental health problem

Editorial

I worked for a psychiatry practice when I was in graduate school in Connecticut in 1989. The practice was based on the town line between Hartford and its affluent sister, West Hartford. From that vantage point, I became used to mental health services and how they were — or weren’t — ...

Diabetes: America’s newest health epidemic

Editorial

An American is diagnosed with diabetes every 19 seconds, making it one of today’s fastest growing health challenges. The American Diabetes Association projects that one in three Americans living today will eventually develop diabetes. By 2050, the number of diagnoses is expected to increase ...

History helps shape FD’s future

Editorial

As Fort Dodge looks toward tomorrow, it is important to remember and take advantage of its history. That’s why it is very good news that the game plan for revitalizing the city’s historic downtown commercial district is paying due regard to the architectural treasures from yesterday, some ...

Remember the art of compromise

Editorial

Keep your eyes on the prize, members of Congress. And remember, politics sometimes has to be the art of compromise. With imminent votes on tax reform packages planned in both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, a major difference of opinion has reared its head. It involves the ...

Book highlights party differences

Editorial

Turmoil has been the order of the day among leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Listing all the many concerns of millions of voters who have been loyalists of either party would require a book. But a book by Donna Brazile, formerly chairwoman of the Democratic National ...

Back to the drawing board

Editorial

If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

Take the campaign signs down now

Editorial

In the weeks leading up to the Nov. 5 city election signs and posters touting various candidates began to appear in yards and vacant lots, on lampposts and in just about any spot where they might catch the eye of passers-by. While the clutter could be viewed as offensive from a strictly ...

Sen. Joni Ernst is making waves

Editorial

Some politicians seek federal office in part so they can live an extravagant lifestyle paid for by American taxpayers. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst is determined to curtail that type of self-serving behavior. That’s why the Iowa Republican has just introduced legislation that would eliminate a tax ...

Remembering all those who sacrifice

Editorial

When a member of our armed forces dies while serving our nation, the impact on that hero’s entire family is great. The sacrifice that has taken place goes well beyond the contribution of the service member. It is really an entire family that has been called upon to help our nation in ...

Iowa Central has embraced STEMM

Local Columns

Iowa Central has committed to an innovative and exciting approach to STEMM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medical Sciences. The idea of STEM is not new. My colleagues and I have been attending STEM conferences for the past 15 years. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Dr. Chris ...

Today we pay honor to our veterans

Editorial

Nearly 100 years have passed since the guns fell silent in the war then known as the Great War — the one we now call World War I. It was late morning in France when the armistice ending that conflagration took effect. All those years ago, many Europeans and Americans expected the ...

We vote not simply because we can

Editorial

O n Tuesday, voters throughout Webster County went to the polls to pick their local elected leaders. Well, a few of the voters went to the polls. According to Webster County Auditor Doreen Pliner, there are 23,183 registered voters in the county. Of that total, 14,513 are in the city of ...

Texas shooter had criminal history

Editorial

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre 26 ...

ACA’s individual mandate should go

Editorial

Republican leaders in Congress are not happy with one tax reform proposal from President Donald Trump. It is that the comprehensive tax bill on which they are working include a provision rescinding the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “individual mandate.” Tax reformers know that ...

Insurance claim gets results

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Oct. 9, I was driving on Patterson Field Road when all of a sudden I heard a bang and the next thing I knew, my low tire pressure indicator came on. When I got to the stop sigh of Gypsum Hollow Road and Patterson Field Road, I got out and went around to my passenger side and ...

Golden K appreciates help

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We, members of Golden Kiwanis, want to thank the members of Daybreak Rotary who pitched in and helped make a wonderful experience of the annual Soup and Pie supper held Oct. 27. Thanks to several children who helped serve drinks during the meal. Also to students from Iowa ...

Defends Humane Society

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Your recent article concerning the Humboldt County Humane Society quoted a statement that was highly inaccurate. We are not a dog shelter. We are not in name only. We cannot financially support a shelter. We work out of Harmony Animal Hospital because they give us a discount ...

FEMA is taking care of Puerto Rico

Editorial

President Donald Trump has been accused of discriminating against Puerto Rico in terms of U.S. aid to help the island recover from devastating hurricanes. Far from it. Trump appears to be discriminating against U.S. states with big disaster recovery bills. Trump previously had told the ...