Editorial

It’s time to honor our fathers

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 ...

Situation bears watching

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

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

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 ...

Market on Central to return

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

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

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

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. ...

From other editors: Europe is more polarized than ever

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

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’

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 ...

From other editors: Drugged driving standards needed — and soon

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

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 ...

We rely on these imports

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 ...

Bipartisan cooperation still exists in Congress

Anyone who pays even a little attention to the political climate in our nation knows that in Congress there are strong ideological differences between Republicans and Democrats. This divide makes it difficult for consensus to emerge in many policy areas. Unfortunately, many policy decisions ...

Fort Dodge teens show patriotism

Anyone who thinks that today’s American teenagers don’t care about patriotism or honoring the nation’s veterans received a heartwarming surprise recently. Members of the Fort Dodge Senior High School girls golf team went to Veterans Memorial Park north of Fort Dodge just before Memorial ...

That’s Fort Dodge for you

Another of example of Fort Dodge rising to the challenge stood front and center this week when volunteers using their own equipment mowed and trimmed the Fort Dodge Memorial Park Cemetery. It is one thing to complain about a problem. It’s the Fort Dodge way to take action. Dismayed by ...

Helping to keep our military strong

Making sure that our nation’s military forces remain strong is one of the most crucial obligations of Congress. A key part of that function is crafting each year detailed authorization legislation for a wide-range of national defense activities. The U.S. Senate’s Armed Services Committee ...

It’s time for Frontier Days

This weekend, the Fort Dodge summer season officially kicks off with Frontier Days 2019. Can you believe it’s been 45 years since this local tradition began? The three-day festival begins at 4 p.m. on Friday at the Fort Museum & Frontier Village and continues until 11 p.m. Saturday ...

From other editors: Relations with Iran are still tense

Apprehensions about an imminent military confrontation between Iran and the United States have subsided for the time being, after a tense period in which the Trump administration, citing heightened threats, sent an aircraft carrier and bombers to the region and the Pentagon reviewed contingency ...