Editorial

Fort Dodge police get a helping hand

There are certain formal events where police officers wear uniforms that are dressier than their normal work attire. When those occasions take place Fort Dodge police will now have brand new dress hats thanks to the efforts of a local group. Serving Our Servants — a Christian-centered group ...

Help celebrate Hometown Pride

In every town there are special people who contribute to the success of the community through the giving things they do. These folks —whose selfless contributions make life better for others in their hometowns — sometimes go unacknowledged. That’s unfortunate because many of the people ...

New disposal site is a huge asset

In our modern world, just about every household accumulates chemicals that can become dangerous when large quantities come together in a landfill. The Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 2150 S. 22nd St., was created to give area households a way to dispose safely of such items as used oil, ...

Iowa Central gets a big boost

Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa. Not only does it provide affordable educational opportunities, the college also helps make certain that workers with the right technical skills are available to present and future employers. A desire to ...

Be prepared for more surprises

As often is the case, Americans last year may have established a model to be emulated by the rest of the world. This one involves politics, not technology or culture, however, and the ramifications could be earth-shaking. Last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was not as ...

Debates should not lead to violence

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Virginia, were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

Huge decision is about to be made

President Donald Trump is under an enormous amount of pressure over a variety of policy and legislative issues, ranging from tax reform to health care. It is not unfair or unrealistic to expect progress on at least some of those matters. But rushing into a new strategy for the war in ...

Don’t become a victim

An email arrives offering financial rewards if the recipient follows a few simple instructions. The telephone rings and a friendly voice promises a free trip or some other enticing reward. But first some personal information must be provided. Just about all of us have been on the receiving ...

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 ...

Fort Dodge welcomes a new fire chief

On July 5, Fire Department Capt. Steve Hergenreter will take the helm of our local Fire Department. He replaces Kent Hulett as the city’s fire chief. Hergenreter is no stranger either to our town or to the department he will now lead. He grew up in Fort Dodge and has been a firefighter here ...

Terrorist attacks raise new questions

As more becomes known about the three Islamic terrorists who went on a killing spree not long ago in London, troubling questions are being raised about British authorities’ ability to anticipate and prevent such violence. British intelligence agencies were familiar with at least two of the ...

Senate has a tough job to do

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the perfect ...

Today Americans honor our flag

More than two centuries ago, on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress of the newly established United States of America adopted a resolution making an early version of the stars and stripes our national flag. That flag, with modifications to reflect an increase in the number of states, has ...

Grassley holds VA’s feet to the fire

Is there no end to the dishonesty and shoddy treatment of those who served our country by bureaucrats at the Department of Veterans Affairs? Apparently not. In late February, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked VA officials about how long veterans were kept waiting for help at the ...

Natural Playscape is good news for kids

A ribbon cutting last week celebrated the completion of a much-anticipated Natural Playscape at Kennedy Park. It is an exciting new way for kids to connect with nature. According to Matt Cosgrove, Webster County Conservation director, the park uses natural materials and appeals to the senses ...

Market on Central is back

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 ...

NATO needs broader financial support

Last month, after President Donald Trump suggested European countries should start paying their fair share of the cost of NATO, German Chancellor Angela Merkel lashed out at Americans. Europeans no longer can rely on other nations standing by them in times of military peril, Merkel said in a ...

CDBG is the wrong target

If President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program is accepted by Congress, it would not be the first time Washington has attempted to rein in federal spending on the backs of thousands of local governments. It happened a few decades ago when a ...

Preserve Iowa Summit convenes today

A statewide conference known as the Preserve Iowa Summit convenes in Fort Dodge today and will run through Saturday. It brings together an eclectic collection of Iowans who will share their knowledge and perspectives on the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings and sites. The ...

Trail memorials project deserves support

The extensive system of trails that is being developed in Fort Dodge and Webster County is of enormous benefit to our community. It has proved immensely popular with walkers, runners and bikers. Improvements and enhancements are constantly making the already superb system better as the ...