Editorial

From other editors: Another border-related dispute

As we have said many times before in this space, until our “leaders” in Washington, D.C., commit to constructive, bipartisan discussion of comprehensive immigration reform (something more unlikely the deeper into the 2020 election campaign we go), our country will lurch from one related ...

Gov. Reynolds, legalizing sports betting is a bad deal for Iowa

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has an opportunity to prevent a lot of heartache for many people. The Legislature has sent her a bill that would legalize sports betting in the state. Reynolds hasn’t said if she’ll sign it. We urge a veto. Making sports betting legal in Iowa will just make ...

Iowa’s U.S. senators take action

Victims of sexual assault are often reluctant to report these offenses. In the U.S. military, some service members have shown a reluctance to do so in part because of concern about the impact they fear it might have on their careers if the issue is handled in a military court. That’s why ...

From other editors: Presidential hopefuls are disclosing

One by one, Democratic presidential hopefuls are releasing their tax returns. Years of them. Longtime holdout Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) revealed 10 years of returns at the tail end of Tax Day, which arrived on Monday this year. Later that evening, former Texas representative Beto O’Rourke ...

There is hope for tomorrow, even here on this troubled earth

Having commemorated the sorrow of Good Friday, Christians the world over today are contemplating the joy of another Easter morning with the message of victory over death and despair. The celebration of the resurrection of Christ is a time of renewal and a reaffirming of faith in him who rose ...

From other editors: Iowa survey produces troubling numbers on teens, suicide

These deeply disturbing numbers in a recent Iowa Department of Public Health survey should force all Iowans to sit up and take notice: • One in 10 Iowa teens report “having a plan to kill themselves,” a 53 percent increase since 2012. • One in 20 Iowa teens have attempted suicide ...

USDA announces Ag Census results

Agriculture is an enormous, diverse part of the U.S. economy. Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service conducts a Census of Agriculture to develop a detailed compilation of facts and figures regarding the nation’s farms and ranches. ...

Volunteer firefighters are there for us

Imagine working 40 hours a week or more, then spending dozens more hours training to run the pump on a fire truck. Or consider raising a family, taking kids to soccer practice, going to church and then getting up at 3 a.m. to respond to a horrible car crash. All that sounds like a ...

Let’s cut food waste

In the United States, a great deal of the food produced goes uneaten. According to information provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than one-third of the food Americans might have consumed ends up discarded or lost for other reasons. To reduce food loss and waste, April has ...

Supporting Beacon of Hope

Like anyone else in today’s economically challenging world, the Beacon of Hope is looking to be financially responsible and pay off its debts. Being in debt is new for the homeless shelter for men located in downtown Fort Dodge, according to Executive Director Steve Roe. This year is the ...

Iowa employers are mobilizing

Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a call for Iowa’s employers to participate in the fifth annual Give Back Iowa Challenge. This important philanthropic undertaking got underway on April 1 and continues through May 31. The goal of this innovative endeavor is to engage our state’s residents in ...

Never forget their service

In the United States, the Korean War has long had a reputation as a forgotten war. It started in 1950 and the shooting ended in 1953, even though a formal peace treaty has never been signed. It happened between World War II and the Vietnam War, two larger conflicts that involved more ...

D/SAOC returns with its vital mission

The Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center plays a vital role in north central Iowa. Each year it helps the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault across northern Iowa. D/SAOC has an ambitious agenda that includes providing victims with emergency shelter, food, clothing and helping ...

There was too much at risk

Agriculture carries with it inherent risk. Any farmer can tell you that. But the risk, no matter how tiny, that African swine fever could make its way into the United States is one no one wants to take. Therefore, the National Pork Producers Council’s decision Wednesday to cancel its 2019 ...

Officials’ DC trip is worthwhile

Visiting Washington, D.C. is always a fascinating experience. The Capitol, the White House, the Supreme Court building, the towering Washington Monument and even the cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin make the city a unique place. And within that place, history is made every day and has ...

Helping students decide wisely

Going to college can be an expensive undertaking. One of the most important decisions prospective college students and their parents must confront is just how much debt they are willing to face when their studies are complete. Iowa’s two United States senators — Charles Grassley and Joni ...

Ethanol industry gets welcome news

During the month when Americans concerned about maintaining a healthy and green environment will celebrate Earth Day, there is an especially welcome development. The United States Department of Agriculture has just released the findings of a USDA study about the environmental impact of the ...

Another example of Fort Dodge generosity

People who grow up in Fort Dodge view their hometown as a special place to which they remain loyal even if their path in life takes them somewhere else. That’s true of brothers Brendan, Christian and Colin Gargano. The three St. Edmond High School graduates took different paths in life. ...

From other editors: Caution can save your life

One of the first things we teach our children is to never, ever get into a stranger’s car. In the age of Uber and Lyft, we all need to relearn that lesson. Along with: The later you’re out at night, the greater your chances of running into the wrong person. And: It’s always safer to ...

Health insurance is the third rail

Health insurance entitlements have become the new third rail of politics. Many members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, are so worried about alienating millions of voters that they are unwilling to tinker with the massive government takeover of health insurance — even if they ...