Editorial

Raqqa has fallen at last

In bygone days, officials in some European nations had a way of emphasizing that their forms of government would endure. When a sovereign died and a new one was being crowned, the cry was, “The king is dead — long live the king!” Sadly, so it is with Islamic terrorists. There was ...

It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Most people never experience domestic violence. Unfortunately, however, some estimates put the incidence among Americans at more than 12 million people each year. Women, men and children all can be victims. No socioeconomic or age group is spared. Researchers tell us, however, that young women ...

Stop by KIDZMANIA today

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today a very special undertaking will take place at the Crossroads Mall. Families from all over Fort Dodge and beyond will be taking part in KIDZMANIA. Hosted by Linking Families and Communities, Fort Dodge Community Recreation Center and UnityPoint Health — Fort ...

New law will protect older Americans

Sadly, bipartisan cooperation is quite rare in Congress just now. That makes it all the more impressive that legislation designed to increase enforcement efforts against those who commit crimes that target the older members of our communities has been passed by the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of ...

Fight against terrorism must go on

Islamic terrorists proved once again that they retain the ability and the bloodlust to commit massive atrocities. Using a bomb mounted on a truck, the al-Shabab organization, linked to al-Qaida, killed 276 people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. More than 300 others were injured. Such ...

STEM evaluation shows progress

During her years a lieutenant governor, Gov. Kim Reynolds took a leading role in promoting a multifaceted state initiative that is designed to strengthen education in Iowa concerning science, technology, engineering and mathematics — usually referred to by the acronym STEM. Consequently, it ...

CHIP deserves support in Congress

Few members of Congress disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill extending support ...

October is Co-op Month across US

There are various types of businesses that operate as cooperatives, but according to the National Cooperative Business Association they all are owned and democratically controlled by their members and are designed to serve those members. The members typically are the people who “use the ...

Too many Fort Dodgers failed to vote

Tuesday’s City Council primary election was disappointing. This newspaper has no quarrel with the election results. We do, however, have great concern about the failure of so many eligible voters to show up at the polls. According to the unofficial election results, 958 ballots were cast. ...

Fort Dodge just got safer

If a Fort Dodger has a major medical emergency, help may be as close as the nearest police vehicle. Defibrillators were recently purchased by the Police Department to outfit not only the patrol vehicles, but also a number of other locations in our town. The Police Department has had ...

Recognition for innovative thinking

Dedicated government workers often fail to receive the recognition they deserve for outstanding work they perform. Consequently, it is terrific news that Fort Dodge city employees have been among those who have just received a prestigious honor for an exceptional project. The Fort Dodge city ...

More housing is crucial to FD’s future

The economic boom that is transforming Fort Dodge and Webster County can continue for many years to come. Unfortunately, however, it could stall if a severe shortage of desirable housing —both new homes and rental units is allowed to persist. Dennis Plautz, chief executive officer of the ...

Greater scrutiny is required

Unless they are pressed by the government to do otherwise, as they sometimes are in considering mortgage loan applications, private lending institutions look hard at two factors before making loans. First, the borrower’s ability to repay the loan is considered. Second, the value of the ...

Something still must be done

It has been suggested there is no sense in crying over spilled milk. But an enormous amount of it was spilled by the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — and members of Congress are right to attempt to clean at least some of it up. Their most recent attempt to do so failed dismally, when a ...

It’s time to vote

There are exciting things afoot in Fort Dodge. Fort Dodge and Webster County are well-positioned to prosper if creative leaders in government and the private sector leverage assets and resources appropriately to take advantage of the very real opportunities for business and commercial ...

October is National Pork Month

October has been designated National Pork Month. That makes it an especially good time to reflect on the importance of the pork industry to this state. It’s unlikely that anyone who lives in Iowa does not already know that pork production contributes mightily to the economic vitality of the ...

Newspaper carriers deserve applause

Every day more than 53 million newspapers are delivered to readers. Those compendiums of news and community information arrive on doorsteps all across our land as if by magic. Nothing magical is afoot, of course. Hundreds of thousands of newspaper carriers spread out across the nation each day ...

What comes next?

Former President Barack Obama and his followers may be forgiven if they are tempted to break into a rendition of “What Comes Next?” a number sung by King George III to the Americans in Lin Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical “Hamilton.” “... even despite our estrangement, I’ve ...

Don’t give in to intimidation

French Sports Minister Laura Flessel said, “if our security cannot be assured, the French team will stay at home,” regarding the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Way to show the terrorists and bullies of the world they have not achieved their goals. Certainly the French ...

Tax reform is needed urgently

A major tax reform proposal has been unveiled by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress. No tax bill is simple, of course. But what the foundation of what the White House and GOP lawmakers have outlined makes sense. It is simply to give middle-class Americans a break and ...