Editorial

Proceed cautiously with this policy

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ever ...

John McCain faces a new challenge

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people with ...

Canada is important to Iowa’s future

Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation’s economy. It’s also hugely significant for the Hawkeye State. According to information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 ...

National debt continues to grow

Talk among the politicians in Washington often seems to focus on why the government needs to spend more. If the justification is not national security, it probably will be health care. There seems to be precious little thought given to a serious, growing threat to both our welfare and ...

Iowa senators team to protect students

Getting a college education can be important to success in life. Unfortunately, doing so has become an increasingly expensive undertaking. One consequence is that a many college graduates enter the job market owing a great deal of money. Iowa U.S. Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst, both ...

Honor Flights deserve strong support

Something special happened in Kossuth County this month. Mary Gorce Ludwig’s family started a fundraiser during “Patriotic Night” at a Bancroft baseball game to support the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight program. Her family decided to match the donations from that night, up to $1,000, ...

National Night Out is Tuesday

The Fort Dodge version National Night Out will be held Aug. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Snell-Crawford Park. The goal of this annual event is provide opportunities for the public to interact with the personnel from the public safety entities that help protect Fort Dodge and Webster County. Multiple ...

Driving in farm country requires extra care

According to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, agriculture is the second most dangerous occupation in the nation with a death rate at 22.7 per 100,000 workers. Accidents on the nation’s roads contribute to those sad outcomes. Given agriculture’s central role in Iowa’s ...

Iowa’s new governor is gaining influence

During Terry Branstad’s long tenure as our state’s governor, Iowans became accustomed to his prominence and influence nationally. His successful management of the Hawkeye State earned him the respect and admiration of state chief executives of both political parties. Gov. Kim Reynolds has ...

US beef is back on the market in China

Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation’s economy. It’s also hugely significant for the Hawkeye State. According to information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 ...

Justice was not served by this action

Let us hope Omar Khadr never gets to enjoy a dime of the $8 million the Canadian government has awarded him, or gets to send any of it to his terrorist chums in Afghanistan. Khadr, a native of Canada, was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops battling Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan. ...

Russian meddling is a real concern

Of course contacts between Russian officials attempting to influence last year’s presidential election and those around President Donald Trump need to be investigated. That would be a perfect opportunity to explore other aspects of Moscow’s meddling in our affairs. It is strange — ...

Local businesses support Police Department

The Fort Dodge Police Department has done an excellent job of building public confidence that the difficult work its officers undertake is handled with a strong commitment to professionalism. Even so, situations can arise where people who have had interactions with police officers claim that ...

Pell Grant change makes sense

Speaking of common sense and the federal government — a topic that sometimes seems all too difficult to discuss with a straight face — a change is being made in the Pell Grant program, which helps low-income college students. Pell Grants now will be available to help with the cost of ...

It’s time to get some work done

Most Americans have to stay at work until whatever tasks need to be completed are finished. The knowledge we have to do that makes us work harder and smarter. It makes our bosses schedule tasks realistically. That isn’t how life works on Capitol Hill. Regardless of how many critical issues ...

Courageous acts inspire us all

Stories of courage exhibited by local residents helping others in danger are gratifyingly common. Normally, however, they involve only a handful of good Samaritans. More — many more — got into the act not long ago at a beach in Florida. A couple of boys became trapped in a rip tide ...

Girls softball returns to Fort Dodge

One of summer’s most enjoyable events begins Monday. The Girls State Softball Tournament will be the highlight of the season for the 40 teams that made it to state-level competition. All the teams are outstanding. Making it to this final event of the season means that none will have any ...

Federal employees must be accountable

Government employees should not be disciplined or fired without good cause, certainly not for political reasons. That seems obvious. Just as plain is that civil service laws should not protect rogue employees who cheat taxpayers by failing to do their jobs. Critics of new legislation aimed ...

Leaders play vital role in agriculture

From the earliest days, the emergence of successful farms and related industries in the American Midwest depended on the hard work and vision of people who played leadership roles in these vital enterprises. That was true when pioneers first cultivated the vast prairies, and it is increasingly ...

Supreme Court takes crucial stand

Supreme Court justices, in a long-overdue slap at political correctness, have issued a ruling based so much on common sense and the First Amendment that one wonders why they had to get involved in the first place. First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech are virtually bulletproof, the ...