Editorial

May is National Egg Month

Egg production is big business in Iowa. The state’s roughly 60 million laying hens generate a remarkable 16 billion eggs each year, making Iowa the No. 1 egg-producing state in the nation. The Iowa egg industry is a big purchaser of Iowa’s other agricultural products. The state’s layers ...

Biodiesel industry needs help

Congress needs to act promptly to reinstate important tax provisions that assist the biodiesel industry. A biodiesel tax incentive that originally became law in 2005 was allowed to expire at the end of 2017. That tax benefit helped biodiesel producers grow nationally from generating a mere 100 ...

What collaboration can accomplish

Iowa Central Community College is on track to get a big increase in state aid in the fiscal year that begins July 1. A bill awaiting action by Gov. Kim Reynolds includes a $6 million boost in state aid to be divided between the 15 community colleges in Iowa. For Iowa Central, that means an ...

It’s Beef Month in Iowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds has officially proclaimed May as Beef Month in Iowa. For many of us, every month is a time to partake of a food that ranks high on the list of culinary favorites. It’s no secret that Americans have a love affair with beef. That’s been true for generations and the ...

When St. Edmond wins, so does Fort Dodge

Catholic education has been an important part of life in Fort Dodge almost since the town was founded. After all, the first Catholic school got underway in 1862. The succeeding 157 years have witnessed countless changes and progress. One such progressive change is the impressive ...

Mexico, US need to work together

Give Mexican officials some credit for working with the United States to stem the tide of illegal immigrants flowing through their country and into the United States. In contrast with past practice, Mexico City seems to be more interested in keeping its promises regarding the problem. It is, ...

In the swim for a cause

When is a fundraiser more than simply a fundraiser? When that fundraiser starts as a 4-H citizenship project by a 12-year-old. That 12-year-old was then-sixth-grader Morgan Border, of Fort Dodge, who thought that swimming would be one good way to help raise money for the breast cancer ...

Good news for water quality

There’s no doubt that work must be done to clean up Iowa’s lakes, streams and rivers. Therefore, it’s always good news when an effort to do just that gets started. Some of that good news arrived this week when state Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced 19 projects across the ...

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 ...