Editorial

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 ...

The Iowa tradition lives on

When the Missouri River recently surged out of its banks and turned southwest Iowa and parts of Nebraska into a giant pond, the true character of Iowans shined through once again. People across Iowa, even those with no connection to the flooded area, are pitching in to collect money, bottled ...

From other editors: Gray wolves still threatened

The bald eagle is America’s symbol, but 70 years ago it was nearly extinct. Once numbering as many as half a million, the population in the lower 48 states had been reduced to fewer than 1,000 by pesticides, hunting and destruction of habitat. Under the Endangered Species Act, bald eagles ...

Sen. Joni Ernst fights sexual abuse

Some federal law enforcement officers have successfully avoided conviction when accused of sexual assault by individuals in their custody by claiming that the people making the allegation consented to the encounter. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst wants that defense eliminated in the future. That’s ...

Protecting children’s health

Picture this. The nation’s children are drinking on average what amounts to a bathtub full of sugary beverages every year. That’s 30 gallons of soda, sports drinks and probably the biggest healthy drink fraud of all, fruit juice. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart ...

Let’s turn teens into safe drivers

Learning to drive and getting that first driver’s license are especially exciting parts of maturing into an adult for most Hawkeye State teenagers. For parents it’s also a challenging transition. They are rightly concerned that being a motorist is not a danger-free undertaking. They want to ...

From other editors: On New Zealand’s swift ban on military-style weapons

There’s an old saying in politics: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” It sounds cynical, but it needn’t be. If a genuine crisis is used to accomplish something that should have been done before, then the public good is being served. Such was the case on (March 21) in New ...

Remembering a legacy

For decades to come, patients will rest, recover and regain their health in a new inpatient unit at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center. Those patients and their visitors will likely notice the words Highland Herum Center for Acute Care on the wall. The center is named ...

Fixing Iowa’s broken infrastructure

It’s no secret that Iowa ranks toward the bottom of states in the share of its bridges with serious deficiencies. For years, at least a fifth of Iowa bridges have been rated as “structurally deficient.” In 2017, Iowa ranked first in the nation, with more than 5,000 bridges on that ...

Kudos to FDFD for ISO rating

A national rating organization recently examined the Fort Dodge Fire Department and ranked it among the best in the United States. Perhaps that’s no surprise to city residents who have long believed that their Fire Department is outstanding. But the new rating issued by the Insurance ...

These are heroes who love what they do

John Bruner, who, among other volunteer efforts helped found Webster County Crime Stoppers in 1982, prefaced his comments about being celebrated as a Hometown Hero Tuesday by comparing Fort Dodge to his family. “When you really, really love them, you’ll do anything for them,” Bruner ...

From other editors: Cities should keep traffic camera revenue

Traffic camera obsession at the Iowa Statehouse continues during this year’s legislative session. We long ago lost track of how many sessions have included time spent debating, but taking no action on this issue. It’s uncertain if this year will produce anything more than additional talk. ...

Iowa invests in education

Graduation from high school is a key benchmark event. It is a major transition point in life. For many young folks, not only does it represent completion of a critical educational phase, but it also is a time when adulthood is close at hand. For our state it means that these young people are ...