Editorial

Park in Pleasant Valley is looking good

Keeping the city’s parks and playgrounds in top form is important to the quality of life in our town. With that in mind, the recent renovations and upgrades in Pleasant Valley at what has long been called the Mini Park are very good news. New equipment in the park includes an elaborate set ...

Tax cuts are sound US policy

Liberals in Congress are up in arms about a plan to grant some tax relief to Americans. The idea, by conservative lawmakers and President Donald Trump, is irresponsible, they huff. It could add as much as $1.5 trillion to the national debt within the next decade, opponents of the plan ...

Good news in Pocahontas

Maybe the days when manufacturers sent jobs south of the border really are ending. BrandFX, which makes truck bodies commonly used by utility companies, is moving more of its production work from Texas to Iowa. The company, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, has just announced that its ...

Harvest is a time for caution

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 involving farm vehicles and cars and trucks are one of the reasons the death toll is so high. At all ...

Have a Halloween that’s fun and safe

Unlike most holidays, Halloween really has no serious purpose. It’s primarily an opportunity for harmless, child-oriented fun. Costumes, trick-or-treat activities and an opportunity to engage in make-believe combine to make Halloween a favorite of youngsters and those still young at ...

It looks to us like a major scandal

A “new” scandal is being looked into by some members of Congress. It involves sale of about 20 percent of the nation’s uranium assets to a Russian company in 2010. If you have been paying attention, however, you already know about it. Many people have urged for some time that ...

CFR gets ready for the future

Community and Family Resources is an organization that undertakes vital work in our community and region. It is a nonprofit agency that specializes in helping people overcome and recover from addiction. It also assists individuals who most cope with mental health problems. In 2017, CFR served ...

Some additional scrutiny is needed

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 product or service the applicant intends to buy is considered. One reason for that is to ensure that adequate collateral is ...

Obesity is a serious problem

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year’s feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor ...

Learn more about local candidates

Further economic growth is the key to making it possible for this community to move ahead with critical infrastructure enhancements. It also can help set the stage for quality-of-life improvements that will not only benefit current Fort Dodgers, but encourage others to consider making this ...

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 ...