Editorial

Transportation Week starts Sunday

National Transportation Week begins Sunday. This celebration of the transportation industry has taken place each May since it became a permanent event in 1962. An annual observance taking note of this vital industry’s importance to the nation dates back to the 1950s. That makes this an ...

Iowa Central is an educational treasure

Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa. Not only does the college provide affordable educational opportunities, but it also helps make certain that workers with the right technical skills are available to present and future employers. One of the many ...

Amazon shows some muscle in Seattle

Events in Seattle are re-emphasizing a point about economic development that too many government officials seem to have forgotten: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Officials in that West Coast city have said they plan to establish a new “head tax” on businesses that gross more than ...

Academic success warrants praise

The Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Club has been a part of this community for a century. Its many worthy activities and community-improvement projects contribute grandly to making this town a place anyone would be proud to call home Helping young people succeed and taking the time to acknowledge and ...

It’s once again 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 ...

Limit ATV use on paved county roads

The Webster County Board of Supervisors is considering a change regarding the use of off-highway vehicles on county roads. An existing ordinance allows OHVs on gravel roads, and permits them to travel a “reasonable distance” on paved roads. The proposed ordinance as currently drafted would ...

Terrorism must be fought everywhere

Islamic terrorism is not confined to the Middle East. It is a threat far to the west in Nigeria, too. When President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met recently at the White House, they discussed a variety of topics. Among them were economic issues and security.
Buhari ...

Americans must trust the FBI

Disgraced, fired FBI Director James Comey is saying that attacks on the agency are dangerous because they undermine public confidence in the nation’s top law enforcement institution. Nonsense. Comey is wrong, and we suspect he knows it In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, ...

What game is Kim Jong Un playing?

What sort of game is North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un playing? The question became more difficult to answer recently, in the wake of an historic meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. A spokesman for Moon told reporters Kim assured the South Korean leader he plans to ...

Friends of St. Edmond Ball is Saturday

Catholic education has been an important part of life in Fort Dodge almost since the town was founded. The first Catholic school got underway in 1862. The 156 years since have witnessed many changes and stupendous progress. The impressive educational complex that is today’s St. Edmond is a ...

Don’t provide alcohol to minors

Too often, adults laugh it off when they hear about minors consuming alcohol. Hey, kids will be kids, right? Jason A. Bartley Jr. was a kid, just 17 years old. He never made it to adulthood. Bartley lived in Chillicothe, Ohio. There, last October, he drank too much vodka. He died from acute ...

Grassley singled out for praise

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization is a trade organization representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations. It has members not only all across the United States, but also in more than 30 nations around the world. BIO ...

Conservation keeps Iowa prosperous

From the time the first European settlers made Iowa their home, the state’s rich, productive farmland has been at the heart of the state’s economy. In the 21st century agriculture is just one component — albeit a very important one — of the commercial activity that keeps Iowa ...

Let’s keep our summer fairs safe

During the Ohio State Fair in Columbus last year, a thrill ride, the Fire Ball, broke apart. Several people were injured. An 18-year-old man was killed. The previous year, a water park in Kansas unveiled a 17-story water slide. A raft carrying a 10-year-old boy down it went airborne. An ...

Visit Duncombe Elementary School

In 2015, it became necessary due to structural concerns to close a school that had been a treasured part of our community for more than a century — Duncombe Elementary School. After it became clear that the aging building could not be salvaged, Fort Dodgers decided that the Duncombe ...

Proceed very carefully with Kim

North Korea’s claim it will suspend testing of nuclear weapons is the show of good faith that absolutely had to precede direct talks between that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump. But Trump is right to adopt what, at first glance, may seem to be a ...

There’s good news from Japan

Iowa’s growing ethanol industry just got some very good news. Japan has opened its huge marketplace to ethanol manufactured from corn. Until the recent decision by the Japanese government to make this change most of the ethanol sold there was produced from sugarcane. This is a major boost ...

A careful investigation is needed

In August, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed making ultrasonic inspections of the fan blades in Boeing 737 aircraft engines mandatory. The agency never issued a final decision, however. The engine’s manufacturer had recommended such inspections be conducted within a year. A few ...

Barbara Bush will be missed

Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady to many Americans. In some ways, she felt like the first grandmother. Bush died last week at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the White House, ...

Earth Day is a time for unity

The late 1960s were turbulent years in America. It was a time of rapid change when young protesters expressed disillusionment with many aspects of the world their elders had built. The divisions in society that emerged from those conflicts decades ago still haunt our society in the 21st ...