Editorial

Santa Cops are on the beat again

The Santa Cops project is a delightful annual effort to make the holiday season a bit brighter for area youngsters whose families need a hand up to make this time of year as merry as it should be. The Fort Dodge Police Association, Webster County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Dodge/Webster ...

From other editors: Overdue answers on Medicaid

It’s a bit bureaucratic, but on page 15 of the new review of the various cost saving estimates from Iowa’s Medicaid program, there is this extraordinary line: “However, during the decision making process to move the Medicaid program from primarily a fee-for-service program to a managed ...

Sen. Joni Ernst shows leadership

Passing a budget and the appropriations bills to fund the U.S. government are among the most important functions of the U.S. Congress. Anyone who has been paying even casual attention realizes, however, that getting that vital work done on time and in an orderly fashion almost never ...

Iowa Central students show spirit of giving

The cynics in our world are quick to assert that college students live in a self-indulgent, self-centered world where truly being a part of the community where the college is located is simply not a priority. For some students, that may be true. It’s certainly not the case, however, for ...

Hunger is a huge problem

Hunger is a huge problem in many places around the world. The impact of an inadequate diet is especially great for children. With that in mind, Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit Christian organization, coordinates an effort to get food to people in need. Last Saturday, about 400 ...

George H.W. Bush left a legacy

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

Remember those in need this holiday season

Thanksgiving has passed and the Christmas season has begun. The time spent together with family over food and gift giving is something that we all associate with this time of year. But there are those for whom these holidays are just another day, but with an added sense of loneliness and ...

Spend time at Farm News Ag Show

Make plans to spend some time at the 17th annual Farm News Ag Show. It kicks off Wednesday at the 2031 Quail Ave. on the East Campus of Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. On its first day, the show is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It resumes at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and runs until 3 ...

Lights at Kennedy makes season festive

As Christmas approaches, the campground at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park is once again be transformed into a holiday wonderland. The 15th annual Lights at Kennedy will help make the season more festive for area residents and visitors. Additionally, the event raises money to support the ...

Unemployment is at a record low

If you want powerful evidence that Iowa’s economy is doing well, drive around any of the state’s major towns or cities. Almost everywhere businesses have posted “hiring” signs in windows or other prominent places. Nationally, the unemployment rate is at a remarkable 3.7 percent. Here ...

Slow down before privatizing

The Webster County Telecommunications Board will meet today, and it’s expected to vote on privatizing the management of the local 911 dispatch center. We urge the board members to slow down and postpone the decision. It’s a momentous choice that impacts the work of dispatchers who handle ...

Manufacturing Club an inspired idea

Fort Dodge Senior High students who are handy with a set of tools will soon have a new activity to enjoy. Creation of the Dodger Manufacturing Club was OK’d recently by the district’s Board of Education. Club members will make items and possibly sell them, according to Matt Elsbecker, ...

Look, listen and live

Cars, trucks and trains are all vital parts of the American transportation system, and the roads and tracks that carry them intersect at lots of places. Those intersections, called grade crossings, require caution on the part of people driving cars and trucks. The undeniable fact is that a ...

Coats for Kids keeps winter at bay

It’s hard to imagine facing an Iowa winter without a warm coat. Sadly, some area youngsters could be confronted with just that prospect if their families are confronting a challenging economic situation. Fortunately, however, through the combined efforts of Shimkat Motor Co. and the ...

A welcome portal to 2019 education

When one thinks of a library, the image of row after row of towering bookcases, often patrolled by a stern librarian who’s quick to tell people to be quiet, comes to mind. Libraries are much more fun and interesting than that starchy old stereotype suggests. And when students return to ...

4-H gives youths opportunties

There’s a lot more to 4-H besides doing projects for the annual county fair. Sure, raising an animal to show at the fair or doing any of the other projects is a lot of fun and, yes, a lot of hard work. Doing that teaches young people responsibility and organizational skills. Joining the ...

Making this holiday festive for everybody is a worthy goal

Thanksgiving is an immensely popular American holiday. It features family get-togethers, immense quantities of food to consume, parades and, of course, football games. On Thursday, thousands of people in our region gathered around tables with relatives and friends for a traditional feast. ...

On this day, let us give thanks

Sometimes in America, it seems as if we actually enjoy advertising our trials and difficulties. There really were trying times in the early days of our nation. That is why America’s first formal Thanksgiving observance had far more significance to our people than today’s often perfunctory ...

Why not shop local for the holidays?

The holiday shopping season is upon us once again. In the quest to find just the right gifts, seeking out bargains is part of the fun. During the current economic downturn, stretching those dollars budgeted for gift-giving is also a necessity for many people. Nobody likes to waste money, ...

Do you hear those bells?

The sound of bells signals that The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign is once again in full swing. If one needed any further evidence that the holiday season is at hand, the appearance of the familiar bell ringers and the launch of this year’s fundraising drive certainl provides proof. The ...