Editorial

It’s a day to celebrate America

Whether you spend this Fourth of July picnicking, swimming, boating, enjoying a parade, attending a community celebration, watching a fireworks display or just plain loafing, there should be at least a brief time to pause and reflect on this country’s enduring experiment in constitutional ...

Let’s take special care on the roads

All across the Hawkeye State, people will be taking advantage of the Independence Day holiday to pursue fun summer activities. That makes it especially important that each of us resolve to keep our streets and highways safe. Paying heed to a few safety tips can help prevent what should be an ...

Support Iowa’s manufacturers

Backing hometown sports teams is second nature to most people. Supporting Iowa’s agricultural economy and the state’s manufacturers should become equally common. There are important reasons to opt for purchases at or through local merchants whenever possible. The same goes for championing ...

Support Fort Dodge Parks Foundation

Sixty-eight goats from Lytton, collectively named the Hungry Herd, were hard at work making Loomis Park look better. Owned by Doug and Jamie Bartels, the goats are rented out cities and other parties. The animals relish consuming plants that most of us regard as unsightly weeds. Their eating ...

Report raises still more questions

Among the more intriguing and disturbing bits of information uncovered by the Justice Department inspector general looking into questions about political bias was a revelation — to the public, at least — regarding an FBI attorney. Much of the attention focused on the IG’s report has ...

A worthy recognition

This week what had long been called Mini Park in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood got a new name. At a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony on Tuesday, it was christened H.C. Meriwether Park. The new name honors of one of the first African-American Fort Dodgers to be a business owner in our ...

Take time for Lunch on the Square

Something new will launch Friday. Main Street Fort Dodge is orchestrating Lunch on the Square on City Square from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The goal is to get more people to come downtown to enjoy a festive lunch hour and also spend some time in the shops that are revitalizing the traditional ...

A Christmas tradition will continue

For more than six decades a volunteer project in Fort Dodge made Christmas a bit merrier with gifts for youngsters and others in need. In October 2017, Ruth Reed and Gwen Anderson, the co-chairs of Operation Christmas made the sad announcement that it had been decided to end the program. They ...

Are more college scandals coming?

College and university officials throughout the country ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Those answering in the negative may want to search their souls about why ...

Inspector general’s report disappoints

Ask an FBI agent if a specific person is being investigated, and the answer invariably will be, “No comment.” Expect special treatment from agents because you happen to espouse the same political beliefs they have? Not a chance. Now, however, Justice Department officials want us to ...

Help celebrate Hometown Pride

In every town there are special people who contribute to the success of the community through the giving things they do. These folks — whose selfless contributions make life better for others in their hometowns — sometimes go unacknowledged. That’s unfortunate because many of the people ...

Charitable giving is up in US

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...

This judge was held accountable

It may have been the fact that lots of young men get drunk and still manage to refrain from raping women that spelled the end of Santa Clara County, California, Judge Aaron Persky’s career on the bench. Persky drew fire two years ago when he sentenced Stanford University athlete Brock ...

Abuse of charitable foundations is wrong

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen. It could just be politics. But while we ...

Let’s remember our history

For more than a half century residents of this part of Iowa have worked hard to promote the conversion of U.S. Highway 20 into a four-lane thoroughfare that spans the Hawkeye State from Dubuque to Sioux City. That goals has almost been achieved. The last few miles should be finished before 2018 ...

This is absolutely unacceptable

Many victims of sexual assault or harassment do not come forward because they are afraid of retaliation. One might suppose that if any employer could protect them, it would be the U.S. military. But the number of armed service members reporting they were retaliated against for filing sexual ...

Now comes the hardest part

It seems that President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un established some level of trust with each other during their meeting in Singapore. Now comes the second, critical half of the equation: verification that Pyongyang does what Kim says it will. What happened last week ...

It’s time to honor our fathers

Father’s Day is upon us once again. That’s good news for the greeting card vendors. In recent years, they have sold upwards of 100 million cards to Americans intent on paying tribute to good old dad. About half of those cards are purchased by dutiful sons and daughters. Wives honoring a ...

This memorial must remain on view

Terming a statue on the waterfront in Jersey City, New Jersey, “gruesome,” the leader of a group planning to renovate a plaza there, facing the New York City skyline, wants it removed. City officials agreed. It is gruesome. And in some ways it may not be politically correct. But it needs ...

This law is a useful step forward

It happens too frequently, in our communities and across America. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families. And we see it in obituaries of ...