Editorial

Preserving the Great Lakes is vital

The Great Lakes, shared by the United States and Canada, are among the world’s most majestic and important bodies of fresh water. But their health is threatened on several fronts. Unless dramatic action is taken to safeguard them, the lakes may become an aquatic disaster area. Pollution and ...

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 ...

Pay a visit to Farm News Ag Show

Even those with the most casual interest in agriculture will want to be on hand when the 16th annual Farm News Ag Show kicks off Wednesday at the 2031 Quail Ave. on the East Campus of Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. On Wednesday, the show is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It ...

North Korean threat is growing

It would be bad enough had the North Korean missile launch this week been just another case of dictator Kim Jong-un rattling his saber for domestic political reasons or merely because he enjoys frightening and angering people. But the vast majority of military rockets used in test firings are ...

Lights at Kennedy makes season festive

As Christmas approaches, the campground at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park will once again be transformed into a holiday wonderland. The 14th annual Lights at Kennedy will help make the season more festive for area residents and visitors. Additionally, the event raises money to support the ...

Traditional shopping has rewards

On Monday, did your children or grandchildren get to tell a virtual Santa Claus what they want for Christmas? Did you try to guess how the magician you watched on your smartphone made the rabbit disappear? And, how about that ice-skating app? Pardon our sarcasm. It is aimed, if you hadn’t ...

Rabiner Treatment Center is thriving

The Rabiner Treatment Center has been helping troubled boys for more than a half century. It was launched in the early 1960s by the Iowa State Police Association. Originally, the center was named the Jerry Rabiner Memorial Boys Ranch. The beautiful rural site that is home to the center was ...

The seasonal bells are ringing again

The sound of bells signals that The Salvation Army Red 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 certainly provides ...

Hog confinements raise concerns

Deciding whether or not proposed hog confinements pose environmental risks or threaten unacceptably the quality of life for folks who live near them is a complicated matter. The final decision regarding approval rests with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The process of evaluating ...

Sharing at Thanksgiving is a fine tradition

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. ...

Today is Small Business Saturday

Seven years ago, American Express launched an event designed to support small businesses all across the United States. It was named Small Business Saturday and the first Saturday each following Thanksgiving was designated as the day for its celebration. Today is Small Business Saturday ...

It’s a day we all should 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 ...

CJ Bio America eyes growth locally

CJ Bio America is an important part of the economic boom that is transforming Fort Dodge and Webster County. Its already significant positive impact on the local economy may be about to increase. Sought-for government actions to make it attractive for the company to invest $51 million in a ...

No tax reform plan is perfect

Money does not grow on trees, even if some politicians want you to believe it does. For that reason, tax reform bills in Congress include some “losers.” For some people to get tax relief, someone else has to pay. But the bottom line on both the reform bill approved last week by the House ...

Reynolds helps shape state’s economy

Having an economy with a diverse array of jobs and a workforce with the skills to fill them are both vitally important to the future of the Hawkeye State. That’s why an announcement Gov. Kim Reynolds made on Nov. 14 is extremely significant. The governor said two new registered ...

Herzog, get on the same page as FD

The lawsuit over site access to the Crossroads Mall that was dismissed Tuesday has created, whether it was intended to or not, a whiff of the once-stagnated Fort Dodge its powerful leadership has worked hard to assail. After all, the year it took to get to the court date successfully derailed ...

Our mental health problem

I worked for a psychiatry practice when I was in graduate school in Connecticut in 1989. The practice was based on the town line between Hartford and its affluent sister, West Hartford. From that vantage point, I became used to mental health services and how they were — or weren’t — ...

History helps shape FD’s future

As Fort Dodge looks toward tomorrow, it is important to remember and take advantage of its history. That’s why it is very good news that the game plan for revitalizing the city’s historic downtown commercial district is paying due regard to the architectural treasures from yesterday, some ...

Remember the art of compromise

Keep your eyes on the prize, members of Congress. And remember, politics sometimes has to be the art of compromise. With imminent votes on tax reform packages planned in both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, a major difference of opinion has reared its head. It involves the ...

Book highlights party differences

Turmoil has been the order of the day among leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Listing all the many concerns of millions of voters who have been loyalists of either party would require a book. But a book by Donna Brazile, formerly chairwoman of the Democratic National ...