Editorial

From other editors: Drugged driving standards needed — and soon

Thirty-five years ago, the notion of legalized marijuana seemed like an idea whose time would never come. Sure, there was discussion. And there were proponents. Usually wearing hemp necklaces and NORML T-shirts. “It’s no more dangerous than alcohol,” they would say. “But who needs ...

From other editors: Better safe than sorry

A key objective of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law was to equip government to anticipate, and control, threats to the banking system such as the one posed by overheated subprime mortgage lending before the crisis of 2008. One such tool is the designation of systemically important ...

We rely on these imports

Thank you, Beijing, for making it clear to Americans how short-sighted we have been for many years. Chinese officials have issued a new threat as part of their reaction to President Donald Trump’s increases in tariffs on some goods imported here from China. His purpose is to force Beijing ...

Bipartisan cooperation still exists in Congress

Anyone who pays even a little attention to the political climate in our nation knows that in Congress there are strong ideological differences between Republicans and Democrats. This divide makes it difficult for consensus to emerge in many policy areas. Unfortunately, many policy decisions ...

Fort Dodge teens show patriotism

Anyone who thinks that today’s American teenagers don’t care about patriotism or honoring the nation’s veterans received a heartwarming surprise recently. Members of the Fort Dodge Senior High School girls golf team went to Veterans Memorial Park north of Fort Dodge just before Memorial ...

That’s Fort Dodge for you

Another of example of Fort Dodge rising to the challenge stood front and center this week when volunteers using their own equipment mowed and trimmed the Fort Dodge Memorial Park Cemetery. It is one thing to complain about a problem. It’s the Fort Dodge way to take action. Dismayed by ...

Helping to keep our military strong

Making sure that our nation’s military forces remain strong is one of the most crucial obligations of Congress. A key part of that function is crafting each year detailed authorization legislation for a wide-range of national defense activities. The U.S. Senate’s Armed Services Committee ...

It’s time for Frontier Days

This weekend, the Fort Dodge summer season officially kicks off with Frontier Days 2019. Can you believe it’s been 45 years since this local tradition began? The three-day festival begins at 4 p.m. on Friday at the Fort Museum & Frontier Village and continues until 11 p.m. Saturday ...

From other editors: Relations with Iran are still tense

Apprehensions about an imminent military confrontation between Iran and the United States have subsided for the time being, after a tense period in which the Trump administration, citing heightened threats, sent an aircraft carrier and bombers to the region and the Pentagon reviewed contingency ...

Tariff action benefits Iowa

In 2018, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. He sought to protect industries in the United States from what he said was unfair foreign competition. The tariffs were intended to strengthen our nation’s bargaining position in trade negotiations. Canada and ...

Take the time to remember

Tomorrow is Memorial Day. For many people, it is a time to welcome the summer season by taking advantage of a three-day holiday weekend to spend relaxing time with friends and family. It is important, however, not to forget what this day is truly about. Beginning soon after the Civil War, a ...

Democrats need to compromise

Understand this about the $4.5 billion Democrats in Congress refused to grant President Donald Trump’s administration this week: It could have prevented an enormous amount of suffering among the very people leaders of the party claim to defend: illegal immigrants. Trump had included the ...

Kudos for the Buddy Bench

A black metal bench near the playground at Cooper Elementary School stands as a lasting tribute to a teacher who believed a child should never be left out by their peers. It’s a called a Buddy Bench. It serves a purpose beyond just being a place to sit for awhile. When a child takes a ...

A salute to EMS providers

In Webster County and all across America, teams of dedicated professionals stand ready to render medical assistance in emergencies. For some this is their career. For many others, it is a volunteer undertaking that is performed in addition to their normal employment. It’s impossible to ...

Fort Dodge financial practices earn high marks

When the Fort Dodge City Council turned to the bond market Monday to borrow about $11.2 million to pay for various projects and purchases, a sometimes bewildering amount of numbers was discussed. As the various facts, figures and percentages were reviewed, it would have been easy to overlook ...

More US beef will be sold in Japan

When the sale of American agricultural products internationally grows, it makes an important contribution to our nation’s economy. It’s also hugely significant for Iowa. According to estimates by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 million ...

Honor those who help children

Childhood should be a time of joy. During those formative years, the exciting possibilities of adulthood should be unfolding as a wonderful vision on the horizon. For that to occur, young folks need a loving home where their development is a priority. When youngsters lack that type of ...

Congratulations, graduates

All across Iowa, this is the time of year when high schools celebrate with commencement exercises an important milestone in the lives of seniors. Graduation from high school is a key benchmark event. It is a major transition point in life. For many young folks, not only does it represent ...

Fort Dodge trail system is expanding

To draw people, a community has to have something in addition to good-paying jobs, nice houses and quality schools. People are looking for something to do away from work, something that will enhance their quality of life. Recreation opportunities are what they’re seeking. Walking or ...

One life at a time, one day at a time

One life at a time, one day at a time. That’s the approach the staff of Community & Family Resources takes to helping those with subtsance abuse issues, mental illness and gambling addiction. Now the organization has a new, spacious facility to provide the most up-to-date care to ...