Editorial

Easter offers a powerful message

Having commemorated the sorrow of Good Friday, Christians the world over today are contemplating the joy of another Easter morning with the message of victory over death and despair. The celebration of the resurrection of Christ is a time of renewal and a reaffirming of faith in him who rose ...

Korea talks appear likely to occur

Diplomacy often is the art of saying things you don’t mean, in order to put an opponent off guard or ingratiate him to you personally. Let us hope President Donald Trump was engaged in such a manipulative technique in a tweet he issued Wednesday. It appears Trump and North Korean dictator ...

Area heroes deserve strong praise

People whose positive actions go far beyond the ordinary warrant particular praise. That’s why Serve or Servants (SOS) and the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way have partnered to sponsor an annual tribute to individuals who accomplish the remarkable. At the 2018 Heroes Luncheon, ...

It’s time to get prepared

It’s officially spring, and while wintry conditions may not be completely behind us, warmer days are coming. Unfortunately, however, the weeks and months just ahead are also the time of year when dangerous weather-related conditions can threaten the well-being of Hawkeye State residents. ...

A tragedy won’t halt progress

One of those “self-driving” cars struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, recently. She was crossing the street when she was struck by the vehicle, which was traveling at about 40 mph. Police said the vehicle, with a human in the driver’s seat but not operating the controls, did not ...

Fort Dodge welcomes Jesse Ulrich

The quality of the school system is among the most important determinants of a town’s long-term prospects. Consequently, choosing a superintendent for a school system is one of the most crucial decisions school board members make. It is of importance not only to staff members and students, ...

It’s time for spring and farming

Agriculture is at the very heart of life in the Hawkeye State and especially so as spring unfolds. The renewal of the earth is also a time when the pace quickens on Iowa’s 86,900 farms. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture a huge ...

Endangered species need our help

Within a few years, we humans will have allowed another of the majestic creatures that once roamed the earth in great numbers to go extinct. It is the northern white rhinoceros, one of two subspecies of the white rhinoceros. The last known male of the subspecies, a 45-year-old named Sudan, ...

Trump’s new plan is multifaceted

President Donald Trump’s suggestion that some especially evil traffickers in illegal drugs may deserve the death penalty got the headlines recently. But other aspects of his initiative against substance abuse, which he unveiled in New Hampshire, deserve more attention. Buried several lines ...

Trump must not let the swamp win

As his days as U.S. secretary of state end, Rex Tillerson knows full well why President Donald Trump ousted him. The two men simply did not agree enough. And in some ways, Tillerson was just too diplomatic for the president’s taste. But in a way, Tillerson’s departure is a victory for ...

Washington trip is a good move

Paying a visit to our nation’s capital is always an adventure. Walking the hallways where history unfolds is exciting. One cannot help but be impressed — and maybe made a bit uneasy — by the massive bureaucracy at the governmental heart of our nation. What happens in Washington, D.C., ...

Help celebrate National Ag Day

After an at times trying winter, spring is about to arrive. As another growing season approaches, today has been set as National Ag Day by the Agriculture Council of America. The council designates the week within which it falls as National Ag Week. This important time to celebrate ...

An investigation is in order

We Americans disagree on many things. Not on our military veterans, however. There is virtual unanimity in the feeling that while we can never fully repay the debt we owe them, we ought to do our best in the attempt. That has not happened for some time. Scandals involving the quality of ...

Hospitals boost our region

Hospitals are a good example of institutions that are so vital a part of our immediate environment it is easy to take them for granted. Having a first-rate medical center close at hand is essential to the quality of life. Here in Fort Dodge, UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical ...

National Parks should be accessible

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is right about one thing. Our national parks may be the last of the true bargains. They were never intended to be a money-making proposition, and should not be converted into one. Zinke has suggested fees charged to enter some parks should be increased ...

The opioid crisis requires action

Three in five people who die of drug overdoses had been treated in hospital emergency rooms for previous overdoses, a study in Maryland found. That ought to be impetus enough for Congress to approve a bill introduced by U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Mike Doyle, D-Pa. The two have ...

Trump’s message should be blunt

The recent announcement that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to meet face-to-face with President Donald Trump to discuss the rogue regime’s development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles was hailed by many as wonderful news. Let’s not get our hopes up. Kim, like his ...

Property tax rate won’t increase

The American economy is booming. At last, Americans who have experienced a long period without much growth in their incomes are seeing signs that the future will be better. Even so, for many years most middle class Iowans have found it necessary to live quite frugally. Here and in most other ...

There’s more bad news at VA

Veterans of military service ought to be asking an old cliche question about Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin: What did he know, and when did he know it? A new inspector general report makes official what many Americans knew, that “failed leadership” at the VA during ...

Time to get serious about this threat

Everyone likes to be seen as doing something about major problems. Never mind whether that “something” actually helps. It seems appearances count more than reality. Recently, members of the National Association of Secretaries of State were assured by a Facebook representative that the ...