Editorial

Don’t give up on health care plan

Though the intent was good in the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the proposal itself was full of flaws. That very thing is what killed it. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, with President Donald Trump’s backing, proposed a bill that would have addressed just ...

Big changes are coming

A section of the Iowa that has been losing population and experiencing less robust economic growth than the Hawkeye State as a whole is about to get a boost. Prestage Foods of Iowa’s more than $240 million pork processing plant — now under construction near Eagle Grove — will have a ...

Should US continue foreign aid?

We Americans have been blessed. No doubt about that. Simple human compassion dictates that when people are suffering in less fortunate lands, we should try to help them. For generations, we have done just that. We are willing — nay, eager — to do more. But the enormous waste and abuse ...

Grassley protects American taxpayers

Grassley protects American taxpayersSen. Charles Grassley is an important voice in Washington on many issues of major significance to the future of the nation. While that may be the most significant aspect of his service, he also is a tireless opponent of wasteful and fraudulent government ...

Otho Fire Department gets some help

Fire protection is crucial no matter where one lives. In small-town and rural America, volunteer fire departments are of vital importance to the well-being of both businesses and residents. Staffing and equipping these organizations is a challenge both in terms of recruiting a sufficient ...

Eggs and Issues is a crucial forum

Many of the issues that members of the Iowa Legislature deal with each session are complicated. In some communities, it’s difficult for citizens to stay as informed about the decisions lawmakers make as would be ideal. Locally, however, Eggs and Issues makes staying well-versed about what ...

DeVos has the right idea

One reason so many education bureaucrats and liberal politicians do not like new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is clear: They fear she and her boss, President Donald Trump, will eliminate the control Washington has over schools throughout the nation. Indeed, it may be the best thing ...

FD to welcome statewide conference

Fort Dodge has an excellence record of preserving historic buildings and venues and keeping them a vital part of our community in the 21st century. Consequently, it is highly appropriate that our town will be the host city for the 2017 Preserve Iowa Summit, which will convene here June 8 ...

Bald eagles must be protected

The bald eagle has been the symbol of the United States almost from our country’s earliest days. On July 20, 1782, during the final days of the Revolutionary War, Congress selected this majestic bird as the emblem of the new nation. The image of the bald eagle has been used extensively since ...

Saying farewell to Dan Payne

On February 13, 2017, Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Emeritus Dan Payne passed away at age 82. Our heartfelt condolences go to his family and his friends. For those of you who knew Dan, to him, many of his friends were indeed members of his family. To him, ...

Visiting nation’s capital makes sense

Visiting our nation’s capital is always an adventure. Walking the hallways where history was made and continues to unfold is seductive for even the most jaded among us. One cannot help but be impressed — and maybe made a bit uneasy — by the massive bureaucracy at the governmental heart ...

Senators should concentrate on Gorsuch

Some U.S. senators would do the nation a favor if they pondered who and what they are discussing in this week’s confirmation hearings for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. During opening statements Monday by members of the Judiciary Committee, ...

Technology is enhancing law enforcement

Local law enforcement agencies have done an excellent job of building public confidence that the difficult work officers undertake is handled with a strong commitment to professionalism. Even so, situations can arise where people who have had interactions with officers claim that they were ...

Area heroes deserve strong praise

Some positive actions go so far beyond the ordinary that they warrant particular praise. That’s why the American Red Cross launched the Heroes of the Heartland annual tribute to individuals and groups that accomplish the remarkable. In Webster County, the tradition of honoring heroes is being ...

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 ...

Conservation efforts get a boost

Protecting and enhancing the quality of the Hawkeye State’s water resources is vitally important. That’s why the Iowa Water Quality Initiative was created in 2013. According to a statement released this month by the governor’s office, the goal in part is to help bring about a “45 ...

Badger gets ready for tomorrow

Small towns all over Iowa are shrinking. Here in Webster County that trend is being reversed thanks to robust economic growth both locally and in the region. Important developments took place in that regard this week in Badger. The Messenger reported Thursday that on Monday the Badger City ...

Fort Dodge seeks harmony with workers

As a result of a new state law regarding what subjects may be addressed in collective bargaining sessions, the way the city government officials can interact with the unions that represent workers it employs has been altered. In Fort Dodge, according to city officials, a very positive ...

Trump’s FDA pick should be confirmed

One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of the EpiPen, a device used to inject a drug that ...

Sunshine Week affirms freedom of speech

For more than two centuries, the bedrock of our liberty and prosperity as Americans has been our right to know what is going on around us and to discuss it freely. Our nation’s founders believed that was so important that when they wrote the Bill or Rights, they made freedom of speech the ...