Editorial

Unemployment is at a record low

If you want powerful evidence that Iowa’s economy is doing well, drive around any of the state’s major towns or cities. Almost everywhere businesses have posted “hiring” signs in windows or other prominent places. Nationally, the unemployment rate is at a remarkable 3.7 percent. Here ...

Slow down before privatizing

The Webster County Telecommunications Board will meet today, and it’s expected to vote on privatizing the management of the local 911 dispatch center. We urge the board members to slow down and postpone the decision. It’s a momentous choice that impacts the work of dispatchers who handle ...

Manufacturing Club an inspired idea

Fort Dodge Senior High students who are handy with a set of tools will soon have a new activity to enjoy. Creation of the Dodger Manufacturing Club was OK’d recently by the district’s Board of Education. Club members will make items and possibly sell them, according to Matt Elsbecker, ...

Look, listen and live

Cars, trucks and trains are all vital parts of the American transportation system, and the roads and tracks that carry them intersect at lots of places. Those intersections, called grade crossings, require caution on the part of people driving cars and trucks. The undeniable fact is that a ...

Coats for Kids keeps winter at bay

It’s hard to imagine facing an Iowa winter without a warm coat. Sadly, some area youngsters could be confronted with just that prospect if their families are confronting a challenging economic situation. Fortunately, however, through the combined efforts of Shimkat Motor Co. and the ...

A welcome portal to 2019 education

When one thinks of a library, the image of row after row of towering bookcases, often patrolled by a stern librarian who’s quick to tell people to be quiet, comes to mind. Libraries are much more fun and interesting than that starchy old stereotype suggests. And when students return to ...

4-H gives youths opportunties

There’s a lot more to 4-H besides doing projects for the annual county fair. Sure, raising an animal to show at the fair or doing any of the other projects is a lot of fun and, yes, a lot of hard work. Doing that teaches young people responsibility and organizational skills. Joining the ...

Making this holiday festive for everybody is a worthy goal

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. ...

On this day, let us 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 ...

Why not shop local for the holidays?

The holiday shopping season is upon us once again. In the quest to find just the right gifts, seeking out bargains is part of the fun. During the current economic downturn, stretching those dollars budgeted for gift-giving is also a necessity for many people. Nobody likes to waste money, ...

Do you hear those bells?

The sound of bells signals that The Salvation Army 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 certainl provides proof. The ...

Firefighters take prevention seriously

On a frigid snowy night in January 2016, a Fort Dodge family was startled by the sound of smoke detectors going off in its Riverside Street Northwest home. It was not a false alarm. There was a serious fire in the house, but everyone escaped unharmed thanks to the warning provided by the smoke ...

Iowa’s senators move up

Iowa’s United States senators have been chosen by their colleagues for key leadership posts in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Charles Grassley has been nominated by his fellow Republicans to serve as Senate president pro tempore. This is a post created in the U.S. Constitution. It is third in line ...

Children need paternal support

Fathers make a positive difference in the lives of their children, even if they don’t realize it. Often, they make that difference just by being there. It can be as simple as reading a bedtime story. That’s a point that was hammered home by Nate Conlon, a social worker for the Iowa ...

Support United Way Community Campaign

America is a land filled with compassionate people. This is a nation where charitable giving is a standard feature of community life. There are many good causes and no shortage of generous souls willing to contribute time and/or money to make the world a better place for those less fortunate ...

FD fire station looking good

Firefighters are an inspiration to all Americans. Their heroic commitment to keeping our communities safe are symbolic of the best attributes of public service. Here in Fort Dodge, we have an exceptionally fine Fire Department. Its personnel not only respond to fires, but also respond when ...

There’s no ‘neo-Jim Crow’ in Georgia

In the overtime of the 2018 elections, the left can't decide whether it opposes casting doubt on election results or insists on it. In the case of the Georgia gubernatorial election, narrowly lost by African-American activist Stacey Abrams, it's unquestionably the latter. A cottage industry ...

Grassley and Klobuchar join forces

By his example, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley helps counter the disillusionment so many Americans express about Congress. The Iowa Republican is an important GOP leader, but he works harmoniously with many other senators — both Democrats and Republicans. A good example of constructive ...

FDPD enhances its capabilities

To help ensure that communications and recordkeeping capabilities are fully state-of-the-art, the Fort Dodge Police Department recently adopted new software. The goal was to make it possible for officers to do their work faster and more efficiently so they could better serve the needs of our ...

Drive especially carefully around kids

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? Not for some people — and that includes a few right here in our area. We doubt there is a school bus driver in our area who has not ...