Editorial

It’s time to honor our fathers

Father’s Day is upon us once again. That’s good news for the greeting card vendors. In recent years, they have sold upwards of 100 million cards to Americans intent on paying tribute to good old dad. About half of those cards are purchased by dutiful sons and daughters. Wives honoring a ...

This memorial must remain on view

Terming a statue on the waterfront in Jersey City, New Jersey, “gruesome,” the leader of a group planning to renovate a plaza there, facing the New York City skyline, wants it removed. City officials agreed. It is gruesome. And in some ways it may not be politically correct. But it needs ...

This law is a useful step forward

It happens too frequently, in our communities and across America. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families. And we see it in obituaries of ...

Today Americans honor our flag

More than two centuries ago, on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress of the newly established United States of America adopted a resolution making an early version of the stars and stripes our national flag. That flag, with modifications to reflect an increase in the number of states, has ...

A problem from the past returns

You may remember the environmental scare over chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) three decades ago. They were destroying the ozone layer in the earth’s atmosphere, we were told. They had to be banned. And so they were, through international agreements beginning in 1987. CFCs were taken out of ...

Don’t expect huge progress

During this era in which instant gratification seems realistic to all too many people, President Donald Trump is doomed to disappoint them. Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will meet today in Singapore to discuss Pyongyang’s weaponization campaign, which includes both nuclear ...

For once, Hollywood gets it right

You may want to sit down for this: Hollywood has done something worthy of praise. For once, the movie moguls have put ethics ahead of money. Paramount Network had planned a television reprise of the 1988 film, “Heathers.” The original version starred Winona Rider and Christian Slater. It ...

Market on Central to resume Thursday

Downtown Fort Dodge is on the rebound. During the last several years, storefronts up and down Central Avenue and on nearby streets that have too long been vacant are once again coming to life commercially. The city’s historic business district is becoming the home to an impressive array of ...

Hallowed ground in Pennsylvania

Sept. 11, 2001, seems so long ago, in many ways. A whole generation of Americans has no personal recollection of that tragic day. We are being reminded of it once again, by the announcement that some wreckage from Flight 93, no longer needed for purposes such as investigating the tragedy, ...

A transformation is taking shape

Sometimes a structure created for one purpose — but which is no longer needed for that role — can be transformed. That’s exactly what’s happening in Eagle Grove. An abandoned grain elevator is taking on a new life as a work of art. Plans call for it to honor the heritage of Eagle ...

The past lives again

If last weekend’s Frontier Days festivities rekindled your interest in the early history of Fort Dodge, you won’t want to miss the annual Oakland Cemetery Walk to be held Saturday and Sunday. Oakland Cemetery has been part of Fort Dodge history since the community’s earliest days. It ...

A story of widespread hypocrisy

The entertainment world’s dirty little secret — that money trumps morals — was on display again recently. After actress Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC over a racist tweet, stories of other questionable behavior began surfacing. An old picture of her dressed as Adolf Hitler and pulling a ...

This tariff makes us all pay more

You may want to pick up a pack of Necco Wafers or one of those little boxes of candy hearts while you can. It is possible they may not be around for long. If so, part of the blame rests with Uncle Sam. The New England Confectionary Co., maker of those and other candies, has filed for ...

World Pork Expo is worth a look

The 2018 incarnation of the World Pork Expo gets under way in Des Moines Wednesday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds and runs through Friday. This annual event brings together pork producers, exhibitors and visitors not just from across Iowa, but also from throughout the nation. Among the 20,000 to ...

It’s time to cast your vote

Primary Election Day is almost upon us. On Tuesday, citizens who have the opportunity to shape the future of not only their party but our community, state and nation as well. Amazingly, many people choose not to vote. That poses a serious threat to our democratic system. If you are one of ...

A well-deserved honor

As part of the solemn Memorial Day services at Veterans Memorial Park, Albert Habhab, of Fort Dodge, was recognized as Veteran of the Year from VFW Post 1856. Habhab served during World War II in Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army, where he was part of the 87th Infantry Division’s 346th ...

Teachers respond when a crisis occurs

What happened at a middle school in Noblesville, Indiana,, recently could have been much, much worse had Jason Seaman not risked his own life to protect his students. Seaman, 29, was teaching his class when a student with a gun entered and opened fire. He shot a 13-year-old girl, who was ...

New VA approach makes sense

Members of Congress made their bipartisan frustration with the Department of Veterans Affairs clear recently. The U.S. Senate approved a bill expanding accessibility of veterans to private health care providers as an alternative to the VA system. The vote was 92-5. Previously, the House of ...

This investigation is warranted

Some in federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies blame President Donald Trump for raising questions in the public’s mind about whether they can be trusted. Instead, conscientious public servants in agencies such as the FBI and CIA should be blaming the bad apples in their own ...

Trail system gets a boost

Outstanding recreational opportunities contribute positively to the quality of life in any community. Consequently, it’s good news that Fort Dodge and Webster County are moving closer to completing a comprehensive trail system. The extensive trails already in place are a tremendous asset to ...