Editorial

Ward 1: It’s time to vote

There are exciting things afoot in Fort Dodge.While the U.S. economy is still sluggish, agriculture and related industries are a bright spot. Consequently, Fort Dodge and Webster County are well-positioned to prosper if creative leaders in government and the private sector leverage assets and ...

Supreme Court to visit FD

Americans are fascinated by the legal system. The success of numerous television and movie dramas with law enforcement and trials as their focus is strong evidence of that interest. Most of us, however, have never witnessed a major real legal proceeding in person.Wednesday, however, area ...

4-H is about achievement

National 4-H Week is a good time to celebrate the enormous contributions 4-H makes to our community and nation.It's hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn't know a bit about 4-H, but this week is an appropriate occasion to reflect on the important contribution this organization makes by ...

Delta Queen deserves support

After decades of steaming up and down America's waterways, the historic Delta Queen was tied up at Chattanooga, Tenn., in 2009. There, she serves as a floating hotel. Local and state safety officials seem to have no concerns about that.But a 1966 federal law bans use of the Delta Queen for ...

Let’s celebrate Manufacturing Day

It will come as no surprise to even the most casual student of American history to learn that manufacturing has contributed mightily to our nation's economic prosperity. It may not be so obvious, however, that Iowa's economic well-being - while influenced hugely by agriculture - is also ...

Here’s why the government shut down

Americans ought to be very clear on why some sectors of the federal government "shut down" Tuesday morning. The bottom line is simple: President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to grant millions of people the same breaks the administration already has handed to big ...

Accountability is very important

Some companies and organizations that initially accepted federal money to act as "navigators" for the new federal health care law, "Obamacare," are returning the funds, claiming they have been pressured unfairly over their programs.A Florida company made national news by returning $800,000 in ...

Bullying must be stopped

Among the most heart-wrenching, deeply troubling stories in the news recently was that of a 12-year-old Florida girl who committed suicide after being bullied for nearly a year.Investigators are looking into whether charges can be filed against some of the 15 or so girls who ganged up on ...

This tragedy might have been prevented

Aaron Alexis, who slaughtered 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard, was a mentally ill man with a grudge against the Navy. Yet he walked right into the guarded facility because he had a government security clearance.If ever there was a situation in which "profiling" could have saved lives, ...

Grassley raises important issues

Domestically manufactured biofuels are important to the future of the nation. The Hawkeye State is one of our country's principal producers of ethanol and biodiesel. Consequently, the health of the biofuels industry is vital to the economic prosperity of Iowa.With that in mind, Sen. Charles ...

Show will go on for Meridians

Small-town singing groups are a common slice of Americana.While many have fallen by the wayside over the years, the Manson Meridian Singers have remained to provide quality entertainment over the span of decades.However, after 42 years of performances, the Manson Meridian Singers' future was ...

St. Edmond students serve the community

The need for service knows no season.Traditionally held in the spring, St. Edmond's annual Service Learning Day was rescheduled to September this year to avoid weather concerns that have disrupted the effort in the past.Though the date may be different, the goal of making the community a better ...

FD council listens and learns

It's popular these days when politicians change their stance on an issue to accuse them of flip-flopping.Sometimes, however, a change of course is exactly what's needed.Members of the Fort Dodge City Council did an abrupt about-face Monday on a controversial animal ordinance. Gone are ...

Corridor of Commerce is booming in FD

Few projects have generated as much controversy as the Corridor of Commerce in recent Fort Dodge history.Improvements to Fifth Avenue South in Fort Dodge were met with derision by many, who sneered about "hitching posts," "tombstones" and other aesthetic improvements that surely, the naysayers ...

Soybeans are big business in Iowa

Nobody knows exactly how long humans have cultivated the soybean, but agricultural historians are quite certain its domestication as a crop in China dates back three millennia. There are actually Chinese records documenting soybean growth as far back as the 11th century. There is some ...

Watch where you’re going

The opening of the new Fort Dodge Middle School prompted changes to the traffic pattern in the northeastern area of the city.The transition created a measure of confusion and delay in the earliest days of the school year, during which Fort Dodge police officers were on hand to direct ...

Safety improvements will serve area well

When tragedy strikes, a well-trained response team can mean the difference between life and death.In north central Iowa, the Rural Emergency Response Training Center plays a vital role in this endeavor.Managed by Iowa Central Community College, the center, located at 1525 Ave. O, became ...

DOT plan could benefit Iowa travellers

Travelers along Iowa's interstate highways may soon see new signage.The Iowa Department of Transportation is selling sponsorships of the state's rest areas as a way to raise money.The DOT officially began soliciting bids for rest area sponsors this month. Bids must be received by Oct. 9.The ...

Lamenting the loss of Jamie Buenting

The shooting death of Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting Friday underscores the fact that any day can be a law enforcement officer's last.Buenting, whom Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody called a "consummate professional," was part of a team effort responding to a standoff at a ...

AFES program warrants support

For the past nine years, Athletics For Education and Success has worked to fulfill the mission of providing safe and affordable recreational and extracurricular activities while focusing on the importance of character, education, and living a positive lifestyle. AFES presently serves around 100 ...