Editorial

What message was sent Tuesday?

Congratulations are obviously due to Fort Dodge Community School District incumbent board members Stu Cochrane and Brian Forsythe on being re-elected and to Lisa Shimkat, who will be serving her first term on the board.Congratulations should also be offered to Randall Funchness, Troy Schroeder, ...

A day for memories and fierce resolve

Sept. 11, 2001, is a day etched in the memories of Americans.Recollections of 9/11 remain vivid, though less so as time passes.The American people opened their hearts to the families touched by the evil work of the terrorists. They also resolved to prevent similar atrocities from creating more ...

Weigh this vote very carefully

President Barack Obama finally has submitted the decision on war with Syria to Congress. In doing so the president has placed a heavy burden on lawmakers, but one the Constitution insists they must bear.Obama already has ordered the military to draw up plans for an attack, in retaliation for a ...

School board elections shape tomorrow

Voters here in Fort Dodge and elsewhere in Iowa go to the polls Tuesday to select school board members. Some voters may be tempted to regard these local contests as low priority.They aren't.The quality of the school system is among the most important determinants of a community's long-term ...

Animal ordinance is folly

Members of the Fort Dodge City Council have spent months considering a revision in the laws governing dogs, cats and other pets. This entire saga is a good example of how government should not work.Two critical guiding principles that should always play major roles in lawmaking seem to have ...

Honor Flights deserve support

Sixteen million Americans served in this nation's military forces during the most horrific war in history - World War II. The nation's official memorial paying tribute to their sacrifices was a long time coming. It finally was opened to the public on April 29, 2004, in Washington, D.C. Sadly, ...

A positive change in leadership

Welcome back, Larry Noble.Noble has returned as Iowa's public safety commissioner, following Tuesday's resignation of K. Brian London, whose 11-month tenure was marked by turmoil.Noble, who retired last year, was appointed Wednesday by Gov. Terry Branstad to retake the helm of the department ...

Time to get this resolved

About one-fifth of the electricity Americans use is generated at nuclear power plants. As informed consumers know, those plants generate a large amount of radioactive waste.Recognizing the peril of storing that waste willy-nilly at utility company facilities, Congress a few years ago mandated ...

Stay clear of Iraq

Forty-six people were killed in Iraq Aug. 25, as it becomes clearer and clearer U.S. strategy to pacify that country was a dismal, bloody, expensive failure.More than 3,000 people have been killed in Iraq during the past few months. Much of the violence seems to involve battles among Sunni and ...

America celebrates its workers

To most Americans in 21st-century America, Labor Day is not an important holiday.It marks the unofficial end of summer. As such, it affords a three-day weekend to pursue summertime passions one last time before the weather cools. For most of us it has little additional meaning.It may come as a ...

Clay County Fair is an Iowa treasure

The days are a tad shorter. The kids are back in school. There's a hint of fall in the air. The season for summer fairs and festivals is nearly at an end.For the countless Iowans and others who love county fairs, however, one big event remains - the Clay County Fair.The fair that opens in ...

Dayton Rodeo fun starts today

The 2013 incarnation of the Dayton National Championship Rodeo will attract large crowds this Labor Day weekend - deservedly so.What began more than 75 years ago as the dream of three young cowboys - Allen Porter, Duane Vegors and Vern Danielson - has grown to a four-day event that draws ...

Is the water really rising?

Climate change worriers have a new tool intended to advance their argument - but it may not be as pleasing as they hope.The University of Michigan and an independent research group have developed an interactive map designed, according to The Associated Press, "to help local officials in the ...

Will this law be enforced?

State legislators from throughout the nation heard a stern lecture from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently.Clearly, Sebelius was in a mood to browbeat leaders in states that have been reluctant to implement mandates of the new national health care law - "Obamacare." ...

Move ahead with Yucca Mountain

Among the most serious energy-related challenges facing the United States is what to do with waste generated at nuclear power plants, health care facilities and other users of radioactive materials. There is no place where the highly dangerous waste can be stored securely and safely over the ...

STEM initiative is working

There is widespread agreement that if the years ahead are to be a time of growth and prosperity rather than stagnation and hardship, our nation and state must have a work force with the skills successful companies of tomorrow will require. For this to occur, it is crucial that students be ...

St. Edmond fund drive is on target

Catholic education has been an important part of life in Fort Dodge almost since the town was founded. The first Catholic school got underway in 1862. The 151 years since have witnessed many changes and stupendous progress. The impressive educational complex that is today's St. Edmond is a ...

Help Nigeria fight this threat

Americans sometimes wonder why Muslim clerics are not more energetic in their criticism of terrorists who claim to be Islamic fundamentalists. In some places, however, a few leaders of the faith do speak out - and pay heavy prices for their religious honesty and courage.As many as 44 Muslims ...

Excessive spending must be curbed

Taxes have gone up, not just for "the wealthy" but for every American who works. The national debt is approaching $17 trillion. Deficit spending still is reported in hundreds of billions of dollars a year.But some liberals are saying that federal spending cuts can be put on the back burner now, ...

A free press is vital to America

Our nation's Founders disagreed on much. But on one thing - the necessity of a vigorous, unfettered press to defend Americans' rights - they were solidly in agreement. As Thomas Jefferson put it, "Our liberty depends on freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."So ...