Editorial

Help celebrate National Ag Day

In just a few days, another winter will come to an end.As another growing season approaches, March 19 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 agriculture ...

It’s vital to sell FD and Webster Co. in D.C.

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 of the ...

Bank Watch is making FD safer

Keeping a community safe from crime is the mission of the locality's law enforcement agencies. The simple truth, however, is that police officers and sheriff's deputies can't be present everywhere they might be needed at the precise moment the threat of criminal activity arises.That's why ...

The problems are becoming clearer

Calls for repeal of "Obamacare," the president's national health care program, seemed to fade away after President Barack Obama was re-elected last November. But you may hear them resume, stridently, as tens of millions of Americans find themselves paying more for health care because of the ...

Growth Alliance celebrates FD economic future

Monday evening an event took place that was a good deal more than just a social occasion.Nearly 250 community leaders gathered at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites for food and camaraderie at the annual meeting of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.A major focus of the ...

Some frank talk about the sequester

Federal spending cuts labeled "the sequester" will be a terrible calamity, the White House warned during the weeks before they kicked in on March 1.Really?A spending cut of nearly identical magnitude kicked in Jan. 1, and it didn't seem to upset anyone in Washington.Perhaps that is because the ...

The public has a right to know

Democracy functions best when the public has access to detailed information about what government officials do and why they do it.Iowa and most other states have what are called "sunshine" laws. They require most public business to be conducted in meetings open to the public. There are also ...

Farewell to a great public servant

Too often, deeply religious men and women are branded as unqualified for public service roles helping others, solely because of their faith. They are labeled "too extreme" and rejected out of hand.Dr. C. Everett Koop, who served as U.S. surgeon general from 1981-89, was a shining example of why ...

Specialty crops help Iowa thrive

No one doubts the importance to Iowa's agricultural economy of major crops such as corn and soybeans. Diversification, however, is a good idea in many business pursuits. With that in mind, it makes sense to give some consideration to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's ...

Todd Redenius is back

The hero in Thomas Wolfe's famous novel - published more than seven decades ago - may have concluded that "you can't go home again," but it turns out sometimes you can and should.Todd Redenius, the innovative, much-respected former director of the Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation and Forestry ...

It’s Newspaper in Education Week

Newspaper in Education - NIE - is a collaboration between schools and the nation's newspapers to use newspapers as educational resources. The goal is to promote literacy and encourage students to develop reading newspapers into a lifetime habit.Many schools pursue this undertaking throughout ...

Cyber warfare requires better defense strategy

During the Cold War, the peace was assured by fear of the accepted concept of MAD - mutually assured destruction by nuclear weapons. It is doubtful Americans can rely on the cyber warfare equivalent - perhaps MACC, for mutually assured computer crash.This week it became apparent the Chinese ...

Is your farm eligible?

It's been almost 180 years since land that is now the state of Iowa was opened for settlers. The America of the 21st century is far different from the nation presided over by President Andrew Jackson in 1833. There is, however, one constant feature for Iowans - agriculture is at the very heart ...

Trinity helps FD succeed

Trinity Regional Medical Center is a good example of something that is so important a part of our immediate environment it is easy to take for granted. Its excellence is enormously important to our community and region.Having a first-rate medical center close at hand is essential to the quality ...

FD council makes the right decision

"Do as I say, not as I do."Many politicians seem to have adopted this platitude as principle, paying lip service to fiscal prudence while simultaneously voting to increase their own salaries.How refreshing, then, to see members of the Fort Dodge City Council decline an opportunity to enrich ...

Keystone XL pipeline should be built

Perhaps President Barack Obama should worry more about the American people than about radical environmentalists who have bullied him during his first four years, never satisfied with his own stridently anti-fossil fuel agenda.On Feb. 17, thousands of the people marched in Washington, many of ...

Sweetheart Gala is Saturday

The 16th annual Sweetheart Gala, a fundraising event for the Webster County Division of the American Heart Association, will be a highlight of next weekend's social scene in Fort Dodge.The event will be held at the Best Western Village Inn & Suites. A social hour with a live auction ...

Better regulations may be needed

Music is only part of the show at many concerts these days. Unfortunately, death sometimes is on stage, too.Recently, people in West Warwick, R.I., observed a grim anniversary. It was 10 years ago that 100 people perished in a nightclub fire there, when pyrotechnics used by the band caught the ...

Drone policy requires scrutiny

Penning hard-core terrorists up at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba was a bad idea, President Barack Obama has said. Making men dedicated to slaughtering Americans think they might be about to die by drowning is just wrong, his administration has held.But actually killing people, including ...

End smoking in Iowa’s casinos

Iowa is among those states where smoking in bars, restaurants, workplaces and assorted other venues frequented by the public is forbidden. The public policy goal of producing healthier communities by banning smoking in such locations makes sense.What does not make sense, however, is an ...