Opinion

Bill Gates makes an important move

Editorial

If billionaire Bill Gates is as serious about clean, economical energy as he claims, he will direct some of the $7 billion research and development fund he announced recently toward finding better ways to burn fuels. And he will pressure governments, including that of the United States, to ...

The seasonal bells are tolling again

Editorial

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 certainly provides proof.The holidays ...

Let’s shop locally for the holidays

Editorial

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. When the economy is a bit sluggish, stretching those dollars budgeted for gift-giving is also a necessity for many people.Nobody likes to waste money, but ...

We’re helping students succeed

Local Columns

The majority of students in K-12 public education attend schools defined by traditional notions of teaching and learning that involve attending school for a set number of hours each day and progressing through grade levels based on age. For many students, this model works. However, for students ...

This is truly the season for giving

Editorial

It can be easy during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season to overlook the fact that for the less fortunate among us, there will be no holiday from need.Children whose parents cannot afford those toys our youngsters think they have to receive, adults unable to find work to pay for ...

Let’s celebrate 4-H achievements

Editorial

The Webster County 4-H Leaders Recognition and 4-H Awards Banquet was Sunday at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites in Fort Dodge. Sponsored by the Webster County 4-H Foundation and the Webster County Extension Service, this annual event is held to celebrate the ...

The Santa Cops are back in FD

Editorial

The Santa Cops project is a delightful annual effort to make the holiday season a bit brighter for area youngsters whose families need a hand up to make this time of year as merry as it should be.Members of the Fort Dodge Police Association and the Webster County Deputies Association as well as ...

The Santa Cops are back in FD

Editorial

The Santa Cops project is a delightful annual effort to make the holiday season a bit brighter for area youngsters whose families need a hand up to make this time of year as merry as it should be.Members of the Fort Dodge Police Association and the Webster County Deputies Association as well as ...

Israel constantly confronts terrorism

Editorial

Terrorism tends to gain attention when single, large-scale attacks claim many victims, as in the Paris massacre of 130 people by Islamic State operatives.But terrorism is a much more immediate, personal fear for many Israelis. They live under what Palestinian terrorist groups have labeled a ...

Appreciates letter of support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:To echo Henry Friedrich's Oct 24 letter to the editor, Fort Dodge is extremely fortunate to have an orchestra to call their own. As their music director and conductor, I take great pride in leading this superb ensemble in rehearsals and performances and want to personally invite ...

More bad news from Washington

Editorial

Two high-ranking Department of Veterans Affairs officials bullied managers lower on the bureaucratic totem pole into accepting job transfers so they could take the vacated jobs - with less work but at the same pay, VA officials confirmed recently.Senior executives Diana Rubens, paid $181,497 a ...

America’s influence is declining

Editorial

President Barack Obama's bluster toward Russia after one of that country's warplanes was shot down by Turkish fighters Tuesday will not cause Vladimir Putin to lose any sleep - and that is a problem. Our president has allowed adversaries to cross too many of his red lines for the Russian leader ...

‘I weep for our country’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:My heart was sick on the night of Nov. 16. And not because of the devastation in Paris. (My heart was sick on Nov. 13 and Nov. 14 for that.) No, I was saddened by the response of our country to the plight of the Syrian refugees.As I write this, over two dozen governors have either ...

Farm News Ag Show is the place to be

Editorial

Even those with the most casual interest in agriculture will want to be on hand when the 14th annual Farm News Ag Show kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the 2031 Quail Ave. on the East Campus of Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. On Wednesday, the show is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 ...

Celebrate the season in downtown FD

Local Columns

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is excited to be continuing the holiday tradition with Holiday on Central and including a new event called Shopping on Central. This free event is Monday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and will take place in downtown Fort Dodge at the Trolley Center as well as ...

Today is Small Business Saturday

Editorial

Five years ago, American Express launched an event designed to support small businesses all across the United States. It was named Small Business Saturday and the first Saturday each following Thanksgiving was designated as the day for its celebration. Today is Small Business Saturday 2015.The ...

Shared Thanksgiving is fine tradition

Editorial

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday that features family, food, and yes, the occasional football game.In the spirit of the holiday, thousands of people in the Fort Dodge region gathered around tables with relatives and friends for a traditional feast. Dining room tables throughout the ...

It’s a day we should all give thanks

Editorial

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 ...

No excuse for ignorance of God

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:There is no hope or vision for this country or the world outside of Jesus Christ. What is going on is beyond man's ability to completely understand or to manage. If there ever was a time to return to the One who made mankind and the world (Genesis 1), it is now! James 1:5: "But, ...

Grateful on behalf of community

Editorial

In this season of gratitude, we are particularly thankful for a generous gift recently bestowed on our community.We refer to the $1 million given to Iowa Central Community College by Bill Greehey, a Fort Dodge native who gave back in a big way.Greehey's gift is intended to provide scholarships ...