Opinion

Don’t follow California’s example

Editorial

How would you feel if, as you were about to pay for some bread and milk at the grocery store, the cashier stopped and said, "I'm going to have to add some to your bill. We have to cover the costs of state-mandated $15 an hour minimum wage. Also, we're charging more to cover the city-required ...

New tax credit helps FD and region

Editorial

Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill Wednesday that will help boost the economy in Webster County and elsewhere in the Hawkeye State. It creates a new biochemical tax credit that promises to put our region and state on the cutting edge of the growing petroleum replacement products industry.This ...

Going to college can be expensive

Local Columns

Applying for financial aid can be an overwhelming undertaking for students and parents, especially if it's your first time applying. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) asks questions about your taxes, assets, retirement accounts and uses jargon that sounds like a foreign ...

Obama didn’t persuade Fidel Castro

Editorial

Lest anyone forget the regime President Barack Obama flirted with in Cuba recently, that nation's former ruler Fidel Castro penned a mocking response to Obama's visit and speeches, which was published in the Communist government's official newspaper, Granma. That means little brother Raul - so ...

Boko Haram is unquestionably evil

Editorial

The indoctrination, beatings and drugs Boko Haram terrorists used on a 10-year-old girl in Cameroon recently were not enough. They were able to strap explosives to her and send her out on a suicide bombing mission.But she kept her wits about her. She and an older child went to a police station ...

Support ‘Go Big, Go Dodgers’ event

Editorial

Our public schools are among the most important institutions in our community. Quite simply, the educational work they undertake shapes the youngsters who will be the future of our city, state and nation.Funding the school system is an expensive undertaking. Unfortunately, the monies available ...

Microscholarships help FD students

Editorial

It's sometimes difficult to get young people to devote their energies during the high school years to pursuits that will benefit them in the future. An innovative national program has been made available to Fort Dodge Senior High students that provides incentives to motivate them to use their ...

Donald Trump does it once again

Editorial

There he goes again. Once again, Donald Trump has made an emphatic statement of what his policy would be if he is elected president and once again he has been forced to retract it.How long will Trump get away with shoving his foot in his mouth before he starts losing Republican Party primary ...

Seminar is a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Once again, we recently had the opportunity to present a great gardening seminar. Sponsored by the Fort Dodge Area Gardeners, the Webster County Extension/Iowa Master Gardeners, and Iowa Central Community College, we had a full morning.Our annual garden seminar was held on March ...

Cyberterrorism is a huge threat

Editorial

Cyberterrorism - for profit, not twisted ideology - has become a clear and present danger to Americans. If there is a cohesive strategy to defeat it, it is not working.Recently, hackers crippled computer networks at several hospitals in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The facilities are owned ...

Let’s support crime victims

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Every year, millions of people's lives are impacted by crime. Many will need ongoing care and resources as they return to work, pay bills, or support their loved ones. Too many victims suffer in silence and don't seek the support they need to recover because they are afraid of ...

Museum board says ‘thanks’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:A huge "thank you" to all who helped in making the garage/bake/craft sale a success. The donations for the sale were great. A lot of special people to thank - you know who you are. An event like this needs a lot of help to be a success. It was a great turnout even if the weather ...

Good news for Iowa beef producers

Editorial

Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation's economy. It's also hugely significant for the Hawkeye State.According to information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 million ...

Fulfilling a vital community role

Local Columns

The Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center - D/SAOC - is the Crisis Based Shelter for 20 north central Iowa counties - Boone, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Humboldt, Kossuth, Marshall, Mitchell, Story, Tama, Webster, Winnebago, Worth and ...

Senate GOP is acting appropriately

Editorial

President Barack Obama warned that Republican senators risk damaging the Supreme Court nomination process "beyond repair" if they continue to reject action on his nominee for the high court.In an op-ed article published in a Houston newspaper, Obama claims the GOP action "betray(s) the vision ...

Obamacare is losing many enrollees

Editorial

President Barack Obama is a master at diverting attention from his administration's failures, and the White House was at it again recently.A goal of having 9.1 million customers signed up for health insurance through Obamacare exchanges was set by the administration last year. But by year's ...

Election may decide drilling policy

Editorial

There will be no drilling for oil or gas anywhere off the 2,069 miles of the U.S. Atlantic coastline, President Barack Obama has decreed.In one fell swoop, Obama has closed a major avenue Americans might have followed toward energy independence. He did it to protect the environment, he ...

US effort against IS is too limited

Editorial

Exposing a few dozen Marines to a potentially catastrophic attack by Islamic terrorists is not going all-out to defeat the barbaric murders. It is taking a terrible risk with American lives, however.After the terrorist bombings in Belgium, President Barack Obama pledged to do all in his power ...

Cuba’s leaders remain repressive

Editorial

People who have reason to hope their native land will become less repressive do not risk their lives in small boats on the Atlantic Ocean, in the hope of better lives in the United States. One wonders if that occurred to President Barack Obama as he was planning his trip to Cuba this ...

Learn about colorectal cancer

Local Columns

What is colorectal cancer? Colorectal cancer develops in the tissues of the colon and/or rectum.Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates for 2016 there will be 95,270 new cases of colon cancer ...