Opinion

Remembering Dave Durian

Local Columns

Dave Durian, one of the finest journalists to come out of Fort Dodge and beloved in Baltimore where he was a former anchor for WBAL radio, was a friend and classmate of mine when we attended Fort Dodge Community College back in the 1960s. I join many of his friends in mourning his loss. Dave ...

From other editors: An Iowa case’s win for rights

Editorial

Iowa is not known as a hotbed for landmark court decisions, but it has had some significant cases involving our freedoms. “The Case of Ralph,” was decided in 1839 by the Territorial Supreme Court, which ruled that a slave living in Iowa could retain his freedom, even though he was in ...

If you eat or wear clothes, thank a farmer

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In honor of our farmers who provide the food and fiber that helps feed and clothe our nation we celebrate National Ag Week during the week of March 10-15. Today’s farmers can produce more with less thanks in part to precision (GPS) agriculture, improved seed genetics and ...

US military needs to address issue

Editorial

Arizonan Martha McSally spent 26 years in the military, becoming the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat. She went on to a successful career in politics, leading her to the U.S. Senate. Clearly, she is a strong woman. Yet she was shaken deeply on Wednesday, as she participated in a ...

Grassley gets things done right

Editorial

We’ve long known that U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley gets things done and done right in Washington, D.C. Now, an organization led by professors from Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia has recognized that fact and has announced it nationwide. The non-partisan Center for ...

A fair judicial process

Local Columns

Our judicial-nominating process was created with good intentions. But it needs improvement to better reflect our state and its people. Seventeen members of the state judicial-nominating commission select judges to serve on our court of appeals and supreme court. Eight members of the ...

Local nonprofit expands its reach

Editorial

A stuffed blue sloth recently was perched on a table at the Highland Park Rehabilitation Center in Fort Dodge, awaiting a child who will cherish it. The sloth, along with other stuffed animals and a bunch of toys that will help children grow stronger and more nimble as they play with them, ...

Appreciates Sonshine Singers help for Lord’s Cupboard

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As director of the Lord’s Cupboard, I would like to express our appreciation to the audiences and the members of the Sonshine Singers, for the awesome donation given to us as a result of offerings taken during their final performances February 14, 15 and 16, 2019. Their ...

Thanks from Sonshine Singers for support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: “Thank You” are two very small words that cannot possibly convey the love and mutual admiration the Sonshine Singers feel toward our audiences that have faithfully attended and supported our many ministries over the last 20 years. As we sang God’s praises (in February), ...

Ernst seeks to expose failed promises

Editorial

There was a time when the federal government could get things done on time and within budget. In the early 1940s, the Pentagon, which remains the world’s largest office building in terms of floor area, was constructed in just 16 months essentially on schedule and with an acceptable price ...

Kim Jong Un misjudged Trump

Editorial

It may be time for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to try Plan B. His initial strategy in dealing with President Donald Trump ­—trying to get something for nothing — flopped badly. Trump and Kim held their second face-to-face meeting (last) week in Hanoi, Vietnam. But Trump departed ...

Grassley looks out for older Iowans

Editorial

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley wants to make sure that age discrimination doesn’t compromise the ability of older Iowans to remain active in the workplace. That’s why the Iowa Republican has joined with three other members of the U.S. Senate to reintroduce and champion the Protecting Older ...

Bills target Iowa Supreme Court chief justice

Local Columns

Iowans should be aware that bills have been introduced in the Iowa House and Senate (HF503 and SSB1101) to change the selection process and term of the Iowa Supreme Court chief justice and change the nomination process of Iowa judges from a balanced merit-based process, to a political ...

SSB 1190 is met with emotion

Local Columns

Occasionally, a piece of legislation sparks a tremendous amount of emotion on a given topic, but the real underlining issue is not the highlight of the debate. Reflecting on the development and progress of SSB 1190 in the Iowa Legislature provides a perfect example. This bill would repeal the ...

NK won’t get something for nothing this time

Editorial

It may be time for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to try Plan B. His initial strategy in dealing with President Donald Trump ­—trying to get something for nothing — flopped badly. Trump and Kim held their second face-to-face meeting this week in Hanoi, Vietnam. But Trump departed ...

‘God loves. Choose life’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Here’s a short unsubstantiated story attributed to Ernest Hemingway. As the story goes, Hemingway was challenged to write a compelling story in just six words. He wrote: “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.” This powerful story is becoming the reality that describes ...

A Singer well worth celebrating

Editorial

Two of the people who make Fort Dodge a great place to live were honored by the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Thursday evening. Bob Singer, the former Webster County supervisor who was also the first vice president of the U.S. 20 Corridor Association, received the Catalyst ...