Opinion

VA’s very serious problems persist

Editorial

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate recently. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in some ...

Concerning eminent domain

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The No. 1 question is: Can a department of the state of Iowa grant the state of Iowa’s power of “eminent domain” to a private for-profit company to use that power of eminent domain against farmers and landowners and other private property owners? That is exactly what ...

Weighs in on silo project

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would first like to say that I appreciate the Fort Dodge Public Art Committee’s efforts to help improve the Fort Dodge image by developing the Grain Silo Project. All the contestant’s designs were amazing and I appreciate the time they spent to help make this project a ...

Dictatorship looms in Venezuela

Editorial

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is well aware of the powerlessness of leaders in this country and others upset about his ongoing repression of his own people. Despite enormous oil reserves, Venezuela’s economy is a shambles and Maduro’s regime is in the process of making liberty no more ...

Nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair

Editorial

If you love a parade, plan to be in Des Moines Wednesday evening at 6:15. That’s when what’s billed as the state’s largest parade will be the kickoff event for what may well be the grandest of our nation’s state agricultural festivals — the Iowa State Fair. Iowans gathered in ...

Filice builds farming success in California

Local Columns

Kay Filice faced a life-changing decision nearly 20 years ago when her husband died after a three-year battle with cancer. Her husband, Chuck Filice, was a second-generation vegetable farmer in the Central California county of San Benito and Kay, his wife of 21 years, was immersed in raising ...

Threats to the US may be real

Editorial

For decades, U.S. military strategy could be focused on the single nation capable of launching an attack on our mainland, the old Soviet Union. A secondary, though still important, consideration was China. There were no other major threats to Americans here in the United States. That has ...

Iowa Sales Tax Holiday starts today

Editorial

It’s hard to believe, but area families are already beginning to think about the items that will be needed to send young folks back to school properly equipped and looking good. According to the National Retail Foundation, a typical family with children in school will spend nearly $600 on ...

Fort Dodge will rejoin Main Street Iowa

Editorial

On Wednesday, it was learned that Fort Dodge’s application to rejoin Main Street Iowa has been approved. That’s great news. It should be a source of pride for all Fort Dodgers. For 35 years, Main Street America has helped historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts address the ...

Community Health Center is a vital asset

Editorial

Providing affordable health care that puts meeting each patient’s needs with compassion at the heart of the process has long been the focus of the valuable services provided to our town by the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge Thanks in part to a $1 million grant made available through ...

Proceed cautiously with this policy

Editorial

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ever ...

John McCain faces a new challenge

Editorial

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people with ...

Meals on Wheels in Fort Dodge

Local Columns

A nutritious meal, friendly face and safety check can make a world of difference for elderly and other homebound individuals in our community. Meals on Wheels in Fort Dodge delivered its first meals on March 1 of this year and since that time has delivered over 2,000 meals to the homebound and ...

Canada is important to Iowa’s future

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 ...

National debt continues to grow

Editorial

Talk among the politicians in Washington often seems to focus on why the government needs to spend more. If the justification is not national security, it probably will be health care. There seems to be precious little thought given to a serious, growing threat to both our welfare and ...

Iowa senators team to protect students

Editorial

Getting a college education can be important to success in life. Unfortunately, doing so has become an increasingly expensive undertaking. One consequence is that a many college graduates enter the job market owing a great deal of money. Iowa U.S. Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst, both ...

Honor Flights deserve strong support

Editorial

Something special happened in Kossuth County this month. Mary Gorce Ludwig’s family started a fundraiser during “Patriotic Night” at a Bancroft baseball game to support the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight program. Her family decided to match the donations from that night, up to $1,000, ...

National Night Out is Tuesday

Editorial

The Fort Dodge version National Night Out will be held Aug. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Snell-Crawford Park. The goal of this annual event is provide opportunities for the public to interact with the personnel from the public safety entities that help protect Fort Dodge and Webster County. Multiple ...

Driving in farm country requires extra care

Editorial

According to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, agriculture is the second most dangerous occupation in the nation with a death rate at 22.7 per 100,000 workers. Accidents on the nation’s roads contribute to those sad outcomes. Given agriculture’s central role in Iowa’s ...

Iowa’s new governor is gaining influence

Editorial

During Terry Branstad’s long tenure as our state’s governor, Iowans became accustomed to his prominence and influence nationally. His successful management of the Hawkeye State earned him the respect and admiration of state chief executives of both political parties. Gov. Kim Reynolds has ...