Opinion

Melania Trump has an excellent idea

Editorial

First lady Melania Trump has an excellent idea with her “Be Best” campaign to help children. Too bad so many in the media, after listening to her unveil it , focused most of their reporting on her relationship with her husband, President Donald Trump. Approximately half of one major news ...

CFR recognizes donors

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Community and Family Resources would like to thank the dedicated volunteers, staff, and community leaders for working together in 2017 to kick start CFR’s first fundraising effort to support its new central facility. CFR appreciates the generosity of foundations, businesses, ...

Developing tomorrow’s community leaders

Editorial

Leadership Fort Dodge has an ambitious mission. It seeks to develop community leaders “who are informed, dynamic, qualified and motivated.” Now in its 13th year, the project endeavors to mold future leaders by providing them the background information and other tools they need to become ...

Favors Ann Meyer

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I strongly believe Ann Meyer has the best interests of Fort Dodge and its surrounding area at heart. She would be an amazing addition to the Iowa House of Representatives. I have gotten to know Ann very well recently and have seen the drive, passion, and knowledge she could ...

Worried about US debt

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I’m upset with Fort Dodge. Our country has to raise the debt ceiling to keep going and yet they keep giving money to what some call the pork barrel — like a bridge to nowhere. They say our grandchildren will still be working on the debt we keep making. The government ...

Honor Flights deserve support

Editorial

Sixteen million Americans served in this nation’s military forces during the most horrific war in history — World War II. The nation’s official memorial paying tribute to their sacrifices was a long time coming. It finally was opened to the public on April 29, 2004, in Washington, D.C. ...

St. Edmond Ball succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Friends of Saint Edmond Ball held their annual event for the 35th consecutive year on May 5. It was once again a very successful evening with $225,000 in net proceeds raised to assist the Saint Edmond system with their operating needs. We would like to give very special ...

Supports Ann Meyer

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Members of the Iowa Legislature make many decisions that affect the lives of every Iowan in many facets of their daily lives. We depend upon the legislator/s representing us and our state to make those decisions in a careful and thoughtful manner using their best judgement ...

Has DART suggestions

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: While I am a great fan of living in Fort Dodge and enjoying its choirs, theater groups, symphony orchestra, art museum, athletic fields, and parks, this fall and winter I have noticed a major shortcoming. Fort Dodge is not a pleasant place to live if you have no ...

Senate should confirm Gina Haspel

Editorial

Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to head the CIA, spent much of her career at the CIA in undercover roles, performing work truly critical to national security. It is known she played a key role in what is being termed “brutal interrogation” of suspects involved in Islamic ...

Iowa leads nation in egg production

Editorial

Egg production is big business in Iowa. The Hawkeye State’s 54 million laying hens generate a remarkable 16 billion eggs each year, making Iowa the No. 1 egg-producing state in the nation. The Iowa egg industry is a big purchaser of Iowa’s other agricultural products. The state’s layers ...

Mothers deserve our thanks

Editorial

If you think that Mother’s Day is one of those holidays created by the greeting card industry, you may be in for a surprise. Giving thanks to mothers has been a part of many cultures for as far back as history has been recorded. In the United States, the tradition is frequently traced to ...

Dearly deported

Local Columns

Stop me if I’ve told you this: I was deported from another country. But before you judge me, let me tell you the circumstances. First, a disclaimer: Among other things, I was naive as a younger woman and, second, I had unrealistic expectations in those days, which were the 1980s. If ...

Iowa Central Fuels Lab will be moving

Local Columns

Iowa Central Fuel Testing Laboratory came into being through direct appropriations from the Iowa Legislature led by state Rep. Helen Miller and the U. S. Department of Energy via direct appropriations led by former U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, former U. S. Sen. Tom Harkin and U. S. Sen. Charles ...

Karl Marx had enormous influence

Editorial

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a valid point in a speech delivered in Berlin on the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth. Marx, Juncker said, “isn’t responsible for all the atrocity his alleged heirs have to answer for.” Perhaps not. Marx, an icon among the ...

Transportation Week starts Sunday

Editorial

National Transportation Week begins Sunday. This celebration of the transportation industry has taken place each May since it became a permanent event in 1962. An annual observance taking note of this vital industry’s importance to the nation dates back to the 1950s. That makes this an ...

Protect IPERS

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As the mayor of Fort Dodge, I have dedicated my tenure to improve our local economy. For that reason, I am concerned about possible future changes to a key Fort Dodge economic driver, the Iowa Public Employee Retirement System (IPERS). In Webster County, IPERS provided over ...

Careers on Wheels is great

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was humbled again this year to be a part of Careers on Wheels, held May 1. This was the fourth annual event. It was held at the Iowa Central East Campus, which hosted and fed us a great lunch. More than 30 volunteers from ICCC, FDSH and business leaders led student groups ...

Iowa Central is an educational treasure

Editorial

Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa. Not only does the college provide affordable educational opportunities, but it also helps make certain that workers with the right technical skills are available to present and future employers. One of the many ...

Amazon shows some muscle in Seattle

Editorial

Events in Seattle are re-emphasizing a point about economic development that too many government officials seem to have forgotten: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Officials in that West Coast city have said they plan to establish a new “head tax” on businesses that gross more than ...