Opinion

‘Don’t be discouraged’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Attention St. Edmond Gaels fans. Don’t be discouraged by Friday’s loss to Panorama. We lost to a better team. They were bigger. more experienced, and had some talented players. We need to look at the positive things. Gaels entered this season with a squad small in size, ...

Schools are starting — drive safely

Editorial

The fairs are over or soon will be. It won’t be that long before cooler weather becomes the norm rather than the exception — summer is drawing to a close. Even though the calendar shows another month of summer to be enjoyed, for students vacation days are about to end. All across Iowa ...

Pope Francis responds

Editorial

Pope Francis took precisely the correct attitude in his letter responding to a grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania. The missive admitted that too many in the Roman Catholic church “showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.” Since it was ...

Farm Progress Show warrants a look

Editorial

It won’t be long before the 2018 incarnation of the Farm Progress Show welcomes a multitude of visitors to the Boone area. This year’s event kicks off Aug. 28 and will run three days. The show is a highlight of summer for farm folks and others with a business interest in agriculture. It ...

A little girl named Valerie also came to harm

Local Columns

I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready to kick last week to the curb. It was a bad week all around, but it was a particularly bad week for Iowa. It was the week when we were reminded that going for a simple run alone in our state can end in devastating results. I’m talking ...

An open letter to the community

Local Columns

It is an honor to be welcomed back to our community and region as your new superintendent of Fort Dodge Community Schools. With the excitement of a new school year upon us, I wanted to take a moment to share some core values I have, and together, hope to instill in our schools and ...

A parade could still make sense

Editorial

After hearing of the estimated cost — $92 million — of a parade he proposed to showcase America’s military, President Donald Trump wisely called the event off. As he noted, that much money could do much good if spent on defense hardware. Trump suggested the parade in Washington, D.C., ...

Vaccinations save lives

Editorial

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

More improvements are coming

Editorial

Fort Dodge is fortunate to have a state-of-the art airport featuring direct commercial passenger flights to major airline hubs. Our airport also has first-rate facilities to serve the varied needs of private and corporate aviation. The inescapable truth is that even those Fort Dodgers who ...

It’s time to bring him to trial

Editorial

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed may die of old age before ever being convicted of the horrific crime he allegedly masterminded nearly 17 years ago. Mohammed, captured in 2003, is accused of being the key planner of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America. Yet, though Mohammed, 53, has been ...

Reacts to editorial

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Your editorial of Aug. 7 concerning the Manafort trial and the Mueller investigation seems a little off point to me. It asks the question that since no direct link between President Trump and the Russians has been found yet “how long should the investigation ...

Appreciates the support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This is regarding a donation from Mikos and Matt Furniture of Fort Dodge to the Community and Family Resources’ Recovery House. Community & Family Resources would like to express their sincerest of thanks to Mikos and Matt Furniture for donating a twin mattress and box ...

Federal debt continues to grow

Editorial

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Recently, it was reported ...

Trump has identified a problem

Editorial

President Trump’s proposal to create an entirely new branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, may or may not be a good idea. But the initiative does point to a dangerous gap in our defense posture. Trump’s idea is for a new service equal in stature to the Army, Navy, Air Force, ...

Honoring service to 4-H

Editorial

It’s hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn’t know a bit about 4-H. It has been more than a century since 4-H got its start in Iowa in 1901. Today it is the largest youth-development program in the Hawkeye State. About one-quarter of the state’s young folks are involved in 4-H. Those ...

A town counted on a hospital’s promise

Local Columns

It appears that young mothers who wanted their babies to be born at Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City will have to look elsewhere. That is, unless the VDMC board and the hospital’s management, MercyMedical Center, of Des Moines, have a sudden change of heart. VDMC announced in the ...

Preparing tomorrow’s workforce

Local Columns

Iowa Central Community College will host its annual career day, “The Game of Life,” on Oct. 25 for high school students in our area. The day is designed to be an interactive day for students to learn and explore various career opportunities available in our region. We anticipate ...

Making the wall less likely

Editorial

Given the waste of time and money evident in the government’s efforts to build a wall along our southern border, it is no wonder Mexican officials want no part of paying for it. Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is difficult to restrain it upon hearing more evidence of how bureaucracy in the ...

Your local news isn’t ‘fake’

Editorial

Less than a month into his term, President Donald Trump created a “fake news” battle with multiple national media outlets, referring to them as the “enemy of the people.” And that rhetoric continues. The idea of fake news now permeates our national dialogue, used to dismiss news reports ...

Opposes ‘factory farm’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As the famous Paul Revere once said, “The hogs are coming! The hogs are coming!” That may not be the exact quote… but if Paul Revere were alive today, living in Calhoun County, it’s exactly what he’d be saying. Our community is being invaded by outside forces, ...