Opinion

Mexico, US need to work together

Editorial

Give Mexican officials some credit for working with the United States to stem the tide of illegal immigrants flowing through their country and into the United States. In contrast with past practice, Mexico City seems to be more interested in keeping its promises regarding the problem. It is, ...

In the swim for a cause

Editorial

When is a fundraiser more than simply a fundraiser? When that fundraiser starts as a 4-H citizenship project by a 12-year-old. That 12-year-old was then-sixth-grader Morgan Border, of Fort Dodge, who thought that swimming would be one good way to help raise money for the breast cancer ...

Foster Grandparents make a difference

Local Columns

Many people look forward to retirement and the chance to do everything that they didn’t have time for while working full time. Once those projects are finished, the days get a little longer and the need for a new purpose sets in. The isolation of a winter like we just survived can also ...

Good news for water quality

Editorial

There’s no doubt that work must be done to clean up Iowa’s lakes, streams and rivers. Therefore, it’s always good news when an effort to do just that gets started. Some of that good news arrived this week when state Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced 19 projects across the ...

From other editors: Another border-related dispute

Editorial

As we have said many times before in this space, until our “leaders” in Washington, D.C., commit to constructive, bipartisan discussion of comprehensive immigration reform (something more unlikely the deeper into the 2020 election campaign we go), our country will lurch from one related ...

Gov. Reynolds, legalizing sports betting is a bad deal for Iowa

Editorial

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has an opportunity to prevent a lot of heartache for many people. The Legislature has sent her a bill that would legalize sports betting in the state. Reynolds hasn’t said if she’ll sign it. We urge a veto. Making sports betting legal in Iowa will just make ...

Iowa’s U.S. senators take action

Editorial

Victims of sexual assault are often reluctant to report these offenses. In the U.S. military, some service members have shown a reluctance to do so in part because of concern about the impact they fear it might have on their careers if the issue is handled in a military court. That’s why ...

From other editors: Presidential hopefuls are disclosing

Editorial

One by one, Democratic presidential hopefuls are releasing their tax returns. Years of them. Longtime holdout Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) revealed 10 years of returns at the tail end of Tax Day, which arrived on Monday this year. Later that evening, former Texas representative Beto O’Rourke ...

There is hope for tomorrow, even here on this troubled earth

Editorial

Having commemorated the sorrow of Good Friday, Christians the world over today are contemplating the joy of another Easter morning with the message of victory over death and despair. The celebration of the resurrection of Christ is a time of renewal and a reaffirming of faith in him who rose ...

USDA announces Ag Census results

Editorial

Agriculture is an enormous, diverse part of the U.S. economy. Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service conducts a Census of Agriculture to develop a detailed compilation of facts and figures regarding the nation’s farms and ranches. ...

Volunteer firefighters are there for us

Editorial

Imagine working 40 hours a week or more, then spending dozens more hours training to run the pump on a fire truck. Or consider raising a family, taking kids to soccer practice, going to church and then getting up at 3 a.m. to respond to a horrible car crash. All that sounds like a ...

Veterans event was a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On April 11, the Webster County Veterans Affair Commission held two sessions for veterans, spouses and widows, to give them valuable information and current details concerning Veterans Administration benefits for which they may be eligible. We had an excellent turnout, with ...

Let’s cut food waste

Editorial

In the United States, a great deal of the food produced goes uneaten. According to information provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than one-third of the food Americans might have consumed ends up discarded or lost for other reasons. To reduce food loss and waste, April has ...

Supporting Beacon of Hope

Editorial

Like anyone else in today’s economically challenging world, the Beacon of Hope is looking to be financially responsible and pay off its debts. Being in debt is new for the homeless shelter for men located in downtown Fort Dodge, according to Executive Director Steve Roe. This year is the ...

Iowa employers are mobilizing

Editorial

Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a call for Iowa’s employers to participate in the fifth annual Give Back Iowa Challenge. This important philanthropic undertaking got underway on April 1 and continues through May 31. The goal of this innovative endeavor is to engage our state’s residents in ...

Cancer screenings save lives

Local Columns

You are your own best advocate when it comes to your health, just ask Louis “Sue” Wolff. Sue asked for another opinion when she didn’t feel like she was getting the help she needed when she experienced some hearing loss in her left ear. It was like her ear wouldn’t pop after a pressure ...

Gambling has widespread impact

Local Columns

There is an issue still alive in our state’s Legislature that could have a major impact on many lives in Iowa. My perspective on this is arguably as deep as any over the last 30 years. Our company, Consumer Credit of Des Moines, has done debt counseling for over 150,000 in that time period. ...

Never forget their service

Editorial

In the United States, the Korean War has long had a reputation as a forgotten war. It started in 1950 and the shooting ended in 1953, even though a formal peace treaty has never been signed. It happened between World War II and the Vietnam War, two larger conflicts that involved more ...