Opinion

Supports Iowa Central

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Please, for a moment let’s reflect on the history of Iowa Central Community College. Over 50 years ago Dr. Edwin Barbour was selected to be the first superintendent of the newly formed Iowa Central Community College. It was a fraction of what Iowa Central is today. I ...

Iowa Central has a regional impact

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As I talk with community members throughout Calhoun County about the Iowa Central Community College bond referendum, one recurring response I hear is, “I don’t live in Fort Dodge. What does this mean for me?” Iowa Central employs our neighbors: Within the last year, ...

Corn still fuels Iowa’s economy

Editorial

Corn production has been a key factor in the Iowa economy for more than 150 years. The state’s 21st-century economy is characterized by increasing diversity. Agriculture isn’t as dominant as once was the case. Even so, there can be little doubt that corn remains of critical importance. ...

Supports bond proposal

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Fifty-one years ago, Albert Habhab, mayor of Fort Dodge, and I, student body president, participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Iowa Central Community College campus. I wore a younger man’s suit then and obviously I am not in as good of shape as I was then. ...

Eggs and Issues is a vital forum

Editorial

Many of the issues that members of the Iowa Legislature deal with each session are complicated. In some communities, it’s difficult for citizens to stay as informed about the decisions lawmakers make as would be ideal. Locally, however, Eggs and Issues makes staying well-versed about what ...

Backs Iowa Central

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There are many reasons to support Iowa Central’s upcoming bond issue. I would like to share the No. 1 reason why I personally plan to support Iowa Central’s plan. Like many employers, we are facing workforce shortages like never before. In our field of long-term care, the ...

Backs Iowa Central

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There are many reasons to support Iowa Central’s upcoming bond issue. I would like to share the No. 1 reason why I personally plan to support Iowa Central’s plan. Like many employers, we are facing workforce shortages like never before. In our field of long-term care, the ...

Will be voting ‘yes’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing this letter in support of the Iowa Central Community College bond referendum. As a member of the Fort Dodge City Council, I realize that the college plays an integral part in the overall health of our community. The college is one of our community’s largest ...

Will be voting ‘yes’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing this letter in support of the Iowa Central Community College bond referendum. As a member of the Fort Dodge City Council, I realize that the college plays an integral part in the overall health of our community. The college is one of our community’s largest ...

This tax must be repealed now

Editorial

Liberals such as those who inflicted the inaccurately named “Affordable Care Act” on Americans are fond of insisting they want to tax only “the rich.” But injuries and illnesses strike us all, rich or poor, and often, we count on technology to help us recover. The ACA’s authors, in ...

Backs Iowa Central

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Gowrie Development Commission recognizes the vital role Iowa Central Community College plays in the preparedness of a future workforce, the retention of our current workforce and the recruitment of our new workforce. With a low unemployment rate in Webster County and our ...

Says vote ‘yes’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Feb. 6, Iowa Central Community College will ask for voters in the nine counties to support the issuance of $25.5 million in general obligation bonds to support the college’s efforts in three areas: workforce training; accessible, affordable education; and revitalization of ...

Wants affordable child care

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A very serious but mostly unknown Fort Dodge issue is lack of affordable child care. There is a need for 1,600 more spaces for children whose parents both work. Two groups looking into this are Community Growth and Engineering City of Fort Dodge, headed by Dawn Larson and ...

Ernst lauds National Defense Strategy

Editorial

On Jan. 19, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis released the Trump administration’s National Defense Strategy. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, reacted to this new game plan for the Department of Defense with ...

Tax changes help Iowa’s farmers

Editorial

The new tax law passed by Congress late in 2017 and signed by President Donald Trump will help Iowa farmers, according to Sen. Charles Grassley. The Iowa Republican is the senior member and former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. He also serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee. He ...

US needs to be more self-reliant

Editorial

It is about time U.S. officials began worrying about reliance on other countries for critical resources. For too long, as evidenced by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department approving acquisition of a major amount of U.S. uranium by Russia, there has been a “don’t ...

Says vote ‘yes’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Vote “yes” on Iowa Central Community College bond referendum. Dr. Kinney has adequately explained the wise use of funds to be generated. Let’s review the macro picture of why ICCC deserves our support. The state has reduced financial support to community colleges. So ...

Opposes hog confinements

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Is there a hog confinement coming to your neighborhood? Don’t laugh, because there very well could be. If not the confinement itself, but the hog manure that will be spread on farm fields from these confinements. With the construction of Prestige Farms Processing Facility ...

Responds to critics of school closings

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: To those who are upset when school is canceled, remember just because the roads are fine in town doesn’t mean they are out in the rural areas, not to mention, it may be canceled because of the temperatures. If a bus’s engine was shut off, or stalled, and wouldn’t ...

Plan to attend Pork Congress

Editorial

For more than four decades, the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s Iowa Pork Congress has been an event where pork producers and assorted experts gather to share views and information about an industry that has long been vital to the Iowa economy. The annual incarnation of this very popular ...