Opinion

Sen. Joni Ernst is making waves

Editorial

Some politicians seek federal office in part so they can live an extravagant lifestyle paid for by American taxpayers. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst is determined to curtail that type of self-serving behavior. That’s why the Iowa Republican has just introduced legislation that would eliminate a tax ...

Remembering all those who sacrifice

Editorial

When a member of our armed forces dies while serving our nation, the impact on that hero’s entire family is great. The sacrifice that has taken place goes well beyond the contribution of the service member. It is really an entire family that has been called upon to help our nation in ...

Iowa Central has embraced STEMM

Local Columns

Iowa Central has committed to an innovative and exciting approach to STEMM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medical Sciences. The idea of STEM is not new. My colleagues and I have been attending STEM conferences for the past 15 years. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Dr. Chris ...

Today we pay honor to our veterans

Editorial

Nearly 100 years have passed since the guns fell silent in the war then known as the Great War — the one we now call World War I. It was late morning in France when the armistice ending that conflagration took effect. All those years ago, many Europeans and Americans expected the ...

We vote not simply because we can

Editorial

O n Tuesday, voters throughout Webster County went to the polls to pick their local elected leaders. Well, a few of the voters went to the polls. According to Webster County Auditor Doreen Pliner, there are 23,183 registered voters in the county. Of that total, 14,513 are in the city of ...

Texas shooter had criminal history

Editorial

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre 26 ...

ACA’s individual mandate should go

Editorial

Republican leaders in Congress are not happy with one tax reform proposal from President Donald Trump. It is that the comprehensive tax bill on which they are working include a provision rescinding the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “individual mandate.” Tax reformers know that ...

Insurance claim gets results

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Oct. 9, I was driving on Patterson Field Road when all of a sudden I heard a bang and the next thing I knew, my low tire pressure indicator came on. When I got to the stop sigh of Gypsum Hollow Road and Patterson Field Road, I got out and went around to my passenger side and ...

Golden K appreciates help

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We, members of Golden Kiwanis, want to thank the members of Daybreak Rotary who pitched in and helped make a wonderful experience of the annual Soup and Pie supper held Oct. 27. Thanks to several children who helped serve drinks during the meal. Also to students from Iowa ...

Defends Humane Society

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Your recent article concerning the Humboldt County Humane Society quoted a statement that was highly inaccurate. We are not a dog shelter. We are not in name only. We cannot financially support a shelter. We work out of Harmony Animal Hospital because they give us a discount ...

FEMA is taking care of Puerto Rico

Editorial

President Donald Trump has been accused of discriminating against Puerto Rico in terms of U.S. aid to help the island recover from devastating hurricanes. Far from it. Trump appears to be discriminating against U.S. states with big disaster recovery bills. Trump previously had told the ...

Silver Showcase is Saturday

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Join us Saturday, November 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Willow Ridge, for a night of fun and to support a very worthy nonprofit, the YWCA. Our Silver Showcase will have live music with musician Gabriel Alves. Tickets are $20 per person (may be purchased at First ...

It’s time to vote

Editorial

The future in Fort Dodge is looking very good. Fort Dodge and Webster County are well-positioned to prosper if creative leaders in government and the private sector leverage assets and resources appropriately to take advantage of the very real opportunities for business and commercial ...

UW Community Campaign deserves support

Editorial

America is a land filled with compassionate people. This is a nation where charitable giving is a standard feature of community life. There are many good causes and no shortage of generous souls willing to contribute time and/or money to make the world a better place for those less fortunate ...

Supports Alstott

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing this letter in support of Kim Alstott, our Fourth Ward City Councilman. Having served on the council for six years, Kim has shown integrity and wisdom while serving to promote the exceptional advancements our community has achieved under the strong leadership of our ...

Three princesses and a platypus

Local Columns

Three princesses and a platypus came to my door Tuesday night. That’s two Ariels and a Rapunzel. I know she was a Rapunzel because she announced it several times while her hand was stuck in the candy bucket. Also, the long blond wig was a hint. The Ariels were quieter, I suspect in ...

Supports Alstott

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As a resident of the Fourth Ward, I wish to endorse Kim Alstott as the most qualified candidate for City Council Member for Ward 4. Mr. Alstott’s concerns and visions of the future are primary in his actions as a current member of the city council. He has served us well for ...

Larry Mitchell is a true ‘Music Man’

Local Columns

Larry Mitchell has the opening role in Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” that will be performed this week at Decker Auditorium by the Comedia Musica Players. “Board, all aboard!” he will call out as conductor of the train entering River City Junction. A fitting line, considering ...

Supports Alstott

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: When voters check and double-check candidates’ capabilities and qualifications for sitting on the Fort Dodge City Council, they will easily determine that Kim Alstott is the most knowledgeable and most qualified to serve Fort Dodge. We need to elect a leader with strong ...

Supports Bemrich

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Matt Bemrich is not just a good mayor. He is a great mayor. He represents Fort Dodge and the citizens of Fort Dodge with passion. I have had the opportunity to work with Matt on a number of community projects and committees. He is a tireless worker for Fort Dodge. He deals with ...