Opinion

Fulfilling a promise to our community

Local Columns

We know “practice is the best of all instructors” and the William G. Smith Simulation Center provides a welcoming and innovative practice environment. Since its debut in January 2016, the center has provided students studying to be a nurse, emergency medical technician or paramedic, medical ...

This trade news is encouraging

Editorial

Diplomats in many other countries learned the secret to good relations with the United States years ago: Tell the Americans what they want to hear. So the small victory President Donald Trump has won in the so-called “trade war” he initiated needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Time ...

A second look makes good sense

Editorial

For a time, President Donald Trump said, he thought about vetoing the $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress laid on his desk a few weeks ago. Too much money was being spent unnecessarily and some priorities had been ignored, he explained. In the end, Trump signed the bill. Now, he reportedly ...

World remains a dangerous place

Editorial

Foreign spies and criminals in Washington, D.C., are using devices that can intercept cellphone calls and text messages from unaware users, it was revealed recently. The Department of Homeland Security made the admission in answer to a request by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. What should concern ...

D/SAOC has a vital mission

Editorial

The Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center plays a vital role in north central Iowa. Each year it helps the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault across northern Iowa. D/SAOC has an ambitious agenda that includes providing victims with emergency shelter, food, clothing and helping ...

Come hear David Osterberg

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I’ve lived in Calhoun County my entire life. This is my home. This is where I raise my child, Lillian. When I was younger, we would ride out bikes to Twin Lakes or drive around on gravel roads for hours. That doesn’t happen much anymore - not with our lake facing ...

Wants IPERS protected

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As a public employee who cares very much about our local community, I want to make sure incredibly important retirement systems like IPERS are protected. Supporting our community’s retirees and our local economy goes hand in hand. The average IPERS retiree receives a modest ...

Mission in Syria is near an end

Editorial

Syrian President Bashar Assad is secure in his position, with the support of Russian military might. The Islamic State organization in Syria has been nearly wiped out. It is time for U.S. troops to be pulled out of the country. There is no good reason for the 2,000 or so of them in Syria to ...

Facebook faces needed scrutiny

Editorial

If you want an idea of the magnitude of the privacy scandal involving Facebook, consider this: There are about 117 million households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. As many as 87 million people, most in this country, had personal data collected by Facebook accessed by ...

Roger Natte is being honored

Editorial

It’s always exciting when someone from Fort Dodge receives a statewide award. That’s especially true when the person being honored is well-known in our community for the important work being recognized. When a question arises about some aspect of Fort Dodge history, Roger Natte has long ...

April is an important time for D/SAOC

Local Columns

When you think of the Domestic Sexual Assault Outreach Center (DSAOC), you may picture a women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. What most do not realize is it is much more than that. As advocates, we work with individuals of all genders, not just females. DSAOC ...

Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream

Editorial

Some who remember the shock and horror of what happened 50 years ago, the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., may wonder how he would view the situation today. He would be enormously pleased at one aspect of the relationship between white Americans and minorities, we ...

Terrorism occurs in many lands

Editorial

Middle Eastern nations clearly are ground zero for Islamic terrorism. But it is a plague in other regions, too. Recently, Boko Haram terrorists staged attacks in two villages in northeast Nigeria. At least 15 people were killed. More than 80 were wounded. It could have been worse. Nigerian ...

Rent in Eagle Grove

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am really disgusted by the landlords in Eagle Grove where I have lived for 45 years. The building of the Prestage plant has everyone in a whirlwind about all the money they can make off of the people building it and working there. Rent in Eagle Grove has doubled since it ...

Wants funding for trust

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I have been a member of Ducks Unlimited for 40 years, and a devoted waterfowler and angler for even longer. As sportsmen and women, we rely on clean water and healthy habitats to perpetuate the fish and wildlife we so enjoy. With only 10 percent of Iowa’s wetlands remaining, ...

Support ‘Go Big, Go Dodgers’ event

Editorial

Our public schools are among the most important institutions in our community. Quite simply, the educational work they undertake shapes the youngsters who will be the future of our city, state and nation. Funding the school system is an expensive undertaking. Unfortunately, the monies ...

Statue was stolen

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On the morning of March 23, it was discovered that a small statue was missing. This statue was A Soldiers Cross. It was donated and painted by a local Veterans Organizations for the UnityPoint Health-Paula J. Baber Hospice Home for their We Honor Veterans Program. For those ...

Backs Gary Waechter

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Everyone should take some time and check out Gary Waechter who is running for Iowa House District 9. Gary is a sincere, conservative, positive and the quality candidate that can bring an outsider’s perspective to government and can drive change through common sense ...

We’re putting Russia on notice

Editorial

Apparently, leaders of quite a few democratic nations are boorish. At least, that is what Russian officials say. A few weeks ago, a former Russian double agent who had been working for the West while on Moscow’s payroll was poisoned. Serge Skripal and his adult daughter had been living in ...

Fun Night is Saturday

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Duncombe Elementary Booster Club invites everyone to attend our Annual Duncombe Elementary Fun Night on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 3 to 6 p.m. The event will take place at Duncombe Elementary (old Fair Oaks Middle School) located at 416 S. 10th St. in Fort Dodge. We ...