Opinion

Sen. Charles Grassley works hard

Editorial

When voters choose someone to represent them in Congress, they expect that the person who has won their support will honor that trust by taking the job very seriously. A strong indicator of just how faithfully U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley discharges his responsibility to represent Iowans is his ...

Helping to preserve history

Editorial

Helping current residents understand the history of a community is a vital goal. Thanks to a generous gift, the Depot Museum in Webster City is on the road to achieving significant renovations and enhancements. Last month, the Wilson Brewer Historic Parks Committee received a $100,000 ...

A bike race ‘thank you’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: For a second year we were lucky to have the RocknRail1850 bike race in our historical downtown Fort Dodge. The environment, the people involved and the public who came to watch all around the course provided for a unique day. We appreciate all those who helped us in some way to ...

Supports Gov. Kim Reynolds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Gov. Kim Reynolds is a hard-working Iowan with small-town rural ties, just like me. I want someone in office who knows Iowans, especially the majority of us who do not live in Des Moines or any of Iowa’s other cities. This background has helped shape her vision for rural ...

Positive signs from North Korea

Editorial

It would be nice to believe recent news from North Korea is evidence that country’s regime is serious about the “denuclearization” deal with President Donald Trump. Indeed, the report sounded very, very good: “North Korea appears to have started dismantling key facilities at its main ...

Thanks for the support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: My name Is Laura Sanchez and I am the daughter of the late Dennis “Dodger Denny” Olson. I want to use this platform to accomplish two things. First and foremost, I want to say thank you. My Dad died very suddenly and family, friends, and strangers did not miss a single ...

Wants safe, clean water

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy was formed as a science and technology based program to help Iowa due its part in reducing nutrient loss into our water supply. There was already a lot of voluntary and some cost share conversation practices being applied in the state at ...

VA gets another new leader

Editorial

Ho-hum. Another day, another secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. So, what else is new? Precious little, and that is the problem. On July 23, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Robert Wilkie as VA secretary. He becomes the second person in the position in just 18 ...

Encouraging news from Mexico

Editorial

Most illegal immigrants come to the United States for economic opportunity. A few make the journey to escape political repression or crime. In many ways, what they do is entirely understandable — though, of course, immigration laws need to be enforced. Making their own homelands more ...

Iowa Sales Tax Holiday starts Friday

Editorial

It’s hard to believe, but area families are already beginning to think about the items that will be needed to send young folks back to school properly equipped and looking good. According to the National Retail Foundation, a typical family with children in school will spend nearly $600 on ...

Summer dwindles, and we say good-bye

Local Columns

It’s that point in the summer when I don’t want to let go. Too soon, evenings are cooling and locusts are calling. With the Fourth behind us, back to school has returned to the collective vocabulary. It also means we say good-bye to our summer intern this week. Olivia Hanson, of ...

It’s time to get screened for lung cancer

Local Columns

We all know of a friend or family member who has been affected by cancer, which is why there is such an emphasis on screening and early detection for a variety of cancers. In 2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) implemented lung cancer screening recommendations for ...

A little upbeat news

Editorial

Newspapers have to report so much bad, upsetting news that the occasional heart-warmer comes as a welcome pleasure. The good news this month was not all from Thailand, where rescuers pulled off the rescue of members of a boys’ soccer team who had been trapped in a cave. We had a miracle ...

There’s trouble in Arizona

Editorial

The polarization of politics has become so bad that some liberal Democrats in Arizona are criticizing one of their party’s candidates for the U.S. Senate for refusing to join calls to eliminate the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. And, some far-left complainers say, U.S. Rep. ...

Federal bureaucrats in action

Editorial

Surely the Food and Drug Administration has something better to do than launch a crackdown on producers of soy, almond and similar beverages labeled as “milk.” Apparently not. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is telling reporters that his agency may begin enforcing a federal regulation ...

This development is disturbing

Editorial

So crazy has the lawsuit climate become that a court filing this week probably should have come as no surprise. Still, it is more than a little unsettling. MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas, has filed suit against hundreds of victims of the mass ...

Trump causes a firestorm

Editorial

Given the firestorm that erupted over his joint press conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump had no choice but to walk back one comment he made in Finland on July 16. In answering reporters’ questions, Trump, standing feet from Putin, indicated skepticism over ...

An apology

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of City High, our softball program and the community I want to apologize in the most sincere way for the shirts worn by members of our community while at the state softball tournament. We are embarrassed and ashamed at the derogatory phrase on the state shirts and I ...

Swing for a Cure succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The 13th annual Swing for a Cure golf outing was held on June 29 this year at the Fort Dodge Country Club. The weather was picture perfect with 26 teams enjoying the fun-filled day. The outpouring of generosity and support this event receives year after year is a wonderful ...

These villains must be punished

Editorial

Most illegal immigrants come to our country seeking economic opportunity. A few are fleeing violence or the threat of it. And many, the children to whom our hearts have gone out during recent weeks, have no say in the matter. But some of those coming across the southern border are bent on ...