Opinion

Iowa’s courts must remain world class

Editorial

Iowa has a court system that is the envy of many other states and a source of pride to Hawkeye State residents. Keeping our state’s courts world class should be a priority for lawmakers when budget decisions are made this year. Iowa’s Supreme Court is led by a Fort Dodger. In his role as ...

USDA accomplished much in 2017

Editorial

Late last month, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue shared his perspective on how the agency he heads had fared in 2017. He said it was a year during which the hard-driving team at the U.S. Department of Agriculture achieved a great deal. “Unlike any other federal department, USDA ...

Iran’s leaders face their public

Editorial

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official’s warning recently. Others familiar with the situation may have thought it less humorous. Iran has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations during recent weeks. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad ...

Wants future safeguarded

Letters to the Editor

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official’s warning recently. Others familiar with the situation may have thought it less humorous. Iran has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations during recent weeks. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad ...

It’s sign-up time

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Strengthening Families for parents and youth 10-14 is about to start in Fort Dodge the week of Jan. 22. This PROSPER program will begin its 16th year of programs with sixth-graders and their families. Families that participate in the programs delivered through PROSPER can ...

They appreciate hospice

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to thank Kindred Hospice and let everyone know a few things they do and how much they do. After my brother died in February, my mom (who had previously had several heart attacks) went downhill fast. She was overcome with grief. As I was talking about my mom to one ...

Police officers deserve our thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Dec. 17 at about 12:30, I was summoned to the home of an elderly acquaintance, who had just been burglarized. Thankfully, she was unhurt, and the items lost were negligible. I wanted to thank the officers of the Fort Dodge Police Department who were called to the scene. ...

New tax shouldn’t hurt charities

Editorial

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. That’s an absurd claim. It should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. If you make contributions to recognized ...

Backs bond referendum

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing to give my support to the Iowa Central Community college {ICC} bond referendum. I am an enthusiastic believer in the importance, not only of a solid education for our young people, but also for the need to support our community college. When I graduated from ...

Supports ICCC’s proposal

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Feb. 6, Iowa Central Community College is asking voters in Region V to support for a $25.5 million bond issue to support needed improvements for the college. I had the pleasure of attending Iowa Central Community College and benefited from outstanding academic and ...

Appreciates the kindness

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Heartfelt thanks to all who remembered me with cards and best wishes recently as I celebrated my 90th birthday. God bless you all for your kindness. Milton Heins Pomeroy

Youth Shelter Care appreciates the help

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa Inc. wishes to extend a huge “thank you” to our community for the generous outpouring of support given to our youth this Holiday Season. Your kindness has shown our youth that they are cared for and valued. YSC is a nonprofit ...

Change advocates are on the move in Iran

Editorial

Iranians demanding both social and economic reform in their country have taken to the streets again. This time, U.S. leaders should not let them down. Massive demonstrations in Tehran and many other cities have been in progress for several days. In some ways, they appear to be a repeat of ...

Kim Jong Un is at it once again

Editorial

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

USDA gets some welcome news

Editorial

Many Iowans are very familiar with the many things the U.S. Department of Agriculture does extremely well. Most of us, however, don’t have any direct knowledge of how the agency is viewed by the civil servants who work there. The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte jointly have ...

Webster County Courthouse has seen much history

Local Columns

Whenever Kathleen Hay is asked where she works, her answer is simple: “Look for the building with the big green clock on top,” she says. “That’s how we tell people how to find us on Central Avenue.” As Webster County deputy treasurer, she has had lots of company. Thousands of ...

DNR aids area fire departments

Editorial

Fire protection is crucial no matter where one lives. In small-town and rural America, volunteer fire departments are of vital importance to the well-being of both businesses and residents. Staffing and equipping these organizations is a challenge both in terms of recruiting a sufficient ...

It is time to make Amtrak safer

Editorial

It became clear almost immediately after an Amtrak train crashed in Washington earlier this month that excessive speed was to blame. The train was traveling at 80 mph on tracks rated for 30 mph when it derailed, killing three people and injuring many others. National Transportation Safety ...

City Council members are sworn in

Editorial

On Tuesday, Mayor Matt Bemrich and the other members of the Fort Dodge City Council elected in November were sworn in. The Honorable Mark Cady, chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court who is a Fort Dodge resident, administered the oath of office. The only newcomer to the council is Lydia Schuur ...

Some common sense is needed

Editorial

Strange, isn’t it, that some environmentalists have such a two-sided view of conflicts of interest? When climate change research happens to be funded even in part by industry and turns out to ratchet down the near-panic over global warming, it is labeled as bunk. That happens even when the ...