Opinion

New disposal site is a huge asset

Editorial

In our modern world, just about every household accumulates chemicals that can become dangerous when large quantities come together in a landfill. The Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 2150 S. 22nd St., was created to give area households a way to dispose safely of such items as used oil, ...

Iowa Central gets a big boost

Editorial

Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa. Not only does it provide affordable educational opportunities, the college also helps make certain that workers with the right technical skills are available to present and future employers. A desire to ...

Be prepared for more surprises

Editorial

As often is the case, Americans last year may have established a model to be emulated by the rest of the world. This one involves politics, not technology or culture, however, and the ramifications could be earth-shaking. Last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was not as ...

Debates should not lead to violence

Editorial

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Virginia, were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

Applauds storm response

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We would like to thank the city of Fort Dodge, and particularly the men and women that were involved with the tree cleanup following the May 16 wind storm. Though we personally did not have a lot of tree damage, several of our neighbors did. According to the city’s ...

Kudos to our heroes

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: When the recent storm hit Fort Dodge full force, MidAmerican workers, the Fort Dodge Police Department, our faithful Street Department employees were on hand in full force and even neighbors were helping neighbors. Aren’t we luck to live in Fort Dodge. Thanks also to The ...

Wants policies followed

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Iowa Farm Bureau, the Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Corn Growers all have a policy against giving power of eminent domain to private for profit companies, against private property owners. So far the Iowa Farm Bureau, the Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Corn ...

‘Wake up America’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor Have you noticed how “Make America Great Again” has affected your economic well-being? I would have to say I haven’t. I try to look at events objectively and I have noticed promises quite often do not appear to have any basis for truth. On the farm front, alienating ...

Huge decision is about to be made

Editorial

President Donald Trump is under an enormous amount of pressure over a variety of policy and legislative issues, ranging from tax reform to health care. It is not unfair or unrealistic to expect progress on at least some of those matters. But rushing into a new strategy for the war in ...

Don’t become a victim

Editorial

An email arrives offering financial rewards if the recipient follows a few simple instructions. The telephone rings and a friendly voice promises a free trip or some other enticing reward. But first some personal information must be provided. Just about all of us have been on the receiving ...

It’s time to honor our fathers

Editorial

Father’s Day is upon us once again. That’s good news for the greeting card vendors. In recent years, they have sold upwards of 100 million cards to Americans intent on paying tribute to good old dad. About half of those cards are purchased by dutiful sons and daughters. Wives honoring a man ...

A Positive Life After Cancer

Local Columns

On Saturday, UnityPoint Health — Trinity Cancer Center will be partnering with Cops Against Cancer to offer cancer patients, survivors and their families a free cancer retreat. ‘There is a Positive Life After Cancer’ will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at UnityPoint Health — ...

Fort Dodge welcomes a new fire chief

Editorial

On July 5, Fire Department Capt. Steve Hergenreter will take the helm of our local Fire Department. He replaces Kent Hulett as the city’s fire chief. Hergenreter is no stranger either to our town or to the department he will now lead. He grew up in Fort Dodge and has been a firefighter here ...

Terrorist attacks raise new questions

Editorial

As more becomes known about the three Islamic terrorists who went on a killing spree not long ago in London, troubling questions are being raised about British authorities’ ability to anticipate and prevent such violence. British intelligence agencies were familiar with at least two of the ...

Senate has a tough job to do

Editorial

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the perfect ...

Today Americans honor our flag

Editorial

More than two centuries ago, on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress of the newly established United States of America adopted a resolution making an early version of the stars and stripes our national flag. That flag, with modifications to reflect an increase in the number of states, has ...

Grassley holds VA’s feet to the fire

Editorial

Is there no end to the dishonesty and shoddy treatment of those who served our country by bureaucrats at the Department of Veterans Affairs? Apparently not. In late February, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked VA officials about how long veterans were kept waiting for help at the ...

Natural Playscape is good news for kids

Editorial

A ribbon cutting last week celebrated the completion of a much-anticipated Natural Playscape at Kennedy Park. It is an exciting new way for kids to connect with nature. According to Matt Cosgrove, Webster County Conservation director, the park uses natural materials and appeals to the senses ...

Market on Central is back

Editorial

Downtown Fort Dodge is on the rebound. During the last several years, storefronts up and down Central Avenue and on nearby streets that have too long been vacant are once again coming to life commercially. The city’s historic business district is becoming the home to an impressive array of ...

Relay For Life is Saturday

Local Columns

From close family members to close friends, we all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer at some point. We don’t face cancer alone and neither should you. On Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Fort Dodge City Square, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Webster County will ...