Opinion

What’s in a name?

Local Columns

Before I begin, it’s important to say this is not about finger-pointing. And it sure as heck isn’t about finding fault. Let me explain. A few weeks back Sherry Washington, a local community leader, invited the community — and I mean this community, as in Fort Dodge — to join her ...

Take part in Great American Smokeout

Local Columns

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day ...

It looks to us like a major scandal

Editorial

A “new” scandal is being looked into by some members of Congress. It involves sale of about 20 percent of the nation’s uranium assets to a Russian company in 2010. If you have been paying attention, however, you already know about it. Many people have urged for some time that ...

Thank you Allen Will

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thanks so very much to Allen Will for serving as a reserve officer for the las 22 years, using your time and resources to assist law enforcement and really putting your heart into it. I know how proud you were to wear those uniforms. It is very unfortunate that at age 66 you ...

Appreciates Honor Flight

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: To all the Honor Flight on Sept. 16 such a wonderful time, thank you. Everything was so well planned. It was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget. And for the prisoner who was sentenced to life, thank you for the beautiful letter and card. As he stated to me, we ...

They laud Honor Flight

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: To the Brushy Creek Honor Flight board, we want to thank you for all the hard work, effort and time you put in to make the Brushy Creek Honor Flights a success. We enjoy the program and delicious supper on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the Webster County Fairgrounds. It was interesting ...

Hats off to the committee

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Hats off to the members of the Honor Flight Committee and all the ones that assist in any way. I was one of the group that was selected to go on the last flight and really enjoyed it. The time to see Washington, D.C., and all the sights that we were able to take in, the ...

Seeking their benefactor

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: (Recently), my wife and I were dining in the Village Inn restaurant in Fort Dodge. It was chilly in the restaurant and my wife was a bit chilly. We were sitting at a table next to one of the booths. At this booth sat a nice lady and her daughter. After a bit, this girl ...

CFR gets ready for the future

Editorial

Community and Family Resources is an organization that undertakes vital work in our community and region. It is a nonprofit agency that specializes in helping people overcome and recover from addiction. It also assists individuals who most cope with mental health problems. In 2017, CFR served ...

Some additional scrutiny is needed

Editorial

Private lending institutions look hard at two factors before making loans. First, the borrower’s ability to repay the loan is considered. Second, the value of the product or service the applicant intends to buy is considered. One reason for that is to ensure that adequate collateral is ...

Obesity is a serious problem

Editorial

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year’s feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor ...

Learn more about local candidates

Editorial

Further economic growth is the key to making it possible for this community to move ahead with critical infrastructure enhancements. It also can help set the stage for quality-of-life improvements that will not only benefit current Fort Dodgers, but encourage others to consider making this ...

Raqqa has fallen at last

Editorial

In bygone days, officials in some European nations had a way of emphasizing that their forms of government would endure. When a sovereign died and a new one was being crowned, the cry was, “The king is dead — long live the king!” Sadly, so it is with Islamic terrorists. There was ...

It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Editorial

Most people never experience domestic violence. Unfortunately, however, some estimates put the incidence among Americans at more than 12 million people each year. Women, men and children all can be victims. No socioeconomic or age group is spared. Researchers tell us, however, that young women ...

LifeWorks Community Services is special

Local Columns

LifeWorks Community Services is an extraordinarily special place. I have a cupcake sitting on my desk. Someone snuck into my office while I was away and set it at my workspace. Why would someone sneak into my office to leave a tasty treat? It’s because a person, who has a disability, ...

Stop by KIDZMANIA today

Editorial

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today a very special undertaking will take place at the Crossroads Mall. Families from all over Fort Dodge and beyond will be taking part in KIDZMANIA. Hosted by Linking Families and Communities, Fort Dodge Community Recreation Center and UnityPoint Health — Fort ...

New law will protect older Americans

Editorial

Sadly, bipartisan cooperation is quite rare in Congress just now. That makes it all the more impressive that legislation designed to increase enforcement efforts against those who commit crimes that target the older members of our communities has been passed by the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of ...

Fight against terrorism must go on

Editorial

Islamic terrorists proved once again that they retain the ability and the bloodlust to commit massive atrocities. Using a bomb mounted on a truck, the al-Shabab organization, linked to al-Qaida, killed 276 people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. More than 300 others were injured. Such ...

STEM evaluation shows progress

Editorial

During her years a lieutenant governor, Gov. Kim Reynolds took a leading role in promoting a multifaceted state initiative that is designed to strengthen education in Iowa concerning science, technology, engineering and mathematics — usually referred to by the acronym STEM. Consequently, it ...

CHIP deserves support in Congress

Editorial

Few members of Congress disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill extending support ...