Opinion

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 ...

Gov. Robert Ray set a powerful example

Editorial

Former Iowa Gov. Robert Ray died this month at age 89. Younger Iowans may not realize just how important a role he played in our state’s history. For 14 years — from 1969 until 1983 — he served as Iowa’s top elected official. He won the governorship five times and served in that post ...

Iowa Central is making career connections

Local Columns

Iowa Central Career Connections is a work-based learning program designed to help prepare students to be successful as they transition into the workforce. By connecting them to local businesses to explore an assortment of fulfilling career options through work-based learning.We partner with ...

A tornado puts a T-shirt in perspective

Local Columns

The focus of this column was going to be the unfortunate choice Iowa City’s softball team made in applying the words “Dirty Dodge” to their competition shirts. But then an EF-3 tornado hit downtown Marshalltown and life, once again, came into a meaningful perspective. So this column is ...

It’s time to get some work done

Editorial

While the rest of us may be thinking of getting in a few last-of-summer days off in August, our U.S. senators will be chained to their workplace, the Capitol building. Normally, members of Congress are in recess during August. But this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has ...

Tax cuts are helping farmers

Editorial

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed by Congress late in 2017, made major changes in the federal government’s tax policies. A new report just issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research has evaluated the impact of the tax changes on American agriculture. The conclusion ...

This type of bias undermines FBI

Editorial

FBI agent Peter Strzok was emphatic to the point of flashes of anger during his testimony to a congressional committee looking into political bias at the nation’s premier law enforcement agency. In 2016, Strzok made his dislike of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump perfectly clear. ...

Costing Iowans millions

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As a Fort Dodge native, I am disappointed in the Iowa Legislature’s failure to pass S.F. 2294 during the 2018 legislative session. Our state is in the midst of a budget crisis and an opioid epidemic, which could have both been addressed through S.F. 2294 — a bill that would ...

Keep fireworks ordinance as is

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: “Thank you,” Mike Devine, for speaking at the Monday night City Council meeting. I am not able to attend . I am not speaking for all veterans, only myself. I am against further restriction of fireworks in the city of Fort Dodge. Maybe our forefathers should have included ...

Trump is right about NATO

Editorial

No doubt President Donald Trump, who visited four countries in Europe last week, expected a frosty reception from some leaders. Those whose nations are members of NATO are upset with Trump for demanding they pay a fairer share of the alliance’s defense costs. Some already do bear reasonable ...

Scott Pruitt behaved unacceptably

Editorial

Bad politicians do not translate automatically to bad policy. Scott Pruitt was not an acceptable administrator of President Donald Trump’s environmental policies — but that does not mean Trump should change them. It appears he has no intention of altering course.Pruitt resigned as ...