Opinion

Garden Club tour succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club expresses appreciation and thanks to all who supported our recent 17th annual garden tour. To the homeowners and gardeners who so graciously displayed your gardens to the public, thank you. We know that you lovingly tend your gardens ...

Trump has big plans for bureaucrats

Editorial

How nice it would be to believe that President Donald Trump’s plan to reorganize the federal government will result in more efficiency and less bureaucratic stupidity. Most Americans have had enough exposure to federal agencies to believe an improvement has occurred when they see it, ...

Girls Softball returns to Fort Dodge

Editorial

One of summer’s most enjoyable events begins Monday. The Girls State Softball Tournament will be the highlight of the season for the 40 teams that made it to state-level competition. All the teams are outstanding. Making it to this final event of the season means that none will have any ...

Here’s to that first Dodger softball team

Local Columns

Back when I was in high school, girls state sanctioned competitive sports were not on my radar. Heck, it wasn’t on a lot of people’s radar. In 1971, when I graduated high school, few area schools fielded girls teams in any sports. So I suppose I come by my ignorance ...

‘You have diabetes’

Local Columns

There are many things we do not want to hear when we go to a medical appointment, and the three words, “You have diabetes” are among them. The diabetes diagnosis is based on lab numbers, but the impact of the diagnosis means major changes to the person who hears those words. Better ...

‘Gender equity’may require rethinking

Editorial

So-called “gender equity” rules have been adopted in some places with the specified goal of getting rid of good old boy dominance in politics. Sometimes they backfire. In Pennsylvania, two women who should have won election to the Democratic Party Central Committee in Philadelphia are ...

Leaders play a vital role in agriculture

Editorial

From the earliest days, the emergence of successful farms and related industries in the American Midwest depended on the hard work and vision of people who played leadership roles in these vital enterprises. That was true when pioneers first cultivated the vast prairies, and it is increasingly ...

Charles Grassley keeps his promises

Editorial

When a politician makes a promise, it’s not uncommon for voters to respond with skepticism. When U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley says he will do something, however, it’s a good idea to pay close attention – the Iowa Republican has a history of following through on his pledges. Many years ...

South Korea can be made safer

Editorial

If — and this may be the most critical “if” to occur in diplomacy for many years — North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is serious about a proposal being discussed now, it could represent a true breakthrough. While most attention during recent months has focused on North Korea’s ...

Make your family stronger

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: An effort is underway in Fort Dodge to support sixth-graders and their families with a lifetime of practical skills and fewer problems. Empowering Families to Grow Together is supported by St. Edmond, Fort Dodge Middle School, Webster County Extension and Outreach and Iowa ...

Wants to thank ‘angel’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: To the nurse who helped me in the checkout line at Kohl’s on Thursday — thank you so much for what you did for me. You were truly my angel that day. The next time you see me at Kohl’s, please make yourself known to me. I don’t think I can remember what you look like. ...

Disapproves of Trump

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It would be bad for one segment of our society to refuse services to the public it is OK for others to do just that. While I would agree the tribalism that has taken over our country is not good for anyone, the tribalism can be directly relatable to the President of the ...

Achievement should be rewarded

Editorial

As we celebrated Independence Day last week, some Americans will have reflected not just on the political significance but also on our ideals as a people. One of them is that individual initiative is rewarded. Not always it turns out, as Asian-Americans in some places have learned. Hard work ...

Wants a moratorium

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We in Iowa are facing ever-increasing threats of water and air pollution from factory farms. The industry knows it, our governor knows it, our legislators know it, the Department of Natural Resources knows it – but nobody seems to have a spine anymore. I love Iowa, and it is ...

Not happy with the “Left”

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Have you ever wondered why or how liberals can constantly claim that, due to its high level of gun ownership, the U.S. is the most dangerous place on earth — to say nothing of their claims that the U.S. is also the most racist, most misogynistic and most exploitative country ...

Russia summit is a good move

Editorial

President Donald Trump is being criticized roundly by some for his plan to meet personally with Russian leader Vladimir Putin this summer. That very important event will take place on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland. Since even before the 2016 election, conspiracy theories about Trump and Putin ...

A veteran’s perspective

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Most people celebrate the 4th of July as a time to get together with family and friends, have a big BBQ and at dusk watch the fireworks. Yes they do know it was the day that the 13 colonies got together and declared their independence from the British, “these united ...

A Cemetery Walk thank you

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The 16th annual Oakland Cemetery Walk was a success with both days being indoors. We would like to thank the Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust, the Catherine Vincent Deardorf Foundation, Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation Department, Friendship Haven, the Fort Museum, Party ...

Likes roundabouts

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Roundabouts can help safely speed up traffic. Follow all yield signs like any other intersections. Don’t be in such a hurry. Be safe. All of our friends and families will thank you. Jesus Christ, please bless America. Scott Macek Fort Dodge

Be sure to attend your county fair

Editorial

Times change. Even so there are a few constants in life. One is the pleasure provided by the county fairs that continue to be a highlight of summer in the Hawkeye State. For as far back as anyone who now lives in this part of Iowa can remember, these summer festivals have been ...