Opinion

Put Coats for Kids on your giving list

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: We all know Iowa winters can be brutal. Unfortunately, in our community, we have children who are unable to escape the cold by wearing a warm coat. Without a coat, children are not able to play during recess at school and that is such a valuable time for them to release energy, ...

Lord, I am thankful

Local Columns

Dear Lord, I am thankful. I am thankful that as I drive through this grey fall landscape we know as Iowa after the harvest, it is cold and my windows are up. Once, years ago, my best friend was driving through Iowa to interview for a teaching job. It was hot and her car windows were down. A ...

Why not shop local for the holidays?

Editorial

The holiday shopping season is upon us once again. In the quest to find just the right gifts, seeking out bargains is part of the fun. During the current economic downturn, stretching those dollars budgeted for gift-giving is also a necessity for many people. Nobody likes to waste money, ...

Do you hear those bells?

Editorial

The sound of bells signals that The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign is once again in full swing. If one needed any further evidence that the holiday season is at hand, the appearance of the familiar bell ringers and the launch of this year’s fundraising drive certainl provides proof. The ...

Hoping owner of lost purse will get it back

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was shopping Monday at Wal-Mart around 10:30 a.m. When I put my cart back in the rack, I noticed there was a purse in front of my cart. I took this purse to the Service Desk and gave it to Pennie. I am hoping the owner of the handbag will see this letter and be able to ...

Firefighters take prevention seriously

Editorial

On a frigid snowy night in January 2016, a Fort Dodge family was startled by the sound of smoke detectors going off in its Riverside Street Northwest home. It was not a false alarm. There was a serious fire in the house, but everyone escaped unharmed thanks to the warning provided by the smoke ...

Candidates should listen to the people

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I have a couple of questions for all the incumbents who squeaked by the midterm election by getting just over 50 percent. Do you feel good about 50 percent when all that means is every other person you meet wants you out of office? If you get half the people after years in ...

Iowa’s senators move up

Editorial

Iowa’s United States senators have been chosen by their colleagues for key leadership posts in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Charles Grassley has been nominated by his fellow Republicans to serve as Senate president pro tempore. This is a post created in the U.S. Constitution. It is third in line ...

UnityPoint at Home gives thanks

Local Columns

November is here and the holiday season is beginning. This time of year we often find ourselves giving thanks and reflecting on “what matters.” At UnityPoint Health we have a lot to be thankful for and we know people matter. November also happens to be National Homecare and Hospice month ...

Children need paternal support

Editorial

Fathers make a positive difference in the lives of their children, even if they don’t realize it. Often, they make that difference just by being there. It can be as simple as reading a bedtime story. That’s a point that was hammered home by Nate Conlon, a social worker for the Iowa ...

Support United Way Community Campaign

Editorial

America is a land filled with compassionate people. This is a nation where charitable giving is a standard feature of community life. There are many good causes and no shortage of generous souls willing to contribute time and/or money to make the world a better place for those less fortunate ...

FD fire station looking good

Editorial

Firefighters are an inspiration to all Americans. Their heroic commitment to keeping our communities safe are symbolic of the best attributes of public service. Here in Fort Dodge, we have an exceptionally fine Fire Department. Its personnel not only respond to fires, but also respond when ...

There’s no ‘neo-Jim Crow’ in Georgia

Editorial

In the overtime of the 2018 elections, the left can't decide whether it opposes casting doubt on election results or insists on it. In the case of the Georgia gubernatorial election, narrowly lost by African-American activist Stacey Abrams, it's unquestionably the latter. A cottage industry ...

Grassley and Klobuchar join forces

Editorial

By his example, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley helps counter the disillusionment so many Americans express about Congress. The Iowa Republican is an important GOP leader, but he works harmoniously with many other senators — both Democrats and Republicans. A good example of constructive ...

Ballot count in Webster County went very well

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This year on Election Day I worked along with 15 other volunteers counting and recounting the nearly 5,000ballots cast in the Webster County Absentee Precinct. I want to congratulate Doreen Pliner and her staff in the auditors office for all of their hard work in preparing the ...

Gene Giraffe Project thanks all who helped

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Gene Giraffe Project would like to thank all the walkers and runners who came to Kennedy Park to help bring awareness for rare diseases in our area. We would like to thank our sponsors for the run/walk — NEW Coop, Valero, Doyle Construction, Creative Signs and The Dariette. ...

FDPD enhances its capabilities

Editorial

To help ensure that communications and recordkeeping capabilities are fully state-of-the-art, the Fort Dodge Police Department recently adopted new software. The goal was to make it possible for officers to do their work faster and more efficiently so they could better serve the needs of our ...

There are still good places that need donations

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Christmas season is fast approaching, Although Operation Christmas/Church Women United is no longer operating, the need is still out there. There are a number of organizations that will be flooded with requests for help at Christmastime. I am writing this letter to urge ...

Drive especially carefully around kids

Editorial

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? Not for some people — and that includes a few right here in our area. We doubt there is a school bus driver in our area who has not ...