Opinion

Will caucus for John Kasich

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The date of the Iowa caucuses is looming closer and closer, that leap year phenomenon when we have the opportunity to make an outsized impact on the selection of our next president. This is not a responsibility I take lightly, and I'm one of the rare ones who actually enjoys this ...

Appreciates the help

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I was driving home ... and all of a sudden I had no power.Fortunately, I was able to get the car off the street with the help of two beautiful women I wish to thank.I would also like to thank "Family Dollar" for letting me take up space and even offering me a chair so I could wait ...

US Supreme Court is poised to act

Editorial

Labor union leaders may have had their fingers crossed, hoping no one would spot the Achilles heel in the self-preservation argument they have used so successfully for many years.Now it has been called to the attention of U.S. Supreme Court justices.Government employees have been one of the few ...

Body cameras make sense for police

Editorial

The work of law enforcement officers is vitally important to everyone who lives in this community. Our town is fortunate to have an exceptionally professional Police Department.The nature of the work police perform entails constant interactions with members of the public. When arrests or other ...

Favors Bernie Sanders

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am a woman for Bernie.Like many Americans, I want to see a woman elected President of the United States. However, I also want women - and men - from all walks of life to have the opportunities that will get them into leadership positions so the real likelihood of women elected ...

They plan to vote ‘yes’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:We are asking for our community to vote yes to both questions on the bond issue Feb. 2. This is a two-part proposition, one asking for a new Duncombe School and security for those schools needing to secure their entrances, and the second is for improvements to Fort Dodge Senior ...

Backs Bernie Sanders

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:We live in a complex, technological world today filled with many dangers and opportunities. Our responsibility of choosing our democratic destiny by attending the Iowa caucuses behooves us to reject ideas that may have been relevant 50 or 200 years ago, ideas that divide us, or ...

Plans to vote ‘yes’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Feb. 2 is the date to take a few minutes, go to your polling station and cast your vote in support of moving forward in replacing outdated and unsafe school buildings and facilities.Question A is a vote to build a new elementary school that will replace Duncombe. We really do not ...

Branstad announces 2016 agenda

Editorial

Gov. Terry Branstad announced Tuesday in his Condition of the State address - delivered at a joint session of the Legislature - a sensible plan of action for 2016. The governor's agenda for the year ahead and beyond gives a high priority to: Strengthening various aspects of our state's ...

I had a dream

Local Columns

I am not merely borrowing from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when I say I had a dream, though I must say first and foremost that my dream was heavily influenced by his.I had just turned 10 when he delivered his moving speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on ...

Habitat for Humanity — our story

Local Columns

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian housing ministry seeking to put God's love into action. With the utilization of volunteer labor, we build houses and sell them at no profit whatsoever to families who could not otherwise afford a home. Once the home is built, the Habitat homeowner will have a ...

Keep science and politics separate

Editorial

Whether the science on energy-related issues is settled apparently depends on whether it is politically correct. If a study is not critical of the fossil-fuel industry, well, perhaps the government had better try again until it gets an acceptable result.In June, the Environmental Protection ...

FD moves forward in community competition

Editorial

There was a time when the news that Fort Dodge is advancing in a nationwide competition would be somewhat surprising.But not now.Fort Dodge is in a renaissance, on a growth path admired by leaders throughout the state, including Gov. Terry Branstad.Our city has learned how to do growth ...

Christmas event succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Operation Christmas/ Church Women United provided its annual tradition of a Merry Christmas to 500 families of Webster County this year.We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the entire community of Fort Dodge. Our challenge to find a space in 2015 was great but once ...

Visa restrictions should be enforced

Editorial

Members of Congress were right to tighten visa requirements for citizens of 38 countries who formerly did not have to possess the documents to travel to the United States. Now, citizens of those nations who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan - hotbeds of terrorism - will have to ...

Use American troops with caution

Editorial

American troops are being used in a dangerous political balancing act by President Barack Obama. Some already may have died needlessly because of it. More unnecessary deaths - perhaps on a large scale - may lie ahead.Obama has been eager to keep U.S. boots off the ground in the Middle East. But ...

A Salvation Army ‘thank you’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Thanksgiving and the enchantment of the Christmas Season is over, the food, toys, new clothes and toiletries have been distributed, the statistics and kettle donations have been counted and the staff of The Salvation Army is humbled once again by the outpour of support from the ...

Wants a woman president

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:America has never elected a woman to be our president. Yet women comprise over 50 percent of our population. We have always elected men to lead us. I want the opportunity to vote for a woman. It is time. We have an educated, experienced woman willing to lead us and take the grief ...

ISIS is just part of a bigger problem

Editorial

Thankfully, President Barack Obama no longer is talking in terms of "containing" Islamic State terrorists. Finally, as he told reporters recently, he is determined to destroy the murderous horde.That would cause rejoicing among many Islamic terrorists the world over.Make no mistake about it: ...

End of live bird exhibits ban is welcome

Editorial

On (Dec. 29), the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced the ban due to avian influenza on all live bird exhibitions at county fairs, the Iowa State Fair, livestock auction markets and other gatherings of birds is being lifted."This is very good news and another sign that ...