Opinion

Microscholarships help FD students

Editorial

It's sometimes difficult to get young people to devote their energies during the high school years to pursuits that will benefit them in the future. An innovative national program has been made available to Fort Dodge Senior High students that provides incentives to motivate them to use their ...

Donald Trump does it once again

Editorial

There he goes again. Once again, Donald Trump has made an emphatic statement of what his policy would be if he is elected president and once again he has been forced to retract it.How long will Trump get away with shoving his foot in his mouth before he starts losing Republican Party primary ...

Seminar is a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Once again, we recently had the opportunity to present a great gardening seminar. Sponsored by the Fort Dodge Area Gardeners, the Webster County Extension/Iowa Master Gardeners, and Iowa Central Community College, we had a full morning.Our annual garden seminar was held on March ...

Cyberterrorism is a huge threat

Editorial

Cyberterrorism - for profit, not twisted ideology - has become a clear and present danger to Americans. If there is a cohesive strategy to defeat it, it is not working.Recently, hackers crippled computer networks at several hospitals in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The facilities are owned ...

Let’s support crime victims

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Every year, millions of people's lives are impacted by crime. Many will need ongoing care and resources as they return to work, pay bills, or support their loved ones. Too many victims suffer in silence and don't seek the support they need to recover because they are afraid of ...

Museum board says ‘thanks’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:A huge "thank you" to all who helped in making the garage/bake/craft sale a success. The donations for the sale were great. A lot of special people to thank - you know who you are. An event like this needs a lot of help to be a success. It was a great turnout even if the weather ...

Good news for Iowa beef producers

Editorial

Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation's economy. It's also hugely significant for the Hawkeye State.According to information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 million ...

Fulfilling a vital community role

Local Columns

The Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center - D/SAOC - is the Crisis Based Shelter for 20 north central Iowa counties - Boone, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Humboldt, Kossuth, Marshall, Mitchell, Story, Tama, Webster, Winnebago, Worth and ...

Senate GOP is acting appropriately

Editorial

President Barack Obama warned that Republican senators risk damaging the Supreme Court nomination process "beyond repair" if they continue to reject action on his nominee for the high court.In an op-ed article published in a Houston newspaper, Obama claims the GOP action "betray(s) the vision ...

Obamacare is losing many enrollees

Editorial

President Barack Obama is a master at diverting attention from his administration's failures, and the White House was at it again recently.A goal of having 9.1 million customers signed up for health insurance through Obamacare exchanges was set by the administration last year. But by year's ...

Election may decide drilling policy

Editorial

There will be no drilling for oil or gas anywhere off the 2,069 miles of the U.S. Atlantic coastline, President Barack Obama has decreed.In one fell swoop, Obama has closed a major avenue Americans might have followed toward energy independence. He did it to protect the environment, he ...

US effort against IS is too limited

Editorial

Exposing a few dozen Marines to a potentially catastrophic attack by Islamic terrorists is not going all-out to defeat the barbaric murders. It is taking a terrible risk with American lives, however.After the terrorist bombings in Belgium, President Barack Obama pledged to do all in his power ...

Cuba’s leaders remain repressive

Editorial

People who have reason to hope their native land will become less repressive do not risk their lives in small boats on the Atlantic Ocean, in the hope of better lives in the United States. One wonders if that occurred to President Barack Obama as he was planning his trip to Cuba this ...

Learn about colorectal cancer

Local Columns

What is colorectal cancer? Colorectal cancer develops in the tissues of the colon and/or rectum.Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates for 2016 there will be 95,270 new cases of colon cancer ...

This noncompliance must be stopped

Editorial

It is illegal for government officials to refuse to turn over most official documents to anyone who asks for them.Yet President Barack Obama's administration has set new records in failing to turn documents over to journalists and in dragging its feet, sometimes for years, when it does ...

Easter offers a message of hope

Editorial

Having commemorated the sorrow of Good Friday, Christians the world over today are contemplating the joy of another Easter morning with the message of victory over death and despair.The celebration of the resurrection of Christ is a time of renewal and a reaffirming of faith in him who rose to ...

Fun Night is Saturday

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Duncombe Booster Club invites our community to come and enjoy Duncombe Elementary Fun Night this Saturday, April 2, from 3 to 6 p.m.The annual event, which takes place this year at our current location inside the old Fair Oaks Middle School building at 416 S. 10th St., will ...

Takes issue with editorial

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I find the need to take issue with your editorial of March 24 titled "Hard to know what Clinton believes." I agree she seems to have flip-flopped on her opinion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and it seems for purely political reasons. I was disappointed. However, to say that ...

Appreciates support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Hope Sweet Hope Studios (HSHS) is the social enterprise of Gateway to Discovery, a women's recovery program in Fort Dodge. At the beginning of 2016, HSHS moved to a new location (1900 Fifth Ave. S.). The building needed a lot of love, much like the women in the Gateway program. ...

Chicken wing contest kicks off Relay season

Local Columns

Fort Dodge Ford Toyota will be hosting its sixth annual American Cancer Society "Wing It for Relay" kickoff event on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. to support the fight for a cancer-free world. Local restaurants will be providing their delicious chicken wings for the public to taste, judge and vote ...