Opinion

The Blanden is more than a museum

Local Columns

The Blanden Memorial Art Museum, has been a landmark institution of fine arts and learning in the state of Iowa and Fort Dodge for 83 years. The museum's collection is a world-class collection that inspires all who visit. It provides the community with cultural and artistic opportunities with ...

VA funding request requires scrutiny

Editorial

In Washington, the penalty for shoddy work and sometimes criminal actions too often is more money.And remember, behind the Beltway, they keep the books in 10- to 12-digit numbers.Some members of Congress have lost patience with the Department of Veterans Affairs. It appears to have done little ...

John McCain is an American hero

Editorial

It is unlikely Donald Trump remembers what he was doing on Oct. 26, 1967. He was a student at the prestigious Wharton School of Finance, not having to worry about being drafted for the Vietnam War. Four student deferments - sought, not granted automatically - saw to that.John McCain has vivid ...

Wants stolen items returned

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:To the person(s) who stole the solar lights from my son's grave at St James Cemetery in Clare:I just thought I would give you a little insight as to what you stole. You stole my comfort. You stole my ability to feel safe in my own town. The solar light with the cherub on top, we ...

Lauds Sweet Corn Feed

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I would like to thank the Webster County Farm Bureau Federation for hosting the Sweet Corn Feed at the Webster County Fairgrounds. It was a wonderful meal with beef or pork burgers, chips, drink and absolutely delicious sweet corn plus the Dayton Tigers 4-H Club had homemade ice ...

A message of thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Our beloved son Kevin passed away on July 8. Pastor John of Epworth Methodist Church gave the most wonderful sermon. Thank you Pastor John.Mr. Tim Kulow of Bruce Historic Funeral Home was just the greatest. Held our hands and hugged us and comforted us. Such a compassionate and ...

IRS needs to face budget realities

Editorial

Taxpayers were not given good service by the government tax agency this year, officials admit. Advocates for the Internal Revenue Service blame - you guessed it - budget cuts.But Congress did not cut IRS spending for the current year. According to the agency itself, it had $11.97 billion to ...

It’s been a joyous year

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:All about honor, birthday, anniversary and celebrations. Thank you all so much.First I received a call that Brushy Creek Honor Flight had a spot that I could take on the next flight to D.C. I was pleasantly surprised - Yes, I would be glad to go. I went to the banquet meet and ...

Lauds fundraising event

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Compliments to Kemna Auto for hosting the Fort Dodge and St. Edmond High School bands fundraising celebration and the wonderful Steinkoenig Dance Band. Neat, clean showrooms were ideal for the event. Trained, well dressed Kemna personnel were on hand for questions.The 10-piece ...

World on our doorstep

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:In April just passed people of our community had an opportunity to be entertained by the two top male quartets in the world. They were quartets called Instant Classic and Forefront who participated in our annual Barbershop Show, "Hog Wild Harmony," at the new Middle School. When I ...

Data thefts raise serious questions

Editorial

A company that kept information about a massive theft of personal information from its customers' secrets would be raked over the coals mercilessly by federal officials. Legions of lawyers would be ecstatic over the potential for lawsuits. Victims would desert the firm in droves, determined to ...

Military spending is under review

Editorial

The future of military spending is underway in the nation's capital."I believe that where we are now is about as low as we can go," Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters in May, during a discussion of that service branch's staffing level. "If we continue to go lower, we're going ...

Girls softball is back in Fort Dodge

Editorial

One of summer's most enjoyable events begins today. 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 reason ...

RAGBRAI arrives in FD Monday

Editorial

Now in its 43rd year, RAGBRAI is a summer event in the Hawkeye State that is known not only all across America but internationally as well. This cross-Iowa bicycle ride attracts participants from all 50 states and many foreign countries. According to information on the RAGBRAI website, 326,650 ...

Financing Iowa Central Community College

Local Columns

The Iowa Legislature adjourned, and the governor vetoed a section of the budget bill that includes community college funding. The bill had provided for one-time funding of $2.5 million for the community college system which equates to $142,307 for Iowa Central. This amount is less than what the ...

Keep the Delta Queen on our rivers

Editorial

Government protects us, or says it does, from virtually every risk. Sometimes it also protects us from our heritage.That appears to be the situation with the steamboat Delta Queen, which plied the inland waterways for many years. Those who have seen her on the Ohio River, we suspect, enjoyed ...

Cemetery Walk succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Each year the Oakland Cemetery Walk could not be a success if it wasn't for many people who give of their time and are willing to help. I hope we haven't missed anyone. Thank you to Becker Florist, Corpus Christi Cemetery, Bill Grady, Party Productions and Dae Elmore, Iowa Central ...

Trump’s ‘real message’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:It is unfortunate that the press has chosen to report Donald Trump's remarks on illegal aliens instead of his real message.He is the only candidate talking about trying to end our disastrous balance of trade with China, India, Japan and Mexico.How often when you purchase anything ...

Greece finally confronts reality

Editorial

No doubt many Greeks are upset with their prime minister, after he agreed to tax increases and entitlement cuts needed to keep the country's economy from going belly-up. At least part of their anger would more appropriately be directed inward. Many of Greece's economic maladies were ...

Urban-Ag Academy is a worthy endeavor

Editorial

There was a time when the majority of those people elected to the nation's legislatures knew a great deal about the issues that are important to rural America. Most of them had either grown up on farms or in the small towns that depended on the farm economy to thrive.Today, however, much of the ...