Opinion

A big ‘thank you’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The UnityPoint Home Health Care Services are to be commended for the excellent help they provided me after I fell and received a compression fracture in my back last November. The help and care that the nurses and therapists gave me made it possible to stay in my own home and ...

Democrats must keep trying

Letters to the Editor

Instead of "Yes we can," many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: "We shouldn't even try."We shouldn't try for a single-payer health care system, they say. We'll be lucky if we prevent Republicans from repealing Obamacare.We shouldn't try for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. The ...

Ethanol’s market is expanding

Editorial

The news has been filled with dire economic news from China in recent months. That giant nation is undergoing some major uncertainties as an economy that has been booming for several years appears to be headed for a period of slower growth.With all the sober news coming out of China, Iowans may ...

A look into a woman’s heart

Local Columns

Heart disease is often thought of as a man's disease, but did you know more women die of heart disease per year than any other cause of death, including breast cancer? Each year, 455,000 women die of heart disease as compared to 410,000 men. Moreover, heart disease causes one in three women's ...

Zika scare raises crucial questions

Editorial

President Barack Obama wants to commit $1 billion to what he calls a "moonshot" initiative against cancer.Meanwhile, another disease few Americans had ever heard of, the Zika virus, has developed as a public health concern. That comes on the heels of last year's Ebola scare.Mass killers such as ...

Corn still fuels Iowa’s economy

Editorial

Corn production has been a key factor in the Iowa economy for more than 150 years.The state's 21st-century economy is characterized by increasing diversity. Agriculture isn't as dominant as once was the case. Even so, there can be little doubt that corn remains of critical importance. The ...

Voters show confidence in Fort Dodge’s future

Editorial

Fort Dodge voters decisively backed the two general obligation bonds on the ballot Tuesday. These important funding measures will make it possible to replace Duncombe Elementary School, update Fort Dodge Senior High and move ahead with crucial security enhancements.This overwhelming support for ...

The blame game was in full swing

Editorial

The blame game was in full swing as Congress held hearings on the Flint, Michigan, water fiasco. There, people drank water tainted with lead for months before anyone did anything to deal with the threat.Lawmakers heard a round of cover-your-behind accusations from local, state and federal ...

Obama’s war strategies have failed

Editorial

At least President Barack Obama was politically smart enough not to declare "mission accomplished" in Iraq and Afghanistan. But in different words, he said the same thing in assuring Americans it was safe to pull U.S. combat troops out of Iraq and to plan for them to leave Afghanistan by the ...

Email controversy isn’t going away

Editorial

Hillary Clinton's defense against growing evidence she may have broken the law requiring her to keep national security information secret amounts to what a teenager might say after getting a parking ticket. It just isn't fair, Clinton says.After the most recent release of evidence Clinton used ...

Let’s keep Fort Dodge’s schools strong

Editorial

Due to the snowstorm on Feb. 2, the vote in the Fort Dodge Community School District to determine the fate of two general obligation bond requests had to be postponed. It will now take place Tuesday.This school funding decision is a high-priority matter.The quality of the school system is at ...

2016 Career Fair will be Feb. 26

Local Columns

The Iowa Central Career Services office will host its spring 2016 Career Fair on Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Career Education Building on the main campus.Representatives from approximately 100 for-profit, government, and nonprofit organizations will be available to meet with ...

Deficit spending is a major threat

Editorial

Spending by Americans was flat in December, but they socked money away in savings accounts at the highest rate in three years, the Commerce Department reported not long ago.Meanwhile in Washington, President Barack Obama and Congress continued to increase government spending. Just in case you ...

‘Be inspired and show your support’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I urge you to take the opportunity to show your support for our students, our community and our future by voting for the Fort Dodge Community School District bond issue on Feb. 9. As a parent of three children who go to school in our Fort Dodge community, I look forward to what ...

They will be voting ‘yes’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:We are writing this letter in support of both sections of the upcoming school bond issue.We are lifelong residents of Fort Dodge. We graduated from St. Edmond, as did three of our five children. Our youngest two sons attended, and graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School, as ...

Strongly backs a ‘yes’ vote

Letters to the Editor

To the editorI strongly urge voters to vote "yes" in the upcoming school bond referendum. A "yes" vote for public education is a "yes" for Fort Dodge and the futures of the children in our community. Providing a safe, secure and healthy environment in new and updated facilities is a great ...

Will be voting ‘yes’ Tuesday

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I want to express some thoughts on the current situation of Duncombe Elementary School. The facts before us are that we have an existing building with structural deficiencies. Duncombe Elementary was built in 1912 and is 104 years of age. This summer while performing annual ...

‘Let’s all take some pride in our community’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am a graduate of Duncombe Elementary and Fort Dodge Senior High, as well as the treasurer of the Fort Dodge Schools Foundation. First and foremost though, I am a citizen of Fort Dodge. As such, I became very upset as I listened to a fellow Fort Dodge citizen speak about the ...

Hillary’s campaign may be in trouble

Editorial

After Democratic voters caucused in Iowa Monday night, Hillary Clinton told reporters she breathed "a sigh of relief" at the results.She won, the Democratic contender for president noted.But not by much. With final results in, Clinton had received 49.86 percent of votes in the Democratic ...