Opinion

Lauds FD Area Symphony

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:What a treasure is the Fort Dodge Area Symphony. We attended the concert this p.m. Wow. Outstanding performance. Wonderful concert. Joshua Barlage is a gifted director/conductor. What a blessing -all the talented musicians who donate their time. A wonderful way to spend an ...

Appreciates Honor Flight

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:A big thank you to all involved in the great job they did for the Sept. 19 Honor Flight. Thanks also for the banquet the week before. It was a wonderful homecoming in the late hours.Delbert JohnsonBuena Vista CountyDon CookSac County

Closing Gitmo is the wrong move

Editorial

So desperate is President Barack Obama to keep a campaign promise to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center that he apparently is prepared to put Americans at risk if that is what it takes.Despite bipartisan opposition to the idea, Obama continues to pursue the possibility of closing ...

Trust in America is waning abroad

Editorial

Americans can't be trusted. They don't keep their commitments. That is the message heard loud and clear throughout the world as a result of President Barack Obama's foreign policy.The most recent victims of it are rebel groups fighting both Syrian dictator Bashar Assad's regime and Islamic ...

Prisoner releases must make sense

Editorial

Labeling criminals as threats to society merely because they have been convicted of low-level drug offenses is absurd, some claim. But releasing them from prison based solely on the same criterion is ridiculous - and possibly dangerous - too.About 6,000 inmates will be released from federal ...

The Taliban must not return to power

Editorial

Recently, first lady Michelle Obama took to Twitter to promote her list of "girl power" songs, ranging from "Survivor" to "Girl on Fire." It was part of her promotion of her "Let Girls Learn" campaign.More than 62 million girls throughout the world do not have adequate access to education, the ...

This Nobel Prize winner has a message

Editorial

For most of us, the work Nobel Prize winners do in fields such as science and economics is impenetrable. They write about exotic reactions among various chemicals, models to predict how economies will react to certain stimuli, etc.But Frenchman Jean Tirole's Nobel Prize in economics is easy to ...

A case of mistaken identity

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:After much soul searching and at the behest of family, friends and people whose opinion I value dearly, I have come to you today to reassure you and to set the record straight.In recent months, I have fielded calls of inquiry and concern from friends, neighbors, pastors, youth ...

Be proud, Fort Dodge

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I haven't lived in Fort Dodge for over 30 years after moving to Marshalltown in 1985. Since then I have only visited family in Fort Dodge for quick, periodic visits.However, I was back several times over the last month for family health reasons and was amazed by the positive ...

October is Co-op Month across US

Editorial

There are various types of businesses that operate as cooperatives, but according to the National Cooperative Business Association they all are owned and democratically controlled by their members and are designed to serve those members. The members typically are the people who "use the co-op's ...

A brief history of breast cancer

Local Columns

Approximately 2.8 million women in U.S. have a history of breast cancer. While some of them are still actively receiving treatment, many have finished treatment and are living full lives.For years women and men have successfully been treated for breast cancer. Over the years breast cancer ...

The Democratic debate season begins

Editorial

When Democrat candidates for president Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared in their first nationally televised debate Tuesday night, fireworks of the type engaged in by the large field of Republicans weren't the order of the day.Both Sanders and Clinton essentially chose to ...

We owe our veterans a great deal

Editorial

Brian Keaton made history recently in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a professional baseball game. He and his brothers-in-arms have made much more important history on other fields, however.Prior to a game between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants, Keaton ...

Cameras also reveal police heroism

Editorial

What would you do if you were a policeman who - fortunately wearing a ballistic vest - had just been shot by a suspect?Remember, the impact of a bullet striking a ballistic vest is severe and often quite painful. And if you are the officer, your thought in the split-second before you must act ...

Kunduz presents a tragic reminder

Editorial

Methods of hitting specific, sometimes small, targets with bombs, rockets and artillery fire have improved dramatically during the past several years. But relying on "pinpoint bombing" or "surgical strikes" remains potentially risky, as a tragedy on recently made clear.An airstrike by U.S. ...

Are we being foolish — once again?

Editorial

We Americans seem to be viewed as suckers by many of our enemies. And why not? We strike trust-us deals with an Iranian regime operating under the motto, "Death to America." For decades we trusted North Korea to refrain from developing nuclear weapons.For more than a year before the Sept. 11, ...

Younkers Bridal Spectacular is today

Editorial

Getting married is a time for celebration. Making certain that a wedding day will be a treasured memory for a lifetime requires substantial planning. Perfect weddings don't happen without careful advance preparation.For prospective brides and grooms considering the myriad options can be great ...

Gov. Terry Branstad visits FD Wednesday

Local Columns

Iowa Central Community College is happy to host Gov. Terry Branstad for a town hall meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Triton Cafe Conference Room.The town hall could not be better timed for the college, our students, regional workers and businesses, since the Branstad-Reynolds administration ...

‘She tried to escape’

Local Columns

There was a woman named Mrs. Thatcher. In 1857, she was kidnapped, along with three other women, near Spirit Lake. Having witnessed the murder of her newborn, and learning that each of the other captives had lost most of their loved ones in the murderous rampage we call the Spirit Lake ...

Newspaper carriers deserve applause

Editorial

Every day more than 53 million newspapers are delivered to readers. Those compendiums of news and community information arrive on doorsteps all across our land as if by magic. Nothing magical is afoot, of course. Hundreds of thousands of newspaper carriers spread out across the nation each day ...