Opinion

North Korea poses a major threat

Editorial

A new missile defense system will be deployed in South Korea, despite Chinese opposition, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told reporters recently. His announcement came on the heels of a claim by North Korea that it has tested a new rocket engine that could put the United States within ...

Earth Day is a time for unity

Editorial

The late 1960s were turbulent years in America. It was a time of rapid change when young protesters expressed disillusionment with many aspects of the world their elders had built.The divisions in society that emerged from those conflicts four decades ago still haunt our society in the 21st ...

Censorship has no place in America

Editorial

Nearly everyone agrees censorship and eliminating access to books are wrong. Every year the Office for Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Association issues its list of the most "challenged" books in the country. These are the books Americans object to most, in public schools and ...

IG criticizes management of EPA

Editorial

When the tables are turned, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not respond well to reports that conclude it does a worse job of keeping its own house in order than many of the companies it persecutes.A report from the EPA's Office of Inspector General - charged with receiving and ...

Troubled by proclamation

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On April 8, the Vatican released the apostolic exhortation "The Joy of Love." As a lifelong Catholic and a gay man, the proclamation is deeply troubling, because it dodges any discussion of gay marriage based in evidence.When Pope Francis writes that "there are absolutely no ...

Ten minutes could save your life

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Just because you can't feel it, doesn't mean it's not there. Just ask more than 100,000 Americans who were diagnosed with cancer of the head and neck (including thyroid) last year. Unfortunately, many Americans do not recognize the symptoms of these life threatening disease, which ...

Transparency isn’t being achieved

Editorial

Sometimes, sweeping unpleasantness under the rug does work. Ask federal officials who have found that when they are compelled to obey the law on releasing government documents, they sometimes can delay providing them long enough that issues once important no longer are viewed as such.Records ...

A thank you and an invitation

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Recently the four new women residents of Gateway to Discovery/Hope Sweet Hope Studios prepared and shared a wonderful meal with the Gateway board members. Along with it, they wrote this letter of gratitude to share what being in the Gateway program means to them.Dear Gateway to ...

Remembering Sherwyn Thorson

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Our family will always have a warm spot in our hearts for Sherwyn Thorson and are so sorry for his passing. When our mother, Ruth Stevens, died in 2011, a lunch reception was held at her church, St. Olaf Lutheran, in Fort Dodge. A dozen church volunteers were on hand to serve ...

Fur Ball is Saturday at FD Ford Toyota

Editorial

It would be hard to imagine 21st-century America without pets. They contribute wonderfully to the happiness and well-being of people of all ages.In a perfect world, every pet would at all times be a welcome and loved part of someone's home. Unfortunately, reality falls short of that ...

Opposes road closing

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am writing to protest the recent Webster County Board of Supervisors' vote to close the east fork of North Seventh Street/National Avenue where it joins with D14. This is a road our family uses every day to get to and from work and school and areas of north central Fort Dodge. ...

Get screened for cancer

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:When your health is not the best, sometimes it feels as if it is at its worst. While living with COPD, diabetes and obesity, my youngest brother recently moved from California to Iowa to live with and take care of me. After he arrived, I started getting indigestion frequently.With ...

Water quality gets a major boost

Editorial

Keeping water everywhere in the Hawkeye State as free of contaminants as possible is an important goal. Consequently, it's very good news that additional grants have been approved by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to strengthen and broaden the state's Urban Conservation ...

Promoting youth literacy is vital

Local Columns

One of the most important things parents, schools and communities can do is help their youths become good readers. It can be the difference between a child's success or failure. We know that proficiency in reading is essential to fully developing a sense of well-being amongst our youth. ...

Dysfunction continues in VA system

Editorial

On a Wednesday, it was announced the Martinsburg, West Virginia, veterans hospital would be closing its inpatient psychiatric facility. Military veterans who need help with psychiatric challenges would not be getting it from the government for as long as nine months.Two days later, no doubt due ...

Waste isn’t the only reason to worry

Editorial

It probably is a good thing bureaucrats like those at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were not in charge of arming the United States for World War II.After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, the United States became the "arsenal of democracy," producing tens of thousands of ...

Amtrak accidents raise concerns

Editorial

The crash of an Amtrak train near Philadelphia April 3 brought to 20 the number of serious railroad accidents in the United States during the past year. Two people died and scores were injured in the accident.A substantial number of the rail accidents during the past 12 months - eight, by our ...

Politics must not be allowed to intrude

Editorial

Politics rules everything in Washington, even at the top levels of the Justice Department. That can place the many people at the agency who dedicate their lives to enforcing the law impartially in very difficult situations.They are in one now. It seems clear that while secretary of state, ...

Fun Night succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Duncombe Elementary Booster Club's annual Fun Night event, held April 2, was once again a great success and an opportunity for Duncombe families and the community to come together, have fun, and support the youth of Fort Dodge. On behalf of the Duncombe Elementary Boosters I would ...

Pancake Day had great support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Thank you to all who supported the Fort Dodge Noon Kiwanis Pancake Day. It was a great success. Funds will be used to support scholarships, provide dictionaries to third-graders, give books and a meal to participants of the BLAST! Afterschool program plus so much more. Watch ...