Opinion

It’s time for some innovative thinking

Editorial

Federal funding to help low-income children in public schools does not necessarily aid all of them. Under Title I, the biggest such initiative at about $14.4 billion a year, Washington doles out money to states based on complex formulas that take into account the numbers of low-income students ...

Some things sound good but aren’t

Editorial

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has made his bid for college student support in his campaign for president - and as so often is the case with claims by politicians of all ideological persuasions, it collapses under scrutiny.O'Malley, a Democrat, laid out his plan during a visit to New ...

Let’s keep our farms safe for kids

Editorial

According to the federal government's Bureau of Labor Statistics, agriculture is the second most dangerous occupation in the nation with a death rate at 22.7 per 100,000 workers. Given agriculture's central role in Iowa's economy, an emphasis on farm safety is of crucial concern in the Hawkeye ...

The long race for the White House

Local Columns

With only 485 shopping days remaining until the presidential election, it's on like Donkey Kong. In a scene straight out of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," the candidates are descending on Iowa to peck away at our brains.I know, I know, we should be honored that thanks to first-in-the-nation ...

Greece’s problems have a message

Editorial

The recent vote by Greeks to reject a bailout offered by the European Union reflects a dangerous game of "chicken" being played by that country's people, encouraged by their government.The EU's offer came with strings attached in the form of additional credit in exchange for fiscal austerity ...

Taliban extremists just might win

Editorial

As many critics of President Barack Obama's get-out-at-any-price policy in Afghanistan warned, it has emboldened Taliban extremists. They are scoring substantial successes against Afghan government troops - secure in the knowledge the White House is likely to do little, if anything, to stop ...

Fishing tournament succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On June 7, It Gets Better FD & Beyond hosted its third annual fishing tournament at Kennedy Park. We had a great turnout with 80 registered participants. What a joy it was to witness many kids catching their first fish and seeing the excitement overcome their faces and ...

Weighs in on fireworks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am not so certain of the support to legalize fireworks. We have to step back a little and remember why they got banned in the first place. I believe that there's still danger in the use of fireworks as they are being used today.On a dry year then what will the possible outcome ...

Study has implications for US policy

Editorial

Throughout the Middle East are schools in which millions of boys and girls are taught mathematics, language skills, science and hatred of Jews and sometimes Americans.A new study on how attitudes are formed and persist is deeply concerning in regard to those schools, some of which are supported ...

Clinton’s email use remains an issue

Editorial

Federal officials are required to use government email accounts and servers for their official correspondence whenever possible. It has been known for months that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton disregarded that policy. She used a private account and her personal email server for much ...

A whistleblower retires at the VA

Editorial

Perhaps the most important person in the Department of Veterans Affairs is retiring, leaving behind a long list of critics. Some say he did not do his job well enough. Others dislike him because he did it too well.Robert J. Griffin is retiring after 43 years in government, most recently as ...

What are they waiting for in D.C.?

Editorial

Federal budget deficits in the half-trillion-dollar a year range apparently are being viewed as a success by President Barack Obama and some in Congress.After four straight years of deficit spending that topped $1 trillion annually, Obama is benefiting from a slightly better economy. His ...

Be sure to attend your county fair

Editorial

Times change. Even so there are a few constants in life. One is the pleasure provided by the county fairs that continue to be a highlight of summer in the Hawkeye State.For as far back as anyone who now lives in this part of Iowa can remember, these summer festivals have been much-anticipated ...

Community Health Needs Assessment is underway

Editorial

Every three years UnityPoint Health - Trinity Regional Medical Center conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment. The assessment is divided into three components: a committee of local health leaders, health care provider and community member interviews, and lastly a countywide survey. The ...

It’s a day to celebrate America

Editorial

Whether you spend this Fourth of July picnicking, swimming, boating, enjoying a parade, attending a community celebration, watching a fireworks display or just plain loafing, there should be at least a brief time to pause and reflect on this country's enduring experiment in constitutional ...

Let freedom ring

Local Columns

Across our great nation, the Fourth of July weekend will be a time for fireworks, parades and barbecues. My hope is that while all Iowans enjoy the festivities, they will also spend some time this weekend cherishing what the Fourth of July is truly all about: our independence.Independence is ...

Let’s take special care on the roads

Editorial

All across the Hawkeye State, people will be taking advantage of this holiday weekend to pursue fun summer activities. That makes it especially important that each of us resolve to keep our streets and highways safe.Paying heed to a few safety tips can help prevent what should be an ...

Proud of sponsorship

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Your Own United Resources Inc. is proud to have sponsored Dr. Ira Chasnoff's visit to Fort Dodge.He is a renowned researcher, author, and presenter. His work has focused on the biological and the environmental factors that impact the ultimate development of alcohol and drug ...

Urges RAGBRAI support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:As a longtime RAGBRAI of Team Big Squeeze from Eagle Grove, I would like to encourage everyone in Fort Dodge to participate in hosting riders.Our team goes from town to town with our support bus and we line up homes in advance where we can shower and sleep on the floor in sleeping ...

Appreciates act of kindness

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I would like to relate an act of kindness shown to three senior citizens from Friendship Haven. Our car ran out of gas at Domino's Pizza. A pizza delivery young man was kind enough to find a gas can and then get us enough gas to get to a station. Meanwhile other young employees ...