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Opinion

Lights at Kennedy makes season festive

Editorial

As Christmas approaches, the campground at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park is once again being transformed into a holiday wonderland. The 16th annual Lights at Kennedy will help make the season more festive for area residents and visitors. Additionally, the event raises money to support the ...

A huge thank you

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The YWCA of Fort Dodge would like to give a resounding thank you to all those who gave their time, talents and gifts to make the YWCA Silver Showcase a HUGE success! This was, without a doubt, one of the most successful events in our history. The community has spoken! ...

NEW Cooperative has stepped up again this year

Editorial

Food, like twinkling lights and carefully wrapped presents, is a major component of the holiday season. At family meals across the area, dining room tables will be just about creaking under the weight of all kinds of good things to eat. But unfortunately, not everyone can afford even a modest ...

Keeping our patriots safe is crucial

Editorial

Having military forces that are second to none is vital not only to keep our nation secure, but also to make sure those allies that depend on the United States remain safe. In view of their crucial mission, the men and women who serve in the armed forces of the United States deserve the support ...

A Time for Angels helps those who mourn

Editorial

The death of a loved one is the emotional equivalent of getting hit by a train. There’s almost nothing that can create the bewildering range of emotions that the death of a loved one can generate. The range of emotions can include anger, fear, sadness, loneliness and other feelings that ...

China is biggest climate change culprit

Editorial

“Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?” asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently. He was addressing representatives from nearly 200 nations, gathered in Spain for a meeting on climate ...

Great news from Tokyo

Editorial

The important new U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement negotiated by the Trump administration is one key step closer to becoming a reality. Japan’s parliament has approved the pact. That means that it will go into effect once our Congress concurs. This trade arrangement is enormously significant for ...

Supports Snell-Crawford Park

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Fort Dodge has many parks to explore and the Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Club encourages you to explore Snell-Crawford Park, which our club adopted many years back. Snell-Crawford Park has walking and biking trails, playground equipment, sand vollyeball courts, a disc golf course, ...

Holiday gambling begins at a young age

Local Columns

According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, a large number of young people report their first gambling experience occurs around 9 to 11 years of age. Early gambling experiences, including lottery products, are risk factors for later problem gambling. Research has also shown that ...

Fears the country is heading for trouble

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: When I was growing up I always heard ignorance of the law is no excuse. I was always told no one is above the law. When did all that change? If we still have a United States Constitution, how can we let it happen? Do we delete words like ethics, morality, fairness, equality, ...

Iowa Central students show spirit of giving

Editorial

The cynics in our world are quick to assert that college students live in a self-indulgent, self-centered world where truly being a part of the community where the college is located is simply not a priority. For some students, that may be true. It’s certainly not the case, however, for ...

AFES to the rescue of Christmas

Editorial

We’ve said it before, but it certainly bears a repeat: Athletics For Education and Success is saving an important Fort Dodge holiday tradition: Operation Christmas. For more than six decades a volunteer project in Fort Dodge made Christmas a bit merrier with gifts for youngsters and others ...

School food pantries provide innovative solution to fight hunger

Editorial

Hunger is a persistent problem in the Fort Dodge community. Fortunately, the means of combating hunger locally remain both resilient and varied. The latest resource to help keep families from going hungry can be found in four Fort Dodge schools. There are now food pantries at Fort Dodge ...

Gov. Reynolds should pick a justice like Mark Cady

Editorial

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady, of Fort Dodge, held the respect of his peers, the lawyers who argued before him and Republican and Democratic politicians for being a jurist of intellect, moderation, inclusiveness and faithfulness to the law. Nowhere was this more evident in the ...

Nestle Purina PetCare, citizens contribute to making Fort Dodge safer

Editorial

Dogs have become an essential part of police work. A properly trained police dog can tackle and even disarm a criminal. A dog can also sniff out illegal drugs and other contraband. A dog’s acute sense of smell can also be used to track down a person, including fugitives and lost children. ...

Why not shop local for the holidays?

Editorial

The holiday shopping season is upon us once again. In the quest to find just the right gifts, seeking out bargains is part of the fun. And as always, stretching those dollars budgeted for gift-giving is also a necessity for many people. Nobody likes to waste money, but shoppers should give ...

Supports Kamala Harris

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Last week I saw something on the national debate stage I have not seen before and I am still thinking about. Race and diversity was a major topic. I listened to the different views and opinions, and one that particularly stood out was Democratic presidential candidate Kamala ...

Spend time at Farm News Ag Show

Editorial

Make plans to spend some time at the 18th annual Farm News Ag Show. It kicks off Wednesday on the East Campus of Iowa Central Community College, 2031 Quail Ave. in Fort Dodge. On its first day, the show is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It resumes at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and runs until 3 ...

Changes continue in Corpus Christi Parish

Local Columns

For 136 years, Christmas services have been celebrated at Corpus Christi Church — through two world wars, the Great Depression and many other major events as Fort Dodge grew from a town of 2,500 residents when the church was founded to a city of 25,000. This year’s services will be the ...

Today is Small Business Saturday

Editorial

WASHINGTON — One of the few bonuses of longevity for an old reporter is having covered Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal of the early 1970s and now Donald Trump’s Ukraine dust-up. Each president faced impeachment, but Nixon beat the rap by resigning. Trump now hopes to survive through ...