Opinion

Iowa’s senators rank well on bipartisanship

Editorial

The partisan divide in Congress has resulted in a near stalemate on many important issues that require government action. There is fierce disagreement between the political parties on many policy matters. There was a time when members of the House and Senate made a strong effort to craft ...

Help celebrate Hometown Pride

Editorial

In every town there are special people who contribute to the success of the community through the giving things they do. These folks — whose selfless contributions make life better for others in their hometowns – sometimes go unacknowledged. That’s unfortunate because many of the people ...

Setting the facts straight on sunscreen

Local Columns

Sunscreen can be confusing. There are many different SPFs, UVA and UVB rays, expiration dates and brands. It quickly becomes overwhelming. Here is some information to keep your skin healthy, year-round. A higher-level SPF means I can apply it less often. FICTION. Higher sun protection ...

Attracting new Iowans

Editorial

Iowa’s booming economy has produced one of the nation’s best environments for job seekers. The most recent government statistics put the unemployment rate here at 2.4 percent, which means the Hawkeye State is tied for third place among all American states. Our state has been a national ...

Preserving Snell-Crawford

Editorial

Attractive parks are a big part of what makes a community enticing. They’re a key element to creating the quality of life that causes people to want to live and work in a given place. Snell-Crawford Park, which is nestled in a valley between Williams Drive and North 15th Street, is one of ...

Miller deserves our thanks

Editorial

The new head of the Iowa Parole Board is someone very familiar to Fort Dodgers who is well-suited for the job. Former state Rep. Helen Miller, who served Fort Dodge and northern Webster County in the legislature for 16 years, was recently selected by Gov. Kim Reynolds to lead the ...

Oakland Cemetery Walk was a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The 17th annual Oakland Cemetery Walk was a great success thanks to several people and businesses. We would like to take the time to thank them: DART bus, Iowa Central Community College, Friendship Haven, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Gunderson Funeral Home, Graham Tire, The ...

Telling Iowa’s story at the White House

Editorial

Keeping our nation’s economy booming is a key goal of President Donald Trump and his administration. Making sure that America’s workforce has the skills and mobility to enable continued economic growth is an important part of the strategy. With that in mind, the president invited eight ...

Reflecting on the music of Karl King

Local Columns

I first became acquainted with the music of Karl L. King as a high school student in Canton, Ohio. My freshman year Mr. King was the conductor of the massed county high school bands for a Washington’s Birthday celebration. As a public school band director, I frequently used King marches. ...

Immigration reform demands attention

Editorial

When will immigration reform get the attention it needs? That imposition of tariffs on Mexico was averted is, as we said in our June 9 editorial, good news, for a variety of reasons — largely economic. A U.S.-Mexico agreement, announced by President Trump on June 7, to prevent the tariffs ...

Foreign lobbying needs scrutiny

Editorial

Foreign governments frequently have reasons to try to influence our nation’s governmental institutions. Sometimes these efforts are clandestine such as the Russian intrusions into our electoral processes in 2016. Often, however, they are relatively straightforward endeavors. Lobbying efforts ...

It’s time to honor our fathers

Editorial

Father’s Day is upon us once again. That’s good news for the greeting card vendors. In recent years, they have sold upwards of 100 million cards to Americans intent on paying tribute to good old dad. About half of those cards are purchased by dutiful sons and daughters. Wives honoring a man ...

‘Is this Heaven?’ endures 30 years later

Local Columns

Back when I was just starting high school, a phenomenon began occurring around my hometown of Lake City and beyond. The phrase “Is This Heaven? No, It’s Iowa,” started popping up everywhere, from conversations to bumper stickers. Maybe you remember this, too. It was all because of ...

Situation bears watching

Editorial

If indeed Iran is behind recent attacks on several tanker ships carrying petroleum products, action by the world community — not just the United States — may be necessary. But as of Thursday, only circumstantial evidence of Iranian complicity had been provided. It was on that day that two ...

Progress on mental health front

Editorial

Gov. Kim Reynolds stressed in her Condition of the State Address in January that there is a need to strengthen our state’s mental health systems. In the months that followed, she received strong support in the Legislature for additional funding and innovative initiatives. While there has been ...

Volunteers make it happen

Editorial

For a few hours Saturday night, Fort Dodge was the heart of rock and roll for Iowa. Some 6.800 people gathered at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex to hear Sammy Hagar and The Circle, Vince Neil and Wild Ambition. The crowd that happily listened to Hagar and Neil belt out their ...

Disappointed at Oakland Cemetery

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: When I visited Oakland Cemetery where some of my relatives in the five Haviland families that settled here decades ago and planted the huge apple orchard south of North Lawn are buried, I was saddened to find the flag I had left in the ground (because there was no flag holder ...

Volunteers work at Memorial Park

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to give a shout out to the good people of Fort Dodge. On May 23, my wife and I went to Memorial Park Cemetery to decorate family graves. I was very upset that the grass was 8 to 10 inches tall and a lot of headstones were covered with grass. I vented on Facebook. ...

Market on Central to return

Editorial

Downtown Fort Dodge is on the rebound. During the last several years, storefronts up and down Central Avenue and on nearby streets that have too long been vacant are once again coming to life commercially. The city’s historic business district is becoming the home to an impressive array of ...

Suspension of tariffs is good news

Editorial

Late last month, President Trump threatened to impose a 5 percent tariff on all goods imported to the U.S. from its biggest trading partner, Mexico, beginning June 10 and increase those tariffs by 5 percent each month to a permanent level of 25 percent in October unless Mexico satisfied him it ...