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Editorial

Pets bring great joy, great responsibility

When last seen, an orange cat with the unlikely name of Raven was at the Almost Home Humane Society of North Central Iowa, awaiting a chance for a real home. The Fort Dodge animal shelter is closed to visitors, but Raven and all of the other dogs and cats in the facility at 725 S. 32nd St. ...

The schools may be closed, but learning must not stop

For millions of American students, public schools have been closed since mid-March. School has been wherever a quiet place could be found in the home. For most, class starts when they and their parents decide it will. That simply will not work for many children. There is a reason we still ...

Passing coronavirus relief bill was the right move, despite its flaws

No doubt some members of Congress had to hold their noses while they were voting for the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. CARES includes a ton of money for initiatives that have nothing to do with COVID-19. Why on earth did anyone think it was important to cough ...

Masks are symbol of local residents’ care for their friends, neighbors

Local residents who are handy with a needle and thread, or a sewing machine, are striking a blow against the coronavirus. The virus has curtailed activities drastically, but these folks are taking advantage of the unplanned time at home to aid health care workers by making cloth masks to help ...

Postponing the Games was the right move

Historically, it takes a war to postpone or cancel the modern Olympic Games. Since 1896, there have been three cancellations — the 1916 Berlin games (World War I); and the 1940 and 1944 games (World War II) in Japan, then Helsinki, Finland, and, for the latter games, London and Italy. ...

These Americans are helping us all

Health care professionals and people who work in hospitals, care facilities and pharmacies are very much on the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. We all should salute their willingness to put themselves at risk to make certain people who become sick have the care and ...

Consider donating face masks and other protective gear

As health care professionals risk their lives all around us because they lack personal protective gear, we continue to see people out in public — often clearly on non-essential trips — wearing face masks. There have been reports of people buying large quantities of them. If you have the ...

People needed to join the ranks of blood donors

The idea of getting poked with a big needle and having some of your blood siphoned out is not at all a pleasant one. However, people who are brave enough to get jabbed and allow some of their blood to be drawn out are a type of hero commonly called a blood donor. They save a lot of ...

School food pantries assist The Lord’s Cupboard

Knowing that some of their students, and their families, were not getting enough to eat, leaders of a handful of Fort Dodge schools took the innovative step of establishing food pantries. Butler Elementary School, 945 S. 18th St., and Duncombe Elementary School, 1620 Sixth Ave. N., are two of ...

Foolishness must not replace caution in COVID-19 response

There is a reason “Yankee ingenuity” is recognized throughout the world. We Americans have a reputation for identifying challenges and devising ways to overcome them. Use your head if you decide to come up a home remedy, a way to stretch supplies such as those of food — or any other ...

Help celebrate National Ag Day

After an at times trying winter, spring is about to arrive. As another growing season approaches, today has been set as National Ag Day by the Agriculture Council of America. The council designates the week within which it falls as National Ag Week. This important time to celebrate ...

Support local restaurants, shops

Many local business people — and their employees — will get through the COVID-19 epidemic with their physical health intact but their finances ravaged. For those involved with restaurants and bars, the damage already is severe because of closure orders. Restaurants are permitted to serve ...

Joni Ernst’s expertise is needed in Washington

Our nation is gearing up for what may be a long struggle to prevail against the coronavirus pandemic. As lawmakers in Washington craft responses to the many issues that must be addressed rather quickly, it is important that some of them have recent real-world experience with the problems to be ...

Grassley’s leadership is now crucial

As our nation mobilizes its resources to minimize the harm caused by the coronavirus pandemic, our state and the nation is fortunate to have U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley in a key leadership role in Congress. The Iowa Republican chairs the Senate Finance Committee. Many of the most significant ...

It’s time for everyone to shop responsibly

About two weeks ago, everyone in the Fort Dodge area apparently had enough toilet paper. Local stores were flush with the product. Anyone could go in a store and buy a package. That’s not necessarily the case now. The shelves that held toilet paper, and many other products, have in some ...

Drug Treatment Court creates drug-free, productive citizens

When Matthew Knowles graduated last Friday, he had a pretty impressive number to his credit. That number was 515. That was the total number of days he had been clean and sober when he graduated from Webster County Drug Treatment Court. He is the newest graduate of an innovative program that ...

COVID-19 criticism is misguided

The U.S. health care system — and thus, public policy regarding it — is coming under fire because of COVID-19. Among complaints are that there are not enough COVID-19 test kits, not enough ventilator machines to help sufferers breath, no vaccine to be available quickly and not enough ...

Behavior of e-cigarette makers should be examined

Big tobacco lied for many years about the adverse health effects associated with its product. We know that. It has been proven in court through billions of dollars in settlements by some companies. The same goes for some in the drug industry, who knew even as they were reaping windfall ...

Knowledge, facts key in coronavirus fight

The rapid spread of the coronavirus has disrupted American life like few other events in history. An invisible invader is making people ill, prompting events to be canceled and is stripping store shelves of certain supplies. This is at best an uncertain time, and for many it may be a ...