Editorial

Iowa’s senators rank well on bipartisanship

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

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 ...

Attracting new Iowans

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

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

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 ...

Telling Iowa’s story at the White House

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 ...

Immigration reform demands attention

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

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

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 ...

Situation bears watching

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

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

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 ...

Market on Central to return

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

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 ...

Ag Show is an opportunity

Farm News is hosting its first of two farm shows for 2019. The one-day event will he held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Iowa Lakes Community College, 3200 College Drive in Emmetsburg. The show will feature exhibitors showcasing their latest state-of-the-art technology throughout 6,900 ...

Getting prepared for tomorrow

Some politicians worry just about the next election. That’s not Gov. Kim Reynolds style. She’s dedicated to making sure that Iowa’s impressive success story continues far into the future. That’s why the governor has been a strong advocate for an initiative called Future Ready Iowa. ...

From other editors: Europe is more polarized than ever

Last week’s (May 23-26) elections to the European Parliament, like many other elections these days, were more of an ideological battleground than a process of choosing representatives to a legislature. The populist nationalists on the rise across much of the world had been expected to score ...

Setting record straight on new art

A new piece of public art intended to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Fort Dodge city charter will debut downtown later this year. It will be made by Dan Perry, a sculptor from Waterloo. His finished artwork will stand some 15 feet tall on First Avenue South near Ninth Street. It ...

‘The eyes of the world are upon you’

American paratroopers leaped out of planes into the dark early morning sky above Normandy in occupied France 75 years ago today. Their arrival signaled the beginning of the end for Adolf Hitler and his vile Nazi regime. Hours later, thousands of American, British and Canadian troops dashed ...

From other editors: Drugged driving standards needed — and soon

Thirty-five years ago, the notion of legalized marijuana seemed like an idea whose time would never come. Sure, there was discussion. And there were proponents. Usually wearing hemp necklaces and NORML T-shirts. “It’s no more dangerous than alcohol,” they would say. “But who needs ...