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Editorial

General deserves credit for admitting mistake

Hundreds of thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected by residents of and officials in many states will not be arriving as soon as we had been led to believe. After a few days of confusion — and finger pointing — about the shortfall, U.S. Army Gen. Gustave Perna fell on his sword ...

New grant will help bring computer science to local schools

For rural school districts, recruiting teachers that can lead classes in highly specialized or technical subjects is often an uphill battle. A grant just received by the Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency will help ease the struggle to get teachers who can lead computer science ...

A day for Christmas thoughts

Some 2,000 years ago, an event took place that changed the course of history. No singular event has focused the attention of man on himself to the degree that the story of Bethlehem has, for it is the story of man. Kingdoms have risen and fallen, and great nations have perished from the ...

Silent night, holy night …

All across the nation, a feeling of anticipation is in the air. It is Christmas Eve, a time when those whose jobs do not demand that they be at work complete preparations for tomorrow, the biggest day on most of our calendars. Once the packages are all wrapped, the last decorations are adjusted ...

Lights at Kennedy set new records

Going to see Lights at Kennedy has been a holiday tradition for many Fort Dodge area families for almost 20 years. Each Christmas season, businesses and civic groups have assembled colorful displays full of lights and other decorations in a section of John F. Kennedy Memorial Park north of ...

Calls to harm others are not protected speech

We Americans treasure our freedom of speech. We defend it staunchly. As the old saying goes, we may not agree with what some people say, but we defend their right to say it. Unless it is intended to incite violence to harm people otherwise. There, we draw the line. In August 2019, a ...

We need to keep up with the other vaccines, too

We’re all eagerly awaiting the full rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, but there was some separate news last week about vaccines that ought to worry all of us. We’ve known for months that the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in fewer inoculations, particularly among children, as school and ...

Area residents must take advantage of new air service

United Express is bringing passenger jet service back to the Fort Dodge Regional Airport next March. It is up to the rest of us to make sure that service stays at our local airport. To do that, local people need to make an effort to use that airline and the airport for all their flight needs. ...

Think twice about pets as presents

Each Christmas season, children (and a few adults) across the country include in their requests to Santa a dog, cat, rabbit or other living creature. They want a lovable, cuddly pet. They promise they will feed it, walk it, clean up after it, take it to the vet and love it. They have no idea ...

Fair Board, Webster County Conservation team up

There’s something new at the Webster County Fairgrounds. East of the auditorium, not far from a line of trees, sits a wooden cabin that wasn’t there a year ago. It used to be in the campground at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, north of Fort Dodge. It was built by carpentry students at ...

STEAM kits provide fun, learning

In some Fort Dodge households, little mechanical critters called hex bugs are slowly working their way through mazes and over bridges. Rockets made of straws are sailing through rooms, perhaps buzzing a snoozing pet or two. And kids are painting with pendulums in an activity designed to ...

Congress should pass compromise aid bill

There is something for both liberals and conservatives not to like about the bipartisan proposal for $908 billion in new aid to Americans suffering from the COVID-19 epidemic. It is not what is in the plan but, rather, what is not in it. Many Democrats want more aid for states included in ...

Inauguration must ensure safety, honor tradition

What if you built an expensive, elaborate reviewing stand for a parade and on the big day, it overlooked an empty street? That is the question both President-elect Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump must answer within just a few weeks. Inauguration day for American presidents ...

New plant will pioneer use of corn stover

The number of products that can be made from corn is staggering. It includes food, animal feed, ethanol, other chemicals, yeasts, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, colors and dyes, and even antibiotics. All of those items come from ears of corn. The corn stalks, stems and leaves — what farmers ...

This holiday season, support hometown businesses

It is no fault of billionaire Jeff Bezos that COVID-19 is the grinch who stole Christmas from many people in our communities. Bezos did not bring the virus to our country. We have no hesitation in suggesting that if he could end the epidemic by spending his entire fortune, he would do ...

NEW Cooperative has stepped up again this year

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 ...

Let’s support Toys for Tots

Some children in families facing difficult economic situations won’t have a very festive Christmas unless charitable giving puts some toys under the tree to make their holiday brighter. That’s why Fareway stores and the Marine Corps Reserve partner in the Toys for Tots effort to make sure ...

CJ Bio America book provides life lessons

Second graders throughout Webster County are now reading about the adventures of Chessie and JoJo. One of those characters is a pig; the other is a chicken. They are the stars of the new children’s book ‘‘Chessie and JoJo Make Their Way.’’ The decisions the animal duo make ...

COVID-19 hits minorities hard

Racial minorities have been hit far harder than white Americans by COVID-19. Throughout the epidemic, that has been a constant. But why? Theories abound. One is that African-Americans, whose incomes in general are lower than those for whites, do not benefit from as high a quality of health ...

A Time for Angels helps those who mourn

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 ...