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Editorial

Making government work better

Passing new laws is part of the work Congress undertakes. Much of the time lawmakers spend in Washington, however, is devoted to detailed scrutiny of the vast array of federal agencies and programs. Assuring that taxpayer dollars are used as Congress intended and that the programs authorized ...

US must resolve to erase budget deficit

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...

Lights at Kennedy set new records in 2019

Going to see Lights at Kennedy has been a holiday tradition for many Fort Dodge area families for several 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 Fort ...

City Council members to be sworn in

Today, the members of the Fort Dodge City Council elected in November will be sworn in. The one newly elected member of the council is a familiar face. Andy Fritz, who served as an at-large member of council from 2010 to 2017, was chosen by the voters of Ward 2 on the city’s south side to ...

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2020

Today, we welcome in a new year. Last night, no doubt many readers stayed home, joining the ranks of those sitting on the couch, counting down the final moments of 2019 while participating vicariously in the festivities broadcast from Times Square in New York City. Others celebrated the ...

Take special care on the roads

All across the Hawkeye State, people will be taking advantage of this holiday week to pursue celebrate the arrival of another new year — 2020. That makes it especially important that we resolve to keep our streets and highways safe. That can be accomplished by paying heed to a few safety ...

USDA had a successful 2019

As 2019 drew to close, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue shared his assessment of how well the department he leads succeeded in meeting its goals this year. He has good reason to be proud of its record because the U.S. Department of Agriculture accomplished much this year. “At USDA ...

From other editors: Federal budget includes vital research

Buried in the 2020 federal budget bills Congress approved this week is $25 million for gun safety research to be divided between the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The inclusion is less notable for the amount — $25 million is a drop in the ...

Let’s keep Lord’s Cupboard strong

The holiday season is a time of year when most people are very responsive to philanthropic requests. Consequently, donations and offers of help are plentiful. The needs of those who depend on charities for sustenance do not end just because Santa has returned to the North Pole. That is ...

Making rural Iowa stronger

Iowa’s economy is robust and getting stronger. It has a quality of life that makes those of us who call Iowa home reluctant to even contemplate living anywhere else. Gov. Kim Reynolds has made stimulating economic development a key goal of her administration. She understands that unless ...

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 ...

Sexton rises to new leadership role

State Rep. Mike Sexton, R-Rockwell City, has been chosen by his fellow Republican lawmakers to fill a key leadership role in the House of Representatives. During a caucus Wednesday, they elected him to be the House majority whip. In that role he will be the right hand man for House Majority ...

Looking out for our future

Almost nobody gets through life without at least a few health care woes. Making sure that knowledge about how best to address medical issues continues to advance is the mission of the National Institutes of Health. The NIH has achieved an impressive research record in many areas. In recent ...

Flu shots provide potentially lifesaving protection

Just about everyone has called in sick at some point, saying they had the flu when they were sniffling, sneezing, maybe running a fever and generally feeling lousy. Those symptoms definitely add up to an illness, but the problem is not really the flu. Influenza, as it is properly known, is ...

Dancing their way to victory

Athleticism and artistry were on full display recently when the Iowa Central Community College dance team won three first place awards in a statewide competition. During the 44th annual Iowa State Dance Team Association contest in Des Moines, the team swept three classes of competition. It ...

Local residents Leohr, Cripe are true heroes

A decision made in a split-second can turn someone from a bystander into a hero. The decision those heroes make is to help another human being even at great risk to themselves. Two area men – Greg Leohr, of Callender, and Ryan Cripe, of Fort Dodge – became heroes on the evening of Jan. ...

Santa Cops are on the beat again

The Santa Cops project is a delightful annual effort to make the holiday season a bit brighter for area youngsters whose families need a hand up to make this time of year as merry as it should be. The Fort Dodge Police Association, Webster County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Dodge/Webster ...

It’s time to get informed about vaping

While the battle to prevent teenagers from smoking tobacco is achieving substantial success, a new health risk has emerged that threatens the health of young Iowans. There has been a dramatic increase in vaping. Unfortunately, too many parents, school leaders and youngsters aren’t ...