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Editorial

It’s time for Confederate monuments to go

Suppose you were strolling through Forest Park and came across a flattering statue of Adolf Hitler. Or Fidel Castro. Or Osama bin Laden. Of course, nations don’t generally bestow statuary upon enemies — unless those enemies happen to be Confederate leaders in the Civil War. Virginia Gov. ...

Holding a modified Webster County Fair is the right move

Every year, farm kids throughout Webster County spend hundreds of hours nurturing their livestock and working on their projects with the goal of winning a ribbon at the county fair. And to make it even more worthwhile, there’s the chance to make it to the iconic Iowa State Fair. As it has ...

Accelerating the recovery is needed

As the nation began the process of “reopening” slowly but, we all hope, safely, there was encouraging news on the economic front. About two weeks ago, nearly 25 million Americans were receiving unemployment benefits, the Labor Department reported. By the beginning of June, the number had ...

Expanded prosecutions in Floyd case are justified

Prosecutors in Minnesota made the right move by broadening the reach of their efforts in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. Now the three officers who stood by and watched Derek Chauvin press his knee into Floyd’s neck until he stopped breathing have been charged with aiding and ...

Long effort restores pond to Oleson Park

After an absence of nearly five years, a pond has reappeared in a central location of Oleson Park. This new body of water isn’t as big as the pond longtime Fort Dodge residents remember being in the park, but it’s in about the same place. It is stocked with koi, a type of fish that’s a ...

Cutting police budgets for political reasons is wrong

Calls for massive “defunding” of law enforcement are simply insane. When political correctness addles our brains to the point we fail to recognize the critical need we have for the “thin blue line” to safeguard us from crime, we Americans will be in real, imminent danger. Yet some ...

More information would help citizens assess risk of COVID-19

As Americans are able to move toward the resumption of normal activities, the pace at which the transition happens will vary widely among individuals. For some, it will be a gradual and cautious return to public places. For others, it will be full immersion after a longtime delay. What ...

Biodiesel tax incentive should become law

A bill heading to Gov. Kim Reynolds would support Iowa’s soybean growers and biodiesel plants while also helping to reduce air pollution. We urge the governor to sign it as soon as it hits her desk. The measure would extend a fuel tax incentive for diesel sold in Iowa that contains at least ...

Government aid programs should target small businesses

About 156.5 million Americans are categorized as members of the civilian labor force. At least 41 million people who can work and by definition want to are unemployed. In other words, approximately one of every four people able to work is not employed — and is being supported by the rest. ...

Fort Dodge protest, vigil set peaceful tone

In many American cities, clouds of smoke and shards of broken glass have come to symbolize the outrage over the death of George Floyd, who suffocated under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. Floyd was black; the officer is white. The anger over the death united people of all ...

Legislature should pass bill to ban use of devices by drivers

As Iowa’s legislators return to work in the state Capitol today, we urge them to quickly approve a bill authored by state Rep. Ann Meyer that will make traveling throughout the state safer for all. Meyer, a Republican from Fort Dodge, wrote a bill that would make it illegal to use an ...

WHO failed during pandemic

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he is cutting U.S. funding for the World Health Organization has been condemned throughout the world. Critics insist that a healthy WHO is essential especially now, as the COVID-19 pandemic rages. But the question is whether the WHO, a United ...

Primary Election Day is Tuesday

Primary election day is almost upon us. On Tuesday, citizens have the opportunity to shape the future of not only their party but our community, state and nation as well. Amazingly, many people choose not to vote. That poses a serious threat to our democratic system. If you are one of those ...

Public-private partnership made masks available

In the age of COVID-19, wearing face masks, something only old time bandits once did, has become a key defense against spreading the disease. Keeping the nose and mouth covered helps prevent the virus from moving from person to person. Masks are especially useful for preventing people who are ...

Pandemic caused upheaval in schools

Many school districts and individual teachers have contingency plans for classes to be interrupted for a few days. We doubt more than a handful had strategies for the current situation, in which the last couple of months of school for millions of students was canceled. There is evidence many ...

Bridges bring new recreational opportunities to Badger Lake

Anyone out walking or bicycling around Badger Lake in the last couple of weeks undoubtedly noticed a couple of new bridges there. One of them — a 180-foot long span — crosses a portion of the lake near Veterans Memorial Park. It replaces one that was removed about five years ago because ...

Iowa Central improvises for memorable ceremony

A college commencement ceremony is a time for graduating students to say goodbye to their school days and hello to their futures, surrounded by their friends and families. Those few hours in caps and gowns create cherished memories that last for a lifetime. But what if a graduation ceremony ...

New federal rules on campus sexual harassment bring needed balance

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s long-planned overhaul of regulations governing how schools and colleges handle allegations of sexual harassment and assault has been released in final form. As expected, they came under almost immediate court challenge from advocates for sexual abuse victims ...

Take time to remember

Today is Memorial Day. For many people, it is a time to welcome the summer season by taking advantage of a three-day holiday weekend to spend relaxing time with friends and family. It is important, however, not to forget what this day is truly about. Beginning soon after the Civil War, a ...