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Editorial

In age of COVID-19, keeping schoolchildren safe is paramount

COVID-19 — the coronavirus — has brought everyday life in large areas of China to a near standstill. Schools and factories are closed. The same goes for many other businesses, including retail outlets. As the virus has spread, other areas have been affected similarly, though not to the ...

Getting Iowa ready for more success

A key goal of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Future Ready Iowa initiative is to make certain that our state’s residents are able to take advantage of the opportunities that the future holds. In a rapidly evolving job market, that means that our state’s schools need to have programs in sync with the ...

School Emergency Alert Radio System will bring added layer of protection

A system that would summon emergency help to local schools with the press of just one button is coming to Webster County. Some timely donations by local residents will ensure that this added level of safety is available for area students. The technology Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs ...

Middle school meal packing event takes a bite out of hunger

Students at Fort Dodge Middle School spent part of their day last Friday scooping up rice, beans, vitamins and a few other dry food products to be poured into plastic bags. Their assembly line work produced 30,000 meals to be sent to hungry people across the United States and the world, In ...

NASA math expert set an example for all Americans

Though she lived an incredibly full 101 years, the death of Katherine Johnson came as a bit of a surprise — and some sadness. Giants like she was seem as though they will be with us forever. And Johnson was, truly, an American giant. Despite all the challenges that came with being born a ...

Iowa’s schools are succeeding

Iowans have long put a priority on education. It wasn’t long after pioneer families settled in our state that one-room schoolhouses became common sights. A commitment to learning was evident all across Iowa in the earliest days. It remains so today. In the 21st century, schools have evolved ...

Flu is greater threat than COVID-19

Other than avoiding people who may have been traveling internationally, there is not much you can do to avoid catching COVID-19, the coronavirus variety that has been in the headlines. There is something you can do to avoid coming down with common influenza, however: Get a flu shot. Doing ...

Moehnke is worthy of Growth Alliance’s Catalyst Award

Terry Moehnke is an optometrist, but he’s been known to joke that being an eye doctor is actually his side job. There may well be some truth behind his joke, because when one considers all of the volunteer activities Moehnke is deeply involved in every day it is hard to figure out how he ...

Middle school students experience performing arts thanks to foundation

The seats in Decker Auditorium at Iowa Central Community College were filled with fifth and sixth graders Wednesday morning for the performance of the musical ‘‘Newsies.’’ About 500 students from the Fort Dodge Middle School were present to enjoy the story of the boys and girls who ...

Production of medicine should not be entrusted to foreign suppliers

Shaving a few dollars off the cost to consumers of some medicines — and yes, padding profits on their sale — have led many U.S. drug companies to rely on overseas manufacturers for the products. Last week, the truth of warnings against such dependence was proven. U.S. public health ...

Helping conservation efforts thrive

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst isn’t one of those politicians who is primarily concerned with ways to gain media attention. The Iowa Republican is a hard worker who puts a priority on actually achieving results rather than just garnering favorable publicity. Ernst recognizes that to improve how the ...

Boy Scouts of America instills character, values

Millions of American boys, along with millions of others worldwide, became better men because of the Boy Scouts. For them, the more than century-old organization helped build character and taught valuable skills. But more than 12,000 boys in the scouts became victims of the adults they and ...

USDA is on the right track

Protecting and enhancing the quality of the Hawkeye State’s water resources is vitally important. That’s why the Iowa Water Quality Initiative was created in 2013. Among the goals is to help bring about a 45 percent reduction in nitrogen and phosphorus losses to Iowa’s waters. This ...

Fort Dodge Regional Airport is economic engine for the area

The Fort Dodge Regional Airport is obviously a place for people to get flights that can start them on journeys to anywhere in the world. But its impact extends beyond just the comings and goings of passengers. According to a statewide survey conducted by the Iowa Department of ...

From other editors: Sanders is promising impossible amounts of spending

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders criticizes Democrats for lacking the courage to think big. But it takes no courage to promise impossible levels of new spending and programs that could not work as advertised. It takes courage to level with voters. Mr. Sanders’s rivals for the Democratic ...

New inmate training facility would be worthwhile investment

The vast majority of inmates filling Iowa’s prisons will someday complete their sentences and return to society. That reality leaves state leaders with a decision to make. They can either equip those inmates with skills so they can become productive citizens or they can just lock them up ...

Biodiesel tax credit is back

In 2017, Congress failed to extend a key assist to a new and growing industry. The biodiesel tax credit was allowed to expire. This $1-a-gallon credit was designed to subsidize renewable biodiesel production so a young industry could grow to the point where it would no longer need government ...

2020 Census is too important to risk technical failure

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital Census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering information ...

Help select Iowa’s Conservation Farmer of the Year

Iowa’s farm families have long understood the importance of state-of-the-art conservation practices. Our state’s farmers pay close attention to the preservation of soil and water quality. They understand that the protection and enhancement of these crucial resources is absolutely vital to ...

Reynolds champions Invest in Iowa Act

In her Condition of the State Address in January, Gov. Kim Reynolds called on lawmakers to pass major legislation — the Invest in Iowa Act. The governor has now forwarded details about this proposal to the Legislature and begun a series of town hall meetings across Iowa to build support for ...