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Editorial

US must keep its technological edge

We Americans have a habit of bragging about our feats of technology. Our chief economic and military rivals — namely Russia and China — seldom do. They prefer to keep their secrets. No one in this country is certain, then, how far the state-controlled economies of those nations have gone ...

Event will provide safe way to get rid of old medicines

In lots of homes throughout Fort Dodge, there are bottles of unused pills taking up space in drawers and cupboards. Perhaps they are there because no one knows what to do with them. A special event on Saturday will solve that dilemma for area residents. For the 18th time, the Webster County ...

October is Co-op Month across US

There are various types of businesses that operate as cooperatives, but according to the National Cooperative Business Association they all are owned and democratically controlled by their members and are designed to serve those members. The members typically are the people who “use the ...

More problems at VA

The Trump administration has worked hard to make certain that veterans receive high-quality health care. Their service to our country warrants nothing less. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, herself a combat veteran, has been a leader in Congress in providing strong oversight of the Department of Veterans ...

Sande’s dedication to symphony continues

The late Jerry Sande simply loved music and a $100,000 gift he included in his will ensures that Fort Dodge residents will be able to enjoy the sounds of the symphony for years to come. Sande, a Humboldt native, played the bassoon in the Fort Dodge Area Symphony for 48 years. He was, as Paul ...

Trump should push for better trade deal

President Trump on Oct. 11 announced a trade deal with China that he called “tremendous” or “tremendously” positive 15 times. The details look far more modest to us, but this truce in the trade war beats the alternative of escalating tariffs that have already caused a significant global ...

Reversing an alarming trend

In September, the prestigious medical journal JAMA Network Open published a major study concerning the suicide rates in the United States and observable trends. Data covering an 18-year period (1999-2016) were analyzed. During that timeframe, there were 453,577 individuals aged between 25 and ...

Donation Garden produces bonanza of fresh food

Each day, there are more and more leaves dropping and blowing around. And each night, the temperature seems to dip just a little bit lower. These are sure signs of fall in Iowa. The blowing leaves and dropping temperatures also mean that the gardening season is ending. There is one group of ...

Delivering a healthy jolt to Fort Dodge

A heart problem claimed the life of Josh Doyle at the age of just 29 two years ago. His family, friends, co-workers and a whole bunch of people who perhaps never met him joined forces for a project that will perhaps save someone else from dying from a sudden cardiac emergency. And they had ...

Webster County Museum needs help

A small band of volunteers dedicated to preserving Webster County history – our history – needs help. Since they established the Webster County Museum 19 years ago, these volunteers have assembled an impressive array of artifacts documenting life here. The collection includes relics like ...

Employers should consider this

Just about every employer is discovering that in Iowa’s booming economy, the job market is tight. In August, Iowa’s unemployment rate was 2.6 percent. Most people who want jobs already have them. That means that companies in need of workers aren’t having an easy time finding people to ...

Getting ready for tomorrow

Iowa’s economy was once dominated overwhelmingly by agriculture. It’s still a major component and will remain so. Today, however, our state is the home to an eclectic collection of industries. That diversity is making the Hawkeye State stronger and helping keep it prosperous. Gov. Kim ...

Newspaper carriers deserve applause

Every day, more than 53 million newspapers are delivered to readers. Those compendiums of news and community information arrive on doorsteps all across our land as if by magic. Nothing magical is afoot, of course. Hundreds of thousands of newspaper carriers spread out across the nation each day ...

Let’s make foster care stronger

Childhood can be a time of both promise and joy. These formative years can set a young person on course for a successful life or be an impediment to that goal. Youngsters need a loving home where their development is given careful attention. When youngsters lack that type of environment – ...

Today is National Farmer’s Day

Today has been designated as National Farmer’s Day. It’s the contemporary event to honor the hard work of America’s farmers and to reflect on their important contribution to not only the success of our nation but to helping feed the world far beyond America’s borders. The event grows ...

Making Iowans healthier is the goal

When our nation’s states are ranked on various criteria, Iowans are accustomed to learning our state is near the top of just about any list of positive attributes. That’s certainly the case on such measures as high school graduation rate, well-managed state government and low unemployment ...

Community Health Center is key element in local dental care

Let’s face it, a lot of people don’t like to go to the dentist’s office. But the reality is that dental care is vital. Keeping the teeth and gums clean and healthy enables people to eat properly and smile proudly. And good dental health benefits the whole body because sometimes problems ...

Biofuels get a boost

President Donald Trump is delivering on the promise he made to keep the renewable fuels industries vibrant. On Oct. 4, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, announced that an agreement had been negotiated that ...

Get out and vote today

There are exciting things afoot in Fort Dodge. Fort Dodge and Webster County are well-positioned to prosper if creative leaders in government and the private sector leverage assets and resources appropriately to take advantage of the very real opportunities for business and commercial ...

Warnings issued by slain writer Khashoggi still echo

Jamal Khashoggi never intended to be a dissident. For many years, he wrote for and edited newspapers in Saudi Arabia, and he served as an aide in Saudi embassies in Washington and London. What prompted him to leave the kingdom, and to begin writing columns for The Post, was the sharp increase ...