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Editorial

Intelligence agencies must figure out Pensacola shooting

Until they have answers, the top priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies needs to be determining whether Mohammed Alshamrani was a lone-wolf terrorist or part of a larger plot. Alshamrani, an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was being trained at a U.S. naval base at ...

Iowa’s economic picture just got brighter

As 2019 draws to a close, positive trade developments are making Iowa’s economic picture very bright for 2020 and beyond. The long-delayed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement appears almost certain to be approved by Congress in the very near future. The trade pact, which was negotiated more than a ...

Who is subverting the constitutional process?

It is a virtually foregone conclusion that the House of Representatives — Democrats in it, that is — will vote to impeach President Donald Trump. When that happens, it will go down as the most transparently political impeachment in history. Not a single Republican in the House is expected ...

Lights at Kennedy makes season festive

As Christmas approaches, the campground at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park is once again being transformed into a holiday wonderland. The 16th annual Lights at Kennedy will help make the season more festive for area residents and visitors. Additionally, the event raises money to support the ...

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 ...

Keeping our patriots safe is crucial

Having military forces that are second to none is vital not only to keep our nation secure, but also to make sure those allies that depend on the United States remain safe. In view of their crucial mission, the men and women who serve in the armed forces of the United States deserve the support ...

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 ...

China is biggest climate change culprit

“Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?” asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently. He was addressing representatives from nearly 200 nations, gathered in Spain for a meeting on climate ...

Great news from Tokyo

The important new U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement negotiated by the Trump administration is one key step closer to becoming a reality. Japan’s parliament has approved the pact. That means that it will go into effect once our Congress concurs. This trade arrangement is enormously significant for ...

Iowa Central students show spirit of giving

The cynics in our world are quick to assert that college students live in a self-indulgent, self-centered world where truly being a part of the community where the college is located is simply not a priority. For some students, that may be true. It’s certainly not the case, however, for ...

AFES to the rescue of Christmas

We’ve said it before, but it certainly bears a repeat: Athletics For Education and Success is saving an important Fort Dodge holiday tradition: Operation Christmas. For more than six decades a volunteer project in Fort Dodge made Christmas a bit merrier with gifts for youngsters and others ...

School food pantries provide innovative solution to fight hunger

Hunger is a persistent problem in the Fort Dodge community. Fortunately, the means of combating hunger locally remain both resilient and varied. The latest resource to help keep families from going hungry can be found in four Fort Dodge schools. There are now food pantries at Fort Dodge ...

Gov. Reynolds should pick a justice like Mark Cady

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady, of Fort Dodge, held the respect of his peers, the lawyers who argued before him and Republican and Democratic politicians for being a jurist of intellect, moderation, inclusiveness and faithfulness to the law. Nowhere was this more evident in the ...

Nestle Purina PetCare, citizens contribute to making Fort Dodge safer

Dogs have become an essential part of police work. A properly trained police dog can tackle and even disarm a criminal. A dog can also sniff out illegal drugs and other contraband. A dog’s acute sense of smell can also be used to track down a person, including fugitives and lost children. ...

Why not shop local for the holidays?

The holiday shopping season is upon us once again. In the quest to find just the right gifts, seeking out bargains is part of the fun. And as always, stretching those dollars budgeted for gift-giving is also a necessity for many people. Nobody likes to waste money, but shoppers should give ...

Spend time at Farm News Ag Show

Make plans to spend some time at the 18th annual Farm News Ag Show. It kicks off Wednesday on the East Campus of Iowa Central Community College, 2031 Quail Ave. in Fort Dodge. On its first day, the show is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It resumes at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and runs until 3 ...

Today is Small Business Saturday

WASHINGTON — One of the few bonuses of longevity for an old reporter is having covered Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal of the early 1970s and now Donald Trump’s Ukraine dust-up. Each president faced impeachment, but Nixon beat the rap by resigning. Trump now hopes to survive through ...

Shared Thanksgiving is a fine tradition

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday that features family, food, and yes, the occasional football game. In the spirit of the holiday, thousands of people in the Fort Dodge region gathered around tables with relatives and friends for a traditional feast on Thursday. Dining room tables ...

On this day, let us give thanks

Sometimes in America, it seems as if we actually enjoy advertising our trials and difficulties. There really were trying times in the early days of our nation. That is why America’s first formal Thanksgiving observance had far more significance to our people than today’s often perfunctory ...

It’s time to protect our veterans

America’s veterans have contributed greatly to our nation’s success. Their service – and in many cases exceptional sacrifices – are a source of pride to all right-thinking citizens. It’s hard to believe that as aging veterans seek to avail themselves of the government benefits, earned ...