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Editorial

Pandemic demonstrates need for quick drug development

Give federal regulators credit for recognizing that the coronavirus pandemic is no time for business as usual. The Food and Drug Administration, in particular, seems to have surgically removed some of the red tape from its process. The FDA announced it will be permitting emergency use of a ...

New mental health program coming to Webster County

A new, comprehensive approach to helping people with mental illnesses is on the horizon in Webster County. The UnityPoint Health – Berryhill Center has received a $4 million federal grant that will enable it to provide a more inclusive system for mental health care that encompasses physical ...

Nurses remain dedicated to caring for all

There is perhaps no profession that is so intertwined with an individual’s life as nursing is. Nurses are there to help bring new life into the world. They administer the vaccines, and help people get through all the various illnesses and injuries of a lifetime. And at the very end, nurses ...

Upcoming space launch will lift nation’s morale

We all need a bit of a psychological pick-me-up. The tough fight against COVID-19 is taking its tool on us emotionally. Coronavirus blues, meet the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Just in time to give our spirts a boost, NASA is planning to send a new group of astronauts into ...

COVID-19 toll in nation’s nursing homes requires government response

More than a fifth of the 55,000 known COVID-19 deaths in the United States have occurred at nursing homes and other elder-care facilities. Federal and state governments have largely turned a blind eye, often making no effort to test residents or staffs and leaving relatives, surrounding ...

Two family-owned businesses show support for community once again

Two Fort Dodge families that operate thriving businesses which provide jobs for many of their neighbors have recently come through for the community again in very different ways. The Decker family, owner of of Decker Truck Line Inc., has contributed $15,000 to food pantries helping people ...

May is Beef Month in Iowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds has officially proclaimed May as Beef Month in Iowa. For many of us, every month is a time to partake of a food that ranks high on the list of culinary favorites. It’s no secret that Americans have a love affair with beef. That’s been true for generations and the ...

Flexible enforcement of CARES Act is necessary

The $150 billion in federal aid intended to help states with expenses related to COVID-19 should not be a case of water, water everywhere — but not a drop to drink. Unfortunately, some governors worry that may be the case. One might have assumed that in the 880 or so pages of text ...

Relief measures should not be used to prop up state pension funds

Within a month, Congress and President Donald Trump have increased the national debt by more than 10% by enacting about $2.7 trillion in bailouts related to the COVID-19 outbreak. American families, businesses, hospitals and local and state governments are among the beneficiaries. That is ...

Much needed project to bring cleaner water to pond

There have been times throughout the years when the water in the pond at Armstrong Park has been, shall we say, less than pristine. That will change this year, and an all natural filtering process will be used to get the job done. The pond is a tranquil place near the intersection of North ...

Volunteer firefighters answer the call again

The volunteer firefighters of Badger and Farnhamville are on call to help the people of their communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are expanding their services beyond the fire and rescue calls that are the primary mission of any fire ...

Technology helps, but parents take the lead in teaching their children

An early step most states took in dealing with the coronavirus epidemic was closing public schools. That was wise for the good of both students and those to whom the children, perhaps not showing symptoms, might have transmitted COVID-19.   Many, probably most, school systems already had in ...

Gowrie shows how to save a rural grocery store

When the prospects for keeping a grocery store open in Gowrie seemed very dim, the people that live there set out to do something about the problem and do it fast. The result is easy to see when anyone walks into Market on Market and sees the fully loaded shelves and coolers that await ...

Pandemic should remind Americans of truths about China

COVID-19 has reaffirmed two things Americans ought to have reflected upon previously about China: First, relying on the veracity of China’s government is foolish. We know Beijing has lied about various aspects of the coronavirus epidemic. Second, this country is far too reliant on China ...

Americans must learn the truth about USS Theodore Roosevelt situation

Following the chain of command can be imperative in the military. Failure to do so can have both fatal and national security implications. Navy Capt. Brett Crozier is a hero to many sailors about the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, which he captained earlier this year. After the Navy ...

In Fort Dodge, good things keep happening

Good things are happening locally in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and its accompanying economic fallout. For an example, look no farther than the four Manson Northwest Webster Community School District students who raised just over $1,000 for Almost Home Humane Society of North Central ...

50 years of Earth Day

The late 1960s were turbulent years in America. It was a time of rapid change when young protesters expressed disillusionment with many aspects of the world their elders had built. The divisions in society that emerged from those conflicts decades ago still haunt our society in the 21st ...

Be sure to take part in the St. Edmond ball to support Catholic education

It isn’t often that an organization plans a ball and then promptly tells everyone not to show up at it. The people who planned the 37th annual Friends of St. Edmond Ball kind of did that, but they weren’t being rude. Far from it. In fact, they are trying their hardest to keep everyone ...

Iowa must prepare for potential of disrupted elections

Iowa’s primary is less than eight weeks away, and the state must be prepared for an election that looks different than other elections. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, nothing is business as usual. When government offices, public buildings and schools are closed, public gatherings ...

Jim Bird wins statewide honor for Main Street Fort Dodge work

Jim Bird is committed to making downtown Fort Dodge a bustling place. One of his businesses, Olde Boston’s Restaurant and Pub, has been a downtown fixture for years. Longtime residents undoubtedly recall when the establishment was known as Marvin Gardens. But Bird does more than run a ...