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Editorial

FD celebrates economic success

Thursday evening an event took place that was a good deal more than just a social occasion.More than 350 community leaders gathered at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites for food and camaraderie at the annual meeting of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.A major focus of ...

These terrorists must be destroyed

Millions of young Muslim men throughout the world are unemployed. Yet the vast majority of them have never decided the answer to their dilemma is to behead someone.Representatives of about 60 countries met in Washington recently to discuss a unified approach to Islamic terrorism.Social, ...

Dissatisfied with U.S. Postal Service?

Reflecting widespread dissatisfaction with changes made by the U.S.?Postal Service during the past few years, there is a move in Congress that has gained impressive, bipartisan support for a resolution to stop the decline in mail service.A House resolution intended to instruct the Postal ...

Fighting disease is a permanent battle

President Barack Obama has made it clear he believes the route to peace leads through a campaign of making people in other nations like Americans. Nothing accomplishes that like saving lives abroad.Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited Washington last week. Part of her trip was to ...

Our allies in this fight need some help

Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq - with several dozen American volunteers fighting alongside them - have scored notable successes against Islamic State terrorists.Jordan, with its people still furious the terrorists burned one of their pilots alive, has stepped up its attacks on the IS.The ...

Is your family’s farm eligible?

It's been more than 180 years since land that is now the state of Iowa was opened for settlers. The America of the 21st century is far different from the nation presided over by President Andrew Jackson in 1833. There is, however, one constant feature for Iowans - agriculture is at the very ...

Do these negotiations have a chance?

No wonder Iran's rulers thought they could continue developing nuclear weapons without fearing U.S. action to stop them. Under President Barack Obama, they have gotten away with it for years.A predictable pattern has emerged in the confrontation over Iran's push to develop nuclear weapons. It ...

Environmental trust fund warrants support

In November 2010, the people of Iowa chose to amend Iowa's Constitution and create the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.The trust fund will provide a permanent and protected source of funding for Iowa's natural resources, local conservation programs, watershed protection, ...

Gas tax increase a positive measure

Few political moves raise the ire of voters as quickly as a tax hike.For a politician with one eye on the polls and another eye on his next election campaign, voting "no" on such measures is a reflex action.It is heartening, then, that the majority of lawmakers serving Webster County supported ...

Commercial air service is back

After more than a year without scheduled airline service, Fort Dodge Regional Airport is now served by Air Choice One.Flights began Monday. That's great news for our town, but the arrival of a new airline at the local airport has an additional benefit. This carrier is offering flights to two ...

Let’s not send the wrong message

After Islamic terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, members of Congress wasted no time in giving then-President George W. Bush the authority to use military force against al-Qaida and similar organizations. At the time, Bush warned the war against terrorism would not be a ...

Ashton Carter takes helm at Defense

When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, they went in with the most sophisticated technology available. Helicopters, jet fighters, tanks, "smart" bombs, etc., were the envy of most other armed forces in the world.But our troops did not have enough personal body armor and armored vehicles. As a ...

It’s FFA Week all across America

FFA was established in 1928 as Future Farmers of America. It was renamed the National FFA Organization in 1988 to reflect the rapid changes and greater employment diversity in agriculture. To most of us, it is known simply as FFA.After more than eight decades, FFA continues to enrich the lives ...

Our local arts world is thriving

The arts are thriving in our community. The Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association, which has been part of the local nonprofit world since 1985, is moving aggressively to spread that word.Susan Ahlers Leman, the FDFAA president, provided a briefing Thursday at the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance ...

Congress should proceed with care

The more territory they capture, the more recruits they get and the more money they accumulate in their war chest, the more likely Islamic State terrorists are to launch an attack on the U.S. homeland or to massacre a large number of Americans overseas. No reasonable person with knowledge of ...

Jordan deserves strong U.S. backing

Islamic State terrorists have beheaded Christian children, buried prisoners alive and crucified people, often videotaping their atrocities and sharing them with the world.Why, then, did it seem to shock so many people that the Islamic State burned a Jordanian pilot alive?Condemnation of the ...

It’s time for some accountability

Four U.S. senators who may be viewed by some as unlikely allies are sponsoring a bill that could be one small step toward a rational defense spending policy.Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky. have partnered on the bill. While observers of the ...

Federal deficit must be controlled

President Barack Obama and other liberals attempt to bolster their argument for higher taxes and bigger, more expensive government by noting deficit spending has been reduced from the $1 trillion-plus levels of just a few years ago. Some conservatives, with spending plans of their own, are ...

Foreign sales boost the ag economy

Selling products abroad can benefit for all parts of the U.S. economy.In recent years, however, it has been especially important to American agriculture.According to information released late last month by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, fiscal years 2009 to 2014 were the best six ...

Farmland ownership is in transition

Farmland is frequently passed from generation to generation. The large number of Heritage and Century farms in the Hawkeye State is testimony to that tradition.The transition in ownership of a farm can be a difficult time emotionally for landowners because their tie to the land that may have ...