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Editorial

Say ‘no’ to Iranian help

History is of full of episodes in which governments unable to cope with violent uprisings asked for military help from their neighbors. Often, such invitations were rued by those who issued them, then found their rescuers were worse than the original problem.Secretary of State John Kerry has ...

A new start for the VA

U.S. senators considering whether to confirm former Procter & Gamble CEO?Robert McDonald as the new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs have two important tasks to accomplish during the next couple of weeks.First, as they question McDonald during hearings, they should determine ...

Attend your county fair

Times change. Even so there are a few constants in life. One is the pleasure provided by the county fairs that continue to be a highlight of summer in the Hawkeye State.For as far back as anyone who now lives in this part of Iowa can remember, these summer festivals have been much-anticipated ...

It’s a day to celebrate America

Whether you spend this Fourth of July picnicking, swimming, boating, enjoying a parade, attending a community celebration, watching a fireworks display or just plain loafing, there should be at least a brief time to pause and reflect on this country's enduring experiment in constitutional ...

133rd Test Squadron helps FD prosper

The 133rd Test Squadron of the Iowa Air National Guard plays a highly significant role in our nation's defense. It tests communication gear, radar, data links and software before it is issued to all branches of the military. It has the distinction of being the only Air National Guard unit with ...

Learn from this mishandled case

Law enforcement agencies and prosecuting attorneys in this area tend to act immediately when they hear of children being abused. Apparently that is not the case everywhere.Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is serving what amounts to a life sentence in prison. ...

The proper term is terrorists

Boko Haram, in Nigeria, uses tactics such as surrounding churches, then burning them down to kill all inside.Iraq is besieged by an army of Sunni Muslims who favor crucifixion and beheading of those not fanatic enough for them.Taliban forces trying to regain power in Afghanistan kill children ...

Corporate giants help area thrive

The economy in Webster County is beginning to boom.That's thanks in large part to the decision of local governmental, business and community leaders to create a state-of-the-art ag park west of Fort Dodge - Iowa's Crossroads of Global Innovation.Decision makers at two giant companies - Cargill ...

Century Farms celebrate history

It's 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 heart of ...

A ‘thank you’ is in order

June has been a difficult month.At midmonth, a bystander was wounded in a Fort Dodge residential neighborhood and two suspects were arrested and charged with attempted murder. The Fort Dodge Police Department, Webster County Sheriff's Department, Fort Dodge Fire Department, Iowa State Patrol, ...

Planting trees ought to be strongly backed

Nature Conservancy scientists are collaborating with Dow Chemical Co. to develop a plan that would help solve several environmental problems with one effort - plant more trees. As a way to reduce the need for expensive equipment to capture pollutants, this partnership suggests working to ...

Iraq must not become a terrorist state

Iraq, where nearly 4,500 Americans died in what appears to have been a futile attempt to change the very culture of that violence-torn region, may be about to fall to a radically militant Islamic insurgency. At this point there is virtually nothing the United States can do about that.Let us ...

Ag trade is bright spot for U.S.

The United States buys far more products from abroad than it exports. In 2013, for example, the U.S. trade deficit was nearly $475 billion according a report published in May by The Associated Press.The overall track record of American companies in selling what they produce to the vast number ...

The past lives again

If this month's Frontier Days festivities rekindled your interest in the early history of Fort Dodge, you won't want to miss the 11th annual Oakland Cemetery Walk to be held Saturday and Sunday.Oakland Cemetery has been part of Fort Dodge history since the community's earliest days. It wasn't ...

Schools are out — drive safely

Commencement exercises are over and area schools for the most part have closed their doors for summer vacation.All across the Hawkeye State, young folks are now out of school and, therefore, present in nearly all parts of our communities throughout the day.That makes it especially important ...

Youth Shelter Care honors Dee Krueger

Youth Shelter Care was established June 17, 1979, to serve as a community resource for "youth and families through a diversity of services."That important 35-year milestone was celebrated Sunday along with a ribbon cutting for a new service, the Krueger Counseling Center.Just a bit more than a ...

Job picture is still troubling

Some young Americans unable to find jobs after they graduate from college, simply stay on campus, working toward advanced degrees. Many older men and women who cannot find work choose to take "early retirement" and reduced Social Security benefits.Many people in the prime of life spend months, ...

It’s time to honor our fathers

Father's Day is upon us once again.That's good news for the greeting card vendors.In recent years, they have sold upwards of 100 million cards to Americans intent on paying tribute to good old dad. About half of those cards are purchased by dutiful sons and daughters. Wives honoring a man they ...

Today is Flag Day

More than two centuries ago, on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress of the newly established United States of America adopted a resolution making an early version of the stars and stripes our national flag.That flag, with modifications to reflect an increase in the number of states, has now ...

Space program needs revision

At one time, Americans would have been able to laugh off a thinly veiled threat recently by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. No more.Rogozin referred to economic sanctions against himself and other Russian leaders, imposed by the United States because of Moscow's actions in ...