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Editorial

Seeking input is the right thing to do

The value of the Des Moines River corridor to Fort Dodge and Webster County is undeniable.That was underscored in two meetings Wednesday evening during which the public's input was sought regarding the corridor's condition now, and its terrific potential for the future.The meetings to seek ...

Iran pact warrants close scrutiny

Members of the United Nations Security Council recently voted unanimously to support a proposed agreement with Iran over production of nuclear weapons. This was part of President Barack Obama's attempt to paint Congress into a corner over the pact.Many lawmakers, both Democratic and Republican, ...

‘Lone wolf’ terrorists pose a threat

Terrorists in the Middle East may not have an armada of drone aircraft at their disposal, but they kill by remote control just as effectively - perhaps more so - as the U.S. military.How much influence terrorist brainwashers had over the man who killed four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, ...

Sixteenth Republican enters the race

For too long, the economy has been the political playground of presidents - of both parties - and many members of Congress. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, in announcing his candidacy for president, proposes to roll up his sleeves and get to work restoring our nation to one where the promise of ...

‘Cold cases’ series starts today

Homicides attract the attention of just about everyone. These tragic and disturbing events start us all wondering why they happened, who are the victim or victims and who will be determined to be at fault.The response of law enforcement, the details of the investigation and after charges are ...

‘Cold cases’ series starts today

Homicides attract the attention of just about everyone. These tragic and disturbing events start us all wondering why they happened, who are the victim or victims and who will be determined to be at fault.The response of law enforcement, the details of the investigation and after charges are ...

The Blanden is more than a museum

The Blanden Memorial Art Museum, has been a landmark institution of fine arts and learning in the state of Iowa and Fort Dodge for 83 years. The museum's collection is a world-class collection that inspires all who visit. It provides the community with cultural and artistic opportunities with ...

VA funding request requires scrutiny

In Washington, the penalty for shoddy work and sometimes criminal actions too often is more money.And remember, behind the Beltway, they keep the books in 10- to 12-digit numbers.Some members of Congress have lost patience with the Department of Veterans Affairs. It appears to have done little ...

John McCain is an American hero

It is unlikely Donald Trump remembers what he was doing on Oct. 26, 1967. He was a student at the prestigious Wharton School of Finance, not having to worry about being drafted for the Vietnam War. Four student deferments - sought, not granted automatically - saw to that.John McCain has vivid ...

IRS needs to face budget realities

Taxpayers were not given good service by the government tax agency this year, officials admit. Advocates for the Internal Revenue Service blame - you guessed it - budget cuts.But Congress did not cut IRS spending for the current year. According to the agency itself, it had $11.97 billion to ...

Data thefts raise serious questions

A company that kept information about a massive theft of personal information from its customers' secrets would be raked over the coals mercilessly by federal officials. Legions of lawyers would be ecstatic over the potential for lawsuits. Victims would desert the firm in droves, determined to ...

Military spending is under review

The future of military spending is underway in the nation's capital."I believe that where we are now is about as low as we can go," Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters in May, during a discussion of that service branch's staffing level. "If we continue to go lower, we're going ...

Girls softball is back in Fort Dodge

One of summer's most enjoyable events begins today. The Girls State Softball Tournament will be the highlight of the season for the 40 teams that made it to state-level competition. All the teams are outstanding. Making it to this final event of the season means that none will have any reason ...

RAGBRAI arrives in FD Monday

Now in its 43rd year, RAGBRAI is a summer event in the Hawkeye State that is known not only all across America but internationally as well. This cross-Iowa bicycle ride attracts participants from all 50 states and many foreign countries. According to information on the RAGBRAI website, 326,650 ...

Keep the Delta Queen on our rivers

Government protects us, or says it does, from virtually every risk. Sometimes it also protects us from our heritage.That appears to be the situation with the steamboat Delta Queen, which plied the inland waterways for many years. Those who have seen her on the Ohio River, we suspect, enjoyed ...

Greece finally confronts reality

No doubt many Greeks are upset with their prime minister, after he agreed to tax increases and entitlement cuts needed to keep the country's economy from going belly-up. At least part of their anger would more appropriately be directed inward. Many of Greece's economic maladies were ...

Urban-Ag Academy is a worthy endeavor

There was a time when the majority of those people elected to the nation's legislatures knew a great deal about the issues that are important to rural America. Most of them had either grown up on farms or in the small towns that depended on the farm economy to thrive.Today, however, much of the ...

It’s time for some innovative thinking

Federal funding to help low-income children in public schools does not necessarily aid all of them. Under Title I, the biggest such initiative at about $14.4 billion a year, Washington doles out money to states based on complex formulas that take into account the numbers of low-income students ...

Some things sound good but aren’t

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has made his bid for college student support in his campaign for president - and as so often is the case with claims by politicians of all ideological persuasions, it collapses under scrutiny.O'Malley, a Democrat, laid out his plan during a visit to New ...

Let’s keep our farms safe for kids

According to the federal government's Bureau of Labor Statistics, agriculture is the second most dangerous occupation in the nation with a death rate at 22.7 per 100,000 workers. Given agriculture's central role in Iowa's economy, an emphasis on farm safety is of crucial concern in the Hawkeye ...