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Opinion

Rabiner Treatment Center is thriving

Editorial

The Rabiner Treatment Center has been helping troubled boys for more than a half century. It was launched in the early 1960s by the Iowa State Police Association. Originally, the center was named the Jerry Rabiner Memorial Boys Ranch. The beautiful rural site that is home to the center was ...

Lifeworks fundraiser a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Approximately 285 people helped celebrate and raise funds for the LifeWorks Charitable Foundation on Nov. 2. This event was our best-attended fundraiser that generated the largest net proceeds to date. What a great event! We were thrilled with the event’s success, and wish ...

The seasonal bells are ringing again

Editorial

The sound of bells signals that The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign is once again in full swing. If one needed any further evidence that the holiday season is at hand, the appearance of the familiar bell ringers and the launch of this year’s fundraising drive certainly provides ...

Hog confinements raise concerns

Editorial

Deciding whether or not proposed hog confinements pose environmental risks or threaten unacceptably the quality of life for folks who live near them is a complicated matter. The final decision regarding approval rests with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The process of evaluating ...

Sharing at Thanksgiving is a fine tradition

Editorial

Thanksgiving is an immensely popular American holiday. It features family get-togethers, immense quantities of food to consume, parades and, of course, football games. On Thursday, thousands of people in our region gathered around tables with relatives and friends for a traditional feast. ...

Today is Small Business Saturday

Editorial

Seven years ago, American Express launched an event designed to support small businesses all across the United States. It was named Small Business Saturday and the first Saturday each following Thanksgiving was designated as the day for its celebration. Today is Small Business Saturday ...

It’s a day we all should give thanks

Editorial

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 ...

Voting is a privilege

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The United States Constitution grants to USA citizens the privilege of having a voice in the decisionmaking process of a representative form of government by exercising the right of voting for someone to represent them. This right carries with it a responsibility of making ...

CJ Bio America eyes growth locally

Editorial

CJ Bio America is an important part of the economic boom that is transforming Fort Dodge and Webster County. Its already significant positive impact on the local economy may be about to increase. Sought-for government actions to make it attractive for the company to invest $51 million in a ...

Christmas tradition continues

Letters to the Editor

To the editor, One last letter this year, but it will be an important one to let people know there will be another year of the Hillside Spectacular of Christmas Lights for the 33rd year. But next year there will be no promise. I’m 89 on March 2 and failing in health somewhat, or the hill is ...

Haunted house was a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I want to thank Brooke Bickford, Matt Porter, Mayor Matt Bemrich and the person who let Brooke use the Trolley Center for the haunted house. It was a lot of fun for everyone, and I believe it was a big success. I would also like to thank all of the people who worked so hard to ...

Scouting is honorable organization

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: To Cub Master Brent Newton, Pack 3 scouts, parents and all who volunteer their time to promote scouting: It was really fun for me to be at Trinity Methodist Church on the night you were having your Halloween party. I observed very involved parents leading creative and fun ...

Impressed with Butler students

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I recently had the opportunity to speak to the students at Butler Elementary School in Fort Dodge about conflict resolution. I arrived at the school 10 or 15 minutes before I was scheduled to speak to the students assembled in the gymnasium. I got to meet some of the students ...

No tax reform plan is perfect

Editorial

Money does not grow on trees, even if some politicians want you to believe it does. For that reason, tax reform bills in Congress include some “losers.” For some people to get tax relief, someone else has to pay. But the bottom line on both the reform bill approved last week by the House ...

Reynolds helps shape state’s economy

Editorial

Having an economy with a diverse array of jobs and a workforce with the skills to fill them are both vitally important to the future of the Hawkeye State. That’s why an announcement Gov. Kim Reynolds made on Nov. 14 is extremely significant. The governor said two new registered ...

Herzog, get on the same page as FD

Editorial

The lawsuit over site access to the Crossroads Mall that was dismissed Tuesday has created, whether it was intended to or not, a whiff of the once-stagnated Fort Dodge its powerful leadership has worked hard to assail. After all, the year it took to get to the court date successfully derailed ...

Our mental health problem

Local Columns

I worked for a psychiatry practice when I was in graduate school in Connecticut in 1989. The practice was based on the town line between Hartford and its affluent sister, West Hartford. From that vantage point, I became used to mental health services and how they were — or weren’t — ...

Our mental health problem

Editorial

I worked for a psychiatry practice when I was in graduate school in Connecticut in 1989. The practice was based on the town line between Hartford and its affluent sister, West Hartford. From that vantage point, I became used to mental health services and how they were — or weren’t — ...

Diabetes: America’s newest health epidemic

Local Columns

An American is diagnosed with diabetes every 19 seconds, making it one of today’s fastest growing health challenges. The American Diabetes Association projects that one in three Americans living today will eventually develop diabetes. By 2050, the number of diagnoses is expected to increase ...

History helps shape FD’s future

Editorial

As Fort Dodge looks toward tomorrow, it is important to remember and take advantage of its history. That’s why it is very good news that the game plan for revitalizing the city’s historic downtown commercial district is paying due regard to the architectural treasures from yesterday, some ...