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Opinion

This health plan will be remembered

Editorial

Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced a plan to help more Americans obtain health insurance. The White House's reaction was that the proposal would "take health insurance away from millions and increase costs for seniors and hard-working families."Let's think about that. ...

The Supreme Court ruled wisely

Editorial

President Barack Obama is accustomed to getting his way, even when that means trampling the Constitution. So it was no wonder his press conference in response to a Supreme Court decision June 23 dripped with bitterness.Obama's executive order that, in effect, granted amnesty from immigration ...

Event is a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On June 5, It Gets Better FD & Beyond held its fourth annual fishing tournament at Kennedy Park. We had over 100 registered participants with many others observing.We want to thank all those that came out to support and create a successful event once again.The proceeds ...

Let’s support Project Blue Light

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Last fall I organized a Project Blue Light event in Fort Dodge and we had an amazing amount of support from the community. The purpose of Project Blue Light is to honor fallen law enforcement officers and to show support to current officers. In light of the continued attacks on ...

Opposes packing plant

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I have lived in Wright County most of my life and I choose to raise my family here because of the quality of life, values, honesty, and integrity. Change is constant, and many times change allows for growth. However, I do feel we need to be cautious in what change we allow, as it ...

Century Farms celebrate history

Editorial

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 ...

There’s something new at Iowa Central

Local Columns

On June 24, the federal Department of Education announced that 67 colleges and universities were selected to participate in a new Second Chance Pell pilot program to offer high-quality education programs to incarcerated individuals. This program will allow eligible incarcerated Americans to ...

Thwarting terrorism is difficult

Editorial

In the rush to do something about terrorists, mistakes are going to be made.What should concern Americans is some of those errors will make life more difficult for law-abiding people while accomplishing little, if anything, to prevent massacres.It is being suggested by both some Republicans and ...

Another great evening in FD

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Successful communities aren't successful by accident. To a great extent, they are successful when they are willing and able to pull together to set and accomplish goals, and to celebrate what's special about the place they call home.With that in mind, I want to congratulate ...

A suggestion for improvement

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I attended Shellabration and was a little disappointed. Not that the talent wasn't there, all of the bands were great. I understand the unwritten rule at major concerts that the opening bands cannot be as loud or sound as good as the main attraction. However, it is my opinion ...

Opposes processing plant

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:What were you doing when you first learned that the Wright County Supervisors were entertaining the proposal to allow a hog slaughterhouse to be located in our county?I was participating in the annual July 4 Independence Day parade in Belmond, celebrating the joys of living in a ...

A suggestion for improvement

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I attended Shellabration and was a little disappointed. Not that the talent wasn't there, all of the bands were great. I understand the unwritten rule at major concerts that the opening bands cannot be as loud or sound as good as the main attraction. However, it is my opinion ...

Sit-in doesn’t help gun control issue

Editorial

Proponents of new limits on gun ownership should be furious with Democrats in the House of Representatives for the purely political "sit-in" demonstration they staged over gun control.It was an attempt to pin the blame for failure of gun control measures in the House on the Republican majority ...

Trump may have better appeal to allies

Editorial

One of Hillary Clinton's most often-repeated slams at her opponent for the presidency, Donald Trump, is that he allegedly would be a disaster for U.S. relations with other world powers. Trump, his critics insist, is not liked or trusted by many U.S. allies and the people in those countries.That ...

US remains a staunch friend of UK

Editorial

The United Kingdom's people and government are among the oldest, warmest, staunchest friends we Americans have. Surely U.K. residents and leaders understand our president sometimes says and does things that make us shudder.On June 23, voters in the U.K. agreed to pull their country out of the ...

The US Constitution still matters

Editorial

President Barack Obama lashed out June 22 over a federal judge's ruling. Obama is upset because he is not being permitted to circumvent the Constitution.The Interior Department is proposing new limits on hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas wells. On June 21, a federal judge in Wyoming ...

It’s a day to celebrate America

Editorial

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 ...

Wants law enforced

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The other day it was the first day of summer once again for all the people that are fortunate to be alive, to enjoy life to its fullest extent. Most people take life for granted, thinking life goes on forever. I am lucky to be in an elite club that still have good health, which is ...

Family appreciates tribute

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The family of Pvt. Palmer S. Haraldson would like to express our thanks to:The mayor of Fort Dodge, Matt Bemrich, for proclaiming June 22, 2016, Pvt. Palmer S. Haraldson Day and for requesting flags to be flown at half-staff for both Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21 and 22; the ...

Be sure to attend your county fair

Editorial

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 ...