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Opinion

Fundraiser succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: First United Methodist members accomplish so much with the semi-annual rummage/bake sale: financial support for missions, sharing with other organizations and having fun as a congregation. The ripple effect of the sale is amazing because not only do we raise money for our ...

Frontier Days 2017 kicks off summer

Editorial

Starting today, there is a sure sign that the summer season is truly at hand — Frontier Days 2017 kicks off. The gates open at the Fort Museum at noon today and an exciting and diverse agenda of entertainment will commence soon after. The three-day festival continues a Fort Dodge tradition ...

Lord’s Cupboard deserves applause

Editorial

The brutal storm that passed through Fort Dodge in mid-May wreaked widespread havoc. Many residents were without electric power for sufficiently long periods of time that food spoilage became a real concern. Refrigerators and freezers had to be emptied. For those with low incomes, it could have ...

Intelligence leaks must stop

Editorial

Keeping secrets can be just as important as uncovering them for intelligence agencies. An enemy’s knowledge of what one knows can be dangerous. Consequently, the anger of British officials about leaks regarding their investigation of the Manchester concert hall bombing is understandable. ...

Helping to restart lives

Editorial

When the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility began operations in 1998, expectations were high that what had been built here would add innovative capabilities to strengthen significantly the state’s prison system. Those expansive hopes are being fulfilled admirably. Some prisons are little more ...

Take time to remember

Editorial

Today is Memorial Day. For many people, it is a time to welcome the summer season by taking advantage of a three-day holiday weekend to spend relaxing with friends and family. It is important, however, not to forget what this day is truly about. Beginning soon after the Civil War, a day in ...

Fundraiser succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The FDSH pool was making waves on April 22 for the fourth Stay A-Breast breast cancer fundraiser. The event was and is a success because of the many people and businesses that donate, swim, buy T-shirts and volunteer. Feel free to go to the Stay A-Breast Facebook page for ...

PICA receives well-deserved recognition

Editorial

Sixteen years ago, Jan and Phyllis Wilson created a nonprofit organization they named Pride in Community Appearance. It has become widely known simply by its acronym — PICA. The goal was to mobilize volunteers to help make their hometown a more attractive place to live and work. Gerry ...

Lighting of the Luminaries is June 8

Local Columns

UnityPoint Hospice and Trinity Foundation will host the annual Lighting of the Luminaries on June 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home. Ultimately, death is the natural progression, but how it is faced is what gives meaning to patients and families. Hospice care is provided ...

Special counsel may be needed

Editorial

After it was revealed the Justice Department has named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to head an investigation into alleged contact between Russian officials and President Donald Trump’s associates, some in the media and politics expressed concern. Pointing to some ...

Let’s take special care on the roads

Editorial

All across the Hawkeye State, people will be taking advantage of this holiday weekend to pursue fun summer activities. That makes it especially important that each of us resolve to keep our streets and highways safe. Paying heed to a few safety tips can help prevent what should be an ...

Congratulations to our new governor

Editorial

Wednesday a landmark transition took place in the Hawkeye State. Gov. Terry Branstad resigned to assume the critical international role of U.S. ambassador to China. Kim Reynolds, who has been Iowa’s lieutenant governor since 2011, took the oath of office to succeed him as our state’s chief ...

Trump does well in Saudi Arabia

Editorial

There can be no doubt Saudi Arabia leaders got the message President Donald Trump was sending Saturday. Ironically, it was one former President Barack Obama claimed to be trying to convey — but in which he failed dismally. Trump has been accused of, in effect, being unnecessarily blunt and ...

Federal debt is a massive problem

Editorial

Recently, President Donald Trump lifted the government hiring freeze he ordered when he took office. A more targeted “drain the swamp” plan will be implemented, the White House claimed. Doing so is badly needed because the growth of the federal problem is a long-term problem that needs to ...

North Korea poses a real threat

Editorial

North Korean dictator Kim Song Un has gone beyond rattling his saber during the past few months. He has gone to waving the sword around his region of Asia, and that seems to be prompting some other world leaders to re-examine the old advice about the enemy of my enemy being my ...

Graduates are a source of pride

Editorial

All across Iowa, this is the time of year when high schools celebrate with commencement exercises an important milestone in the lives of seniors. Graduation from high school is a key benchmark event. It is a major transition point in life. For many young folks, not only does it represent ...

HPV vaccination

Local Columns

Vaccines are among the few medical interventions that can virtually eliminate a disease. HPV (short for human papillomavirus) vaccination is the answer for many types of cancer. Nearly all cases of cervical cancer are caused by infection with high-risk types of HPV, and the virus also is ...

International hacking threat is very real

Editorial

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange ...

EMS Week starts Sunday

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: National EMS (Emergency Medical Service) Week is May 21 -27, 2017. EMS provides critical, emergent and immediate medical care to patients throughout the state. Many EMS providers are paid professionals, but close to 90 percent, are highly trained volunteers who provide these ...

Veterans project succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thank you for your coverage of the Veterans History Project Day held on Friday, April 28. We especially want to thank Dr. Dan Kinney, president of Iowa Central Community College, and his staff for hosting the day. The facilities were ideal for our needs, and every request we ...