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Opinion

KIDZMANIA succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Oct. 15, Linking Families and Communities presented “KIDZMANIA, A Fun Family Adventure” at the Crossroads Mall. This was the fourth KIDZMANIA held by Linking Families and Communities, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to young children and their families. The ...

A message of thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the soup and pie supper, led by the Golden K Kiwanis club, a big success. Daybreak Rotary helped in many ways on order to make a great supper happen. A fine meal for over 800 hungry people happened on Oct. 1. There were students from ...

Students help support Honor Flights

Editorial

Students at Manson Northwest Webster Elementary School have raised more than $2,000 to send veterans to Washington, D.C., on a future Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight. The check for $2,654.57 was presented to Ron Newsum, who heads the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight committee, during the ...

Gov. Branstad has an opportunity

Editorial

Six years ago, Iowa voters brought Terry Branstad, then already a four-term former governor, out of retirement because the Hawkeye State faced woes so severe that a proven leader was needed in the governor’s chair. The record of Branstad’s fifth and sixth terms has proved that decision to ...

Iowa Central contributes grandly

Local Columns

Iowa Central Community College, with approximately 5,686 students from Iowa, 42 additional U.S. states, and 25 foreign countries, is a valuable contributor to the economic well-being and vitality for the Fort Dodge and regional communities in the college’s nine-county service area and for the ...

End support for ‘sanctuary cities’

Editorial

Under present policies, cities helping illegal immigrants dodge federal law continue to receive federal funds. That makes no sense at all. But in politically correct America, that is the way the federal government operates. Local entities breaking laws with which the White House disagrees are ...

Keystone XL Pipeline is good for US

Editorial

Among the most blatantly political of President Barack Obama’s actions has been blocking construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Upon taking office, President-elect Donald Trump should change that. Designed to bring Canadian oil to the United States, the pipeline has been under review for ...

Terrorist threat is a major concern

Editorial

Leaders of other countries were not the only people overseas watching the U.S. presidential election. Many of them are concerned with maintaining good, if not friendly, relations with us. But others monitoring our leadership have no such desire. All they want to do is kill as many Americans ...

Affordable Care Act must be replaced

Editorial

President Barack Obama and other supporters insisted a few years ago that passage of his signature health insurance takeover would cure much of what ailed Americans regarding health care. The Affordable Care Act — known popularly as Obamacare — is the law now and it made many of the ...

Trump faces an important challenge

Editorial

One of the most divisive presidential election campaigns in history is over. Now comes the task of restoring Americans’ faith in government to serve us, not special interests and big-government bureaucrats. Donald Trump’s victory in the election a week ago was a clear indication that many ...

Conservation ensures a bright future

Editorial

From the time the first European settlers made Iowa their home, the state’s rich, productive farmland has been at the heart of the state’s economy. Iowans have long understood that preserving the state’s soil and water resources is vital if agriculture is to remain a viable pursuit. The ...

Great American Smokeout is Thursday

Local Columns

An estimated 5,100 Iowans die from tobacco-related illnesses annually — 1,770 from lung cancer alone, which are reasons why the fight against big tobacco continues strong in the state. Every year since 1976, the third Thursday in November marks the American Cancer Society’s Great American ...

It’s time to attempt a reconciliation

Editorial

Throughout the nation, approximately half of the people who had hoped to be elected to public office on Tuesday have been disappointed. So have their supporters. The aftermath of any election calls for a period of reconciliation. By their very nature, political campaigns aggravate the ...

Today we pay honor to our veterans

Editorial

More than nine decades have passed since the guns fell silent in the war then known as the Great War — the one we now call World War I. It was late morning in France when the armistice ending that conflagration took effect. All those years ago, many Europeans and Americans expected the ...

Appreciates Honor Flight

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to thank everyone who had anything to do with making the Sept. 17 Honor Flight possible. We were a forgotten force when we returned from Vietnam. This trip restores our faith in the people of the United States. The greeters at Dulles International Airport were ...

He has some suggestions

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I do believe that we should demand that the candidates running for public office be vetted, and that their party have a few ground rules and will enforce them. This should include stating what you believe will help the people you hope to represent, no using any ...

Take the campaign signs down now

Editorial

In the weeks leading up to the Nov. 8 general election signs and posters touting various candidates and causes began to appear in yards and vacant lots, on lampposts and in just about any spot where they might catch the eye of passers-by. While the clutter could be viewed as offensive from a ...

Obama’s Cuba initiative has problems

Editorial

Both Americans and Cubans would benefit from normalization of relations between our two countries, President Barack Obama vowed two years ago.Then, despite concerns expressed by many Democrats and Republicans in Congress, Obama proceeded to lift many of the diplomatic, economic and social ...

Warden Plaza tours prove huge success

Editorial

The eight-story Warden Plaza was once a major downtown Fort Dodge business property. Sadly, that once stately building has fallen into sad repair in the decade since it last was used commercially.Area residents recently had an opportunity to explore the 91-year-old building thanks to tours ...

Police officer killings

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Once again, police officers in the United States of America were killed in an ambush style murder. This one hits close to home.Urbandale Police Officer Justin Martin (Rockwell City native) and Sgt. Tony Beminio (Eagle Grove native) were obviously murdered for no reason other than ...