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Opinion

Wants tax reform

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Like many small business owners, my success hinges on my industry expertise and commitment to my customer base. I have been in business since 1988, and in the last 30 years I would like to think I have learned a thing or two about running a company. Unfortunately, the last ...

New campground enhances OHV Park

Editorial

The Gypsum City Off-Highway Vehicle Park is a major local recreational asset. The park opened to the public in July 2006 and has been growing and evolving ever since. It serves all-terrain-vehicle, dirt bike and snowmobile enthusiasts. The park is well on its way to becoming one of the most ...

USDA helps with Harvey’s aftermath

Editorial

Many parts of the federal government are hard at work helping state and local officials cope with the massive problems Hurricane Harvey has created. While it isn’t the lead agency for rescue efforts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is playing an important role in facilitating recovery from ...

Ernst backs Trump on Afghanistan

Editorial

The long war in Afghanistan has been a sobering experience for Americans. The battles in this faraway land continue to consume American treasure and the lives of servicemen and servicewomen.. To many of us, this struggle seems dangerously close to being an enterprise with no acceptable ...

Grassley protects US taxpayers

Editorial

Sen. Charles Grassley is an important voice in Washington on many issues of major significance to the future of the nation. While that may be the most crucial aspect of his service, he also is a tireless opponent of wasteful and fraudulent government expenditures. The Iowa Republican has ...

A day for memories and fierce resolve

Editorial

Sept. 11, 2001, is a day etched in the memories of Americans. Recollections of 9/11 remain vivid, though less so as time passes. The American people opened their hearts to the families touched by the evil work of the terrorists. They also resolved to prevent similar atrocities from creating ...

School board elections matter

Editorial

Voters here in Fort Dodge and elsewhere across Iowa go to the polls Tuesday to select school board members. With all the attention being paid to the run-up to the January presidential caucuses voters may be tempted to regard these local contests as of low priority. They aren’t. The ...

Iowa Central’s Health Sciences Department

Local Columns

Iowa Central Community College has many program opportunities throughout the college that allow students to get the training they need to become dedicated employees. The students have the opportunity to learn in the classrooms, lab and various hands-on experiences throughout the college and ...

Use caution around school buses

Editorial

With schools now open across the Hawkeye State school buses are once again a common sight on the roadways. With that in mind, Gov. Kim Reynolds and other state officials took the time at her administration’s weekly news conference on Aug. 29 to remind Iowans of the importance of adhering to ...

Bill Northey heads to Washington

Editorial

The White House has announced that President Donald Trump is nominating Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to be US undersecretary of agriculture for farm production and conservation. This is a new post created in May as part of a reorganization of the U.S Department of Agriculture. ...

Israel is facing renewed threats

Editorial

Brace yourself for another round of propaganda aimed at Israel. Expect to hear new allegations our only reliable ally in the Middle East is attacking Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for no good reason. Except that there will be a reason — self-defense. Yehiyeh Sinwar, the new leader of ...

North Korea is a huge problem

Editorial

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un seems to be determined to keep U.S., South Korean and Japanese leaders off balance. It is a very dangerous game. For a short while, it had seemed to some that Kim had at least paused in his saber rattling via missile launches. U.S. Secretary of State Rex ...

Today America celebrates its workers

Editorial

To most Americans in 21st century America, Labor Day is not an important holiday. It marks the unofficial end of summer. As such, it affords a three-day weekend to pursue summertime passions one last time before the weather cools. For most of us it has little additional meaning. It may come ...

Clay County Fair is an Iowa treasure

Editorial

The days are a tad shorter. The kids are back in school. There’s a hint of fall in the air. The season for summer fairs and festivals is nearly at an end. For the countless Iowans and others who love county fairs, however, one big event remains — the Clay County Fair. The fair that ...

Al Redenius makes a life change

Local Columns

Allan Redenius has experienced three careers in his 67 years — starting out as an X-ray technician, operating his own accounting business and now engaged in what he believes is his final calling — as a pastor. “I loved being a CPA and doing tax returns,” he said of his nearly 40 years ...

Volunteers make a difference

Editorial

For all the attention we sometimes pay to television and internet videos, still images continue to have the power to symbolize important events in our lives. The photograph of Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima and another of firefighters in a remarkably similar scene on the rubble of the ...

Dayton Rodeo fun starts today

Editorial

The 2017 incarnation of the Dayton National Championship Rodeo will attract large crowds this Labor Day weekend — deservedly so. What began 80 years ago as the dream of three young cowboys — Allen Porter, Duane Vegors and Vern Danielson — has grown to a four-day event that draws ...

It’s time to lend a hand

Editorial

The American Red Cross is helping the people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and all across the Gulf coast. A number of Iowa Red Cross volunteers already have joined in this crucial undertaking and more will certainly be headed south before long. Shelters are open all across Texas. ...

On this you can depend

Editorial

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin won last week’s Stating the Obvious Prize when he predicted Congress will approve an increase in the government debt limit sometime in September. Of course lawmakers will approve a new debt ceiling. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth by both ...

Let’s keep all carnival rides safe

Editorial

Apparently undetected by anyone, rust had been eating away at the inside of a steel support beam on the Fire Ball ride erected at the Ohio State Fair earlier this summer. By July 26, the rust had done its deadly work. A young man was killed and seven other people were hurt when the Fire Ball ...