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Opinion

Thanks for support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The people of Iowa help feed the world, and the people of Fort Dodge and Webster County proved it. On Dec. 3, more than 500 volunteers came forward to help pack nutritious meals for some of the neediest children in the world. In just one day, the volunteers packed 108,864 meals ...

Iowa fares well in national ranking

Editorial

Most Iowans won't be all that surprised to learn that a national analysis conducted for U.S. News & World Report concludes that the Hawkeye State is a mighty good place to call home. Most of us already view it as superb on that dimension. During the course of each year, the magazine ...

President’s speech called ‘reset’

Editorial

Within minutes of the end of President Donald Trump’s address to Congress Tuesday night, it was pointed out that what he said was important — but how he said it was critical. Trump covered a spectrum of issues, ranging from infrastructure to immigration. On some topics, he elaborated his ...

Time to submit your nominations

Editorial

Iowans have long understood the importance of soil and water conservation. Farmers who employ appropriate techniques for cultivating their land help preserve these crucial resources and thereby make a vital contribution to the long-term viability of the Hawkeye State’s agricultural ...

Citizens Academy shouldn’t be missed

Editorial

Television shows, movies and novels about law enforcement and public safety agencies have been successful for decades. That's strong evidence that a great many Americans are fascinated by this aspect of our modern world. Here in Webster County, however, local residents have an opportunity to ...

Rare diseases need attention

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Happy Rare Disease Day 2017 to my fellow Iowans. I’m sure you’re asking what is Rare Disease Day and how does it affect me? Rare Disease Day occurs every year on the last day in February. It was created by NORD (National Organization of Rare Diseases) to raise awareness ...

Sweetheart Gala is Saturday

Editorial

The 20th annual Sweetheart Gala, a fundraising event undertaken by the Webster County component of the American Heart Association, will highlight Saturday's social scene in Fort Dodge. The event will be at the Best Western Village Inn & Suites, 1518 Third Ave. N.W. A social hour will ...

Government should support business

Editorial

Former President Barack Obama is infamous for his claim that, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” He might well have added, “and we in Washington will be more than happy to tear it down.” Obama was attempting to give government the credit for America’s free ...

It’s time to act on the voters’ mandate

Editorial

In 2010, Iowa voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment creating Iowa’s Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. The goal was to establish a permanent, dependable mechanism for channeling public funds to address an array of natural resource protection and ...

Fundraiser is a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Webster County Agricultural Association, which maintains your Webster County Fairgrounds, would like to thank everyone for their part in making the 2017 pancake breakfast fundraiser a success. Thanks to the 4-H club leaders and members that volunteered their time to help ...

In defense of the judiciary

Local Columns

No matter your political beliefs, there can be no doubt that we are living in incredibly polarized times. Friends and family, whether Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or Green Party members, have all commented on the erosion of basic civility in public discourse. I certainly share their ...

Centenarians aren’t old fogeys

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Recently, Fort Dodge public schools celebrated 100 days of the school year, and as part of the celebration activities, at least one school had students (and a teacher) dress up as a 100-year-old person. What does a 100-year-old person look like? Women of 100 years of age ...

‘Roe’ had a change of heart

Editorial

Pro-abortion activists want women to think the 1973 Supreme Court ruling known as Roe v. Wade is, without question, a good thing. It is not, of course. And the pro-abortion forces would prefer you not know that for years, one of their staunchest opponents was the woman behind Roe v. ...

NATO is not going away

Editorial

Why should Americans pay more to defend our European allies than taxpayers in most of their countries are willing to bear? That — not whether Washington should abandon NATO to the not-so-tender mercies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin — is the question President Donald Trump has been ...

McMaster is a good national security pick

Editorial

Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, named by President Donald Trump to be his new national security adviser, has been described as “a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker.” That is precisely what the nation needs. McMaster replaces Gen. Mike Flynn, who lost his job because ...

‘Democracy is a participation sport’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The worldwide Women’s March and Muslim Ban protests were “very, very great,” however, while walking on one, two, three or more days is a “very, very great” way to show you believe in American principles, it will change nothing. Soooooooooooo.... Make a pledge to ...

Thank you

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thanks so much to the HONEST person, whoever you are, who found my purse in the Wal-Mart parking lot Sunday afternoon and turned it into the police department. Diane Esperson Dayton

Sen. Ernst seeks to honor Gold Star families

Editorial

The sacrifices made by those who serve in our nation’s armed forces are many. Unfortunately, some of these heroes must lay down their lives so that the American way of life can be preserved. These fallen men and women leave behind family members who must face the remainder of their lives ...

Grassley works to ensure government accountability

Editorial

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley has a long record of working hard to make sure that federal government programs accomplish the purposes for which they were created. The Iowa Republican is among the Senate’s most diligent watchdogs of bureaucrats at work. He has made it central to his mission in ...