Opinion

US should proceed with great caution

Editorial

One can almost picture Islamic State terrorists in Libya, rubbing their hands together in glee at the thought of restocking their arsenal with advanced weaponry, courtesy of the United States.This country and a few other world powers have revealed a plan to supply weapons to the government of ...

Is your family’s farm eligible?

Editorial

It's been 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 ...

Wants positive news featured

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:After listening to the wonderful sounds of children laughing and enjoying themselves yesterday, May 17, it made my day. The K-12 students from the Fort Dodge Community Schools and St. Edmond Catholic Schools combined were attending the Rachel's Challenge at the Dodge Stadium. I ...

It’s time to buy a poppy

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:As Memorial Day approaches, the men and women who have served this nation in times of war should be remembered. One way this can be done is by donating for a poppy.The American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy as a memorial flower in 1921 and in 1924 instituted the national ...

Both major parties have problems

Editorial

Just a few weeks ago, Hillary Clinton and other Democratic Party leaders were chortling with glee at what they called disarray in the Republican Party. Why, with more than a dozen viable candidates for president at one time, the GOP was going to be fractured so badly it could not recover in ...

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 ...

Area legislators report on the 2016 session

Local Columns

We recently concluded the 2016 Legislative session. Although it was a fiscally challenging year, I feel we addressed issues in a fair and nonpartisan manner.Funding for education is an ongoing challenge. I feel good about the compromise met between political parties. Almost 80 percent of this ...

Area legislators report on the 2016 session

Local Columns

After over a week of overtime, we wrapped up the 2016 legislative session with some progress having been made toward helping working families.Unfortunately any real progress on education, job training, and health care that could have helped hard-working families was held up by the House ...

Area heroes deserve strong praise

Editorial

People whose positive actions go far beyond the ordinary warrant particular praise. That's why the American Red Cross launched what has become an annual tribute to individuals who accomplish the remarkable.At the Heroes of the Heartland event, Wednesday at Willow Ridge Restaurant and Golf ...

‘We all share the road’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:May is Motorcycle Awareness Month.During the winter months we are missing one type of vehicle from our roadways and that is the motorcycle. Without them out there on a daily basis it is very easy for the motorists to get accustomed to their absence and not look for them. With May ...

Appreciates Honor Flight

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I was fortunate in being one of the first Vietnam veterans to go on the May 7 Brushy Creek Honor Flight. Hats off to Ron Newsum and his well-oiled machine for an excellent event.If you threw $20 in a donation jar, contributed one of the "goody bag" items, wrote a letter for roll ...

Museum fundraiser is a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The board would like to express their gratitude on everyone who helped with the pulled pork dinner that was held as a fundraiser for the museum.A special thanks to the VFW, Fareway, Party Productions, Becker Florists, radio stations, Mediacom, The Messenger, Gowrie and Dayton ...

It’s EMS Week all across America

Editorial

In Webster County and all across America, teams of dedicated professionals stand ready to render medical assistance in emergencies. For some this is their career. For many others it is a volunteer undertaking that is performed in addition to their normal employment.It's impossible to overstate ...

PICA celebrates a major milestone

Editorial

Some people who reach their retirement years lose interest in community involvement. For Jan and Phyllis Wilson, however, it has been a time of intense efforts to make their hometown a more attractive place to live and work.Fifteen years ago, the couple created a nonprofit organization they ...

Iowa leads nation in egg production

Editorial

Egg production is big business in Iowa.The Hawkeye State has more than 50 major egg producers. The state's nearly 60 million layers generate a remarkable 14.4 billion eggs each year, making Iowa the No. 1 egg-producing state in the nation.The Iowa egg industry is a big purchaser of Iowa's other ...

No apology should be made by US

Editorial

President Barack Obama's aides insist his planned visit to Hiroshima, Japan, will not include a U.S. apology for dropping an atomic bomb on that city in 1945.Good. Americans have nothing for which to apologize.Obama will become the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima later this month. ...

Developing tomorrow’s community leaders

Editorial

Leadership Fort Dodge has an ambitious mission. It seeks to develop community leaders "who are informed, dynamic, qualified and motivated."Now in its 11th year, the project endeavors to mold future leaders by providing them the background information and other tools they need to become positive ...

Lions Steak Fry is Thursday

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Come one, come all to the annual Noon Lions Club Steak Fry on May 19 at the Lion's Den from 5 to 9 p.m. This event is open to everyone. A $15 ticket will buy you a 16-ounce T-bone steak, hash browns, baked beans, relishes, bread and butter. Beverages will be provided at an extra ...

MAGWED tournament succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:This year's MAGWED tournament was a special one. Trigg's Resort in Arnolds Park let us rename their beach MAGWED Beach. Thank you Mike May with Trigg's.The MAGWED tournament has come and gone for 2016. We had two youths weigh in some great fish. Landon Lundberg weighed in a 1 ...

Thrilled by greetings

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:What a thrill to get over 100 greetings from my family, friends and especially former kindergarten students and their parents whom I haven't seen or heard from for many years. It was great to be reminded of those memories of our kindergarten years.Eloise RobsonFort Dodge