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Opinion

Another great evening in FD

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Successful communities aren't successful by accident. To a great extent, they are successful when they are willing and able to pull together to set and accomplish goals, and to celebrate what's special about the place they call home.With that in mind, I want to congratulate ...

A suggestion for improvement

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I attended Shellabration and was a little disappointed. Not that the talent wasn't there, all of the bands were great. I understand the unwritten rule at major concerts that the opening bands cannot be as loud or sound as good as the main attraction. However, it is my opinion ...

Opposes processing plant

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:What were you doing when you first learned that the Wright County Supervisors were entertaining the proposal to allow a hog slaughterhouse to be located in our county?I was participating in the annual July 4 Independence Day parade in Belmond, celebrating the joys of living in a ...

A suggestion for improvement

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I attended Shellabration and was a little disappointed. Not that the talent wasn't there, all of the bands were great. I understand the unwritten rule at major concerts that the opening bands cannot be as loud or sound as good as the main attraction. However, it is my opinion ...

Sit-in doesn’t help gun control issue

Editorial

Proponents of new limits on gun ownership should be furious with Democrats in the House of Representatives for the purely political "sit-in" demonstration they staged over gun control.It was an attempt to pin the blame for failure of gun control measures in the House on the Republican majority ...

Trump may have better appeal to allies

Editorial

One of Hillary Clinton's most often-repeated slams at her opponent for the presidency, Donald Trump, is that he allegedly would be a disaster for U.S. relations with other world powers. Trump, his critics insist, is not liked or trusted by many U.S. allies and the people in those countries.That ...

US remains a staunch friend of UK

Editorial

The United Kingdom's people and government are among the oldest, warmest, staunchest friends we Americans have. Surely U.K. residents and leaders understand our president sometimes says and does things that make us shudder.On June 23, voters in the U.K. agreed to pull their country out of the ...

The US Constitution still matters

Editorial

President Barack Obama lashed out June 22 over a federal judge's ruling. Obama is upset because he is not being permitted to circumvent the Constitution.The Interior Department is proposing new limits on hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas wells. On June 21, a federal judge in Wyoming ...

It’s a day to celebrate America

Editorial

Whether you spend this Fourth of July picnicking, swimming, boating, enjoying a parade, attending a community celebration, watching a fireworks display or just plain loafing, there should be at least a brief time to pause and reflect on this country's enduring experiment in constitutional ...

Wants law enforced

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The other day it was the first day of summer once again for all the people that are fortunate to be alive, to enjoy life to its fullest extent. Most people take life for granted, thinking life goes on forever. I am lucky to be in an elite club that still have good health, which is ...

Family appreciates tribute

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The family of Pvt. Palmer S. Haraldson would like to express our thanks to:The mayor of Fort Dodge, Matt Bemrich, for proclaiming June 22, 2016, Pvt. Palmer S. Haraldson Day and for requesting flags to be flown at half-staff for both Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21 and 22; the ...

Be sure to attend your county fair

Editorial

Times change. Even so there are a few constants in life. One is the pleasure provided by the county fairs that continue to be a highlight of summer in the Hawkeye State.For as far back as anyone who now lives in this part of Iowa can remember, these summer festivals have been much-anticipated ...

Here’s some advice to help you stay healthy

Local Columns

You've probably seen plenty of people whose daily routine includes a plastic bottle containing a metal mixing ball. The blended beverage-of-choice inside often is a protein product or nutritional supplement aimed to help athletes, weekend warriors and average Joe's alike improve their health ...

Iowa Central expands its reach

Editorial

Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa. Not only does it provide affordable educational opportunities, but the college also helps make certain that those options are available to a broad spectrum of the population.In that context, the college has ...

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 ...

Opposes Hillary Clinton

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I concur with Marjorie Franks contention (Letters, June 24) that this country is ripe for a female president (and there are a number of great choices), but not with her pick.Hillary Clinton could well serve as poster girl for corruption at any level,and should never represent ...

Will Trump endanger US economy?

Editorial

If elected president, Donald Trump would be a disaster for the U.S. economy, Hillary Clinton claimed during a speech recently in Columbus, Ohio. Why, Moody's Analytics has reported a Trump presidency would lead to a recession and about 3.5 million lost jobs, she added.Well, there was such a ...

Questions are many about Mateen

Editorial

In Omar Mateen's twisted mind, he was an "Islamic soldier" whose self-professed loyalty to the Islamic State terrorist group was more important than any moral compunctions he might have had about slaughtering 49 innocent people. The FBI says he was "radicalized domestically," not directed by ...

Investigation of Clinton is too slow

Editorial

President Barack Obama's endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president did not compromise the FBI's ongoing investigation into Clinton, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said recently. Almost beyond doubt, she is right about that.But the interviewer who asked Lynch about the endorsement was asking ...

Effort to close Gitmo is a mistake

Editorial

President Barack Obama has become so desperate to keep his pledge to close the U.S. detainment center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that he is exploring every option to ship terrorists imprisoned there elsewhere, according to an Associated Press report.White House officials are "scrambling to ...