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Opinion

Says vote for Andy Fritz

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Hi! My name is Susie Fritz. My husband Mark and I were both born and raised in Fort Dodge. After Mark served four years in the United States Navy, we returned to Fort Dodge to raise our family. We both love, and our proud of our hometown, Fort Dodge! That is the way we raised ...

Will vote yes on broadband question

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In the past few months, I’ve had a very bad experience with my internet and cable provider. The technicians have been to my house four times — three of them for 3+ hours at a time without resolving my internet and cable problems (I have had to leave work each time). With ...

NCAA must have good plan for change

Editorial

Especially at major powers in the collegiate sports world, purely amateur athletics has been a myth for many years. Under-the-table gifts by well-to-do boosters have ensured that. Now, however, even the pretense may be about to end. This week, the NCAA Board of Governors voted to allow ...

Vote Myers on the Fifth

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I live in Ward 2 and Justin (Myers) is my cousin. Our grandparents lived in the Ward and so did Justin’s grandma on his mom’s side. The only reason his parents moved out of the city is because his dad started his own repair shop out by where the ethanol plant is now. ...

Put aside party allegiance

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I’m a 69 year old man, married, father of two, grandfather of three, American by birth, patriot by choice and veteran witnessing our democracy slipping away. January 2017: We learned our presidential election had been interfered with. Am I missing something or shouldn’t ...

Municipal broadband utilities can succeed, provide competition

Local Columns

On Tuesday, Fort Dodge will vote on whether to create a municipal telecom utility and possibly move into a future where it can create local Internet choice. The alternative is to settle for some of the lowest-rated Internet providers in the nation and hope that some other company will create ...

Let’s keep Halloween fun

Editorial

Unlike most holidays, Halloween really has no serious purpose. It’s primarily an opportunity for harmless, child-oriented fun. Costumes, trick-or-treat activities and an opportunity to engage in make-believe combine to make Halloween a favorite of youngsters and those still young at ...

Urges everyone to vote yes on broadband

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There has been talk of Fort Dodge building the infrastructure of a broadband utility, and the vote for it is coming this Tuesday. I’m originally from Cedar Falls, a town that pioneered the broadband utility in Iowa. I’ve lived many places in Iowa and not one has come close ...

Helping Iowa’s students succeed

Editorial

Most of us can recall from our school days a teacher whose excellence set them apart from their colleagues. We may well have wished that all educators were as good as they were at motivating their classroom charges to learn and achieve. These teacher standouts wanted their students to ...

Urges yes vote on broadband

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Dear citizens of Fort Dodge, I am reaching out to you all as we have an important election coming up on Nov. 5. On this year’s ballot you will be asked if city government should explore options into a municipal broadband utility. I ask you to join me in voting yes! Approval of ...

Wants Fritz for City Council

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Please vote for Andy Fritz for City Council Ward 2. Andy loves Fort Dodge and wants only the best for the people of Fort Dodge. He will be a wonderful choice because he does care about Fort Dodge and all the citizens. Debbie Cher Fort Dodge

Americans must stand against bigotry

Editorial

We know no one in our area who reacted to the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue a year ago with anything other than sorrow and anger. We doubt that you know anyone with a different opinion, either. But a microscopically tiny number of people viewed the assault, in which 11 worshippers were ...

President should choose his words wisely

Editorial

Donald Trump made himself a political celebrity in 2016 by persuading news media to talk about — Donald Trump. He did it mainly by the expedient of saying outrageous things — by trolling, in the parlance of social media — and it worked. It’s still working, though these days as often to ...

One woman’s generosity will make Humboldt animal shelter possible

Editorial

The Humboldt community has been wrestling with the problem of establishing a proper animal shelter for about a year. Mary Moffitt has apparently just solved that problem. Moffitt, who lives in California, owns farm land near Dakota City. She’s also an animal lover who’s especially fond ...

Fort Dodge official offers facts on broadband

Local Columns

To give the public more information about the Nov. 5 referendum on a potential municipal broadband utility in Fort Dodge, Ryan Maehl, the assistant director of parks, recreation and forestry, has submitted this outline of key points. Municipal Financing 101 • A broadband network is a ...

When invisible illness becomes visible

Local Columns

Living with mental illness is tough. It’s even harder when it’s written across your face. For most of my life, I’ve struggled with my mental health. I have anxiety, clinical depression, trichotillomania and its cousin, dermatillomania. Trichotillomania is a disorder where you have an ...

US must keep its technological edge

Editorial

We Americans have a habit of bragging about our feats of technology. Our chief economic and military rivals — namely Russia and China — seldom do. They prefer to keep their secrets. No one in this country is certain, then, how far the state-controlled economies of those nations have gone ...

Supports Andy Fritz for City Council

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I live outside Ward 2 in real life. But I live Ward 2 almost every day of the week. And that is because I have the opportunity to sit next to Andy Fritz for 40+ hours a week. I urge anyone in Ward 2 to vote for Mr. Fritz. While many of you might see him as just a face of Fort ...