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Opinion

Adults need to be careful online, too

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Somehow I felt compelled to jot down and send out my views on the recent developments of politics being involved in our education. First we had a school board member tweet some political views, then we had an employee of the school district do a TikTok video that went viral. ...

Time to schedule back-to-school physicals

Local Columns

We know – it seems crazy to already be talking about back-to-school but it’s time to schedule back-to-school physicals. Here are some things we’re doing to make sure your child receives safe, in-person care. It’s important that well-check visits and physicals be done in the clinic ...

Mistakes in COVID-19 response can’t be repeated

Editorial

Mistakes made by some public officials in dealing with COVID-19 seem outrageous to us now. That may not have been so obvious when the errors were made — but knowing about them can avoid their repetition. The coronavirus epidemic is much like wartime: Resources must be used effectively. That ...

We have more similarities than differences

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Our country and world are in deep grief. First the coronavirus which drastically changed our daily life without warning. Stay at home orders. Even advised to not see family in person. Essential workers having the stress of being in the public even knowing it may not be safe. ...

Lawmakers wrapped up session with increase to school funding

Editorial

Iowa’s lawmakers recently demonstrated that they are capable of getting things done in a short period of time. After an unprecedented recess prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic sent the legislators home in the spring, they returned to Des Moines during the first week of June and proceeded to ...

Wants more integrity

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Integrity: The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. I was appalled when I first read about the TikTok tactic used to reserve seats, knowingly not intending to use them, for the Tulsa, Oklahoma, campaign rally. When I read on the front page of The ...

Says now is time for discussion on crime

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: If you have strong concerns about crime, I’d urge you to let your representatives on the council know. If, instead, you believe that concern about crime in our town is overblown they need to be hearing that, too. If your council members don’t hear your voice on the issue you ...

Historical adventure can be found close to home

Editorial

There’s little doubt that COVID-19 is stealing away a lot of summer vacation options for local families. But what if there was something really cool close to home that the whole family could enjoy? Well, there is such a thing. It’s the Fort Museum and Frontier Village here in Fort ...

Thanks those who helped veteran

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I just want to thank all involved in assisting a young Afghanistan veteran whose motorcycle broke down on Webster County Road P59 a few days ago. The young man from Michigan was in dire straits as he had lost his phone and credit card while in Fort Dodge. David McGaughy came ...

New bipartisan aid bill may be needed from Congress

Editorial

Members of Congress were wise to pause their campaign of priming the economic pump to counter the effects of the coronavirus epidemic. Nearly three trillion dollars in aid to individuals, families, businesses and local and state governments needed to be given time to work before more federal ...

Appreciates one man’s investment in Twin Lakes

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We are grateful to live in a community that has so many people donating their time, talents and treasures in so many different manners. One such individual is Mike Murphy. Mike took it upon himself to heavily invest in the continued success of Twin Lakes in Calhoun County. ...

Iowa’s fruit and vegetable growers deserve recognition

Editorial

There’s more than corn and soybeans growing in Iowa’s rich soil. Iowa’s farmers grow staggering amounts of corn and soybeans, so it makes sense that those crops are the first ones many people associate with the state’s farms. But there is also a surprising amount of fruits and ...

It’s time to honor our fathers

Editorial

Father’s Day is upon us once again. That’s good news for the greeting card vendors. In recent years, they have sold upwards of 100 million cards to Americans intent on paying tribute to good old dad. About half of those cards are purchased by dutiful sons and daughters. Wives honoring a man ...

Critical of Feenstra

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The ability to have our voices heard at the ballot box is fundamental to democracy. My mother was the first person in my family born with her right to vote protected by law. Tremendous work and personal sacrifice went into making the Voting Rights Act of 1965 happen. In fact, ...

Wants city action on crime

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: After an extended period of cabin fever with winter leading into the coronavirus, our town seems to be finding itself back in a similar position to last fall with regards to crime. I know that coronavirus slowed down the city government’s ability to meet and get things done, ...

Drop in unemployment shows hope for economy

Editorial

Millions of Americans remain unemployed as the nation struggles to get an economy stalled by COVID-19 back in gear. Some success has been seen; by June 13, the U.S. unemployment rate was 13.3%, much better than the 14.7% a month before. Still, we have a long way to go. Prior to the coronavirus ...

Thinks stores should take cans

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Since Gov. Reynolds said that grocery stores don’t have to redeem cans and bottles due to COVID-19, people in cities and towns across central Iowa are struggling to find a place to take their containers. A lot of them are traveling to rural redemption centers like mine. I own ...

Transparency needed for federal relief programs

Editorial

American taxpayers should not be handing out hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to businesses without having at least some idea of where our money is going. That seems obvious. However, demanding such transparency puts the U.S. Treasury Department — and some of the businesses being ...