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Opinion

Cargill reaffirms commitment to Fort Dodge

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As we write this, we are nearing the end of the harvest season. Trucks filled with corn continue to roll into local elevators, despite a year challenged by pandemics and derecho storms. This unfailing perseverance reminds us of why Cargill chose to partner with Webster County ...

Violent extremism is not the American way

Editorial

If the authorities are correct in their allegations against a group accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the 13 men ought to be viewed with a mixture of horror, disgust. Real Americans do not attempt to change either society or government by force. Those who do so, ...

Supports Clayton for Iowa House

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Voters in Fort Dodge and Webster County have an opportunity to upgrade the quality of our representation in the Iowa House of Representatives, presuming we want to elect a representative who actually will represent all of the people of District 9, and not just the few who can ...

Bureaucratic bungling must not delay vaccine

Editorial

When will we have an effective, safe, vaccine against COVID-19? That depends. Federal public health officials who are in the know and without any political agendas have said deliveries of vaccine can be expected sometime in January. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services predicts a ...

Encourages vote for Fleener

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Webster County voters have begun the process of electing a new county sheriff. Given the current state of policing across the country, your selection is more important than ever. For me, this is a job interview. It isn’t just some popularity contest. Law enforcement is ...

Americans must come to terms with COVID-19

Editorial

President Trump’s tweet Monday “Don’t be afraid of COVID” has invited more criticism that he’s again downplaying the virus. Mr. Trump doesn’t do nuance, and he and his team have often acted recklessly, most prominently at the Rose Garden ceremony announcing Judge Amy Coney ...

Fort Dodge Police Association endorses Fleener

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Fort Dodge Police Association is proud to endorse Sgt. Luke Fleener for Webster County sheriff. Fleener is a man of integrity and an officer full of knowledge, determination and fortitude. He has proven his character working cases with sheriff’s deputies, Fort Dodge city ...

Says Meyer works for both sides

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing this letter in support of State Rep. Ann Meyer. Anyone that knows me knows I am very passionate about our community. I’m also quite passionate about politics. I have supported both Democrats and Republicans through the years. I supported Ann two years ago because ...

Census Bureau must finish the count properly

Editorial

The U.S. Census Bureau needs to do one thing at this time in the nation’s history: keep on counting. It needs to keep counting every man, woman and child in the country up until an Oct. 31 deadline. That seems like a no-brainer for the agency charged with carrying out the national ...

Supports Trump for re-election

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Well, with days before this election I have to say a few words. The first is it is OK to agree and disagree with me. Just read with an open mind, research both opponents’ websites for facts. My feelings are so strong I just need to voice them. I have lived 66 years in the ...

Learn about mental health to spread awareness

Local Columns

Nearly half of all Americans will experience a mental health challenge at some point in their lifetime, and taking steps to take care of yourself and others is vital in helping to prevent and minimize these challenges.While Mental Health Awareness Week may be over, mental health is something ...

Says Scholten works

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: JD Scholten has traveled to all 375 communities in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District in the past two years, working to earn your vote. In my 60-plus years of living in Iowa I have not encountered a candidate for any office who matches Scholten’s effort. Our country ...

Targeting law enforcement officers is wrong

Editorial

By the end of September 2019, 30 U.S. law enforcement personnel had been killed while on duty. Thirty-seven have been killed this year. Non-fatal injuries have soared, too. It is not being inaccurate to note that many, probably most, police officers, sheriff’s deputies and other law ...

Former senators speak out

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We are writing as former members of the Iowa Senate, Democrat and Republican. Neither of us agree 100 percentof the time, but we have always respected the other’s right to their opinions, views and thoughts. We both were involved in very competitive races and tried to act as ...

Iowa’s 4th District: Don’t settle for “Not Steve King”

Local Columns

Though a few months remain in 2020, it’s safe to say that this will be a year we won’t soon forget. Problems that are often ignored have been placed directly under the spotlight, and Iowa has not been immune to the nationwide reckoning. There are numerous issues plaguing rural Iowa. We ...

Hit the road to escape COVID blues

Editorial

It has been seven months since Americans began locking down against COVID-19. Many have attempted to get back to “normal” by donning masks, washing hands more frequently and taking a step or two backwards sometimes, to maintain social distancing. But many others have remained cloistered ...

My COVID symptoms

Local Columns

COVID-19 is not like a cold. Sure, many of the symptoms are the same. The commonly posted, but not exhaustive, low-risk list reads: fever, muscle or body aches, fatigue, sore throat, headache, runny nose, congestion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. On the high-risk list are shortness of ...

FD native’s gift will benefit Iowa Central students

Editorial

Bill Greehey, the former chief executive officer of Texas based Valero Energy Corp., hasn’t lived in his native Fort Dodge in a long time, but he still cares about the community. A new building at Iowa Central Community College stands as a tribute to his interest in his old hometown. It’s ...

October is Co-op Month across US

Editorial

There are various types of businesses that operate as cooperatives, but according to the National Cooperative Business Association they all are owned and democratically controlled by their members and are designed to serve those members. The members typically are the people who use the ...