Opinion

A message of thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I wanted to formally thank the many inmates from both Rockwell City and Fort Dodge that helped out the city of Eagle Grove recently. I think nearly 30 different men helped us over several extremely hot, humid days in picking up branches and large limbs throughout the city. They ...

This fiasco is probably costing lives

Editorial

One wonders whether those who bungled a United Nations health initiative understand people may have died - no, probably died, and perhaps in large numbers - as a result of the failures.In February, the World Health Organization, an arm of the U.N., shipped more than 6 million doses of yellow ...

Welcome news for Iowa beef producers

Editorial

Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation's economy. It's also hugely significant for the Hawkeye State.According to information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 million ...

We’re expanding student success

Local Columns

Iowa Central Community College takes pride in its curriculum standards and capacity to offer high levels of academic and personal support for students. As an institution of higher learning, we are dedicated to student success and continue to grow in support of our mission to offer a meaningful ...

‘Big money’ isn’t really the main issue

Editorial

Hillary Clinton has pledged that if she is elected president, she will do something about the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. It in essence rejected strict limits on spending by groups seeking to influence elections.The problem with that is "big money," Clinton and fellow ...

A truly pointless gesture

Editorial

\The Obama administration is entering its final months, but it's never too late to further diminish U.S. influence and discomfit our allies.President Barack Obama is considering adopting a policy of "no first use," i.e., declaring that the United States would never use nuclear weapons except ...

Presidential debates should be moved

Editorial

By late September, even voters interested in the presidential election may be ready for some football as an alternative to politics. Yet two of the three televised debates between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have been scheduled on nights when NFL games are to be ...

Join the Lions for breakfast

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Fort Dodge Noon Lions are cooking again. Please join us on Saturday at Kennedy Park to breakfast at the Dragon Boat Bash. We will be serving fire-breathing eggs with sausage, French toast, pancakes and beverages. You will find us inside the main gate on the top of the hill ...

Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash is back

Editorial

Tall corn and dragon boats may seem like an odd combination, but here in Webster County they both have emerged as symbolic of summer.The 20th annual CJ Bio America Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash will take place Friday and Saturday at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. It features assorted festivities ...

Zika poses a significant health risk

Editorial

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory that pregnant women should stay out of a section of Miami is not the most disturbing news about the Zika virus.CDC officials' warning was bad enough, to be sure. The agency said an outbreak of 14 cases of Zika in Miami's Wynwood district ...

VA health care is still a major problem

Editorial

Important progress has been made in caring for those who have served our country, President Barack Obama told attendees at the Disabled American Veterans national conference recently.Obama cited two "milestones."First, homelessness among veterans is down.Second, about 500,000 veterans have ...

Snell-Crawford Park is looking good

Editorial

Snell-Crawford Park has long been one of our town's most popular and impressive locales for a wide range of recreational pursuits.During the last year, the park has been reshaped to address serious erosion problems along Soldier Creek. Over the last 80 years, the creek has gradually moved south ...

Nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair

Editorial

If you love a parade, plan to be in Des Moines Wednesday evening at 6:15.That's when what's billed as the state's largest parade will be the kickoff event for what may well be the grandest of our nation's state agricultural festivals - the Iowa State Fair.Iowans gathered in Fairfield for the ...

Dapper has built a career in advertising

Local Columns

August is a big month for Dallas advertising executive Steve Dapper.With the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro just under way, his Publicis Hawkeye agency has produced commercials for one of the official Olympic partners - Bridgestone, the world's largest manufacturer of tire and rubber ...

Farmers markets are good for America

Editorial

Farmers markets are becoming more common not only in Iowa, but also across the nation. They are an important source of attractively priced, nutritious food. With that in mind, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has issued a proclamation designating Aug. 7-13 as National Farmers Market ...

Backs Trump

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Dear Hillary supporters - Why would you possibly want to trust her with our precious United States? Corruption, lying and fraud have followed her for more than 20 years. Use your common sense. Do you think she is going to be truthful and trustworthy all of a sudden? She can't even ...

Opposes parking meters

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I would like to be on record of not supporting more parking meters - especially in the area of Daniel Pharmacy. We do not have a parking problem in our area. Using the meter maids/parking enforcement personnel for monitoring vehicles that have overstayed the time limit seems to be ...

Iowa Sales Tax Holiday starts today

Editorial

It's hard to believe, but area families are already beginning to think about the items that will be needed to send young folks back to school properly equipped and looking good.According to the National Retail Foundation, a typical family with children in school will spend nearly $600 on ...

County fair is a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Webster County Fair Board would like to thank everyone that helped with the 2016 Webster County Fair. Volunteers are what make this fair possible.We appreciate PICA's work this year. Thanks to 4-H/FFA kids/families, leaders, superintendents, Linda Cline, the Extension staff ...

A sad spectacle in Baltimore is ending

Editorial

On April 12, 2015, Baltimore, Maryland, police arrested 25-year-old Freddie Gray on a charge of possessing an illegal switchblade knife. He was placed into the back of a police van, where he fell into a coma. He died in a hospital seven days later, of injuries to his spinal cord.Some in the ...