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Opinion

Supports referendum

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I know we’re all sick of elections and can think of a million reasons why not to go vote, but this is so important to the whole community and the six counties that it serves that we absolutely have to make sure that the bond issue passes. Iowa Central Community College has ...

Iowa Central has vital role

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As December 6 is quickly upon us with the Bond Issue proposed by Iowa Central Community College, I would like share as the president and CEO of UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge why I support this bond. Trinity Regional Medical Center’s roots have always been tied to the ...

Seeking volunteers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Please, please help! The red kettles are the lifeline for the Salvation Army. I realize it is not on the top of the list of fun things to do, but they desperately need volunteers to ring the bells. Many people in need (and growing) get a hot lunch five times a week. The ...

Bond issue is vital

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I encourage voters to support Iowa Central’s upcoming bond referendum. ICCC is a valuable resource for all of us. Like other community colleges throughout Iowa, ICCC provides area students with exceptional post-secondary college opportunities. It is extremely affordable and ...

Supports Iowa Central

Letters to the Editor

To the editor, As a father of two sons who have attended Iowa Central Community College and a supporter of strong athletics and fine arts, I am writing in support of the Iowa Central Community College’s $29.5 million dollar bond issue election on Dec. 6, to improve its facilities across all ...

Giving thanks for those supporting Honor Flights

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: At this time of the year “Thanksgiving” it is appropriate to reflect back a short few moths ago. The Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight competed two flights, May 7 and Sept. 17. Some 300-plus World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans participated in what most of them ...

Electoral College safeguards our votes

Editorial

Our American government never was intended to be a democracy. It is a republic, for the excellent reason that the nation’s founders understood the danger in pure democracy. Pure democracy amounts to majority rule every time, regardless of how oppressive that may be to those in the minority. ...

College benefits the region

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Just 50 years ago, Iowa Central Community College was a bare piece of land on the western portion of Fort Dodge. The newly formed board of directors and the college’s first president, Dr. Ed Barbour, envisioned the Iowa Central Community College of the future which will serve ...

Encourages ‘yes’ vote

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As mayor of Fort Dodge I am involved with a lot of economic development discussions with existing companies as well as those we are trying to recruit. During those discussions, the key question arises “Will we be able to find enough skilled and qualified workers?” My ...

Supports bond issue

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing to let your readers know the board of directors of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance has voted to endorse the upcoming $29.5 million bond issue election that will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Iowa Central Community College has played a key role in our ...

Bond project is critical

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to ask you to join me in investing in our community. One of the reasons why Fort Dodge is such a special place to live and work is we take care of each other. We develop meaningful partnerships to help each other grow. When one project is successful, it in turn ...

Backs Iowa Central referendum

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, there is an Iowa Central Community College bond referendum to provide funding for improving campus safety, upgrading aged infrastructure, establishing two new Career Acadamies, and the creation of a “one stop” Student Success Center. As most are ...

The seasonal bells are tolling again

Editorial

The sound of bells signals that The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign is once again in full swing. If one needed any further evidence that the holiday season is at hand, the appearance of the familiar bell ringers and the launch of this year’s fundraising drive certainly provides proof. The ...

Supports ICCC bond issue

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing this letter in support of the upcoming election authorizing Iowa Central Community College to issue $29.5 million in bonds to allow the college to better serve the students and communities in its service area. I began my post high school education in the fall of ...

End of an era with Castro’s death

Editorial

Fidel Castro’s death certainly is the end of an era, that of the cult of personality that kept Cubans oppressed and without economic opportunity for decades. But does Castro’s demise signal an end to repressive rule of the island nation? Probably not. For more than half a century, ...

Mike Sexton moves up in Des Moines

Editorial

State Rep. Mike Sexton will be in a key leadership role in the Iowa House of Representatives when lawmakers return to the Capitol in January for the new legislative session. His GOP colleagues in that chamber have selected him as assistant majority leader. He is one of four assistant majority ...

Light display is back

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: With holidays approaching all of the country starting next week, and being so busy erecting my huge light display, I sort of lost track of time and wasn’t thinking about writing a letter to the editor to let people know there will be a white Christmas and with all the ...

Give new Medicaid a chance

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Traditions can be a good thing. There is a certain comfort in repeating patterns and doing the same thing, in the same way, year after year. When it comes to health care however, tradition can often times mean a lack of progress. This is certainly true when it comes to the ...

Farm News Ag Show is the place to be

Editorial

Even those with the most casual interest in agriculture will want to be on hand when the 15th annual Farm News Ag Show kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the 2031 Quail Ave. on the East Campus of Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. On Wednesday, the show is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 ...

Shared Thanksgiving is a fine tradition

Editorial

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday that features family, food, and yes, the occasional football game. In the spirit of the holiday, thousands of people in the Fort Dodge region gathered around tables with relatives and friends for a traditional feast. Dining room tables throughout ...