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Opinion

Wants a bingo hall

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In regards to getting a bingo hall going, I think that would be great. So, all you Fort Dodge and out-of-town people that like to play bingo, you need to send a letter to the editor and it just might help to get one started again. There are a lot of out-of-town people that ...

Lauds ‘Guardian Angels’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Friday, May 5, my car decided not to move at the busy intersection of Fifth Avenue South and 22nd Street. My Guardian Angel, or rather three of them, was watching out for me. Two young men and a young lady appeared and pushed my car into a parking lot. They made sure I was ...

Here’s a sad truth about Congress

Editorial

In cautioning federal agencies about an outrageous provision of the federal Freedom of Information Act, a Texas congressman has reminded the American people of it, too. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, has sent letters to about a dozen agencies regarding press inquiries about government ...

Strengthening Families Program is a huge asset

Editorial

The Strengthening Families Program, which is part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, has just celebrated an important milestone. It has served our community for 15 years. This impressive undertaking helps local sixth-graders prepare to cope successfully with some of the ...

Mothers deserve our thanks

Editorial

If you think that Mother’s Day is one of those holidays created by the greeting card industry, you may be in for a surprise. Giving thanks to mothers has been a part of many cultures for as far back as history has been recorded. In the United States, the tradition is frequently traced to ...

William G. Smith Simulation Center

Local Columns

Can you imagine how it would feel to be responsible for the care of a community member, family or friend and not know how to respond? Have you found yourself in a situation that you haven’t seen in a while, needing more time to react to emergent needs, feeling a little “rusty” in those ...

Bureaucracy strikes yet again

Editorial

Rules are rules. Bending them beyond some reasonable point risks creating chaos. Somehow, giving poor kids a break despite the fact some adult filled in a federal form using the wrong typeface or with incorrect margins doesn’t seem like it would create a problem. Some members of Congress ...

Transportation Week starts Sunday

Editorial

National Transportation Week begins today. This celebration of the transportation industry has taken place each May since it became a permanent event in 1962. An annual observance taking note of this vital industry’s importance to the nation dates back to the 1950s. That makes this an ...

Iowa leads nation in egg production

Editorial

Egg production is big business in Iowa. The Hawkeye State has more than 50 major egg producers. The state’s nearly 60 million layers generate a remarkable 14.4 billion eggs each year, making Iowa the No. 1 egg-producing state in the nation. The Iowa egg industry is a big purchaser of ...

Rejoining Main Street Iowa makes sense

Editorial

For 35 years, Main Street America has helped historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts address the challenges of successful evolution in a rapidly changing society. It is a network of programs with the purpose of assisting local communities preserve their unique architectural and ...

Obama is setting a bad example

Editorial

While he was president, Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to decry cronyism between big business and public officials. It undermined Americans’ faith in government, he opined. Of course, Obama is well aware of the “revolving door” phenomenon in Washington, in which government ...

Clinton weighs in on 2016 election

Editorial

So, Hillary Clinton is writing a book, perhaps offering her take on the 2016 presidential election. And, as she told an interviewer recently, she accepts responsibility for losing to Donald Trump. Sort of. “It wasn’t a perfect campaign. There’s no such thing,” Clinton told a ...

It’s once again beef month in Iowa

Editorial

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has officially proclaimed May as Beef Month. For many of us, every month is a time to partake of a food that ranks high on the list of culinary favorites. It’s no secret that Americans have a love affair with beef. That’s been true for generations and the demand ...

Living the Alaska dream

Local Columns

The distance from Willow, Alaska, to Fort Dodge is 5,600 miles — a bit far for Jeff Hemann to mush his team of Alaskan huskies for a return to Iowa to visit his family and friends in his old hometown. But there is little else that the 37-year-old Hemann hasn’t tried since moving in 2001 ...

Volunteers can make a big difference

Editorial

Public-spirited people who make time in their lives to support worthy causes help make any town a better place to live. In that regard, the large and dedicated cadre of volunteers at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center is an especially noteworthy example. Trinity celebrates ...

Being part of something

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As nurses, we are faced with defining moments each day that become the foundation of our character and shape our professional identities. Not to mention, we work in an ever-expanding and ever-changing health care environment with numerous career paths. While the advancement of ...

Threats to security and safety are many

Editorial

Former CIA and National Security Agency head Gen. Michael Hayden’s presentation recently in Steubenville, Ohio, may have been a sobering one for some of those in attendance. It was quite an education in threats facing both our security as a nation and our safety as individual ...

Awards event succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On April 2, It Gets Better FD & Beyond held its fourth annual Kids Choice Awards at Fort Frenzy’s Cardiff Center. Kids from five different school districts and all of Webster County selected people in their lives that have made it better for them. We had over 250 ...

Motorcycle Awareness Month

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. During the winter months we are missing one type of vehicle from our roadways and that is the motorcycle. Without them out there on a daily basis it is very easy for the motorists to get accustomed to their absence and not look for them. ...

Enforcement officials are doing their job

Editorial

Some government officials are being condemned by millions of Americans for a strange reason: They are enforcing the law. That makes no sense except to those who have forgotten our very freedom is based on rule by law, not by the whims of powerful individuals or whatever happens to be the ...