Opinion

Wants law enforced

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The other day it was the first day of summer once again for all the people that are fortunate to be alive, to enjoy life to its fullest extent. Most people take life for granted, thinking life goes on forever. I am lucky to be in an elite club that still have good health, which is ...

Family appreciates tribute

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The family of Pvt. Palmer S. Haraldson would like to express our thanks to:The mayor of Fort Dodge, Matt Bemrich, for proclaiming June 22, 2016, Pvt. Palmer S. Haraldson Day and for requesting flags to be flown at half-staff for both Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21 and 22; the ...

Be sure to attend your county fair

Editorial

Times change. Even so there are a few constants in life. One is the pleasure provided by the county fairs that continue to be a highlight of summer in the Hawkeye State.For as far back as anyone who now lives in this part of Iowa can remember, these summer festivals have been much-anticipated ...

Here’s some advice to help you stay healthy

Local Columns

You've probably seen plenty of people whose daily routine includes a plastic bottle containing a metal mixing ball. The blended beverage-of-choice inside often is a protein product or nutritional supplement aimed to help athletes, weekend warriors and average Joe's alike improve their health ...

Iowa Central expands its reach

Editorial

Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa. Not only does it provide affordable educational opportunities, but the college also helps make certain that those options are available to a broad spectrum of the population.In that context, the college has ...

Let’s take special care on the roads

Editorial

All across the Hawkeye State, people will be taking advantage of this holiday weekend to pursue fun summer activities. That makes it especially important that each of us resolve to keep our streets and highways safe.Paying heed to a few safety tips can help prevent what should be an ...

Opposes Hillary Clinton

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I concur with Marjorie Franks contention (Letters, June 24) that this country is ripe for a female president (and there are a number of great choices), but not with her pick.Hillary Clinton could well serve as poster girl for corruption at any level,and should never represent ...

Will Trump endanger US economy?

Editorial

If elected president, Donald Trump would be a disaster for the U.S. economy, Hillary Clinton claimed during a speech recently in Columbus, Ohio. Why, Moody's Analytics has reported a Trump presidency would lead to a recession and about 3.5 million lost jobs, she added.Well, there was such a ...

Questions are many about Mateen

Editorial

In Omar Mateen's twisted mind, he was an "Islamic soldier" whose self-professed loyalty to the Islamic State terrorist group was more important than any moral compunctions he might have had about slaughtering 49 innocent people. The FBI says he was "radicalized domestically," not directed by ...

Investigation of Clinton is too slow

Editorial

President Barack Obama's endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president did not compromise the FBI's ongoing investigation into Clinton, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said recently. Almost beyond doubt, she is right about that.But the interviewer who asked Lynch about the endorsement was asking ...

Effort to close Gitmo is a mistake

Editorial

President Barack Obama has become so desperate to keep his pledge to close the U.S. detainment center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that he is exploring every option to ship terrorists imprisoned there elsewhere, according to an Associated Press report.White House officials are "scrambling to ...

St. Edmond gets a financial boost

Editorial

Catholic education has been an important part of life in Fort Dodge almost since the town was founded. The first Catholic school got underway in 1862. The 154 years since have witnessed many changes and stupendous progress. The impressive educational complex that is today's St. Edmond is a ...

Partnering with area high schools

Local Columns

There are many aspects in the way that Iowa Central Community College reaches out to communities in its nine-county service area. Offering college credit courses at one of the nearest centers is the most popular and visible options, but there are many others. One example is the non-credit ...

Response to emergency was outstanding

Editorial

When a life-threatening emergency occurs, a mixture of professionals and volunteers is called upon to cope with the situation. This past weekend, area residents witnessed an impressive, multifaceted response to the disappearance in the Des Moines River on Sunday morning of Colin James Murphy, ...

Angel Ride wants a full bus

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The 10th annual Angel Ride to Save the TaTas has started off with a bang before our July 9 event.First of all, I would like to thank,Jodi Scott who hosted a 31 Bag party that brought in $100, Lauri Beilke hosted a Pampered Chef party with $272 coming back to Angel Ride, and to ...

US economy remains unimpressive

Editorial

President Barack Obama keeps telling us the economy is humming right along, restored to good health by his policies. But people who know the economy are not as certain of that.Officials at the Federal Reserve, which controls interest rates charged in the United States, have said for months that ...

Pvt. Palmer Haraldson is home at last

Editorial

Sixteen million Americans served in this nation's military forces during the most horrific war in history - World War II. More than 400,000 perished. One of those heroic defenders of freedom who was killed on a faraway battlefield was a Webster County man - Pvt. Palmer Sherman Haraldson, a ...

IG’s alert is cause for great concern

Editorial

We have been accustomed to hearing about recalls of food products because of concerns they may make us sick. But according to a federal watchdog, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sometimes drags its feet on recalls.An extremely unusual "early alert" report on the problem was issued ...

Oil tax increase should be opposed

Editorial

President Barack Obama's proposed $10-per-barrel tax increase on oil deserved what it got recently - a 253-144 vote against it in the House of Representatives. The Senate should follow suit.Implementation of a tax increase at that level would wreck the domestic oil drilling industry. Low prices ...

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 ...