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Opinion

It’s National 4-H Week

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Oct. 2-8 is National 4-H Week. This is the one week set aside to celebrate this youth organization.For those of us who were involved in the 4-H program as a youth, it is a time to reflect on the great memories made in 4-H, the many lasting friendships or how we can help one more ...

Honor Flight was ‘awesome’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I would like to thank all of the staff of Brushy Creek Honor Flight.I was very fortunate to have been chosen to be on the 13th Honor Flight along with all my brother and sister veterans. It was extremely well organized. The people of D.C. were fantastic and to visit all the ...

Lauds Honor Flight

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:There are so many people to thank for the honor to visit Washington and our monuments! Ron Newsum had a vision and he surrounded himself with a great group of like-minded people. Fort Dodge should be very proud to have hosted 13 honor flights from their airport. I cannot imagine ...

4-H is about helping youths achieve

Editorial

National 4-H Week, which starts today, is a good time to celebrate the enormous contributions 4-H makes to our community and nation.It's hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn't know a bit about 4-H, but this week is an appropriate occasion to reflect on the important contribution this ...

Meet Bev and Greg Baedke

Local Columns

High school romances rarely last after graduation, they say. Spouses working together in their own business often leads to conflicts and should be avoided, they say.Then there's Bev and Greg Baedke.The co-owners of the Community Orchard, one of Fort Dodge's most popular and well-known ...

Trump is right about law and order

Editorial

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's pledge to make America's streets safer is nonsense, opponent Hillary Clinton has insisted. Why, the nation already is safe, she explains.Let us give her the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps she just was not aware of an upsurge in violent crime.FBI ...

Wants accountability

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:What would happen if a pharmaceutical scientist went back and changed his original, 18 year old data? You just don't do this. There would be accusations of fraud. Scientists in the real world don't just go back and change original data and if they did they would have to be totally ...

It’s time to make your voice heard

Editorial

Election Day is Nov. 8, but many states make it possible for citizens to cast ballots over a period of weeks in advance of that date. Here in Iowa the early voting option began Thursday.Those Americans who choose to vote have the opportunity to shape the future of our community, state and ...

Appreciates Honor Flight

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I want to say a big "thank you" to all the people who made our Sept. 17 Honor Flight so memorable.Some of the main people who made it all possible: Ron Newsum, Craig Malloy, Charlie Walker, Marlene Welander, Lee Bailey, and all the other wonderful volunteers are to be thanked for ...

FD welcomes Professional Developers of Iowa

Editorial

An important event is taking place in Fort Dodge this week. The Fall Conference of Professional Developers of Iowa is being held at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites.This group is generally regarded as the Hawkeye State's primary economic development association. This is ...

Problems at the VA remain unresolved

Editorial

Revelations of mismanagement, waste and outright criminal behavior at the Department of Veterans Affairs have become a regular thing. From veterans forced to wait weeks or months to see VA doctors to outrageous spending by the agency, the VA is an ongoing train wreck.Quickly, now: How many VA ...

Is this the right direction for America?

Editorial

Politics has made stranger bedfellows under President Barack Obama than at any other time during recent memory.He insists he trusts Iran to put its nuclear weapons plan on hold, despite evidence Tehran already is cheating on its promise to do so.Obama has normalized relations with Cuba, even ...

Economy is far from a success story

Editorial

Applications for unemployment benefits were up during the first week of September. Retail sales slumped in August. Manufacturing was down in many areas of the country.Despite the White House's touting of statistics chosen very selectively in an attempt to show the U.S. economy is recovering ...

Soybeans are big business in Iowa

Editorial

Nobody knows exactly how long humans have cultivated the soybean, but agricultural historians are quite certain its domestication as a crop in China dates back three millennia. There are actually Chinese records documenting soybean growth as far back as the 11th century. There is some ...

Partners in workforce development

Local Columns

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance recognizes that workforce is a critical component to our existing industry and also plays a major role in attracting new companies to our region. In the past 36 months alone we have added nearly 1,100 jobs in the area, which heightens an already critical ...

Something is seriously wrong in D.C.

Editorial

Don't worry, liberals ranging from Hillary Clinton to President Barack Obama assure us. The government can check all those immigrants from the Middle East to ensure none of them are terrorists.On Sept. 19, The Associated Press reported, an internal Homeland Security audit revealed the ...

A voting recommendation

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I don't want to know who my friends are voting for or why, if they are voting for one of the major party candidates for president. The logic of many of these voters is impeccable - the other candidate should never be president of the United States of America. Amen.Both political ...

Not a Trump fan

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I was just thinking of a song from church in my childhood - but now it would be quite different. It might go like this: Jesus loves the little children, All the children of the world, except for Blacks, Hispanics and Muslims. My minister, the Rev. Wertz, would turn over in his ...

Fear of the truth is becoming a problem

Editorial

Less than a week after the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, residents of New York, New Jersey and Minnesota were under attack.A man wielding a knife asked potential victims if they were Muslims and talked about Allah before injuring 10 people at the Crossrods Mall in St Cloud, ...

Emily’s event succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:What a perfect day for Emily's event on Aug. 13 - the third annual Emily's Fight, Donate Life 5K Walk/Run. A heartfelt thank you to the 200-plus participants that walked, ran, volunteered, cheered and supported the event. Emily's heavenly spirit was with us as we gathered ...