Opinion

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 ...

Happy Father’s Day, Dad

Local Columns

"Of all the rocks upon which we build our lives, we are reminded today that family is the most important. And we are called to recognize and honor how critical every father is to that foundation. They are teachers and coaches. They are mentors and role models. They are examples of success and ...

A celebration of parks

Local Columns

On Aug. 25, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday. The National Park Service is made up of 22,000 employees and 221,000 volunteers that watch over our country's greatest national treasures. The Park Service manages 411 areas and national historic sites on over 84 million ...

Orlando attack raises crucial questions

Editorial

Along with the many other questions, some unanswerable, about the mass killings in Orlando is this: The murderer, Omar Mateen, was known by many - apparently including the FBI - to be dangerous.Could anything have been done to stop him?If so, why was he allowed to drop off law enforcement's ...

Ag sales abroad help America

Editorial

America's economy would be more robust if this nation were able to sell in the international marketplace more of the products that are made or grown here. Unfortunately, achieving a positive trade balance overall has been an elusive goal.The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued a ...

OHV Park gains national recognition

Editorial

When dedicated individuals partner with governmental bodies and private sector entities in pursuit of a shared vision, amazing things can result. The effort to create a place near Fort Dodge where people can ride their ATVs on trails surrounded by natural beauty is a dramatic example of just ...

Stay-A-Breast event succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to noon the FDSH pool was full of swimmers swimming laps for the third annual Stay A-Breast breast cancer fundraiser. What began as a 4-H citizenship project three years ago, continues to help those suffering from breast cancer and help find a ...

A message of thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Salvation Army would like to express their sincere thanks to the Fort Dodge community and to the United States Postal Servicr employees who faithfully, every year, organize their food drive and collect food donations to supply local food pantries.Thanks to the generosity of ...

Obstruction at the State Department

Editorial

Recently, the State Department set a new standard for dishonest, partisan outrageousness.In March, the Republican National Committee submitted requests for records involving Clinton and her State Department aides, under the federal open records law. State Department officials - as is their ...

Today Americans honor our flag

Editorial

More than two centuries ago, on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress of the newly established United States of America adopted a resolution making an early version of the stars and stripes our national flag.That flag, with modifications to reflect an increase in the number of states, has now ...

Bill Northey keeps in touch with Iowans

Editorial

Bill Northey, Iowa's secretary of agriculture, is determined to keep faith with his pledge to visit all 99 Iowa counties each year to meet with Iowans to discuss the future of agriculture. This summer he will be making stops all across the Hawkeye State.Once election season is over, some ...

Relay For Life of Webster County is Friday

Editorial

From close family members to close friends, we all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer at some point. We don't face cancer alone and neither should you. On Friday at 6 p.m. at the Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Webster County will ...

Clinton will head Democratic ticket

Editorial

Hillary Clinton has become the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee for president. Primary elections Tuesday reinforced that she is over the top. Challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders has been relegated to has-been status.All the more important, then, for the troubling questions about Clinton to be ...

Has praise for Sandy Mickelson

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I was raised in Fort Dodge and left in 1976 to join the Navy. It is hard to stay connected to your roots when you spend your life on the move chasing a busy career. Sandy's articles provided a rich connection to Fort Dodge, Webster County and the entire Midwest.Her writings were ...

Lauds Hospice, Home Care

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I would like to thank both Hospice and Home Care. My wife was home to die in December 2015. Hospice was just terrific on the care and as was the Hospice Home in Fort Dodge. My wife got much better and was transferred to Home Care which continued the care.These people are all ...

Zoo incident is a useful reminder

Editorial

Most parents come to realize quickly that taking their eyes off little children for even a few seconds can result in big trouble. Some do not. It is up to the rest of us to keep their children safe, apparently.A news story that had many people talking recently had nothing to do with the ...