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Opinion

Cleveland survives GOP convention

Editorial

Remember the lead-up top the Republican National Convention in Cleveland? For weeks before it opened, there was speculation about violent demonstrations and confrontations among competing protesters as well as between them and police.Well, the convention ended last week. Most of the fireworks ...

Disapproves of Hillary Clinton

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Some of you may recall the phrase "skating" as being used meaning someone who was able to "skate" out of (avoid) trouble and Hillary seems to be an expert at doing just that. In watching FBI Director James Comey's report on the findings of the email scandal hanging over her head, ...

Lauds city workers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am writing to thank the city of Fort Dodge crews who helped clean up damaged branches and trees at our home and all across the city due to the strong storm that hit Fort Dodge.We were out of town when the storm hit last Saturday night but when we returned we saw branches from ...

Killing of police officers is deplorable

Editorial

Another police officer was murdered recently. He was Capt. Robert Melton of Kansas City, Kansas, gunned down as he was approaching suspects in a drive-by shooting. His death brought to 18 the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty this month.Eight of them were killed in ...

‘We’re all in this together’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I'm a proud fourth-generation farmer and resident of Wright County for a long time. I've seen a lot of things change in my time, but one thing we always used to agree on, is that we're all in this together.I've been out of hog production for a while now, but I have plenty of ...

A 42STRONG thank you

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On behalf of the Allison Huss family, we would like to thank the entire Fort Dodge community as well as extended family, friends and businesses that contributed or participated in our first annual 42STRONG Golf Tournament. The tournament and auction was a huge success, leaving us ...

Backs Safe Routes to School

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I support the use of Department of Transportation funds to support the Safe Routes to School program. Allowing children safe and efficient ways to use active transportation to school not only is good short term health, but also builds a solid foundation of activity that kids will ...

A suggestion for Prestage

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I've been following the controversial stories regarding the Prestage packing plant locating to a site south of Eagle Grove.I would like to suggest another option to Mr. Prestage. Just look 100 miles to the west in Cherokee. There you will find a vacant, state-of-the-art packing ...

Preserving our wetlands gets a boost

Editorial

One of the keys to keeping our natural environment healthy is making certain that water resources are appropriately protected. The U.S. Department of Agriculture supports assorted initiatives that advance that important goal.On July 7, Tom Vilsack, U.S. secretary of agriculture, announced that ...

Ron Prestage weighs in

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Since announcing our desire to build a pork processing plant in Wright County, we have received several questions and want to provide the public with answers.What will the jobs be like and how much will they pay? In our new plant, there will be a variety of jobs - ranging from ...

Supports Prestage Foods

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:As a longtime resident and business owner of Eagle Grove, Iowa, I would like to express my support for the proposed Prestage Foods plant. This project should be embraced and I compliment the Prestage Co. for its foresight and commitment to this entire area. The economic benefits ...

Thank you, FD school board

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I feel such joy when I drive by our new middle school and see the innovative use of prairie grass in landscaping. It brings back a bit of history of the prairies of Iowa. It gives homes and protection to wildlife. It is a way of saving money that would otherwise be spent on mowing ...

Welcoming Prestage Foods

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:When Prestage Foods of Iowa announced plans to build a $240 million state-of-the-art pork processing facility in Iowa, it was the kind of good news agriculture has been longing for. This investment in pork processing reflects the strength of the pork production industry in this ...

A caution from Mason City

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:It seems every community that starts to deal with Prestage believes that it does not affect other counties and communities and they have no right interfering with their decision. The truth is, like the Mason City Globe Gazette reported, the pork processing plant will bring hogs to ...

Palliative care initiative needs legislative support

Local Columns

If you have watched, as I have, someone suffer with a serious, chronic illness, you know how challenging it can be. Maybe you have been a patient yourself and worried about how you and your family would cope with treatment. There is fear and anxiety. There can be pain. The expense can be costly ...

Democrats are set to back Clinton

Editorial

Democratic Party leaders no doubt are gloating about this week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, where the party nominated Donald Trump for president. Democrats point to discord at the convention and protests outside. And, they note gleefully, there were some missteps in the speech ...

Law enforcement is under attack in US

Editorial

Adopting the Old Testament eye-for-an-eye reaction to violence accomplishes nothing except, perhaps, to leave everyone involved blind. When it is directed at the peacemakers, it harms us all in a very direct way.It has been said of the men and women in law enforcement that they "have targets on ...

Swing for a Cure succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The 11th annual Swing for a Cure golf outing was held on June 24 this year at the Fort Dodge County Club. The weather was picture-perfect with 22 teams enjoying the fun-filled day. The outpouring of generosity and support this event receives year after year is a wonderful tribute ...

‘Move forward — together’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:As I was recently driving home from a meeting, I couldn't help but admire the scenery of rural Iowa. Scenery that would include Wright, Humboldt and Pocahontas Counties, checking out the crops; so much for that saying from when I was a kid on the farm, where the corn was "knee ...

The terror threat must be confronted

Editorial

How is it that a few small terrorist groups with relatively limited resources have been able to kill so many people in so many different places? We know the answer to that, but it raises another question: Why are the major powers of the world not doing more to stop the evil movement?Not so long ...