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Opinion

Gorillas need our help without delay

Editorial

Humankind has not done a very good job of stewardship involving the animal kingdom. After thousands of years of co-existing with other creatures, we have killed off hundreds of species during the past couple of centuries.Now the eastern gorilla is in serious jeopardy. During the annual World ...

Disapproves of Trump

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Trump is the me-first, forget-about-everyone-else candidate.There is no pretense to the dangerous ugly traits of the bully Donald Trump and his "fair and balanced" disregard for common decency. The fear mongering, hatred, pathological lying, ignorance and bigotry are out for all ...

‘Proud to be an American’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:How refreshing to read Cal Thomas' column: "An Oath for America", (Sept. 3). He notes: "Loyalty oaths have been tried in the past, but eventually were struck down by the courts as either too vague, or an unconstitutional violation of free speech. These applied - only to American ...

Clay County Fair is an Iowa treasure

Editorial

The days are a tad shorter. The kids are back in school. There's a hint of fall in the air. The season for summer fairs and festivals is nearly at an end.For the countless Iowans and others who love county fairs, however, one big event remains - the Clay County Fair.The fair that opens in ...

Elephants need more help to survive

Editorial

Elephants seem to be doing well in some African countries, but they are being slaughtered by poachers at an alarming rate in others.The total population of African elephants is declining at a rate of 8 percent a year, according to a recent study.At that rate, they will become an endangered ...

why not Heed the call to help?

Local Columns

With the first couple of weeks of school behind us, the students are now settling into a routine. Some have gained new confidence, others remain shy and quiet, and still more are working hard to learn new things and master new skills.For a kindergarten student, being in school all day means ...

Mylan is part of much bigger problem

Editorial

Mylan Pharmaceuticals deserves every bit of the bad press it is getting for taking advantage of the nation's health care system to reap enormous profits by overpricing a life-saving device.EpiPens, the devices used by many with life-threatening allergies, cost consumers $93.88 for a pack of two ...

Presidential power has grown too great

Editorial

Months ago, President Barack Obama pledged that the United States would accept 10,000 refugees from the civil war in Syria before the current fiscal year was out. On Monday, about a month ahead of schedule, the White House announced the goal had been met.That happened despite an enormous amount ...

Backpack Buddies gets a big boost

Editorial

In our affluent society, it is unacceptable for any children to be hungry or lack regular access to nutritious food. Making sure that local young folks do not experience hunger is the mission of Backpack Buddies, a program sponsored by the Fort Dodge Noon Sertoma.The Backpack Buddies ...

‘Thank you for your service!’

Local Columns

For Jim Gill, it happened in 2004 when he walked into the VA Hospital in Des Moines, just diagnosed with cancer caused by Agent Orange.For Tom Dorsey, it happened in 2005 when he attended funeral services for Iraq War veterans.For Darrell Condon, it happened on Memorial Day 2012 when he woke up ...

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 before fall and winter all too soon arrive. 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 ...

Event in Webster City succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Arts R Alive in Webster City Committee would like to thank all who attended and helped make the sixth annual Sculpture Event and Seneca Street Painting a success.Approximately 150 people enjoyed a sunny Wednesday evening and braved the rain on Thursday night. Visitors came ...

Not pleased with cemetery

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am here visiting from Washington state, having been born in Iowa I still have many relatives living here. My family has been hit with some tragedies in the last year with one cousin lying down for a nap never to wake up, another nearly losing his life and two members fighting ...

Thanks for supporting Affirmative Action Awareness Summit

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I would like to sincerely thank the community for participating and supporting the 4th Congressional District Democratic Affirmative Action Awareness Summit on July 30. (Held in Fort Dodge at the Iowa Central Community College Bioscience and Health auditorium).Dave Flattery, City ...

Dayton Rodeo fun starts today

Editorial

The 2016 incarnation of the Dayton National Championship Rodeo will attract large crowds this Labor Day weekend - deservedly so.What began more than 75 years ago as the dream of three young cowboys - Allen Porter, Duane Vegors and Vern Danielson - has grown to a four-day event that draws ...

US Navy must be kept state-of-the-art

Editorial

Some defense analysts have warned the U.S. Navy is not capable of dealing with all the ocean-borne threats in our modern world. Recently, North Korea provided a reminder of how the naval power situation is changing.A North Korean submarine fired a ballistic missile that flew about 310 miles, it ...

More problems emerge for Clinton

Editorial

An investigation revealing that donors to Hillary Clinton's family foundation appeared to have been given an inside track to personal contact with her while she was secretary of state is being dismissed by the presidential candidate.Investigative reporters with The Associated Press found that ...

Playing politics with the power to pardon

Editorial

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an old friend of Hillary and Bill Clinton, tried to do her a favor about a month ago. People convicted of felonies are more likely to vote for Democrats, some election analysts say. So McAuliffe declared tens of thousands of them who have been released from prison ...

Dislikes some editorials

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:This is an unusual presidential election year; characterizations by opposing party members have become extremely personal. In this political atmosphere it is tempting for newspapers to write political editorials in a tone that indulge this spirit of divisiveness.In late July and ...

Lauds Fort Dodge

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:An old African proverb says "It takes a village to raise a child." The "village" I was raised in was Fort Dodge. Although I have traveled around the world and lived in many different places since, I feel the sense of community activity, support and volunteerism that being raised ...