Opinion

Join the parade

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Please consider building autism awareness while having fun at the same time. You are invited to participate in the Frontier Day parade this Saturday accompanying the autism parade entry. Participants will receive a free T-shirt and wristband.Line-up will be at Citizens Community ...

Fridays on the Plaza returns

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Summer is here and the Fort Dodge Noon Lions are happy to announce they are once again sponsoring Fridays on the Plaza at the corner of Ninth Street and Central Avenue during the months of June, July and August. Please join us for lunch each week. We will be offering hamburgers, ...

Steak Fry succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On behalf of the Fort Dodge Noon Lions, I would like to thank everyone who made our annual Steak Fry on May 19 a huge success. Special thanks to Russ Young and staff from Fareway meat department, Fareway grocery departments, Jason Kahler from the Corner Store, Laufersweilers, ...

Faith in humanity restored

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:A few weeks ago I was in Loomis Park between 9 and 11 a.m.. I was walking along the paved trail that follows the river. There were two young men that pulled up and got out of their vehicle. One was walking a large dog that looked like a husky and the other was riding a long board ...

New Vietnam policy requires caution

Editorial

Instead of risking a confrontation with China himself, President Barack Obama has decided to let Vietnam do so over Beijing's expansionism. He did this by lifting an arms embargo in place for decades against Vietnam.Using other countries or even organizations as proxies in such situations is ...

These mistakes cannot be excused

Editorial

President Barack Obama's administration is in a hurry to release thousands of drug offenders from prison before their original sentences have expired. But freeing those who have paid their dues in full? Not so much."Staff errors" were blamed in a Justice Department report that admitted 152 ...

Drug addiction is a huge problem

Editorial

Most members of Congress no doubt comprehend the need for more spending on drug addiction treatment programs. At the same time, they have a very clear understanding of the government's ability to waste enormous amounts of money without achieving acceptable results.President Barack Obama ...

Take the time to remember

Editorial

Today is Memorial Day. For many people, it is a time to welcome the summer season by taking advantage of a three-day holiday weekend to spend relaxing time with friends and family.It is important, however, not to forget what this day is truly about.Beginning soon after the Civil War, a day in ...

Career on Wheels succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On April 26, we had a special event take place in our community and I would like to take a moment to thank those people who made this event possible. Through a partnership with the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, Ryan Flaherty from Prairie Lakes AEA, Iowa Central and a ...

Weighs in on pipeline debate

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Another agency (this time the state archaeologist) has piped up and the pipeline is delayed again. The state archaeologist is not sure yet but he has heard a rumor about Indian sites. He hasn't gone out and done any research, but he wants to have a hand in the fun from his warm ...

Eggs and Issues is a vital forum

Editorial

Many of the issues that members of the Iowa Legislature deal with each session are complicated. In some communities, it's difficult for citizens to stay as informed about the decisions lawmakers make as would be ideal.Locally, however, Eggs and Issues makes staying well-versed about what is ...

Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer

Local Columns

Memorial Day is the official unofficial kickoff weekend for summer. This is the holiday that we meet with family and friends to enjoy what summer has yet to offer us.About 700,000 more people will travel on Memorial Day weekend than did last year. This is a 1.8 percent increase over the ...

Finally, we’re doing the right thing

Editorial

Members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots group who flew noncombat missions for the military during World War II deserve to be viewed as veterans. A 1977 federal law codified that.In 2002, under then-President George W. Bush, the decision was made to allow any ex-WASPs who desired to be ...

Lauds Honor Flights

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I want to congratulate and thank those behind the efforts to have Honor Flights for Vietnam veterans in your area. I have read that of the 2.8 million that served in Vietnam, less than 800,000 remain. Your efforts for The Greatest Generation was second to none, also. I am a ...

Supports Sen. Grassley

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:When we send someone to Washington, we expect him or her to actually stand for the law and to do what's right. Most politicians get to Washington and buckle under the pressure of lobbyists, "experts" and the media. Chuck Grassley has been there for decades and yet he's one of the ...

Moorland banquet date set

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The 2016 Moorland Alumni Banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. June 11 at the Fort Dodge Pizza Ranch, 3311 Fifth Ave. S. (back room reserved). Please call Judy Huegel at 571-0211, Bill Byrne at 549-3723 or Shirley Webb at 549-3527 for reservations.All former students who attended in ...

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 ...

A message of thanks and appreciation

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Fort Dodge Veterans Council which is comprised of members from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Marine Corps League, Legion Riders, Viet Nam Veterans of America and the Air Force Association would ...

Support veterans — buy a poppy

Editorial

The men and women who have served this nation in times of war should have a place in our hearts at all times, but most especially as the Memorial Day weekend approaches.One way to show that these veterans are remembered and valued is to buy a poppy and wear it prominently and with pride.Soon ...

US should proceed with great caution

Editorial

One can almost picture Islamic State terrorists in Libya, rubbing their hands together in glee at the thought of restocking their arsenal with advanced weaponry, courtesy of the United States.This country and a few other world powers have revealed a plan to supply weapons to the government of ...