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Apollo 11 at 50

You had to be there 50 years ago, and I was. As a young reporter for a local TV station in Houston, I frequently visited NASA (“the space base,” we dubbed it), met many of the astronauts and reported on their exploits. Along with people from around the world, I watched the lunar landing ...

Texting lost loved one

Dear Annie. I have been dating my boyfriend for two years now. He had lost his fiancee three years before we began dating. The problem I am having is he still has his deceased fiancee’s phone number saved in his phone. He sometimes texts her, but, of course, it goes nowhere. I did ask him ...

No longer accepting negative talk

Dear Annie: I am writing because I’m seeking your help about my relationship with my 30-year-old granddaughter, “Nadia.” Our relationship is more of a mother-daughter type relationship, because my husband and I were involved in raising her. Our son had custody of his children because the ...

Canada paying a price for overdependence on the US

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver’s Shaughnessy neighborhood is tucked away under so many massive trees that even on an overcast day earlier this month, both the temperature and the decibel level plummeted when I turned off busy Granville Street into this urban oasis. The neighborhood ...

Things haven’t always been this way

Here’s a suggestion. How about setting up some high school rifle clubs? Students would bring their own rifles to school, store them with the team coach and, after classes, collect them for practice. You say: “Williams, you must be crazy! To prevent gun violence, we must do all we can to ...

Relationship needs new foundation

Dear Annie: My husband constantly lies by omission of details of what he has done. He has had two affairs with other women — that I know of. He thinks if he tells part of the truth, it is OK. That is how his mind works, and he doesn’t care what I think. What is wrong with him? His ...

Drug price gouging — an American story

To be American is a wonderful thing most of the time. There are moments, however, when it is downright humiliating. Can you imagine a more pitiful scene than a busload of Americans traveling 815 miles from Minneapolis to a Walmart in London, Ontario, Canada, to buy insulin at a 10th — a 10th! ...

Jumping from job to job

Dear Annie: I’m freshly moved out of my parents’ house. It’s a really exciting time for me! I’m gaining so much long-awaited independence. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity for self-growth and exploration. I live with a few friends, too, which is an awesome bonus. But what I’m ...

Jeffrey Epstein — Justice delayed

We live in a country where justice is supposed to be blind. Citizens expect that people who do bad things will be caught and arrested and spend an appropriate period behind bars. Not so if you are an uber-wealthy guy named Jeffrey Epstein. He got away with a lot. Until now. Jeffrey ...

Boiling like a tea kettle

Dear Annie: I am a grandmother who is seeking your advice about my married granddaughter. Her father is my son. Her parents divorced when the children were quite small. My son was awarded custody of my granddaughter and her brother. We did our best to provide help to our son and the children. ...

Democrats need broader mission than just beating Trump

WASHINGTON — The obvious unifying element for Democrats looking ahead to the 2020 presidential election is their imperative to oust Donald Trump from the Oval Office. They desire it for a multitude of reasons, starting with his glaring incompetence for the job and the rampant corruption in ...

Wanting a walking partner

Dear Annie: My husband and I are very close. We have been married for 27 years and agree on most things and share many common interests. There is only one issue where we differ, and I’d like to hear suggestions for how I can help him to change, so he will join me in my daily walks. I love ...

Garrigan, Algona, Newell-Fonda punch state tickets

Golden Bears headed to state for first time ACKLEY — The Bishop Garrigan softball team is headed for the state tournament. The ninth-ranked Golden Bears plated a run in the first inning here Monday night, and it held up, as they bested No. 6 AGWSR, 1-0, in a Class 1A regional ...

Middle-Class Joe cashes in

The American middle class just got a lot richer. Joe Biden, who invariably and tiresomely refers to himself as “Middle-Class Joe,” made $15 million the first two years after the end of the Obama administration. This hardly qualifies as a rounding error in the portfolio of any ...

Heirloom hostility

Dear Annie: My mother very sadly passed away in January from cancer. She had a ring of my grandfather’s that was very special to her, and I wanted to have it because I knew how much it meant to her. My stepfather gave it to me. Now, last week, my grandmother (her mother) who has pretty much ...

MICHAEL J. PERGANDE

Michael J. Pergande, 68, of Vincent, passed away Friday, July 12, 2019, at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home. Private family services will be held at a later date. Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home is serving the family. Michael is survived by his wife Pam Pergande of Vincent, daughters ...

Fort Dodge businesses selected for Goldman Sachs program

Three Fort Dodge businesses are participating in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. Cheryl O’Hern, of Spin Markket, Brian Pederson, of Blue Ribbon Pelham Waters, and Todd McCubbin, of Shiny Top Brewing, were selected for the program. The 10,000 Small Businesses program ...

Failure to stand up for the truth suggests not an open mind but an empty one

A man named Josef Buzhminski told this story at the trial of Adolf Eichmann. It happened on July 27, 1942, at the fence of the Jewish ghetto in Przemysl, Poland. Buzhminski was watching from hiding as an SS man named Kidash seized a Jewish woman and her 18-month-old son. “She held the baby ...

Balancing needs, limitations

Dear Annie: My older brother is disabled. He was quite functional after he first had a stroke, but did not take care of himself. He wouldn’t take his medications, ate unhealthy food, drank too much and watched TV all day. As a result, he is now very disabled. Has difficulty walking, ...

The Constitution, the census and citizenship

Late last month, the Supreme Court ruled on a challenge to a question that the Commerce Department announced it would add to the 2020 census. The census itself has been mandated by the Constitution to be taken every 10 years so that representation in the House of Representatives could be fairly ...