Opinion

Drug prices are out of control

Editorial

If price-gouging for life-saving EpiPens goes on, feds should step in. If competitive forces cannot drive down the price of an essential drug that costs just $75 across the border in Canada, Congress and federal regulators have the authority, as well as an ethical obligation, to step ...

Santa Cops are on the beat again

Editorial

The Santa Cops project is a delightful annual effort to make the holiday season a bit brighter for area youngsters whose families need a hand up to make this time of year as merry as it should be. The Fort Dodge Police Association, Webster County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Dodge/Webster ...

There’s a pilot shortage.

Local Columns

Air service is critically important to each of our state’s key economic drivers. Iowa’s largest employers rank commercial air service in the top three factors influencing expansion and relocation decisions. Recently, major business relocations in other parts of the country have supported ...

Why the pilot shortage matters to Fort Dodge

Local Columns

Pilots used to need 250 hours of flight time to get hired by a regional airline. Now, they need 1,500 hours. The genesis of the 1,500-hour rule, as it came to be known, can be traced to Feb. 12, 2009, when Colgan Air Flight 3407, operating as Continental Connection, crashed into a house on ...

From other editors: Overdue answers on Medicaid

Editorial

It’s a bit bureaucratic, but on page 15 of the new review of the various cost saving estimates from Iowa’s Medicaid program, there is this extraordinary line: “However, during the decision making process to move the Medicaid program from primarily a fee-for-service program to a managed ...

Sen. Joni Ernst shows leadership

Editorial

Passing a budget and the appropriations bills to fund the U.S. government are among the most important functions of the U.S. Congress. Anyone who has been paying even casual attention realizes, however, that getting that vital work done on time and in an orderly fashion almost never ...

Iowa Central students show spirit of giving

Editorial

The cynics in our world are quick to assert that college students live in a self-indulgent, self-centered world where truly being a part of the community where the college is located is simply not a priority. For some students, that may be true. It’s certainly not the case, however, for ...

Thank you, Gunderson, for A Time for Angels

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Sunday I had the pleasure of attending A Time for Angels sponsored by Gunderson Funeral Home. It was a beautiful service intended to memorialize the loss of our loved ones and to help those in our community who are suffering a loss prepare for the holidays. While many ...

Hunger is a huge problem

Editorial

Hunger is a huge problem in many places around the world. The impact of an inadequate diet is especially great for children. With that in mind, Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit Christian organization, coordinates an effort to get food to people in need. Last Saturday, about 400 ...

Thank you, Fort Dodge!

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Another year and another amazing effort put forth by the young women and men of the ICCC Culinary School. Chef Michael, Chef Jeffrey, and their team prepared nearly 2,000 meals for those in need, alone, or those that just wanted time to enjoy a meal with others on ...

George H.W. Bush left a legacy

Editorial

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

Remember those in need this holiday season

Editorial

Thanksgiving has passed and the Christmas season has begun. The time spent together with family over food and gift giving is something that we all associate with this time of year. But there are those for whom these holidays are just another day, but with an added sense of loneliness and ...

Mean girls are after Melania Trump

Local Columns

The media, including magazines that purport to empower women, are behaving as “mean girls” when it comes to their deplorable treatment of first lady Melania Trump, who is a class act by any standards. Women’s magazines that never missed an opportunity to heap lavish praise upon Michelle ...

Remember ‘Uncle Dick’s Fun House’?

Local Columns

For years, Dick Johnson put smiles on the faces of hundreds of Fort Dodge girls and boys and helped many of them usher in another birthday — made all the more special by celebrating it on live television. Those lucky kids who appeared on “Uncle Dick’s Fun House” are now in their 60s ...

Spend time at Farm News Ag Show

Editorial

Make plans to spend some time at the 17th annual Farm News Ag Show. It kicks off Wednesday at the 2031 Quail Ave. on the East Campus of Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. On its first day, the show is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It resumes at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and runs until 3 ...

Lights at Kennedy makes season festive

Editorial

As Christmas approaches, the campground at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park is once again be transformed into a holiday wonderland. The 15th annual Lights at Kennedy will help make the season more festive for area residents and visitors. Additionally, the event raises money to support the ...

Unemployment is at a record low

Editorial

If you want powerful evidence that Iowa’s economy is doing well, drive around any of the state’s major towns or cities. Almost everywhere businesses have posted “hiring” signs in windows or other prominent places. Nationally, the unemployment rate is at a remarkable 3.7 percent. Here ...

I am disappointed

Local Columns

I am not a dispatcher. I am a journalist. But you probably wouldn’t realize how our lives parallel unless you stepped into the newsroom of The Messenger at any given moment on any given day and heard dispatch coming across the scanner. The Webster County Law Enforcement Center is literally ...

Slow down before privatizing

Editorial

The Webster County Telecommunications Board will meet today, and it’s expected to vote on privatizing the management of the local 911 dispatch center. We urge the board members to slow down and postpone the decision. It’s a momentous choice that impacts the work of dispatchers who handle ...

Manufacturing Club an inspired idea

Editorial

Fort Dodge Senior High students who are handy with a set of tools will soon have a new activity to enjoy. Creation of the Dodger Manufacturing Club was OK’d recently by the district’s Board of Education. Club members will make items and possibly sell them, according to Matt Elsbecker, ...