Opinion

Taxes and debt in US are enormous

Editorial

Now that the deadline to file federal tax returns without seeking an extension has passed (on Tuesday), we can all relax and stop gritting our teeth about how much of our hard-earned income goes to Washington. Or not. Each year, the Tax Foundation think tank compiles statistics and other ...

Conservation keeps Iowa prosperous

Editorial

From the time the first European settlers made Iowa their home, the state’s rich, productive farmland has been at the heart of the state’s economy. In the 21st century agriculture is just one component — albeit a very important one — of the commercial activity that keeps Iowa ...

Finances impact cancer survivors’ use of medications

Local Columns

Many cancer survivors can’t afford to take all their medications the way they were prescribed, which can lead them to make changes that include skipping doses or delaying filling prescriptions. This problem appears to mainly affect adults younger than age 65, according to a recent study by ...

Earth Day is a time for unity

Editorial

The late 1960s were turbulent years in America. It was a time of rapid change when young protesters expressed disillusionment with many aspects of the world their elders had built. The divisions in society that emerged from those conflicts four decades ago still haunt our society in the 21st ...

North Central Career Academy helps teenagers

Editorial

The North Central Career Academy, located in Eagle Grove at 216 S. Park Ave. — the old Iowa National Guard Armory, is an innovative undertaking designed to give high school students a head start on preparing for a successful work life. Launched by Iowa Central Community College in 2014, the ...

North Korea poses a huge threat

Editorial

President Donald Trump warned North Korea this week: “Gotta behave.” Also on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence cautioned Pyongyang that “the era of strategic patience is over.” During the weekend, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson telephoned Chinese leaders to talk about tension ...

Cleanup effort enhances Fort Dodge

Editorial

This week Fort Dodgers have the opportunity to help improve the appearance of their hometown. The 12th annual FOD walk, where participants spend an hour cleaning up parts of Fort Dodge, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday —rain or shine. FOD stands for foreign object debris. Historically, the ...

Health care reform moves forward

Editorial

With a new move gaining steam to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which is the federal health insurance law popularly known as Obamacare, President Donald Trump and members of Congress already are being urged to not go too far. Trump is being urged by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ...

It’s time to get screened for cancer

Local Columns

You probably don’t hear the words “good news” and “cancer” in the same sentence very often. Luckily for you, it’s true. While there is no way to completely prevent cancer from occurring, several head and neck cancers that cause death are actually preventable and even more are easily ...

Health care woes persist at VA

Editorial

Depression among military veterans too often leads to them committing suicide, in numbers some view as a crisis. Apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs does not consider dealing with it a priority. A few weeks ago, the VA inspector general released a report highly critical of the ...

Easter offers a powerful message

Editorial

Having commemorated the sorrow of Good Friday, Christians the world over today are contemplating the joy of another Easter morning with the message of victory over death and despair. The celebration of the resurrection of Christ is a time of renewal and a reaffirming of faith in him who rose ...

St. Edmond Ball is May 6

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: While fundraisers are a common occurrence in Fort Dodge, the St. Edmond Ball has been providing enthusiastic fun for 34 years supporting Catholic education. This year’s ball is shaping up to be a fantastic event that will cater to young and old alike. Saturday evening May 6 ...

Let’s make medicine more affordable

Editorial

Many of us have found generic medicines to be good alternatives to more expensive brand-name drugs. But sometimes, they are not available. If we need a certain pharmaceutical, we have no choice but to pay the higher price for the brand-name version. There may be good, acceptable reasons for ...

Fallen officer will be remembered

Editorial

There can’t be many Messenger readers who aren’t aware of the important contribution Scouting makes to the education and character development of American boys and young men. The Boy Scouts of America — incorporated on Feb. 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916 — according to its ...

FD City Council should reconsider

Editorial

The city of Fort Dodge owns the bike trail on Wraywood Drive. Nevertheless, homeowners are being required to pay for snow removal on the portion of the trail bordering their properties as the result of a decision by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. That is the wrong decision and should ...

He was the right choice for the position

Editorial

One sentence in the Associated Press story about the Monday swearing in of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court makes it clear he was the right choice for the position. Gorsuch, 49, is known as an “originalist” or a “strict constructionist.” According to the AP, that means he ...

It’s time to honor Fort Dodge’s past

Editorial

Hollywood has its famous Walk of Fame honoring legends of the movie industry. Stars on the walkway permanently preserve the names of performers long after their careers have become largely forgotten. Fort Dodge now has something similar. Plaques have been installed honoring buildings that ...

Charles Grassley keeps his promises

Editorial

When a politician makes a promise, it's not uncommon for voters to respond with skepticism. When U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley says he will do something, however, it’s a good idea to pay close attention — the Iowa Republican has a history of following through on his pledges. Many years ...

Obamacare woes reach Iowa

Editorial

Huge changes in our nation's health insurance system were enacted when Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act — popularly known as Obamacare. From the beginning, this legislation has been strongly opposed by virtually all Republican federal officeholders. ...

Duncombe’s Fun Night a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Duncombe Elementary Booster Club’s annual Fun Night event, held March 25, was once again a great success and an opportunity for Duncombe Families and the community to come together, have fun, and support the youths of Fort Dodge. On behalf of the Duncombe Elementary Boosters ...