×

Opinion

Brave Hong Kong protesters stand alone

Editorial

Slightly more than 30 years ago, millions of Americans watched helplessly as pro-democracy protests in China were crushed ruthlessly. Our horror at the Tiananmen Square massacre was mixed with admiration for the courage shown by more than a million Chinese in standing up to the ...

Cady was ideal chief justice

Editorial

Students in the Introduction to Criminal Justice class at St. Edmond High School had a special guest instructor one day last March. He spoke to the students at length and when one of them had a question, it was clear that this instructor listened carefully and gave a thorough answer. His ...

It’s American Education Week

Editorial

Since the earliest days in our state’s history, Iowans have understood that schools are important to the proper development of youngsters to help ready them to assist in building a bright future for their communities and state. Not long after farmsteads began to fill Iowa’s landscape, they ...

Another growing season ends

Editorial

All across Iowa, the countryside that just a few weeks ago was vibrant and green is now empty and brown. As fall wanes, winter is fast approaching. Later this month we will take part in a festive Thanksgiving celebration. That makes now an especially good time to reflect on Iowa’s remarkable ...

United Way’s campaign — offering Hope 4 Kids

Local Columns

The 2019-2020 United Way campaign is taking place with a theme of “Hope 4 Kids — Offering our Kids a Brighter Future.” This year’s goal is $425,000. In 1928, a group of generous and committed Fort Dodge leaders established the Fort Dodge Community Chest. Frank W. Griffith, a noted ...

Coats for Kids provides needed warmth

Editorial

It’s hard to imagine facing an Iowa winter without a warm coat. Sadly, some area youngsters could be confronted with just that prospect if their families are confronting a challenging economic situation. Fortunately, however, through the combined efforts of Shimkat Motor Co. and the ...

Hillside holiday lights to return

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The miracle of Christmas is on 202 Second St. This story could not have been told if it was not for the character bestowed to one man’s dream to have the largest Christmas in the world. I did not achieve that, but on Facebook five years ago, I was number eight for the most ...

Help The Salvation Army by ringing bells

Editorial

Like Christmas trees and turkey dinners, the red kettles and bell ringers of The Salvation Army are a traditional element of the holiday season. Just about everyone has seen the kettles and heard the jingling bells over the years. And hopefully, just about everyone has put some donations in ...

Regulations needed on e-cigarettes

Editorial

Use of tobacco in all forms can be hazardous to one’s health. That is a fact, not open to dispute. Yet cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco are legal for sale in all 50 states, with some restrictions. That is a puzzle to many who wonder why federal laws intended to ...

New swings open fun opportunities for disabled children

Editorial

For a child, few things generate the sense of excitement that a swing can. Climbing into a swing and zooming back and forth can give a child the feeling that they’re soaring to the sky like an astronaut or a superhero. But often only able-bodied children can enjoy that sensation. Any ...

Today we pay honor to our veterans

Editorial

More than a century has passed since the guns fell silent in the war then known as the Great War — the one we now call World War I. It was late morning in France when the armistice ending that conflagration took effect. All those years ago, many Europeans and Americans expected the ...

Woman veteran asks for unity

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing this on behalf of my fellow female veterans among us. The trend these days is for our male veteran brothers to wear ball caps displaying their veteran status showing their service in Vietnam, the ship they served on or even their retirement for the many loyal ...

Concerned about pork production facts

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On the back page of the sports section on Oct. 27, you declared October Pork Month. I’d like to update the pork industry facts. As of August 2017, in a report to the EPA, the DNR reported 10,289 CAFOs with 300 under construction. The DNR also reported another 3,797 unknown ...

Grassley set a standard for politicians

Editorial

Many years ago, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley told his constituents that he would stay in close touch with them by visiting every Iowa county at least one time each year. Since his initial election to the Senate in 1980, Iowa’s senior senator has been faithful to that promise. Grassley takes ...

Remembering the Webster County men lost in the Vietnam War

Local Columns

Terry Griffey may have become a college professor. Tim Green may have incorporated his love of music in the practice of the ministry. Roger Olson may have become an architect and home designer. Pat Trotter may have developed turbo engines. Lee Peters may have become an attorney. But ...

Compromise is vital to American government

Editorial

It has been said that the art of politics is compromise. Mention that these days and it is entirely likely you will be accused of being a traitor by those on one of the polls to which political discourse seems to have been relegated. Perhaps both sides will flail away at you. Former President ...

Etzel scholarships will help future students

Editorial

John ‘‘Jack’’ Etzel never forgot what his education empowered him to achieve in life. The Fort Dodge native was born Oct. 2, 1930, about a year after the stock market crash plunged the United States into the Great Depression. He graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School, where ...

Sac City leaders tackle sewer problems

Editorial

Faced with significant problems with their community’s sanitary sewer system, leaders in Sac City are opting to tackle the situation instead of leaving it for some future generation to deal with. And they’re doing it with the help of a $1.28 million grant from the United States Department ...

Former councilman will caucus for Buttigieg

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I lived in Fort Dodge from 1982 to 2004, and was privileged to serve on the City Council for 11 of those years. I loved living there, and still think of it as home. I read The Messenger daily. I know that good things are happening in FD and Webster County, and I applaud ...

Gov. Kim Reynolds seeks solutions

Editorial

All across America there is a realization that our nation’s criminal justice system needs major changes. Preventing crimes is a never-ending struggle. When misdeeds occur, ensuring the fair treatment in the law enforcement and judicial systems of individuals accused of wrong-doing remains a ...