Opinion

Property seizures must await convictions

Editorial

Few people have any argument with the government seizing property owned by a drug trafficker. Often, houses, cars, boats, etc., not to mention the pusher’s cash, were obtained by breaking the law. But what about someone merely accused of a crime? We Americans are innocent until proven ...

Oprah Winfrey for president?

Editorial

Oprah Winfrey must have been pleased at the talk after her speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony. Who wouldn’t be flattered at widespread suggestions she ought to run for president? But if Winfrey is smart — and she is — she will wonder whether the message she tried to convey will ...

Kim Jong Un is the real problem

Editorial

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened to attack the United States with nuclear missiles, and is testing rockets meant for that purpose. U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to retaliate, should such an assault occur. So, who’s the bad guy? Who’s the dangerous, unhinged threat to ...

CCS is celebrating

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In recognition of Community Christian School’s 40th anniversary, the year was started with a New Year’s Eve celebration planned with the assistance of the seventh- and eighth-grade classes. This was a great evening of food, fun, fellowship and devotion. As co-chairs of the ...

Duncombe hog confinement

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We recently became aware of the plan to construct a 5,000 head hog confinement, by Iowa Select Farms and Richard Stark, just north of Duncombe. I wonder if any real thought or consideration for the town and its residents ever went into the planning decision for this ...

Today we honor a dream of justice

Editorial

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, being observed today, is an appropriate time to recall an exceptional person. But more importantly, it’s a time to recommit the nation to the cause for which King died and the legacy he left for all of us. The famed civil rights leader, assassinated April 4, ...

Taxes and Christmas gifts

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: With Christmas having come and gone I wonder how many of you sat down and opened a gift only to find it contained something that already belonged to you? I am guessing not many of you because that really would not be a gift. President Trump promised the American people a ...

Has some concerns

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In a few short weeks for the second time in a year Iowa Central will be asking residents to increase our taxes to fund “improvements” at the campus. Before voters head to the polls, I would like to see the finances of the college. Maybe The Messenger can help publish those. ...

Reynolds sets out important goals

Editorial

Gov. Kim Reynolds delivered her first Condition of the State Tuesday. She told lawmakers — and her fellow Hawkeye State residents — that Iowa is doing well but has important challenges to confront in the year ahead. The governor pointed with pride to some of Iowa’s strengths: • It ...

Iowa Central needs your support Feb. 6

Local Columns

Iowa Central Community College and the Area V region is at a crossroads. Decisions that we make today will have an impact both to the area economy and the education opportunities of our children and grandchildren. On Feb. 6, Iowa Central Community College will ask for voters in the nine ...

Iowa’s courts must remain world class

Editorial

Iowa has a court system that is the envy of many other states and a source of pride to Hawkeye State residents. Keeping our state’s courts world class should be a priority for lawmakers when budget decisions are made this year. Iowa’s Supreme Court is led by a Fort Dodger. In his role as ...

USDA accomplished much in 2017

Editorial

Late last month, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue shared his perspective on how the agency he heads had fared in 2017. He said it was a year during which the hard-driving team at the U.S. Department of Agriculture achieved a great deal. “Unlike any other federal department, USDA ...

Iran’s leaders face their public

Editorial

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official’s warning recently. Others familiar with the situation may have thought it less humorous. Iran has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations during recent weeks. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad ...

Wants future safeguarded

Letters to the Editor

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official’s warning recently. Others familiar with the situation may have thought it less humorous. Iran has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations during recent weeks. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad ...

It’s sign-up time

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Strengthening Families for parents and youth 10-14 is about to start in Fort Dodge the week of Jan. 22. This PROSPER program will begin its 16th year of programs with sixth-graders and their families. Families that participate in the programs delivered through PROSPER can ...

They appreciate hospice

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to thank Kindred Hospice and let everyone know a few things they do and how much they do. After my brother died in February, my mom (who had previously had several heart attacks) went downhill fast. She was overcome with grief. As I was talking about my mom to one ...

Police officers deserve our thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Dec. 17 at about 12:30, I was summoned to the home of an elderly acquaintance, who had just been burglarized. Thankfully, she was unhurt, and the items lost were negligible. I wanted to thank the officers of the Fort Dodge Police Department who were called to the scene. ...

New tax shouldn’t hurt charities

Editorial

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. That’s an absurd claim. It should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. If you make contributions to recognized ...

Backs bond referendum

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing to give my support to the Iowa Central Community college {ICC} bond referendum. I am an enthusiastic believer in the importance, not only of a solid education for our young people, but also for the need to support our community college. When I graduated from ...

Supports ICCC’s proposal

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Feb. 6, Iowa Central Community College is asking voters in Region V to support for a $25.5 million bond issue to support needed improvements for the college. I had the pleasure of attending Iowa Central Community College and benefited from outstanding academic and ...