Opinion

It’s time to honor our fathers

Editorial

Father’s Day is upon us once again. That’s good news for the greeting card vendors. In recent years, they have sold upwards of 100 million cards to Americans intent on paying tribute to good old dad. About half of those cards are purchased by dutiful sons and daughters. Wives honoring a ...

Paradise, still lost

Local Columns

In the mornings, there was Milton. Dr. Pi, as my brother and I called him, favored structured classics that most people would consider stilted. Chekhov — he loved “Uncle Vanya.” Shakespeare — light reading. But Milton held his attention. The 17th century English poet is probably ...

Swing for a Cure is June 29

Local Columns

Mark your calendars for the 13th annual Swing for a Cure golf outing. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, June 29 at the Fort Dodge Country Club. The day will kick off with lunch beginning at 11 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at noon for the four-person best-shot, flighted ...

This memorial must remain on view

Editorial

Terming a statue on the waterfront in Jersey City, New Jersey, “gruesome,” the leader of a group planning to renovate a plaza there, facing the New York City skyline, wants it removed. City officials agreed. It is gruesome. And in some ways it may not be politically correct. But it needs ...

This law is a useful step forward

Editorial

It happens too frequently, in our communities and across America. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families. And we see it in obituaries of ...

Today Americans honor our flag

Editorial

More than two centuries ago, on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress of the newly established United States of America adopted a resolution making an early version of the stars and stripes our national flag. That flag, with modifications to reflect an increase in the number of states, has ...

Frontier Days 2018 succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am so proud and thankful for all of the Frontier Days 2018 staff, volunteers, sponsors, vendors, reenactors, businesses, and other nonprofit organizations that supported “The Original Wild West Frontier Days 2018.” Without your time, talent, and treasure we would not have ...

A problem from the past returns

Editorial

You may remember the environmental scare over chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) three decades ago. They were destroying the ozone layer in the earth’s atmosphere, we were told. They had to be banned. And so they were, through international agreements beginning in 1987. CFCs were taken out of ...

Free speech on campuses

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There have been several writings in the Opinion page of The Messenger regarding the loss of freedom of speech on certain university campuses. Each of the writings provided insight into the loss of the freedom to express oneself on some campuses if you are a conservative in your ...

Peanut Days succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A big “thank you” to the businesses and citizens of Fort Dodge and surrounding areas for purchasing peanuts during the months of May and June. To the 200 businesses that purchased boxes of peanuts from our members, thank you for supporting us year after year. Three ...

Don’t expect huge progress

Editorial

During this era in which instant gratification seems realistic to all too many people, President Donald Trump is doomed to disappoint them. Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will meet today in Singapore to discuss Pyongyang’s weaponization campaign, which includes both nuclear ...

For once, Hollywood gets it right

Editorial

You may want to sit down for this: Hollywood has done something worthy of praise. For once, the movie moguls have put ethics ahead of money. Paramount Network had planned a television reprise of the 1988 film, “Heathers.” The original version starred Winona Rider and Christian Slater. It ...

Objects to remark

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was quite offended and disturbed by the remarks of Gary Waechter in the Sunday edition of The Messenger. Mr. Waechter obviously has no understanding of rape. In Mr. Waechter’s words, “the two people have to be held accountable for what they did.” The victim of rape is ...

Market on Central to resume Thursday

Editorial

Downtown Fort Dodge is on the rebound. During the last several years, storefronts up and down Central Avenue and on nearby streets that have too long been vacant are once again coming to life commercially. The city’s historic business district is becoming the home to an impressive array of ...

American Cancer Society Relay For Life is Saturday

Local Columns

From close family members to close friends, we all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer at some point. Local cancer survivors and their caregivers will take the celebratory first lap at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Webster County event on Saturday at Fort Dodge ...

The gun conversation moves on to accountability

Local Columns

Perhaps last week you read the column of responses to my invitation to join the conversation. The conversation centers on solving the issues that lead to gun violence, particularly the kind that results in mass deaths. It began with the story, “Gun ownership 101,” that laid out what should ...

Hallowed ground in Pennsylvania

Editorial

Sept. 11, 2001, seems so long ago, in many ways. A whole generation of Americans has no personal recollection of that tragic day. We are being reminded of it once again, by the announcement that some wreckage from Flight 93, no longer needed for purposes such as investigating the tragedy, ...

A transformation is taking shape

Editorial

Sometimes a structure created for one purpose — but which is no longer needed for that role — can be transformed. That’s exactly what’s happening in Eagle Grove. An abandoned grain elevator is taking on a new life as a work of art. Plans call for it to honor the heritage of Eagle ...

Has concerns about FD’s future

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am so sad that Younkers and Zales will be leaving our Fort Dodge Crossroads Mall. I understand they were among the first stores in the mall when it opened over 50 years ago. At that time the stores were not under one roof. We had come a long way. With the exit of the ...

Wants a moratorium

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I have lived in Hardy since 1999. I moved to the country with the great outdoors in mind — but boy was I wrong. In the fall of 2014, I learned that two 2,500-head hog factories were being built just 2,559 feat east of my acreage. I was never asked or told anything about it ...