Opinion

October is Co-op Month across US

Editorial

There are various types of businesses that operate as cooperatives, but according to the National Cooperative Business Association they all are owned and democratically controlled by their members and are designed to serve those members. The members typically are the people who “use the ...

US must restore its space capabilities

Editorial

Space exploration is dangerous. No amount of technological advances and expensive safeguards changes the fact that the brave women and men who travel beyond the atmosphere have agreed to be strapped to the tops of massive amounts of explosives. We were reminded of the hazards recently, when a ...

Backs Megan Srinivas

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t like to step on anyone’s toes. However, I have an important message about making Fort Dodge an even better place to live: be an educated voter. Megan Srinivas is running for the seat in the Iowa House of Representatives being ...

Supports Reynolds/Gregg ticket

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As the election for the position of governor and lieutenant governor nears, I ask you to vote for the Reynolds/Gregg ticket. Kim Reynolds is the consummate Iowa success story. While working, she raised a family and attained a college degree. She has been a strong advocate for ...

GWRRA event succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the GWRRA (Gold Wing Road Riders Association) Iowa District we want to say thank you to our fine city, Fort Dodge, for the generous reception of the GWRRA Iowa District Rally recently held at the Best Western hotel. Scott and his staff made sure everything ran ...

Nikki Haley does a great job at UN

Editorial

Some in the White House are not especially fond of Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who became this country’s ambassador to the United Nations under President Donald Trump. Still, there is evidence Trump himself understood her great value to Americans. Haley revealed last ...

Support Kim Reynolds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As the election for the position of governor and lieutenant governor nears, I ask you to vote for the Reynolds/Gregg ticket. Kim Reynolds is the consummate Iowa success story. While working, she raised a family and attained a college degree. She has been a strong advocate for ...

Honor Flight succeeds again

Letters to the Editor

To the editor Another successful Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight — our 17th. We cannot list all of the volunteers that have made this such a successfull venture. There were four WW II, nine Korean, and 121 Vietnam veterans on this “trip of a lifetime.” What a wonderful sight to see so ...

International sales help America

Editorial

America’s exceptionally strong economy would be even more robust if this nation were able to sell in the international marketplace more of the products that are grown here. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, exports already produce about 20 percent of farm income. The ...

Another chance to be heard

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As many of the people in Calhoun County already know Burr Oak Growers LLC. applied to build a 5,000-head factory farm less than two miles from Lohrville back in August. We have been successful in stopping them so far. When the DNR ignored Lohrville citizens and our concerns ...

It’s time to think about financial aid

Local Columns

For most of us, Oct. 1 means the changing of seasons, pumpkin spice, and Halloween. For high school seniors, Oct. 1 also means it’s time to begin filling out college applications and applying for financial aid. The 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available on ...

Newspaper carriers deserve applause

Editorial

Every day more than 53 million newspapers are delivered to readers. Those compendiums of news and community information arrive on doorsteps all across our land as if by magic. Nothing magical is afoot, of course. Hundreds of thousands of newspaper carriers spread out across the nation each day ...

Backs Ann Meyer for House

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I support Ann Meyer for the state House election to be Nov. 6. I do not reside in the voting District 9 so therefore I can’t cast my vote for Ann. Although I am supportive of Ann, I’m writing this letter as something I can do for her. I do know Ann and my feeling for ...

Talks with North Korea are proceeding

Editorial

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un insists he is prepared to scrap his nuclear weapons and, presumably, his intercontinental missiles. But he didn’t say anything about cyberwarfare. Whether Kim will keep his promises about military hardware remains to be seen. Indeed, as President Donald ...

Don’t fail to make your voice heard

Editorial

Election Day in the Hawkeye State is Nov. 6. To make voting as convenient as possible, many states allow registered voters to cast ballots over a period of weeks in advance the official Election Day. Here in Iowa early voting is now underway. Ballots can be cast at county auditors’ office. ...

Newspapers make America stronger

Editorial

Here at The Messenger, we work diligently to put out a daily newspaper that we hope readers find both informative and useful. This is National Newspaper Week. That makes it a good time to reflect on our industry. Newspapers are so much a part of daily life that most people spend little time ...

Some flexibility is in order

Editorial

When will the electricity be back on? Is the water safe to drink? Which streets were damaged so badly they need to be closed to the public? Can school buildings be repaired and reopened quickly? Do any municipal employees need time off to ensure their own families are safe? That is just a ...

It’s that time of year again

Editorial

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Many health care professionals are urging the public — especially those who, because of age or existing health conditions may be more vulnerable to the flu — to get immunized as soon as possible. They have a very good reason for being worried. ...

In the rearview, there’s a giant pothole

Local Columns

In the rearview, there’s a giant pothole. Well, actually a sinkhole. Every Wednesday, in the early afternoon, I meet with my colleague, Anne Blankenship, who is the Daily-Freeman Journal’s managing editor. At those meetings we sit at a conference table, make plans and share ...