Opinion

Trump might face an early challenge

Editorial

Until they learn more about President-elect Donald Trump’s plans, policies and personality, it is likely most other nations, even our enemies, will engage in something of a diplomatic honeymoon with the new White House. Not North Korea. That country’s vicious dictator, Kim Jong Un, ...

Pony Express Dance is Saturday

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Dayton Wranglers Saddle Club will be holding its annual Pony Express Dance Saturday at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites in Fort Dodge. All the proceeds will be given to Easter Seals of Iowa, Camp Sunnyside. Easter Seals of Iowa enables handicapped the ...

Bill Northey keeps a pledge

Editorial

Bill Northey, Iowa’s secretary of agriculture, long ago pledged to visit all 99 Iowa counties each year to meet with Iowans to discuss the future of agriculture. Late last year he achieved an important milestone in that effort. Northey has now kept faith with this commitment for a full ...

It’s time for Iowa to take action

Local Columns

When mental health issues become visible, it often happens explosively and tragically. The shootings at Newtown and Virginia Tech, along with countless other deadly crimes, were carried out by mentally unstable individuals. About a year ago, an Iowa veteran dealing with post-traumatic stress ...

Remembering his father’s message

Editorial

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said repeatedly that his goal was an America in which people were judged solely by the quality of their actions. Egged on by liberal Democrats and many in the entertainment world, millions of people seem to have forgotten that advice. Martin Luther King ...

A message of thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Salvation Army Corps officers and staff wish to express their sincere gratitude to the people in our community. The organization is taking this opportunity to say “thank you” to those who partnered with us during this year’s Thanksgiving and/or Christmas holiday. ...

Lehigh appreciates the help

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The city of Lehigh wishes to thank the Fort Dodge stores of Fareway and Hy-Vee for their very generous donation of drinking water during our boil order. It is so appreciated when this help comes forward and all of the citizens remarked how very nice it was of you. A special ...

Likes Messenger’s approach

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I have to disagree with your other reader. I enjoy your editorials. I’ve also noticed that your guest columnists come from the whole range of the political spectrum. Your paper’s editorials are quite different from other major papers throughout the state. That’s why I ...

Inauguration Day: Celebrating America

Editorial

Today is a day for great pride. Donald J. Trump will take the oath of office as president of the United States at noon. The peaceful assumption of great power by a person elected by the nation’s citizenry according to the procedures outlined in the Constitution is truly remarkable. This ...

Vladimir Putin is a dangerous adversary

Editorial

Let us hope President-elect Donald Trump’s interaction with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on business deals has not blinded him to the very different way in which the Kremlin handles diplomacy. Lavish receptions, posh accommodations, gracious words and even state awards for business partners ...

Gen. John Kelly has a tough mission

Editorial

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly told U.S. senators last week that if they confirm him as the nation’s next leader of the Department of Homeland Security, his top priority will be closing the nation’s borders to “illegal movement of people and things.” Given what his potential boss, ...

Dr. David Shulkin faces a challenge

Editorial

Few Cabinet officers head agencies based almost solely on promises. But Dr. David Shulkin, nominated to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be one if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The VA’s mission is to keep the promise we Americans make to everyone in military service. It ...

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, ...

Branstad announces final agenda

Editorial

Gov. Terry Branstad announced Tuesday in his Condition of the State address — delivered at a joint session of the Legislature — a sensible plan of action for 2107. The governor’s vision for the year ahead and beyond gives a high priority to: • A budget that is balanced, stable and ...

Trinity Hospice Ball is Feb. 4

Local Columns

I am forever changed — you will not be forgotten. As co-chairs of the 25th annual Trinity Hospice Ball, we invite you to participate in a very important event. The 2017 Hospice Ball is about recognizing loss, thanking caregivers and providing support for UnityPoint Hospice. This program not ...

It’s time to accept the election results

Editorial

It appears a substantial number of liberals consider politics to be not the art of compromise, but a stage for temper tantrums. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who has a reputation of being among the more liberal Republicans in the Senate, is being targeted by some left-wingers. Her ...

Gratitude to all donors

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In December 2016, Gateway to Discovery was the recipient for the third year of an offer by anonymous donors to match $1 for every $1 raised up to $20,000 for year-end fundraising efforts. The board of Gateway is pleased to report that we were able to raise $65,597 from area ...

Wants less partisanship

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I have watched with great interest how your editorials the last few years have leaned heavily in favor of everything GOP but since the end of our last election, am astonished at what is being stated in their content. I never vote party but with my common sense and personal ...

Health care debate is starting again

Editorial

President Barack Obama may well be hoping to paint congressional Republicans into a corner regarding the Affordable Care Act health insurance fiasco that is known as Obamacare. In reaction to GOP pledges to repeal the Obamacare law, Obama said he has no problem with the idea —î providing ...

2017 brings new faces to courthouse

Editorial

Americans are quick to criticize elected officials, but in truth most of us recognize that their calling is of vital importance to the success of our society. Three Webster County officials — Webster County Supervisors Clark Fletcher and Bob Singer and County Auditor Carol Messerly — have ...