Editorial

Conservatives must convince the public

Conservatives in the House of Representatives really had no choice but to postpone debate over increasing the national debt ceiling, as they have now voted to do. President Barack Obama and liberals in the U.S. Senate have won the public relations battle over whether to cut government spending, ...

Hospice Ball is Saturday

Fort Dodge is fortunate to have health care resources that are the envy of other communities - including many much larger towns.Scientists and medical professionals have made huge strides in understanding how prudent lifestyle and screening decisions can head off health problems. Even so, ...

Out-of-control spending must be curtailed

Two years ago President Barack Obama warned that unless he got his way from Congress with an unqualified increase in the national debt ceiling, terrible things would happen. A government shutdown was possible, he hinted. Social Security checks would be delayed, Obama insisted.He got his way. ...

Iowa Power Farming Show starts Tuesday

What organizers say is the largest indoor agricultural equipment show in the upper Midwest - and the third largest in the United States - kicks off Tuesday and continues through Thursday at Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The 2013 Iowa Power Farming Show features a quarter million square feet ...

‘Progress 2013’ starts today

As the holiday season draws to a close each year, The Messenger's writing staff embarks on a challenging adventure - producing a comprehensive look at how a wide array of developments in our region are shaping tomorrow.While every issue of this newspaper is filled with articles, features and ...

Catholic schools serve area well

There has been a Catholic School System in Fort Dodge for almost as long as this town has been in existence. There are other Messengerland towns that can make a similar claim.Catholic education got under way in Fort Dodge more than 150 years ago. The first Catholic school came into being during ...

Corn fuels Iowa’s economy

Corn production has been a key factor in the Iowa economy for more than 150 years.The state's 21st-century economy is characterized by increasing diversity. Agriculture isn't as dominant as once was the case. Even so, there can be little doubt that corn remains of critical importance. The ...

An idea worthy of support

President Barack Obama consoled the people in Newtown, Conn., who suffered the unthinkable.Twenty innocent children and six adults were massacred in the community's elementary school. Already, as they struggle with their grief, residents of Newtown are wondering what to do about students who ...

Say it ain’t so, Joe!

Vice President Joe Biden is apparently dropping hints that he may make a run to succeed Barack Obama in 2016. It's been reported that Biden made some noises at inaugural balls and hosted an afternoon reception at his residence Sunday, inviting party activists from early voting states, including ...

Carbon tax is not acceptable

Now that President Barack Obama has won re-election and begun his second term, he is free to pursue some of the goals he considered, but backed away from due to public outcry during his first four years.A tax on carbon emissions such as those from burning fossil fuels including coal, oil and ...

Inauguration Day: Celebrating America

Today is a day for great pride.Barack Obama will once again take the oath of office as president of the United States at noon. (Because Inauguration Day falls on a Sunday this year, there will be a public celebration of this event Monday, but today is when Obama officially begins his second ...

Today we honor a dream of justice

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, 1968, was ...

Plan to attend Pork Congress

For four decades, the Iowa Pork Producers Association's Iowa Pork Congress has been a symposium where pork producers and assorted experts gather to share views and information about an industry that has long been vital to the Iowa economy.This annual incarnation of this very popular event is in ...

Meeting the challenge

Look for the best in others. Dream big. Choose positive influences. Speak with kindness. Start your own chain reaction.Hundreds of Fort Dodge community residents crowded Fort Dodge Senior High Wednesday gymnasium to accept Rachel's Challenge.Inspired by Rachel Joy Scott, the first student ...

Branstad has right game plan

This week Gov. Terry Branstad set out an agenda for the 2013 legislative session that is both ambitious and realistic.His Condition of the State speech on Tuesday pointed to some very encouraging progress: Iowa has a balanced budget reflecting fiscal discipline. Expenditures have been evaluated ...

Keep Iowa’s courts world class

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 chief ...

The news from D.C. is not good

Seeming a bit surprised at the extent of their victory, a few liberal members of Congress were candid enough to admit the American people were shortchanged on New Year's Day."This is not a big, bold victory," House of Representatives Minority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., admitted. Still, he ...

Let’s accept Rachel’s Challenge

The first student killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, was 17-year-old Rachel Joy Scott. It's hard to imagine anything good coming out of that horrendous school massacre, but Rachel's family and friends responded to her death by creating a campaign to make schools and other parts ...

Jack Kibbie served Iowa well

As the Iowa Senate convenes Monday, it will do so without one of its longest-serving stalwarts.Jack Kibbie, who represented north central Iowa in the Senate continuously since 1988, chose to retire in the wake of redistricting in 2012. Most recently, Kibbie represented what was until this year ...

Dave Tjepkes served area superbly

When the Iowa Legislature convenes Monday, a familiar local face will be missing. Dave Tjepkes, of Gowrie, has retired.Tjepkes knew a good deal about government and public service before he took office a decade years ago as a Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives from District ...