Editorial

Reach for a bit of spring

Though we wish spring were in the air, the truth is it’s still eluding the area. But a bit of spring is within reach by visiting The Messenger’s Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show. What better way to beat a bout of cabin fever? The three-day event will be held at Iowa Central Community ...

Judge selection process is at risk

Anyone who has to go to court should be able to do so knowing that the judge who will preside over their case is knowledgeable, fair and unswayed by politics. For decades Iowans have been able to walk into courtrooms with a very high degree of certainity that the judge assigned to their case ...

From other editors: Legislature should take action

Iowa’s “bottle bill” is, according to one Iowa State University economist, “falling apart” after more than 40 years. “It’s not going to work much longer,” Dermot Hayes warned in a Feb. 7 Journal Des Moines bureau story prior to presentations before state Senate and House ...

From other editors: There’s no reason this should happen

Measles outbreaks continue to lacerate communities from coast to coast, and there’s absolutely no reason for it. The latest involve dozens of new cases in New York and in Clark County, Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland. These shouldn’t be happening. The highly contagious ...

Why not Party with a Purpose?

Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of 2,200 Americans each day, according to the American Heart Association, making it the leading cause of death in Iowa and around the globe. By the year 2030, if there is no research or intervention, the number of lives it will claim annually is ...

City Council should move forward

With the area covered in a frigid blanket of snow, the 4th of July seems like some distant, faraway concept. But it will be here soon enough. That’s why we think the Fort Dodge City Council ought to go ahead with some common sense restrictions on where fireworks vendors can set up their ...

The unsung heroes of winter

During a big winter storm, lots of people like to stay inside, sipping their favorite hot beverage while they watch the white stuff pile up outside. But one group of people goes out in every storm, and the work of these unsung heroes makes it possible for everyone to travel in snowy ...

What is the secret to Dodger success?

It almost seems as though winning championships has become second nature to athletes in the Fort Dodge Community School District. Another whirlwind run through the state wrestling and bowling competitions netted the Fort Dodge Senior High athletic department four more titles recently. Dodger ...

Good news for soybean growers

Most years Iowa is a national leader in soybean production. It usually ranks at the top or is a close second. The sale of soybeans grown in Iowa to foreign clients is a major positive contribution by our state to the U.S. trade picture. In recent years, a major portion of the Hawkeye State’s ...

Grassley wants to improve Medicaid

America’s health care system is complicated and highly bureaucratic. Navigating it is a challenge for just about everyone. The low-income parents of children with complicated medical needs frequently find getting the multifaceted care their kids require an especially daunting task. That’s ...

Kim Reynolds tapped for national role

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has been appointed to a key federal advisory body to help develop and implement a strategy for making the American workforce better able to meet the challenges of the 21st century. On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Advisor to the President Ivanka ...

FFA is more important now than ever

National FFA Week is this week.Those of us who live in rural Iowa need little reminder of the importance of agriculture education and the contributions to our nation made by those who pursue careers in agriculture. Even so, this is a welcome opportunity to showcase the activities of FFA at ...

Border wall issue is complex

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is right about one aspect of security along the U.S. border with Mexico. Just ask “El Chapo.” During the seemingly interminable battle over funding for border security, Pelosi, D-Calif., vowed not one dollar would be spent to construct new barriers meant to stop ...

Community spirit is alive in Knoke

Providing up-to-date public safety services is always a struggle for small, rural communities that just don’t have a lot of money. That’s what makes a recent development in the tiny Calhoun County town of Knoke special. There, a modern three-bay station for the Butler Township Fire ...

End of an era

This evening about 120 singers and 12 accompanists will take their places in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in downtown Fort Dodge. Soon after that, the voices of the Sonshine Singers will fill that room with majestic and inspirational music. They will bring all of their ...

The art of compromise

Fifty-five miles of border made impassable to illegal immigrants beats nothing. That is the view President Donald Trump should take of a border barrier compromise hammered out by Republicans and Democrats in Congress. With the three-week deadline to avoid another partial shutdown of government ...

from other editors: State leaders should take their time

From the beginning of the discussion, we have supported a medical marijuana program for our state because we have compassion for Iowans who seek relief through cannabidiol for medical conditions from which they suffer. Moving forward, we have urged the state to study ways of improving ...

Don’t hurt the working people

Liberal leaders are so angry about any potential challenges to the Democratic Party’s new far-left orthodoxy that some are beginning to sound positively vicious. Take the reaction to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s decision to consider running for president as an independent. Some ...

Fort Dodge must remain competitive

It wasn’t so many years ago when community leaders all across the nation were worried about high unemployment rates. Fortunately, our nation’s booming economy has put that concern in the rearview mirror — at least for now. The labor market is tight all across the United States with the ...

Iowa Central looks to the future

Robbers traditionally had to go somewhere, often wearing a mask and packing a gun, in order to steal some money. Now, a new breed of bandits can help themselves to someone else’s money with a few keystrokes on a computer. Stopping these cyber crooks requires a new set of security skills. ...