Editorial

Villa Care staff showed they care

Extending the season of giving beyond the actual day of Christmas is a worthy endeavor. That’s why the staff of the Fort Dodge Villa Care Center’s gift to the Lotus Community Project women’s shelter should be applauded. For a month, they have steadily filled large plastic tubs to ...

Let’s take time to reflect on 2018

In a short while, 2018 will be in the record books. That makes today an especially good time to reflect on the year that is about to end. By any measure, 2018 has been a year with extraordinary events — nationally, in the Hawkeye State and in Fort Dodge. This issue of The Messenger includes ...

Take special care on the roads

All across the Hawkeye State, people will be taking advantage of this long holiday weekend to celebrate the arrival of another new year, this one 2019. That makes it especially important that each of us resolve to keep our streets and highways safe. How do we do that? Paying heed to a few ...

A promise made and kept

Politicians make a great many promises. All too often, however, actions they claim they will take don’t materialize. When President Trump escalated his trade confrontation with China earlier this year, the Chinese responded to proposed tariff increases by retaliating. They targeted U.S. ...

This is a day for Christmas thoughts

Some 2,000 years ago, an event took place that changed the course of history. No singular event has focused the attention of man on himself to the degree that the story of Bethlehem has, for it is the story of man. Kingdoms have risen and fallen, and great nations have perished from the ...

Silent night, holy night …

All across the nation, a feeling of anticipation is in the air. It is Christmas Eve, a time when those whose jobs do not demand that they be at work complete preparations for tomorrow, the biggest day on most of our calendars. Once the packages are all wrapped, the last decorations are adjusted ...

Fund gives a helping hand

A new source of money is available to help people in Hamilton and Webster counties who sometimes struggle to keep their homes in good shape. It’s called the Heart of Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund. It recently received $217,108 in state money to provide housing assistance to people whose ...

First Step Act makes sense

Any prison system should perform two key functions. First, it should punish those who break laws. Second, and perhaps most crucially, it should make it more likely that when prison terms end and offenders return to society they are less likely to commit additional crimes. Unfortunately, ...

Lizard Creek access will be welcome

On the west side of Phinney Park Drive, just before the road goes under the railroad overpass, there’s a small parking lot. At first glance, it may seem like the parking lot is there all by itself for no apparent reason. In fact, it’s there for a good reason. Just beyond it is a little ...

Bikes for Tykes brings cheer to kids

The annual Bikes for Tykes drive has a simple mission: making Christmas merrier for youngsters. Each year hundreds of new bicycles are donated so that children in families facing economic difficulties won’t have to go without bikes. In recent weeks, individuals, businesses and organizations ...

Reynolds seeks better policy dialogue

The quality or our state’s school systems is among the most important determinants of Iowa’s long-term prospects. In addition to making life richer through stimulating a love of lifelong learning, good schools have an enormous impact on economic development. When they produce graduates who ...

What’s in a window?

The buildings of our past, particularly those we deem importantly historic, are not merely reminders of the way things once were done: They are part of the fabric of our communities. That is why, in our opinion, the choice made by the congregation of a Webster City church to completely ...

Truce in tariff war provides hope

An encouraging sign for farm states like Iowa emerged in recent days with news of a 90-day truce in the tariff battle between the United States and China. President Donald Trump announced the agreement, which began on Dec. 1, at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires; for the first time, China’s ...

From other editors: Privatized Medicaid is here to stay

The election of Gov. Kim Reynolds means privatized Medicaid is here to stay. She has refused to return control of the health insurance program for 600,000 people to the state, and it’s unlikely she will do so in the future. That reality should prompt all Iowans, including privatization ...

The 2020 presidential election is crucial

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush’s (Dec. 5) funeral, we couldn’t help but reflect on how dramatically the nation’s political landscape has changed since ...

Why are so many in need?

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

US beef now on market in Morocco

Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation’s economy. It’s also hugely significant for the Hawkeye State. According estimates by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 million American ...

Hams for Hunger brings holiday joy to those in need of a meal

Food, like twinkling lights and carefully wrapped presents, is a major component of the holiday season. At family dinners across the area, dining room tables will be just about creaking under the weight of all kinds of good things to eat. But unfortunately, not everyone can afford even a ...

Grassley to head Senate Finance

There aren’t many roles in our nation’s capital more important than being chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance. Consequently, its welcome news that Iowa’s senior U.S. senator is poised to take the helm of this crucial policy-generating body. The committee has a broad ...

Drug prices are out of control

If price-gouging for life-saving EpiPens goes on, feds should step in. If competitive forces cannot drive down the price of an essential drug that costs just $75 across the border in Canada, Congress and federal regulators have the authority, as well as an ethical obligation, to step ...