Editorial

US infrastructure needs are great

In terms of our everyday lives, the most important thing President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union speech was to call on Congress to approve a campaign to restore and improve the nation’s infrastructure. We drive potholed roads and cross rusty bridges every day. We fret over ...

Trump outlines his game plan

Many of those who watched or read about President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night, will be very skeptical in their judgments. As they have been doing during his first year in office, they will judge the book by its cover. Presidents often use State of the Union ...

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 towns in the area The Messenger serves that can make similar claims. Catholic education got underway in Fort Dodge more than 150 years ago. The first Catholic school ...

Lawmakers respond to Reynolds’ challenge

Protecting and enhancing the quality of the Hawkeye State’s water resources is vitally important. That’s why Gov. Kim Reynolds made a strong request to Iowa lawmakers in her Condition of the State address on Jan. 9. She urged them to make clean water legislation that had been stalled in ...

Trump had a message at Davos

After belittling President Donald Trump’s “America first” economic policies as hopelessly out of step with globalism, some foreign leaders have seen the light. Now, they admit they understand Trump’s reasoning. One wonders how much public opinion in their own countries had to do with ...

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 the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The 2018 Iowa Power Farming Show features 7 acres of indoor ...

‘Progress 2018’ sections start 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 ...

Corn still 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. ...

Eggs and Issues is a vital forum

Many of the issues that members of the Iowa Legislature deal with each session are complicated. In some communities, it’s difficult for citizens to stay as informed about the decisions lawmakers make as would be ideal. Locally, however, Eggs and Issues makes staying well-versed about what ...

This tax must be repealed now

Liberals such as those who inflicted the inaccurately named “Affordable Care Act” on Americans are fond of insisting they want to tax only “the rich.” But injuries and illnesses strike us all, rich or poor, and often, we count on technology to help us recover. The ACA’s authors, in ...

Ernst lauds National Defense Strategy

On Jan. 19, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis released the Trump administration’s National Defense Strategy. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, reacted to this new game plan for the Department of Defense with ...

Tax changes help Iowa’s farmers

The new tax law passed by Congress late in 2017 and signed by President Donald Trump will help Iowa farmers, according to Sen. Charles Grassley. The Iowa Republican is the senior member and former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. He also serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee. He ...

US needs to be more self-reliant

It is about time U.S. officials began worrying about reliance on other countries for critical resources. For too long, as evidenced by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department approving acquisition of a major amount of U.S. uranium by Russia, there has been a “don’t ...

Plan to attend Pork Congress

For more than four decades, the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s Iowa Pork Congress has been an event where pork producers and assorted experts gather to share views and information about an industry that has long been vital to the Iowa economy. The annual incarnation of this very popular ...

Many in Hollywood are hypocrites

Let us be crystal clear about the stampede of entertainers distancing themselves from stars who are accused of sexual misdeeds: For at least some of those expressing outrage, it’s all an act. Many of them have known for years that the sexual harassment was rampant in their industry. Many ...

Betsy DeVos has the right approach

If you take out a loan to buy a car that turns out to be a lemon, do you stop making payments to the bank? Some do, deciding their vehicles were such bad deals that letting the lender repossess them may be the best way out of a bad situation. Understandably, the bank wants its money. The car ...

Property seizures must await convictions

Few people have any argument with the government seizing property owned by a drug trafficker. Often, houses, cars, boats, etc., not to mention the pusher’s cash, were obtained by breaking the law. But what about someone merely accused of a crime? We Americans are innocent until proven ...

Oprah Winfrey for president?

Oprah Winfrey must have been pleased at the talk after her speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony. Who wouldn’t be flattered at widespread suggestions she ought to run for president? But if Winfrey is smart — and she is — she will wonder whether the message she tried to convey will ...

Kim Jong Un is the real problem

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened to attack the United States with nuclear missiles, and is testing rockets meant for that purpose. U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to retaliate, should such an assault occur. So, who’s the bad guy? Who’s the dangerous, unhinged threat to ...

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, ...