Editorial

Newspaper carriers deserve applause

Every day more than 53 million newspapers are delivered to readers. Those compendiums of news and community information arrive on doorsteps all across our land as if by magic. Nothing magical is afoot, of course. Hundreds of thousands of newspaper carriers spread out across the nation each day ...

Talks with North Korea are proceeding

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un insists he is prepared to scrap his nuclear weapons and, presumably, his intercontinental missiles. But he didn’t say anything about cyberwarfare. Whether Kim will keep his promises about military hardware remains to be seen. Indeed, as President Donald ...

Don’t fail to make your voice heard

Election Day in the Hawkeye State is Nov. 6. To make voting as convenient as possible, many states allow registered voters to cast ballots over a period of weeks in advance the official Election Day. Here in Iowa early voting is now underway. Ballots can be cast at county auditors’ office. ...

Newspapers make America stronger

Here at The Messenger, we work diligently to put out a daily newspaper that we hope readers find both informative and useful. This is National Newspaper Week. That makes it a good time to reflect on our industry. Newspapers are so much a part of daily life that most people spend little time ...

Some flexibility is in order

When will the electricity be back on? Is the water safe to drink? Which streets were damaged so badly they need to be closed to the public? Can school buildings be repaired and reopened quickly? Do any municipal employees need time off to ensure their own families are safe? That is just a ...

It’s that time of year again

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Many health care professionals are urging the public — especially those who, because of age or existing health conditions may be more vulnerable to the flu — to get immunized as soon as possible. They have a very good reason for being worried. ...

Iran’s leaders pose a genuine threat

Even defenders of the deal former President Barack Obama’s administration negotiated with Iran admitted that it would delay Tehran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons only about 10 years. That was three years ago. Now, some are warning that President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the ...

We all should pay heed

Forget the paper trail once relied upon by investigators. As the near-continual parade of politicians, celebrities and athletes accused of misbehavior — often long ago — reminds us, it’s the electronic trail that matters these days. And, in contrast to paper documents that can be ...

Soybeans are big business in Iowa

Nobody knows exactly how long humans have cultivated the soybean, but agricultural historians are quite certain its domestication as a crop in China dates back three millennia. There are actually Chinese records documenting soybean growth as far back as the 11th century. There is some ...

It’s time for Congress to act

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, whether that means camping in a wilderness area or just taking the kids to the playground at a city park, there is an excellent chance you owe a debt of gratitude to a federal program of which you may never have heard. It is the Land and Water Conservation ...

Fort Dodge’s future looks bright

The economic picture in Fort Dodge and Webster County has been good in recent years. Signs of growth are everywhere. At its meeting on Sept. 24, the Fort Dodge City Council received a briefing from leaders of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. They had a strongly upbeat message. “I ...

Learn about local candidates

With the multitude of commercials and abundance of candidate signs, it’s hard not to be aware that there is a major election coming on Nov. 6. Sadly, far too many Americans don’t take the time to vote. That’s especially distressing when the availability of absentee ballots and early ...

Marian Home is a huge asset to FD

Just a bit more than three years ago, the Marian Home, 2400 Sixth Ave. N., launched the construction phase of a massive expansion and renovation project. That huge undertaking, which cost $13.1 million, is now finished and was dedicated on Thursday. A new 19-room wing was added. New more ...

Otho celebrates its history

Something very important is currently underway in Otho. The small Webster County community is in the midst of a robust celebration of its founding 125 years ago. Those extensive festivities began Friday, continue today and conclude on Sunday with church services in the park that commence at ...

Foster Care helps children thrive

When youngsters lack a loving and supportive home life­ — even if that is just a temporary circumstance — they are put at an enormous disadvantage. All too often, the result can be a journey to adulthood that does not afford the child the type of environment necessary to thrive. One of ...

CCS marks a milestone

Fort Dodge has the good fortune to have a diverse array of educational possibilities. In addition to an excellent public school system, there are an assortment of choices for families that seek a religious component in the schooling of youngsters. This month Community Christian School ...

This hearing is important

Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate have had an obligation — one of fairness as well as self-defense politics — to do all in their power to hear Christine Blasey Ford’s story about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Until a few days ago, it seemed plain that Kavanaugh would be ...

Honor flights are remarkable events

Sixteen million Americans served in this nation’s military forces during the most horrific war in history – World War II. The nation’s official memorial paying tribute to their sacrifices was a long time coming. It finally was opened to the public on April 29, 2004, in Washington, D.C. ...

Distracted drivers endanger everyone

Today, cell phones are just about everywhere. More than 200 million people and businesses in the United States subscribe to wireless communication devices, according to an issue paper produced by the Insurance Information Institute. The advantages that provides in terms of conducting both ...

Conservation efforts are succeeding

Protecting and enhancing the quality of the Hawkeye State’s water resources is vitally important. That’s why the Iowa Water Quality Initiative was created in 2013. Among the goals is to help bring about a 45 percent reduction in nitrogen and phosphorus losses to Iowa’s waters. The ...