Editorial

Iowa should get tougher on abuse of animals

In the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s 2018 annual ranking of states for animal protection laws, only Mississippi and Kentucky rate lower than Iowa. Our state can and should do better. One step in the right direction would be passage of a bill designed to increase the penalties for abuse of ...

Trump, Kim to meet again

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un are planning a second summit meeting. The summit will be held Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam. But the question the two will discuss is clear: Is Kim keeping his pledge to dial back on North Korea’s runaway militarism? North Korea already ...

Joni Ernst has the right idea

Americans have become frustrated by the failure of Congress to get its work done on time. Adopting a budget and approving the appropriations bills needed to fund the government should be a top priority. Unfortunately, for decades Congress has repeatedly failed to get these basic tasks ...

Iowa tops the nation — again

Iowans have put a high priority on education since the pioneers first settled the Hawkeye State. It is a tribute to that emphasis — and a source of pride — that ours is the state with the nation’s highest graduation rate for high school students. According data just released by the U.S. ...

US should not intervene in Venezuela

Venezuela is the 10th-biggest oil producer in the world. It may have larger petroleum reserves than any other country. Yet socialism has devastated the nation’s economy to the point that there are shortages of food. About three million Venezuelans have fled their homeland during the past ...

Trade mission is a good move

The marketplace for Iowa’s many agricultural and manufacturing products extends well beyond the borders of the Hawkeye State. Increasingly, international sales are an important part of the picture. That’s why Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig are taking part ...

BLM officials should reconsider

The United States has become the world’s leading producer of petroleum, beating even Saudi Arabia. That means we can be somewhat choosy about where we drill for oil. Two key conflicts exist in that regard. One, of course, is protection of the environment, including natural treasures that, ...

Decker drivers pitch in to combat human trafficking

Truck drivers see a lot of things as they travel the nation’s roads. The nature of their job can put them in the right place at the right time to see something and report it in time to save a life. They already do so every day by reporting crashes and other emergencies. Now, the drivers ...

No rise in Fort Dodge property tax

Fort Dodge property owners just got a break from their city government. During Monday’s City Council meeting it was revealed that the property rate for the 2019-2020 fiscal year will remain unchanged for the fourth consecutive year. The rate will remain the same at $20.42 per $1,000 of ...

This joint was jumpin’

For most of its 115 years, this joint was jumpin’ — as it was 60 years ago today when the Winter Dance Party and its headliners — Buddy Holly and the Crickets, the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, and Dion and the Belmonts — performed on its stage on a cold, snowy night in Fort Dodge. It ...

Reviving the local NAACP

An iconic civil rights organization is returning to Fort Dodge. A new chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is expected to debut within the month. Fort Dodge had an NAACP chapter in the past, but it faded out of existence sometime in the 1990s. Sherry ...

Iowa Power Farming Show starts Tuesday

What organizers say is the third largest indoor agricultural equipment show in the upper Midwest kicks off Tuesday and continues through Thursday at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The 2019 Iowa Power Farming Show features 7.7 acres of indoor exhibit space holding nearly 1,952 booths on ...

Progress 2019 sections begin 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 ...

Hospice provides needed care

Facing the end of life is never easy. In Fort Dodge, however, there are specially trained medical personnel and a modern facility, the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home, to assist the dying and their loved ones. Area residents will soon have a chance to give a financial boost to the programs and ...

Be an informed constituency

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 ...

St. Paul Lutheran School shows spirit

Students at St. Paul Lutheran School were encouraged to wear blue and white clothes to school today. The Spirit Wear (Blue and White) Day is part of the Fort Dodge school’s observance of Lutheran Schools Week. Students of the school have been able to do some fun things in honor of the ...

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 state’s economy. The annual incarnation of this very ...

Pelosi can’t muzzle the president

As much as she may wish she could, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi cannot muzzle the president. Her stunt in suggesting President Donald Trump postpone his scheduled Jan. 29 State of the Union speech is meaningless, except in a political context. Pelosi, D-Calif., a few weeks ...

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, ...

Second Chance is right thing to do

The notion of locking up criminals and throwing away the keys sounds reassuring. It’s an idea that makes many people feel like justice has been served. But it’s an idea that conflicts with reality. The reality is that the vast majority of people sentenced to prison in Iowa will someday be ...