Editorial

Today we explore addiction

Sometimes an issue is so important that explaining it adequately requires more than one or two articles. That’s why a significant portion today’s edition of The Messenger is devoted to a multifaceted exploration of a single topic — addiction. Anyone who has a television set, an internet ...

Iran must keep its pledges

During much of Iran’s drive to build nuclear weapons, the watchdog that was supposed to be preventing that — the International Atomic Energy Agency — often appeared to be wearing blinders. On multiple occasions, the IAEA reported it could find no evidence Iran was doing anything more than ...

Celebrating the Constitution

So free and, in general, prosperous are we Americans that we sometimes take our blessings as a nation for granted. We should not. They are based on something of a miracle — our Constitution. This past Sunday, we celebrated Constitution Day. It was both a time for us to marvel at what our ...

A solution must be found soon

Diplomats sometimes engage in hyperbole to make their points. But what Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said recently may be the literal truth. Haley spoke during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. It was called after it was confirmed that North Korea has ...

It’s time to tighten our belts

Taxpayers spend millions of dollars each for pension and other expenses for the five living former U.S. presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. That’s in addition to the cost of Secret Service protection for the former presidents and some ...

U.S. Virgin Islands need help

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse than what is ...

Equifax badly fails America

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

Iowa’s senators issue a challenge

The work habits of many U.S. senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives are an ongoing frustration for many Americans. There are short workweeks and far too frequent recesses when lawmakers depart Washington for extended periods of time. That leads to widespread cynicism about ...

Iowa Central honors its alumni

Many alumni of Iowa Central Community College made admirable contributions to the college community during their student days and have distinguished careers in the years that follow. The college honors some of these alumni each fall by inducting them into the Triton Hall of Fame. That annual ...

New campground enhances OHV Park

The Gypsum City Off-Highway Vehicle Park is a major local recreational asset. The park opened to the public in July 2006 and has been growing and evolving ever since. It serves all-terrain-vehicle, dirt bike and snowmobile enthusiasts. The park is well on its way to becoming one of the most ...

USDA helps with Harvey’s aftermath

Many parts of the federal government are hard at work helping state and local officials cope with the massive problems Hurricane Harvey has created. While it isn’t the lead agency for rescue efforts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is playing an important role in facilitating recovery from ...

Ernst backs Trump on Afghanistan

The long war in Afghanistan has been a sobering experience for Americans. The battles in this faraway land continue to consume American treasure and the lives of servicemen and servicewomen.. To many of us, this struggle seems dangerously close to being an enterprise with no acceptable ...

Grassley protects US taxpayers

Sen. Charles Grassley is an important voice in Washington on many issues of major significance to the future of the nation. While that may be the most crucial aspect of his service, he also is a tireless opponent of wasteful and fraudulent government expenditures. The Iowa Republican has ...

A day for memories and fierce resolve

Sept. 11, 2001, is a day etched in the memories of Americans. Recollections of 9/11 remain vivid, though less so as time passes. The American people opened their hearts to the families touched by the evil work of the terrorists. They also resolved to prevent similar atrocities from creating ...

School board elections matter

Voters here in Fort Dodge and elsewhere across Iowa go to the polls Tuesday to select school board members. With all the attention being paid to the run-up to the January presidential caucuses voters may be tempted to regard these local contests as of low priority. They aren’t. The ...

Use caution around school buses

With schools now open across the Hawkeye State school buses are once again a common sight on the roadways. With that in mind, Gov. Kim Reynolds and other state officials took the time at her administration’s weekly news conference on Aug. 29 to remind Iowans of the importance of adhering to ...

Bill Northey heads to Washington

The White House has announced that President Donald Trump is nominating Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to be US undersecretary of agriculture for farm production and conservation. This is a new post created in May as part of a reorganization of the U.S Department of Agriculture. ...

Israel is facing renewed threats

Brace yourself for another round of propaganda aimed at Israel. Expect to hear new allegations our only reliable ally in the Middle East is attacking Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for no good reason. Except that there will be a reason — self-defense. Yehiyeh Sinwar, the new leader of ...

North Korea is a huge problem

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un seems to be determined to keep U.S., South Korean and Japanese leaders off balance. It is a very dangerous game. For a short while, it had seemed to some that Kim had at least paused in his saber rattling via missile launches. U.S. Secretary of State Rex ...

Today America celebrates its workers

To most Americans in 21st century America, Labor Day is not an important holiday. It marks the unofficial end of summer. As such, it affords a three-day weekend to pursue summertime passions one last time before the weather cools. For most of us it has little additional meaning. It may come ...