Editorial

Have a safe Halloween

Unlike most holidays, Halloween really has no serious purpose. It's primarily an opportunity for harmless, child-oriented fun. Costumes, trick-or-treat activities and an opportunity to engage in make believe combine to make Halloween a favorite of youngsters and those still young at ...

Accountability is in short supply

Former president Harry Truman was famous for insisting that anything that went wrong in federal government was his responsibility. "The buck stops here," he realized.But nowadays, the buck doesn't seem to stop anywhere. Consider the fiasco that was the rollout of the Obamacare system.Though ...

Good news from China

International trade is a critical contributor to economic prosperity in Iowa. Many Iowa companies sell products and services abroad. The export of farm goods is an important component of the trade picture. Analysts estimate that every third row of Iowa crops is destined for a market outside the ...

Treading water on job creation

President Barack Obama likes to boast that trillions of dollars in "stimulus" spending of various types has put more Americans back to work.It has not. Unemployment rates are down slightly only because fewer people are looking for work. The civilian labor force participation rate - the ...

Not a cause for alarm

You may remember that for a couple of years, severe heat waves, strong hurricanes and vicious tornadoes plagued some regions of the country. "Climate change" was to blame, some said.But if climate change causes severe weather, how to explain this year?Government weather analysts note the number ...

Let’s look into this

During the partial shutdown of the government, there wasn't enough money to keep national parks open, but federal wildlife areas were opened to waterfowl hunting. Cash was lacking for some agencies dealing with public health, but there was enough for the military service academies to play ...

Water quality initiative gains support

Clean, safe water is important to all living things.Consequently, it is very good news that a voluntary water quality initiative launched by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is gaining strong support from Hawkeye State farmers.Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey ...

October is National Pork Month

October has been designated National Pork Month. That makes it an especially good time to reflect on the importance of the pork industry to this state.It's unlikely that anyone who lives in Iowa does not already know that pork production contributes mightily to the economic vitality of the ...

This doesn’t make sense

No one ought to go through the devastation suffered by hundreds of thousands of people in the Gulf States when Hurricane Katrina hit there in August 2005. Most Americans were happy to see their tax money go to help those who lost belongings, homes and businesses in the storm.But there ought to ...

Taxpayers should be outraged

Federal prosecutors say that for 12 years, Environmental Protection Agency official John C. Beale got away with ripping off taxpayers.He collected nearly $900,000 in salary - and performance bonuses - to which he was not entitled.Beale, who had been a senior policy adviser in the Office of Air ...

Raid leaves major questions unresolved

U.S. special forces' capture of a notorious al-Qaida leader in Libya has been hailed as a coup in the war against terrorists. It also was a reminder of just how badly President Barack Obama's administration handled regime change in that country.American Delta Force troops staged a raid in ...

Downtown is on the move

Downtown Fort Dodge was very much the heart of the city throughout most of our community's history. For more than a quarter century, however, it has not been the vibrant commercial, entertainment and residential hub it was during its glory years.Recapturing the past is seldom possible, but ...

UW?Community Campaign deserves support

America is a land filled with compassionate people. This is a nation where charitable giving is a standard feature of community life.There are many good causes and no shortage of generous souls willing to contribute time and/or money to make the world a better place for those less fortunate ...

Newpaper carriers deserve recognition

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 ...

Cruise marks 30th anniversary

Americans love their cars.For just about anyone who lives in Iowa, a progression of vehicles is part of their life story. For some of us, the memories of times spent traversing hometowns and nearby venues in cars that are now part of automotive history are among the more treasured recollections ...

Fed up with government?

Part of the reason so many Americans are fed up with government in general is that too often, bureaucrats display a complete lack of common sense.During World War II, Joe McGrain of Rochester, N.Y., served aboard a B-26 bomber. That very aircraft is on display at the National Museum of the Air ...

Newspapers make U.S. 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 ...

Ward 1: It’s time to vote

There are exciting things afoot in Fort Dodge.While the U.S. economy is still sluggish, agriculture and related industries are a bright spot. Consequently, Fort Dodge and Webster County are well-positioned to prosper if creative leaders in government and the private sector leverage assets and ...

Supreme Court to visit FD

Americans are fascinated by the legal system. The success of numerous television and movie dramas with law enforcement and trials as their focus is strong evidence of that interest. Most of us, however, have never witnessed a major real legal proceeding in person.Wednesday, however, area ...

4-H is about achievement

National 4-H Week is a good time to celebrate the enormous contributions 4-H makes to our community and nation.It's hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn't know a bit about 4-H, but this week is an appropriate occasion to reflect on the important contribution this organization makes by ...