Editorial

Drone policy requires scrutiny

Penning hard-core terrorists up at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba was a bad idea, President Barack Obama has said. Making men dedicated to slaughtering Americans think they might be about to die by drowning is just wrong, his administration has held.But actually killing people, including ...

End smoking in Iowa’s casinos

Iowa is among those states where smoking in bars, restaurants, workplaces and assorted other venues frequented by the public is forbidden. The public policy goal of producing healthier communities by banning smoking in such locations makes sense.What does not make sense, however, is an ...

Volunteer firefighters should see support

In small towns throughout the United States, volunteer fire departments play a vital role in ensuring public safety - often with a minimum of financial resources.At the direction of local farmer Jim Jackson, the Monsanto Fund has made a $5,000 donation that will pay for gear to keep Lehigh's ...

Iowa Central keeps getting stronger

Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa.Not only does it provide affordable educational opportunities, the college also helps make certain that workers with the right technical skills are available to present and future employers.One of the many measures ...

FFA Week starts Saturday

FFA was established in 1928 as Future Farmers of America. It was renamed the National FFA Organization in 1988 to reflect the rapid changes and greater employment diversity in agriculture. To most of us, it is known simply as FFA.After more than eight decades, FFA continues to enrich the lives ...

Red ink remains a big problem

The cheering and applause you didn't hear from Washington on Feb. 5 was over the Congressional Budget Office's report that President Barack Obama may be about to pass a milestone - his first year in office without a government spending deficit of more than $1 trillion.CBO officials said the ...

Bullying must be stopped

The little 11-year-old girl in London, Ohio, frequently came home from school crying, her parents told police recently. She was teased for her appearance and because of her attention deficit hyperactivity disorder both in and out of school.A few days ago, she hanged herself in her bedroom. ...

EPA bullying should stop

Thank goodness some in the judiciary are willing to stand up to the Obama administration and its Environmental Protection Agency, which continues to appeal rejections of its attempt to choke the life out of the domestic coal industry.Recently, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District ...

Beef industry gets a boost

Japan began restricting the importation of beef from the United States in 2003 as the result of a scare about possible contamination of U.S. herds by mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy - BSE). Even though what started out as a total ban was later eased, some restrictions were ...

133rd is nation’s best

The 133rd Test Squadron plays a highly significant role in our nation's defense. It tests communication gear, radar, data links and software before it is issued to all branches of the military. It has the distinction of being the only Air National Guard unit with this type of specialization. ...

Hail to the chief

Tim Carmody is remaining chief of the Fort Dodge Police Department and that is good news for the city.Carmody, who came to Fort Dodge to take the chief's job in September 2010, was one of three finalists for the police chief's position in Bellevue, Neb., eight miles from Omaha. That position ...

Voters keep schools strong

On Tuesday, Fort Dodge Community School District voters approved renewing the crucial physical plant and equipment levy for an additional 10 years and increasing the amount of the levy for the years ahead.The district's need for this funding was clearly demonstrated by supporters of the ...

Don’t listen to Harry Reid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., already is well on his way to making that house of Congress a rubber stamp for whatever he, often at the behest of President Barack Obama, wants to do. Thoughtful senators of both major political parties should stop him.Reid has taken steps to ...

We must learn the full story

During the weeks before the November presidential election, questions about the Sept. 11 attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans came primarily from Republicans. Few Democrats were willing to question their president's administration just before a critical ...

Back plant and equipment levy

It's time to go to the polls to provide our town's public school system with the resources it needs to keep an excellent educational system strong.On Tuesday, Fort Dodge Community School District voters will decide whether or not to approve a proposal to renew for 10 years the district's ...

Conservatives must convince the public

Conservatives in the House of Representatives really had no choice but to postpone debate over increasing the national debt ceiling, as they have now voted to do. President Barack Obama and liberals in the U.S. Senate have won the public relations battle over whether to cut government spending, ...

Hospice Ball is Saturday

Fort Dodge is fortunate to have health care resources that are the envy of other communities - including many much larger towns.Scientists and medical professionals have made huge strides in understanding how prudent lifestyle and screening decisions can head off health problems. Even so, ...

Out-of-control spending must be curtailed

Two years ago President Barack Obama warned that unless he got his way from Congress with an unqualified increase in the national debt ceiling, terrible things would happen. A government shutdown was possible, he hinted. Social Security checks would be delayed, Obama insisted.He got his way. ...

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 Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The 2013 Iowa Power Farming Show features a quarter million square feet ...

‘Progress 2013’ starts 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 and ...