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Letters to the Editor

EMS Week starts Sunday

To the editor: National EMS (Emergency Medical Service) Week is May 21 -27, 2017. EMS provides critical, emergent and immediate medical care to patients throughout the state. Many EMS providers are paid professionals, but close to 90 percent, are highly trained volunteers who provide these ...

Veterans project succeeds

To the editor: Thank you for your coverage of the Veterans History Project Day held on Friday, April 28. We especially want to thank Dr. Dan Kinney, president of Iowa Central Community College, and his staff for hosting the day. The facilities were ideal for our needs, and every request we ...

FD Federated Garden Club says ‘thank you’

To the editor: The Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club thanks the community for their support for two of our recent events, the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa Sixth District Meeting, and our plant and garage sale. We thank Mayor Matt Bemrich, who made time in his schedule to welcome our guests ...

He always showed up

We got the call last Sunday morning as we were headed to my son’s family’s church in Cedar Rapids. I knew the minute I saw who it was from what the call was about. My brother-in-law, Bruce (Vandagriff), had been bravely fighting an 8-month-long battle with brain cancer. We had just ...

Appreciates the support

To the editor: On behalf of SOS (Serving Our Servants), I wish to thank our community for all the support we received on Frida and Saturday, May 5 and 6. Indeed, thank you all. About four years ago, a handful of men and a matching grant began a mission or sharing our thanks and appreciation ...

Backs equality

To the editor: Born into the Burnquist family of Fort Dodge and Des Moines, my Iowa roots go deep. I became an Oklahoman in 1969, but now find an unusual religious connection between my two states. My Oklahoma City church minister, Kayla Bonewell, was married to her wife, Dana, by Iowa ...

Wants a bingo hall

To the editor: In regards to getting a bingo hall going, I think that would be great. So, all you Fort Dodge and out-of-town people that like to play bingo, you need to send a letter to the editor and it just might help to get one started again. There are a lot of out-of-town people that ...

Lauds ‘Guardian Angels’

To the editor: On Friday, May 5, my car decided not to move at the busy intersection of Fifth Avenue South and 22nd Street. My Guardian Angel, or rather three of them, was watching out for me. Two young men and a young lady appeared and pushed my car into a parking lot. They made sure I was ...

Being part of something

To the editor: As nurses, we are faced with defining moments each day that become the foundation of our character and shape our professional identities. Not to mention, we work in an ever-expanding and ever-changing health care environment with numerous career paths. While the advancement of ...

Awards event succeeds

To the editor: On April 2, It Gets Better FD & Beyond held its fourth annual Kids Choice Awards at Fort Frenzy’s Cardiff Center. Kids from five different school districts and all of Webster County selected people in their lives that have made it better for them. We had over 250 ...

Motorcycle Awareness Month

To the editor: May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. During the winter months we are missing one type of vehicle from our roadways and that is the motorcycle. Without them out there on a daily basis it is very easy for the motorists to get accustomed to their absence and not look for them. ...

Weighs in on taxes

To the editor: The April 24th Messenger asks what do you think about taxes? Taxes are what we pay to have a safe environment in which to live, work and play. We pay for protection by local, state and federal law officers; all services of local, state and federal judicial system; fire and ...

Advice for motorists

To the editor: It seems no matter where I go whether it is to work, the grocery store, or to take my wife out for dinner I almost always get behind one of those vehicles that doesn’t have blinkers. You follow them for a while and all of a sudden, without warning, they just stop and turn. I ...

A big ‘thank you’

To the editor: We would like to thank all of you for helping at the Moose Lodge Easter Egg Hunt. If we have forgotten anyone, we apologize. Committee members: Pat and Duane Scheer; Larry and Louise Kramer; Laura and Bob Spencer; Zach Spencer; Jeff Jenkins, governor; Tim Hart, administrator, ...

An invitation

To the editor: We would like to cordially invite you to a special event hosted by the Fort Dodge PROSPER Team, celebrating 15 years of providing the evidence-based prevention programs Strengthening Families Program: 10-14 and LifeSkills to sixth- and seventh-graders. This event will take ...

Objects to coverage

To the editor: As a person who has dealt with suicidal thoughts for many years, I was shocked and appalled by your coverage of the suicidal man over the weekend. I’m not sure why it is considered newsworthy to cover a man in his weakest moment as he contemplates suicide while standing on a ...

Appreciates support

To the editor: For two weeks In June of 2016 the Walgreen stores in Iowa participated in supporting veterans by asking customers to donate a dollar to benefit the American Legion of Iowa. The American Legion supports veterans in many ways and 100 per cent of all funds donated to the American ...

Lauds King Band

To the editor: I was able to attend the Karl King Band Concert on April 1. The musical selections were entertaining and very well played. It was a pleasure to have the 11 applicants for the three scholarships presented to the audience and to listen to them play with the band. It is so nice to ...

Wants bingo hall

To the editor: Last bingo hall closes in Fort Dodge. I don’t know how many of you are aware that the last bingo hall in Fort Dodge has closed. To some this may not seem like a bad thing. I can only speak for myself although I truly believe others will agree that the city of Fort Dodge ...

Connections matter

To the editor: Did you know that simple moments with the kids in our lives — like cooking with them, playing a board game with them, even singing with them — makes a big difference? It helps them grow up feeling safe and secure, filling our communities with compassionate, caring people ...