Letters to the Editor

St. Edmond Ball is May 6

To the editor: While fundraisers are a common occurrence in Fort Dodge, the St. Edmond Ball has been providing enthusiastic fun for 34 years supporting Catholic education. This year’s ball is shaping up to be a fantastic event that will cater to young and old alike. Saturday evening May 6 ...

Duncombe’s Fun Night a success

To the editor: Duncombe Elementary Booster Club’s annual Fun Night event, held March 25, was once again a great success and an opportunity for Duncombe Families and the community to come together, have fun, and support the youths of Fort Dodge. On behalf of the Duncombe Elementary Boosters ...

14th Honor Flight approaches

To the editor: Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight has announced its 2017 spring Honor Flight, May 6, 2017. This will be Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight No≥ 14, and it will leave Fort Dodge Regional Airport at 6:20 a.m. on May 6. There will be 12 World War II veterans, 33 Korean War veterans, ...

Hospital valets provide a great service

To the editor: My friend Linda Taylor started chemo again at the cancer center in Fort Dodge. I want to thank the valets for all their help. I didn’t realize how much they really do until I had to take her for chemo on a Saturday. No valets. I parked in front, went in and found a ...

Questions City Council

To the editor: There is nothing wrong with multi-family housing but the city should move with caution when considering the duplex proposal reported in (the March 14) Messenger. I wonder if the city has an actual plan for the 60 acres of just plans to open it up for new housing. Typically, a ...

Old doesn’t mean frail

To the editor: I am writing to respond to a recent letter questioning the wisdom of the dress-up activity at Butler School on the 100th day of school. The writer expressed concern that students were being encouraged to see older people only as frail, silly and handicapped individuals. While ...

Thanks Elks for support of grandmother’s family

To the editor: I have a story to tell. Both wonderful and sad. My grandmother, then with her first husband — Theodore Farnam — and children moved from Perry to Webster City in 1913. Why they moved here away from their home, I don’t know. He was really sick by then. Even though he ...

Thanks for support of Hospice Ball

To the editor: We extend a heart-felt “thank you” for your support of UnityPoint Hospice and quality end-of-life care. On Feb. 4, approximately 325 people gathered at the Starlite Village to attend the 25th annual Hospice Ball. Many others we were with us in spirit — they supported us ...

Duncombe Boosters hold event

To the editor: The Duncombe Elementary Booster Club invites all families to come and enjoy the Annual Duncombe Elementary Fun Night on March 25 from 3-6 p.m. The event will take place at Duncombe Elementary (old Fair Oaks Middle School) located at 416 S. 10th St. in Fort Dodge. We will be ...

Easter Egg Hunt approaches

To the editor: The men and women of the Fort Dodge Moose Lodge are preparing for their annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt is scheduled for April 15, 2017, at Dodger Stadium, Fort Dodge. Registration will begin at 10:45 a.m. until noon. The cost will be 50 cents per child and they must be ...

King sponsors education bill

To the editor: In January, Rep. Steve King sponsored the Choices in Education Act of 2017 (H.R. 610) to develop a voucher program for private school and home-schooled students. To pay for the voucher program, this act gets rid of programs designed to improve education, especially for students ...

Thanks for support

To the editor: The people of Iowa help feed the world, and the people of Fort Dodge and Webster County proved it. On Dec. 3, more than 500 volunteers came forward to help pack nutritious meals for some of the neediest children in the world. In just one day, the volunteers packed 108,864 meals ...

Rare diseases need attention

To the editor: Happy Rare Disease Day 2017 to my fellow Iowans. I’m sure you’re asking what is Rare Disease Day and how does it affect me? Rare Disease Day occurs every year on the last day in February. It was created by NORD (National Organization of Rare Diseases) to raise awareness ...

Fundraiser is a success

To the editor: The Webster County Agricultural Association, which maintains your Webster County Fairgrounds, would like to thank everyone for their part in making the 2017 pancake breakfast fundraiser a success. Thanks to the 4-H club leaders and members that volunteered their time to help ...

Centenarians aren’t old fogeys

To the editor: Recently, Fort Dodge public schools celebrated 100 days of the school year, and as part of the celebration activities, at least one school had students (and a teacher) dress up as a 100-year-old person. What does a 100-year-old person look like? Women of 100 years of age ...

‘Democracy is a participation sport’

To the editor: The worldwide Women’s March and Muslim Ban protests were “very, very great,” however, while walking on one, two, three or more days is a “very, very great” way to show you believe in American principles, it will change nothing. Soooooooooooo.... Make a pledge to ...

Thank you

To the editor: Thanks so much to the HONEST person, whoever you are, who found my purse in the Wal-Mart parking lot Sunday afternoon and turned it into the police department. Diane Esperson Dayton

Support Iowa State Fair

To the editor: The Iowa State Fair’s evolution from a simple stock show to today’s agricultural, industrial and entertainment extravaganza is a direct reflection of Iowa’s evolution from an untilled prairie to the very center of the nation’s food production. The Iowa State Fair has ...

Questions GOP’s plans

To the editor: Late last year I wrote to Sen. Grassley, Sen. Ernst and Rep. King, asking them what changes they were proposing to the Affordable Care Act. I assumed that since the act was signed into law in March of 2010 and Republicans have called for repeal and replace since then, that they ...

Christmas display succeeds — once again

To the editor: It is the time of year to give out thanks to many people who made this year the most successful year of my 32 years, most donations and the largest crowd ever to accumulate to celebrate Christmas and what it stands for. It almost makes me feel like a celebrity for 40 nights I ...