Letters to the Editor

Candidates need to address the issues

To the editor: On Sunday’s (8/11) Opinion page, Mr. Bill Horan comments on the lack of discussion regarding agriculture and science by the Democrat presidential hopefuls during their recent debates. His thoughts are informed, timely and valid, but do not go far enough. I am 87 years old, ...

Who deserves more from their representative?

To the editor: U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-WY, reacted to U.S. Rep. Steve King’s question, “If not for rape and incest, would there be any population” by tweeting, “ ... it’s time for him to go. The people of Iowa’s 4th Congressional District deserve better.” King, R-Kiron, has been ...

Neither party has a monopoly on shaming

To the editor: In “The Shaming of America” in the Opinion section of The Messenger on Aug. 13, Kathleen Parker writes of how shame has become part of the 2020 presidential race. Even though Parker suggests some Democrats contribute to the shaming, I believe Democrats look at Trump and his ...

Suggestions for silo mural area

To the editor: I grew up in Fort Dodge and now live in Sioux City. Over the last couple of years I’ve followed the development of the grain elevator mural with interest. This week, I finally had an opportunity to stop by and see it in person. The mural is, indeed, impressive. What was not ...

Shag the Drag was a success

To the editor: Thank you to the 50-plus participants, 20 volunteers, and local sponsors who helped make the 2019 FD Shag the Drag run/walk event successful. We were able to donate $500 to Meals on Wheels thanks to the generous participants. It would not have been possible without all of ...

A RocknRail1850 thank you

To the editor: You cannot put on a competitive bike race without the help of many. Our thank you is a wide course of help, from our amazing volunteers that day to the local businesses who knew this niche event was going to be a reality in downtown Fort Dodge. There was much to do: planning, ...

Impressed by Webster County Fair

To the editor: WOW — Really impressive Webster County Fair and it was run like a well-tuned machine. A high five to everyone involved. Linda Herschberg Farnhamville

Kudos to Webster County Fair Board

To the editor: The Webster County Fair Board went above and beyond this year in planning the 2019 fair. They did an amazing job and deserve big kudos from our Webster County communities. The Fair Board, which is made up of all volunteers, brought in a new local carnival which was much ...

Garden Club appreciates support

To the editor: The Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club expresses appreciation and thanks to all who supported our recent 18th annual garden tour. To the homeowners and gardeners who so graciously displayed your gardens to the public, thank you. We know that you lovingly tend your gardens ...

Appreciates help with Stay A-Breast event

To the editor: Over $7,600 was raised after expenses from this year’s Stay A-Breast making the six-year total at almost $60,000 raised with the funds being evenly split between the Trinity Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society. We did it! Together, we are making a difference. Thank ...

Votes not there to impeach

To the editor: Since the effort to prove collusion has failed after two and a half years, many Democrats have moved on to “obstruction” and the call for impeachment. Those Democrats seem to think impeachment on a charge of obstruction is a slam dunk. It will be interesting to see the ...

Oakland Cemetery Walk was a success

To the editor: The 17th annual Oakland Cemetery Walk was a great success thanks to several people and businesses. We would like to take the time to thank them: DART bus, Iowa Central Community College, Friendship Haven, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Gunderson Funeral Home, Graham Tire, The ...

Disappointed at Oakland Cemetery

To the editor: When I visited Oakland Cemetery where some of my relatives in the five Haviland families that settled here decades ago and planted the huge apple orchard south of North Lawn are buried, I was saddened to find the flag I had left in the ground (because there was no flag holder ...

Volunteers work at Memorial Park

To the editor: I would like to give a shout out to the good people of Fort Dodge. On May 23, my wife and I went to Memorial Park Cemetery to decorate family graves. I was very upset that the grass was 8 to 10 inches tall and a lot of headstones were covered with grass. I vented on Facebook. ...

Here’s a way to show we care for our youth

To the editor: On Sunday, April 28, Youth Empowerment Association Inc. held its sixth annual Kids Choice Awards banquet. This event gives our community youth opportunity to nominate individuals that have made their lives more positive and beneficial. This year we had teachers, coaches, ...

Honoring Nancy Stanek’s memory

Who was Nancy Stanek? A devoted wife to Gilbert, a loving mother to Marshall, Keith and Sarah, a caring grandmother to her grand children. And, a humanitarian with a golden heart to help the downtrodden and oppressed people in America and the whole world. She indeed practiced what Jesus ...

Master Matrix needs to be revised

To the editor: Unless you already know the Master Matrix is a set of 44 criteria. It’s used for the determination of approval for the construction application of a CAFO, a confined animal feeding operation. Imagine you’re still in school and the teacher gives you a test where you need ...

Thankful for all the help with MAGWED

To the editor: The MAGWED foundation would like to thank everyone for making this year another great success. What we consider a “great success” is when we see all the youth that signed up. The youth winning bass was almost as big as the winner. It was another beautiful weekend with lots ...

It’s time to consider lowering the voting age

To the editor: The voting age is a topic that has received national attention over the last few years. However, that has not translated into a push to lower the voting age in Iowa. I think it should. I interviewed Iowa senators Tim Kraayenbrink and Janet Petersen to get their opinions on ...

AFES is asking for community’s support

To the editor: Athletics for Education and Success (AFES), has been in existence since 2004, serving youth and families of Fort Dodge and surrounding communities. I am writing this letter to ask for community support in helping us continue to “develop better athletes, stronger students and ...