Letters to the Editor

Praises Larry Bushman

To the editor: I would like to offer my salute and my thanks to Larry Bushman for his years of great service to Fort Dodge and Webster County in his nearly three decades as publisher of The Messenger and to wish him all the best in retirement. As a lifelong subscriber to The Messenger, ...

Wants tax changes

To the editor: As a small business owner in Stratford, I see the challenges that owning a business in Iowa produces. While our neighbors in South Dakota have no corporate income tax and the nonpartisan Tax Foundation ranks them as having the second-best business tax climate in the country, ...

Rummage/bake sale succeeds

To the editor: First United Methodist members accomplish so much with the semi-annual rummage/bake sale: financial support for missions, sharing with other local nonprofit organizations, and having fun as a congregation. The ripple effect of the sale is amazing because not only do we raise ...

A message of thanks

To the editor: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank. Just such people have blessed us in recent weeks when our world was shattered by sudden illness. In August, my wife, Jolene, was diagnosed with a plastic ...

Backs Matt Bemrich

To the editor: Many Fort Dodge residents are familiar with Mayor Matt Bemrich in his official role, presiding at City Council meetings, being the spokesman for our city, welcoming prospective businesses and visitors to our community and participating in business expansions and other public ...

Favors Kim Alstott

To the editor: Our city is indeed fortunate Kim Alstott agreed to seek re-election as Ward 4 city councilman. Residents need only scan his history to know his quality, dedication and worth. Consider. City officials must be accountable. Integrity is a must when working and dealing with city ...

Upset with NFL

To the editor: First of all, I’m a veteran of Vietnam. I’ve had two caskets come back with flags on them. Here we have these players disgracing the flag and anthem. They disgrace all of America. The best place for them is North Korea or Iran. Move there and don’t let the door hit ...

A RocknRail 1850 thank you

To the editor: You cannot put on a competitive bike race without the help of many. Our thank you is for 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. We appreciate all who did ...

Wants pond saved

To the editor: Perhaps I should not be writing this because I am an old senior citizen — 80-plus years. But I was at the Lions Den, formerly Izaak Walton and I could not believe the condition of the pond. It is full of scum and algae. Our children used to fish, skate, catch frogs and play ...

Wants pedestrian law enforced

To the editor: Almost every day you hear or read about some person of all ages dying unnecessarily in road accidents from being in or on a vehicle of some sort, or just walking along the roadway. Laws are made to prevent such a tragedy, but yet too many ignore such laws, seat belt, stop ...

Thank you Allen Will

To the editor: Thanks so very much to Allen Will for serving as a reserve officer for the las 22 years, using your time and resources to assist law enforcement and really putting your heart into it. I know how proud you were to wear those uniforms. It is very unfortunate that at age 66 you ...

Appreciates Honor Flight

To the editor: To all the Honor Flight on Sept. 16 such a wonderful time, thank you. Everything was so well planned. It was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget. And for the prisoner who was sentenced to life, thank you for the beautiful letter and card. As he stated to me, we ...

They laud Honor Flight

To the editor: To the Brushy Creek Honor Flight board, we want to thank you for all the hard work, effort and time you put in to make the Brushy Creek Honor Flights a success. We enjoy the program and delicious supper on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the Webster County Fairgrounds. It was interesting ...

Hats off to the committee

To the editor: Hats off to the members of the Honor Flight Committee and all the ones that assist in any way. I was one of the group that was selected to go on the last flight and really enjoyed it. The time to see Washington, D.C., and all the sights that we were able to take in, the ...

Seeking their benefactor

To the editor: (Recently), my wife and I were dining in the Village Inn restaurant in Fort Dodge. It was chilly in the restaurant and my wife was a bit chilly. We were sitting at a table next to one of the booths. At this booth sat a nice lady and her daughter. After a bit, this girl ...

Event succeeds

To the editor: Approximately 120,000 people in the United States are currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant. My daughter Emily was given the “gift of life.” In 1999, she received a living related lobar transplant and in 2006 she received a double lung ...

Appreciates article

To the editor: Thank you to both The Messenger and to Bill Douglas for the front page story of his addiction journey. I am so sorry Bill lost so much of his childhood (and many years) due to substance abuse. Saddens my heart. So glad to hear this personal story of moving forward and putting ...

‘Grateful and … honored’

To the editor: (Sept. 14) I was profiled in the Messenger in an article written by Joe Sutter titled “Annual Honor”. I wish to thank Joe for the well-written article and the Messenger for printing it. (Sept. 16) I was presented the Triton Humanitarian Award for 2017 at the Iowa Central ...

‘Ready to learn … ?’

To the editor: Strengthening Families for parents and youth 10 to 14 is about to start in Fort Dodge the week of Oct. 2. This PROSPER program will begin its 16th year of programs with 6th graders and their families. Families that participate in the programs delivered through PROSPER can ...

Praises county road crew

To the editor: We residents of Webster County are very fortunate to be served by the type of county employees we have. It is really hard work to find one who is anything but helpful, courteous, competent, and caring whenever you make contact with a problem or concern, and, yes, even with my ...