Letters to the Editor

Does commission really protect the environment — or special interests?

To the editor: Do you care about your future? What about your kids’ future? What basics do we need? Clean air to breathe would be the obvious choice. Second, clean water fit to drink is a must. With those and our rich soil we can grow our own food. It’s a piece of cake, the future is ...

Appreciates Sonshine Singers help for Lord’s Cupboard

To the editor: As director of the Lord’s Cupboard, I would like to express our appreciation to the audiences and the members of the Sonshine Singers, for the awesome donation given to us as a result of offerings taken during their final performances February 14, 15 and 16, 2019. Their ...

Thanks from Sonshine Singers for support

To the editor: “Thank You” are two very small words that cannot possibly convey the love and mutual admiration the Sonshine Singers feel toward our audiences that have faithfully attended and supported our many ministries over the last 20 years. As we sang God’s praises (in February), ...

Thanks Sonshine Singers for help for Holy Trinity Food Pantry

To the editor: Holy Trinity Parish would like to thank the Sonshine Singers, not only for their gift of uplifting music that they have given to the community over the years, but also for their recent donation to Holy Trinity Food Pantry. The Sonshine Singers were gracious in giving a portion ...

‘God loves. Choose life’

To the editor: Here’s a short unsubstantiated story attributed to Ernest Hemingway. As the story goes, Hemingway was challenged to write a compelling story in just six words. He wrote: “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.” This powerful story is becoming the reality that describes ...

Job well done, city recycle truck driver

To the editor: It was recycling day for my neighborhood this morning, so I placed my dumpster out the night before. I knew we had several inches of snow in the forecast and didn't want to drag the dumpster out over the snow in the morning. Through the night we received at least 5 inches of ...

It is raining!

To the editor: We often hear that the state’s financial reserves are set aside for a “rainy day” and I am writing this letter to say It Is Raining! The mental health needs of our children in Iowa are intense and growing and the time has come to mobilize our efforts to support an ...

E15 ban needs to be lifted

To the editor: The Trump Administration has recently directed the Environmental Protection Agency to allow sales of E15 year-round rather than the current Sept. 16 to May 31 timeframe. While a longer window to purchase E15 is important to me as a corn producer, it is also important to all ...

Time out on CAFOs

To the editor: Rep. Sharon Steckman (D-Mason City) has introduced a bill calling for a moratorium on factory farms in Iowa. As an Iowan concerned about the health and future of our children we need a timeout. I am asking fellow Iowans to join with me to provide a means for study and planning, ...

What is a trillion?

To the editor: Let’s consider this for a second; A day on Earth consists of 86,400 seconds. One MILLION seconds is 11 1/2 days, one BILLION seconds is 31 years, and, one TRILLION seconds is 31,000 years. Those zeros sure add up. Now let’s consider that the U.S. government is $22 ...

Still time to sign up for Strengthening Families program

To the editor: Strengthening Families for parents and youths 10-14 is about to start in Fort Dodge the week of Feb. 10. This PROSPER program will begin its 18th year of programs with sixth-graders and their families. Families that participate in the programs delivered through PROSPER can ...

Salvation Army gives thanks for help

To the editor: The Salvation Army would like to thank the community for helping us in assisting the needy and marginalized people in Webster County. Through your efforts our Angel Tree program brought toys, food and clothing to many families this Christmas season. With the help of many ...

YWCA Silver Showcase was a success

To the editor: A huge thank you! Bigger and better than ever! The YWCA of Fort Dodge would like to give a resounding thank you to all those who gave their time, talents and gifts, to make The YWCA Silver Showcase a huge success. This was, without a doubt, the most successful event in our ...

Return of NAACP to Fort Dodge is a good sign

To the editor: I was pleased to read in the Jan. 20 Sunday Messenger that the Fort Dodge community is reinstating a local chapter of the NAACP. Ira Shivers’ comment that the organization is about “ … bringing in different people from different backgrounds, different races, to bring it ...

Why does Congress allow a shutdown?

To the editor: Question: Why hasn’t our government passed a law (through all these years) that the President or Congress CAN NOT shut down the goverment? Nancy Rinehimer Webster City

Dayton Wranglers to hold Pony Express Dance

To the editor: The Dayton Wranglers Saddle Club will be holding its annual Pony Express Dance Saturday at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites in Fort Dodge. All the proceeds will be given to Easter Seals of Iowa, Camp Sunnyside. Easter Seals of Iowa enables handicapped the ...

How do politicians define border safety?

To the editor: How do politicians define border security and how would they make our southern border safe and secure? Democrats are sure to say 1) more border agents are needed and 2) more technology is needed but for good measure would add that a wall is immoral (a new [Nancy] Pelosi talking ...

It’s time to move forward

To the editor: Last year taught me that there aren’t always do-overs. Sometimes there is no going back. The only choice is to move forward. Over the last few days, that has brought many reflective thoughts. It seems that our country and world needs to reflect on the past and learn what ...

Thank you, American Legion Auxiliary

To the editor: We would like to thank the Women’s American Legion Auxiliary for the dinner and entertainment in Duncombe for our veterans on Jan. 5th. It was excellent and greatly appreciated. We would also like to thank Craig Royster for his help and humor when running the bingo games. A ...

Knollcrest residents unhappy with recent zoning decision

To the editor: We got a letter dated 11/26/18 from the associate planner with the city informing us of a meeting with the Plan and Zoning Commission. We received the letter because our property in Knollcrest “is within 200 feet of the subject land” for rezoning. Our next door neighbors, ...