Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Pony Express Dance is Saturday

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 ...

A message of thanks

To the editor: The Salvation Army Corps officers and staff wish to express their sincere gratitude to the people in our community. The organization is taking this opportunity to say “thank you” to those who partnered with us during this year’s Thanksgiving and/or Christmas holiday. ...

Lehigh appreciates the help

To the editor: The city of Lehigh wishes to thank the Fort Dodge stores of Fareway and Hy-Vee for their very generous donation of drinking water during our boil order. It is so appreciated when this help comes forward and all of the citizens remarked how very nice it was of you. A special ...

Likes Messenger’s approach

To the editor: I have to disagree with your other reader. I enjoy your editorials. I’ve also noticed that your guest columnists come from the whole range of the political spectrum. Your paper’s editorials are quite different from other major papers throughout the state. That’s why I ...

Gratitude to all donors

To the editor: In December 2016, Gateway to Discovery was the recipient for the third year of an offer by anonymous donors to match $1 for every $1 raised up to $20,000 for year-end fundraising efforts. The board of Gateway is pleased to report that we were able to raise $65,597 from area ...

Wants less partisanship

To the editor: I have watched with great interest how your editorials the last few years have leaned heavily in favor of everything GOP but since the end of our last election, am astonished at what is being stated in their content. I never vote party but with my common sense and personal ...

She has a suggestion

To the editor: While The Messenger’s Year in Review was quite interesting, I was quite taken back to discover that apparently Fort Dodge had no cultural/artistic activity at all last year. It reminded me of going to my 50th high school reunion to discover that my class had no activities ...

Wants better accessibility

To the editor: I recently wanted to go to the Farm Show at the Iowa Central Community College East Campus, but found I was not able to enter with my power chair due to a 2 1/2-inch raise from the ground to the building floor. I would like to attend the Home and Garden Expo that is being ...

Opposes Rastetter

To the editor: It would be a big mistake for President-elect Trump to nominate Bruce Rastetter as the U.S. secretary of agriculture. Yes, it has always been a feather in Iowa‘s cap to have an Iowan appointed to the president’s cabinet. However, Bruce Rastetter would not have our best ...