Letters to the Editor

Veterans History Project

To the editor: Thank you for the coverage of the Veterans History Project held on Friday, April 20, at the East Campus of Iowa Central Community College. We would like to acknowledge Dr. Dan Kinney, president of Iowa Central Community College, and his staff for offering both their ...

Ride safe

To the editor: As avid enthusiasts of motorcycle riding, we are geared up for the riding season. As always, we use every means possible to ensure a safe, injury-free riding season. We use safe riding practices, which we review routinely by attending special training courses. We ride in ...

Backs mental health education

To the editor: On “The Doctor’s Show” on April 27, they said schools should offer mental health education. I thought, that really makes sense. Would be a place where it’s most important, maybe there’d be less bullies in schools if they know how it affects their victims. Maybe more ...

Food drive succeeds

To the editor: The members of Letter Carriers Local 645 would like to thank all the citizens in the area for giving to our annual food drive. Local 645 has members in Algona, Carroll, Clarion, Eagle Grove, Emmetsburg, Fort Dodge, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Laurens, Rockwell City, Rolfe, Sac City ...

CFR recognizes donors

To the editor: Community and Family Resources would like to thank the dedicated volunteers, staff, and community leaders for working together in 2017 to kick start CFR’s first fundraising effort to support its new central facility. CFR appreciates the generosity of foundations, businesses, ...

Favors Ann Meyer

To the editor: I strongly believe Ann Meyer has the best interests of Fort Dodge and its surrounding area at heart. She would be an amazing addition to the Iowa House of Representatives. I have gotten to know Ann very well recently and have seen the drive, passion, and knowledge she could ...

Worried about US debt

To the editor: I’m upset with Fort Dodge. Our country has to raise the debt ceiling to keep going and yet they keep giving money to what some call the pork barrel — like a bridge to nowhere. They say our grandchildren will still be working on the debt we keep making. The government ...

St. Edmond Ball succeeds

To the editor: The Friends of Saint Edmond Ball held their annual event for the 35th consecutive year on May 5. It was once again a very successful evening with $225,000 in net proceeds raised to assist the Saint Edmond system with their operating needs. We would like to give very special ...

Supports Ann Meyer

To the editor: Members of the Iowa Legislature make many decisions that affect the lives of every Iowan in many facets of their daily lives. We depend upon the legislator/s representing us and our state to make those decisions in a careful and thoughtful manner using their best judgement ...

Has DART suggestions

To the editor: While I am a great fan of living in Fort Dodge and enjoying its choirs, theater groups, symphony orchestra, art museum, athletic fields, and parks, this fall and winter I have noticed a major shortcoming. Fort Dodge is not a pleasant place to live if you have no ...

Protect IPERS

To the editor: As the mayor of Fort Dodge, I have dedicated my tenure to improve our local economy. For that reason, I am concerned about possible future changes to a key Fort Dodge economic driver, the Iowa Public Employee Retirement System (IPERS). In Webster County, IPERS provided over ...

Careers on Wheels is great

To the editor: I was humbled again this year to be a part of Careers on Wheels, held May 1. This was the fourth annual event. It was held at the Iowa Central East Campus, which hosted and fed us a great lunch. More than 30 volunteers from ICCC, FDSH and business leaders led student groups ...

Kids Choice event succeeds

To the editor: On Sunday April 8, Youth Empowerment Association Incorporated, despite the snowy weather, held its fifth annual Kids Choice Awards at the beautiful Cardiff Center in Fort Frenzy. Nomination boxes had been offered to surrounding school districts of north central Iowa for the ...

He stood tall

To the editor: Abraham Lincoln stated, ?o man stood so tall as when he stoops to help a child. Thomas O. Dunbar, passed away On April 5t. Tom Spent 30-plus years working for children. He was a volunteer for the Parents Anonymous Program Child Abuse Prevention for the state Of Iowa, in Fort ...

‘What will I do after high school?’

To the editor: As graduation nears, high school students everywhere face big decisions about their futures. The biggest question remains, “What will I do after high school?” College Signing Days, a designated celebration for seniors to announce their college plans, will be held across ...

Opposes ordinance

To the editor: I am writing this letter to voice my opposition to the proposed ATV ordinance that will allow off-road vehicles to use paved county roads. As an employee of Decker Truck Line, I am especially concerned about the use of County Road P-59. This road is one of the busiest entry and ...

Appreciates the support

To the editor: On behalf of the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation, I want to extend a big thank you to everyone who supported our recent fundraiser. The fourth annual Go Big, Go Dodgers event was held on April 6 at Fort Frenzy. Not only did we raise more money for the schools than in ...

Fun Night succeeds

To the editor: Duncombe Elementary’s annual Fun Night event, held Saturday, April 7, was once again a tremendous success and an opportunity for Duncombe families and the community to come together, have fun, and support the youth of Fort Dodge. On behalf of the Duncombe Elementary ...

Appreciates courage

To the editor: I was grateful to read the story of Ashley Vaala’s heart-wrenching journey through the cycle of dependency and homelessness (Back from the Bottom, Messenger (4/22/18). I am mindful of how brave this young woman is to share the depths of her brokenness and despair and her ...

An ounce of prevention

To the editor: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the fifth annual Free Oral Head and Neck screening a success. The annual event was held on April 19 in collaboration with UnityPoint Health Trinity Cancer Center and Iowa Central ...