Opinion

Keep our national parks in top shape

Editorial

New is good if you are a politician. You like to be able to announce new programs and new facilities such as recreational areas.But what about what we have already?As those who love the national park system celebrate its 100th birthday this year, some of what we revere is falling apart, ...

Electrify Africa Act is good policy

Editorial

A humanitarian campaign launched in Congress could help hundreds of millions of people - saving countless lives. Both the Senate and House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill and it has been signed into law.It is the Electrify Africa Act, aimed at helping hundreds of millions of ...

A message of thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On Feb. 9 the voters in the Fort Dodge Community School District overwhelmingly approved rebuilding Duncombe Elementary School, installing safety features in our school buildings and making badly needed academic and athletic improvements to the High School. As members of the Board ...

Attend the concert

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I would like to encourage Messenger readers to attend the Sonshine Singers upcoming event Today at 7p.m., Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Fort Dodge. This is a very talented group of local vocalists and musicians who perform with ...

Gov. John Kasich has a case to make

Editorial

With the pace of Republican decision-making about a nominee for president picking up, the direction of the process may be taking a good, much-needed turn.Ohio Gov. John Kasich finished a strong second in last week's New Hampshire Republican primary election, meaning both voters and campaign ...

Law enforcement officers deserve support

Editorial

The work of law enforcement officers is vitally important to everyone who lives in our town, county and state. Locally, we are fortunate to have an exceptionally professional Police Department and Sheriff's Department. On a statewide level the Iowa State Patrol is one of the finest agencies of ...

This policy needs to be re-evaluated

Editorial

Any nuclear war, even if it involves a limited exchange of, say, 10 warheads on both sides, would be a terrible thing.But it would be much, much worse if the number of mushroom clouds on the horizon was in triple digits.U.S. intelligence analysts say North Korea, the most unpredictably ...

Lauds infusion center

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I would like to recognize the infusion center at Trinity Regional Medical Center, Fort Dodge.I personally receive my treatments there. My message is that I receive the best of care there.The caring physicians and nursing staff work well together giving the best care and sharing ...

A big ‘thank you’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The UnityPoint Home Health Care Services are to be commended for the excellent help they provided me after I fell and received a compression fracture in my back last November. The help and care that the nurses and therapists gave me made it possible to stay in my own home and ...

Democrats must keep trying

Letters to the Editor

Instead of "Yes we can," many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: "We shouldn't even try."We shouldn't try for a single-payer health care system, they say. We'll be lucky if we prevent Republicans from repealing Obamacare.We shouldn't try for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. The ...

Ethanol’s market is expanding

Editorial

The news has been filled with dire economic news from China in recent months. That giant nation is undergoing some major uncertainties as an economy that has been booming for several years appears to be headed for a period of slower growth.With all the sober news coming out of China, Iowans may ...

A look into a woman’s heart

Local Columns

Heart disease is often thought of as a man's disease, but did you know more women die of heart disease per year than any other cause of death, including breast cancer? Each year, 455,000 women die of heart disease as compared to 410,000 men. Moreover, heart disease causes one in three women's ...

Zika scare raises crucial questions

Editorial

President Barack Obama wants to commit $1 billion to what he calls a "moonshot" initiative against cancer.Meanwhile, another disease few Americans had ever heard of, the Zika virus, has developed as a public health concern. That comes on the heels of last year's Ebola scare.Mass killers such as ...

Corn still fuels Iowa’s economy

Editorial

Corn production has been a key factor in the Iowa economy for more than 150 years.The state's 21st-century economy is characterized by increasing diversity. Agriculture isn't as dominant as once was the case. Even so, there can be little doubt that corn remains of critical importance. The ...

Voters show confidence in Fort Dodge’s future

Editorial

Fort Dodge voters decisively backed the two general obligation bonds on the ballot Tuesday. These important funding measures will make it possible to replace Duncombe Elementary School, update Fort Dodge Senior High and move ahead with crucial security enhancements.This overwhelming support for ...

The blame game was in full swing

Editorial

The blame game was in full swing as Congress held hearings on the Flint, Michigan, water fiasco. There, people drank water tainted with lead for months before anyone did anything to deal with the threat.Lawmakers heard a round of cover-your-behind accusations from local, state and federal ...

Obama’s war strategies have failed

Editorial

At least President Barack Obama was politically smart enough not to declare "mission accomplished" in Iraq and Afghanistan. But in different words, he said the same thing in assuring Americans it was safe to pull U.S. combat troops out of Iraq and to plan for them to leave Afghanistan by the ...

Email controversy isn’t going away

Editorial

Hillary Clinton's defense against growing evidence she may have broken the law requiring her to keep national security information secret amounts to what a teenager might say after getting a parking ticket. It just isn't fair, Clinton says.After the most recent release of evidence Clinton used ...

Let’s keep Fort Dodge’s schools strong

Editorial

Due to the snowstorm on Feb. 2, the vote in the Fort Dodge Community School District to determine the fate of two general obligation bond requests had to be postponed. It will now take place Tuesday.This school funding decision is a high-priority matter.The quality of the school system is at ...