Opinion

Appreciates article

Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Tax reform is needed urgently

Editorial

A major tax reform proposal has been unveiled by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress. No tax bill is simple, of course. But what the foundation of what the White House and GOP lawmakers have outlined makes sense. It is simply to give middle-class Americans a break and ...

Tax reform is needed urgently

Editorial

A major tax reform proposal has been unveiled by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress. No tax bill is simple, of course. But what the foundation of what the White House and GOP lawmakers have outlined makes sense. It is simply to give middle-class Americans a break and ...

Puerto Rico needs much help

Editorial

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years and an enormous amount of federal aid to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is appropriate and vital. But Puerto Rico had been ...

Newspapers make America stronger

Editorial

Here at The Messenger, we work diligently to put out a daily newspaper that we hope readers find both informative and useful. This is National Newspaper Week. That makes it a good time to reflect on our industry. Newspapers are so much a part of daily life that most people spend little time ...

4-H helps our youths achieve

Editorial

National 4-H Week, which begins today, is a good time to celebrate the enormous contributions 4-H makes to our community and nation. It’s hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn’t know a bit about 4-H, but this week is an appropriate occasion to reflect on the important contribution this ...

Remembering the ‘Lionel Bridge Caper’

Local Columns

What started as a high school prank nearly 50 years ago has remained a landmark of Fort Dodge for years — and now the perpetrators are ready to come forth and “fess up” to their deed. The six teenage boys who stole into Crawford Park in the middle of the night in 1969 and painted ...

Some good news from China

Editorial

China’s recent announcement that it will limit petroleum exports to North Korea is good news. It is not a breakthrough. For months, U.S. officials have sought more cooperation from Beijing in pressuring North Korea to pull back on its development of missiles and nuclear weapons. Such ...

Iowa agricultural leaders have an opportunity

Editorial

Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation’s economy. It’s also hugely significant for the Hawkeye State. According to information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 ...

Real American heroes step up to help

Editorial

We should think about the extremists responsible for violence across the country even as we marvel at the deeds of courage, compassion and sacrifice among those aiding hurricane victims. Where among the men and women volunteering at disaster shelters are the Ku Klux Klan members? How many ...

‘Grateful and … honored’

Letters to the Editor

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 … ?’

Letters to the Editor

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 ...

New approach saves FD money

Editorial

Cost overruns by both government programs and companies that are contracted to undertake work for various agencies are frequently in the news. Sadly, it is rare that one hears about a project that saves money for taxpayers. One of those all-too- unusual occurrences just took place in our ...

Trump speaks the truth at U.N.

Editorial

President Donald Trump has been accused of using hyperbole too freely. But his speech to the United Nations did not fall into that category. Sadly, he merely presented the facts. “The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing,” Trump told U.N. delegates. That ...

Soybeans are big business in Iowa

Editorial

Nobody knows exactly how long humans have cultivated the soybean, but agricultural historians are quite certain its domestication as a crop in China dates back three millennia. There are actually Chinese records documenting soybean growth as far back as the 11th century. There is some ...

Today we explore addiction

Editorial

Sometimes an issue is so important that explaining it adequately requires more than one or two articles. That’s why a significant portion today’s edition of The Messenger is devoted to a multifaceted exploration of a single topic — addiction. Anyone who has a television set, an internet ...

United Way: Building a Brighter Future

Local Columns

Many factors help make a community a great place to live, work and play. Yet, communities are often measured by the commitment it makes to its youth, its senior citizens and its underprivileged. At United Way, we strive to address issues that impact the quality of our community including ...

Iran must keep its pledges

Editorial

During much of Iran’s drive to build nuclear weapons, the watchdog that was supposed to be preventing that — the International Atomic Energy Agency — often appeared to be wearing blinders. On multiple occasions, the IAEA reported it could find no evidence Iran was doing anything more than ...

Celebrating the Constitution

Editorial

So free and, in general, prosperous are we Americans that we sometimes take our blessings as a nation for granted. We should not. They are based on something of a miracle — our Constitution. This past Sunday, we celebrated Constitution Day. It was both a time for us to marvel at what our ...

A solution must be found soon

Editorial

Diplomats sometimes engage in hyperbole to make their points. But what Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said recently may be the literal truth. Haley spoke during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. It was called after it was confirmed that North Korea has ...