Opinion

Opposes bond issue

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Let me start by saying I have never voted against a school bond, but I find the bond issue up for vote on Sept. 11 deserves a no vote. I find the bond issue ill planned and literally forced upon the taxpayer with no other options discussed. I am a graduate of the Barnum High ...

Objects to cartoon

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I can’t put off writing any longer. My husband, John Westphal, and I have lived in Humboldt for over 50 years and have subscribed to The Messenger almost the whole time. I hadn’t paid much attention to the direction to which the paper had shifted until the cartoon named ...

Iran is experiencing big troubles

Editorial

Aug. 28 was a tough day for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Members of his country’s parliament raked him over the coals because he has not done enough to keep the economy from crashing and burning. What a shame. Pardon our sarcasm, please. But news Iran’s leaders are becoming angry ...

Devotion to service, community

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Jeff Paulson passed away not with a big house or bank account but rather a big heart as evidenced by the huge outpouring of support from family and friends from around the country. I’m uncomfortable in writing this but feel inspired enough to share something that I learned ...

Backs museum

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Webster County Museum needs everyone’s help at the former elementary school, just a few miles south on either U.S. Highway 160 or south of Coalville. You know Otho and the Fourth of July. That’s Otho, the roofs are leaking badly. I enjoy seeing the railroad stuff, and ...

Lauds CCS

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Community Christian School has impacted my family’s lives for many years. I am so grateful for the 40 years that it has been a part of the Fort Dodge community. As they prepare to celebrate their 40th anniversary on Sept. 21 and 22, I want to say a big “thank you.” The ...

Shag the Drag succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thank you to the 88 participants, 20-plus volunteers and local sponsors who helped make the 2018 FD Shag the Drag run/walk event successful. We were able to donate $600 to Meals on Wheels thanks to the generous participants. It would not have been possible without all of you. ...

A compromise seems in order

Editorial

Shutting down seven of a Georgia county’s nine election polling places was bound to raise a stink. Perhaps the outside consultant who recommended it ought to take a refresher course in American history. Election officials in Randolph County, Georgia, are between a rock and a hard place. ...

Keep the pressure on North Korea

Editorial

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may have been jubilant about his deal with President Donald Trump, reached earlier this summer during their meeting in Singapore. Kim may have believed that, in exchange for mere promises, he had gained Trump’s unqualified trust. That would have fit ...

Hackers are still intruding

Editorial

No doubt many eyes are on Moscow after the revelation recently that an attempt to hack into the Democrat National Committee’s computers was thwarted. Coming two years after Russian hackers stole information from the DNC database, the new attempted electronic B&E does raise questions ...

Today America celebrates its workers

Editorial

To most Americans in 21st-century America, Labor Day is not an important holiday. It marks the unofficial end of summer. As such, it affords a three-day weekend to pursue summertime passions one last time before the weather cools. For most of us it has little additional meaning. It may come ...

Clay County Fair is an Iowa treasure

Editorial

The days are a tad shorter. The kids are back in school. There’s a hint of fall in the air. The season for summer fairs and festivals is nearly at an end. For the countless Iowans and others who love county fairs, however, one big event remains — the Clay County Fair. The fair that ...

Meet the O’Leary twins

Local Columns

Their lives began minutes apart in 1946 at Mercy Hospital in Fort Dodge and were intertwined through their first 22 years. Jim and Bill O’Leary grew up on Fourth Avenue North where they ran a neighborhood candy store and enjoyed the outdoors, shared a Messenger paper route, attended the ...

That password is taken

Local Columns

So I thought I’d sign up for Medicare today before I came to the office. First, I decided to create an online Social Security personal page. It went something like this: “Enter your user name.” Jane Curtis “Do not use your name.” OK. How about She Retires? The website gave ...

Learn from Germany’s experience

Editorial

An Iraqi woman who left her native land for what she hoped was the safety of Germany has returned home — where she feels safer from Islamic State terrorism. Her decision is one more red flag for German officials who adopted an open-door policy toward refugees from the Middle East. Ashwaq ...

Dayton Rodeo fun starts today

Editorial

The 2018 incarnation of the Dayton National Championship Rodeo will attract large crowds this Labor Day weekend — deservedly so. What began 81 years ago as the dream of three young cowboys — Allen Porter, Duane Vegors and Vern Danielson — has grown to a four-day event that draws ...

Iran’s alleged spying raises concerns

Editorial

Even as Iranian leaders were seeking Americans’ trust over nuclear weapons, they may have been plotting violence in this country. Two Iranians, Ahmadreza Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, have been arrested by the FBI. Both are U.S. residents. The two are accused of spying on Jewish groups and ...

Supervisors: matrix needs updates

Local Columns

As Labor Day approaches, signaling the closing phase of the election cycle and the subject matter for the next state legislative session begins to formulate, we believe now is the time to address the updating of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources matrix application for the siting of new ...

Trump makes a sound move

Editorial

Even his fiercest foes ought to be able to see the wisdom of a decision recently by President Donald Trump. Apparently, some do not. That is most unfortunate. About $230 million in “stabilization” funds the United States had agreed to spend in Syria will be withheld, Trump decided. ...

Losing more than just OB

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Yes, shutting down the OB Department is sad for Webster City. We are, as yet, unaware of the collateral damage this may cause. One thing I already realize is that we are losing a family that has been an asset to this community. Katie Duerr is the midwife who is losing her job ...