Opinion

All good things must come to an end

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It’s my last year of Christmas lights. It was my 34th year. All good things have to come to an end is true. I’ll be 90 March 2. What a goodbye farewell and record crowds of people for the first time people and other people who have been coming for all these years. When ...

Upper Des Moines thanks volunteers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. Thanks ABATE for their donation of toys and gifts. Helping families in Webster and surrounding counties with gifts for the little ones. Due to their generosity many children who might have had nothing, woke up to toys from Santa on ...

Transition of power

Editorial

One of the things that makes American democracy unique took place at the Webster County Courthouse Wednesday morning. There, in a brief ceremony, a peaceful and seamless transition of authority occurred when newly-elected county Supervisor Niki Conrad was sworn into office by Chief District ...

Iowa braces for fight to stay first in the nation

Editorial

First, we apologize for mentioning the 2020 campaign process at this early juncture. But you can relax. This commentary isn’t going to expand the political chasm that continues to divide the nation. It’s really more about the state of Iowa than any would-be candidates. Recently, state ...

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2019

Editorial

Today, we welcome in a new year. Last night, no doubt many readers stayed home, joining the ranks of those sitting on the couch, counting down the final moments of 2018 while participating vicariously in the festivities broadcast from Times Square in New York City. Others celebrated the ...

From other editors: Fight against despotism continues

Editorial

Freedom comes and goes in waves, but each wave crests higher and each trough sinks a bit less than the previous one. That’s the analysis of Fraser Institute fellow Fred McMahon, and it provides a hopeful note to the awful news that freedom seems to be on the wane worldwide. We hope this ...

Villa Care staff showed they care

Editorial

Extending the season of giving beyond the actual day of Christmas is a worthy endeavor. That’s why the staff of the Fort Dodge Villa Care Center’s gift to the Lotus Community Project women’s shelter should be applauded. For a month, they have steadily filled large plastic tubs to ...

Let’s take time to reflect on 2018

Editorial

In a short while, 2018 will be in the record books. That makes today an especially good time to reflect on the year that is about to end. By any measure, 2018 has been a year with extraordinary events — nationally, in the Hawkeye State and in Fort Dodge. This issue of The Messenger includes ...

Take special care on the roads

Editorial

All across the Hawkeye State, people will be taking advantage of this long holiday weekend to celebrate the arrival of another new year, this one 2019. That makes it especially important that each of us resolve to keep our streets and highways safe. How do we do that? Paying heed to a few ...

Think of Almost Home when donating

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We would first like to say “Thank You” to all the generous people and businesses in our community who have given their support to Almost Home. As animal lovers, it breaks our hearts to see a stray cat or dog on the street. Without Almost Home there would be many, many ...

A promise made and kept

Editorial

Politicians make a great many promises. All too often, however, actions they claim they will take don’t materialize. When President Trump escalated his trade confrontation with China earlier this year, the Chinese responded to proposed tariff increases by retaliating. They targeted U.S. ...

This is a day for Christmas thoughts

Editorial

Some 2,000 years ago, an event took place that changed the course of history. No singular event has focused the attention of man on himself to the degree that the story of Bethlehem has, for it is the story of man. Kingdoms have risen and fallen, and great nations have perished from the ...

FD Evening Lions congratulate winners

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Fort Dodge Evening Lions held their annual grocery raffle and we wish to congradulate the winners of the five winning tickets of $200 each in our drawing which was held on Dec. 18 at the Crossroads Mall with Santa Drawing the names. Michael Faiferlick Renea Noble, Lily ...

Gateway, Hope Sweet Hope says thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: Gateway to Discovery/Hope Sweet Hope Studios Board want to give a huge thank you to so many generous and faithful supporters of the women at Gateway to Discovery. Gateway is a two-year faith based residential program “Offering Women a Sanctuary for Recovering in Community.” ...

Silent night, holy night …

Editorial

All across the nation, a feeling of anticipation is in the air. It is Christmas Eve, a time when those whose jobs do not demand that they be at work complete preparations for tomorrow, the biggest day on most of our calendars. Once the packages are all wrapped, the last decorations are adjusted ...

Fund gives a helping hand

Editorial

A new source of money is available to help people in Hamilton and Webster counties who sometimes struggle to keep their homes in good shape. It’s called the Heart of Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund. It recently received $217,108 in state money to provide housing assistance to people whose ...

Where to go for health care?

Local Columns

In today’s world, it can be confusing to decide where to goto receive appropriate health care for your circumstance; Urgent Care, Family Medicine, ER or a specialist. As a provider in the Fort Dodge area, I wanted to take this opportunity to describe some differences and maybe clear up ...

First Step Act makes sense

Editorial

Any prison system should perform two key functions. First, it should punish those who break laws. Second, and perhaps most crucially, it should make it more likely that when prison terms end and offenders return to society they are less likely to commit additional crimes. Unfortunately, ...

Lizard Creek access will be welcome

Editorial

On the west side of Phinney Park Drive, just before the road goes under the railroad overpass, there’s a small parking lot. At first glance, it may seem like the parking lot is there all by itself for no apparent reason. In fact, it’s there for a good reason. Just beyond it is a little ...

Bikes for Tykes brings cheer to kids

Editorial

The annual Bikes for Tykes drive has a simple mission: making Christmas merrier for youngsters. Each year hundreds of new bicycles are donated so that children in families facing economic difficulties won’t have to go without bikes. In recent weeks, individuals, businesses and organizations ...