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Some common sense is needed

Editorial

Democratic leaders in Congress have made it clear they have no desire to reach a fair compromise on immigration. After weeks of accusing President Donald Trump of not offering a proposal, their reaction when he did so recently was, “No way!” Trump’s plan may not be perfect, but the ...

Back Iowa Central Tuesday

Editorial

Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa. Not only does it provide affordable educational opportunities, Iowa Central also helps make certain that workers with the right technical skills are available to present and future employers. It’s no ...

The Bill Goodman story

Local Columns

Bill Goodman was just 7 years old when he moved into his step-grandmother’s home in Fort Dodge to live with her and 10 of her children. His mother, Carrie, had died in an auto accident two years earlier. His father, Louis Goodman, who worked for a steel company, believed Fort Dodge would be ...

US infrastructure needs are great

Editorial

In terms of our everyday lives, the most important thing President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union speech was to call on Congress to approve a campaign to restore and improve the nation’s infrastructure. We drive potholed roads and cross rusty bridges every day. We fret over ...

Backs Iowa Central

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: If not us — who? If not now — when? On behalf of the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way, I am expressing support for the Iowa Central bond referendum. Iowa Central Community College is a very important and positive educational asset for our community and ...

Plans to vote ‘no’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I believe the vote for the ICCC Bond issue should be “no.” No one rational can claim that no good things come out of ICCC, but on too many occasions our ICCC directors and administrators have been poor, or to be kind, not very good stewards of the our monies. The reporting ...

Will vote ‘yes’ on Tuesday

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Iowa Central Community College is putting a $25.5 million bond referendum before the voters in nine counties in Iowa. Those nine counties that make up Iowa Central Community College include Buena Vista, Calhoun, Greene, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Sac, ...

Trump outlines his game plan

Editorial

Many of those who watched or read about President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night, will be very skeptical in their judgments. As they have been doing during his first year in office, they will judge the book by its cover. Presidents often use State of the Union ...

Catholic schools serve area well

Editorial

There has been a Catholic School system in Fort Dodge for almost as long as this town has been in existence. There are other towns in the area The Messenger serves that can make similar claims. Catholic education got underway in Fort Dodge more than 150 years ago. The first Catholic school ...

Lawmakers respond to Reynolds’ challenge

Editorial

Protecting and enhancing the quality of the Hawkeye State’s water resources is vitally important. That’s why Gov. Kim Reynolds made a strong request to Iowa lawmakers in her Condition of the State address on Jan. 9. She urged them to make clean water legislation that had been stalled in ...

Supports Iowa Central vote

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I encourage everyone to vote in favor of the Iowa Central Community College bond referendum. Iowa Central Community College positively touches the lives of students, families and employers within Fort Dodge and the surrounding communities. Fort Dodge and surrounding areas ...

Questions need for bond referendum

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There are some peculiar elements to the effort to ensure the passage of the ICCC bond issue, in addition to the usual biases of the money interest in Fort Dodge. For example, if one political party were to set up special voting places for those most likely to vote their way, ...

Will vote yes for Iowa Central

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The phrase “a rising tide lifts all boats” resonates with me in the upcoming Iowa Central bond referendum. I will be voting in favor of the referendum and strongly encourage area voters to do the same. There are a multitude of reasons your support is warranted, with the ...

Plans to vote no on bond referendum

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I’m going to vote NO on this $25.5 million dollar proposal for ICCC, here is why — you don’t get to vote on your land values and property tax increases — just pay and don’t complain. You don’t get to vote on the increases in water and sewer rates — just pay and ...

Trump had a message at Davos

Editorial

After belittling President Donald Trump’s “America first” economic policies as hopelessly out of step with globalism, some foreign leaders have seen the light. Now, they admit they understand Trump’s reasoning. One wonders how much public opinion in their own countries had to do with ...

Won’t watch Super Bowl

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: According to Fox News, AMVETS summited a paid ad for the Super Bowl showing the American Flag with a caption saying “Please Stand.” The NFL rejected the ad saying it was too “political.” Well Commissioner Goodell and the NFL, please excuse AMVETS and the rest of us ...

Iowa Power Farming Show starts Tuesday

Editorial

What organizers say is the largest indoor agricultural equipment show in the upper Midwest — and the third largest in the United States — kicks off Tuesday and continues through Thursday at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The 2018 Iowa Power Farming Show features 7 acres of indoor ...

‘Progress 2018’ sections start today

Editorial

As the holiday season draws to a close each year, The Messenger’s writing staff embarks on a challenging adventure — producing a comprehensive look at how a wide array of developments in our region are shaping tomorrow. While every issue of this newspaper is filled with articles, features ...

Invest in Iowa Central

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Pocahontas County Economic Development Commission recognizes that Iowa Central Community College and rural counties in our region are at a crossroads. One of the key impediments to moving our rural region forward is a trained workforce. In today’s world, we are finding out ...

Giving hope to our kids

Local Columns

With every new year there is often a feeling of new beginnings and renewed hope. Hopefully, this is true for most people, and especially our youths. A well-known quote from Helen Keller addresses the concept of hope very well: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be ...