Opinion

Reynolds seeks better policy dialogue

Editorial

The quality or our state’s school systems is among the most important determinants of Iowa’s long-term prospects. In addition to making life richer through stimulating a love of lifelong learning, good schools have an enormous impact on economic development. When they produce graduates who ...

What’s in a window?

Editorial

The buildings of our past, particularly those we deem importantly historic, are not merely reminders of the way things once were done: They are part of the fabric of our communities. That is why, in our opinion, the choice made by the congregation of a Webster City church to completely ...

Gene Giraffe Project thanks many supporters

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: We at the Gene Giraffe Project want to thank Shimkat Motor Co., Diane Jones, Walgreens, KHI Insurance, UnityPoint Clinic Pediatrics, Shimkat employees, New Coop, Dr. Matt Maggio, Fort Dodge Health and Rehabilitation, Iowa Donor Network through Liz Markert, Coldwell Bankers, ...

Truce in tariff war provides hope

Editorial

An encouraging sign for farm states like Iowa emerged in recent days with news of a 90-day truce in the tariff battle between the United States and China. President Donald Trump announced the agreement, which began on Dec. 1, at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires; for the first time, China’s ...

Would keeping dams help Fort Dodge grow?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Recent articles in The Messenger describe a movement to hire a company to remove our two river dams in Fort Dodge. Could this be a huge historical and financial mistake for our city? Immediately after being elected mayor, Terry Lutz contracted a city development professional ...

From other editors: Privatized Medicaid is here to stay

Editorial

The election of Gov. Kim Reynolds means privatized Medicaid is here to stay. She has refused to return control of the health insurance program for 600,000 people to the state, and it’s unlikely she will do so in the future. That reality should prompt all Iowans, including privatization ...

The Fort Dodge Lions Club has a long history of local service

Local Columns

On Aug. 19, 1921, the Fort Dodge Lions Club was chartered with 33 people present to sign the charter. The club first met at the Wahkonsa Hotel, then the Warden Hotel, then the Eilers Hotel, then back to the Wahkonsa until moving to Treloars Inn for many years. Many prominent Fort Dodgers ...

The 2020 presidential election is crucial

Editorial

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush’s (Dec. 5) funeral, we couldn’t help but reflect on how dramatically the nation’s political landscape has changed since ...

Why are so many in need?

Editorial

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

US beef now on market in Morocco

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 estimates by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 million American ...

Hams for Hunger brings holiday joy to those in need of a meal

Editorial

Food, like twinkling lights and carefully wrapped presents, is a major component of the holiday season. At family dinners across the area, dining room tables will be just about creaking under the weight of all kinds of good things to eat. But unfortunately, not everyone can afford even a ...

Grassley to head Senate Finance

Editorial

There aren’t many roles in our nation’s capital more important than being chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance. Consequently, its welcome news that Iowa’s senior U.S. senator is poised to take the helm of this crucial policy-generating body. The committee has a broad ...

Drug prices are out of control

Editorial

If price-gouging for life-saving EpiPens goes on, feds should step in. If competitive forces cannot drive down the price of an essential drug that costs just $75 across the border in Canada, Congress and federal regulators have the authority, as well as an ethical obligation, to step ...

Santa Cops are on the beat again

Editorial

The Santa Cops project is a delightful annual effort to make the holiday season a bit brighter for area youngsters whose families need a hand up to make this time of year as merry as it should be. The Fort Dodge Police Association, Webster County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Dodge/Webster ...

There’s a pilot shortage.

Local Columns

Air service is critically important to each of our state’s key economic drivers. Iowa’s largest employers rank commercial air service in the top three factors influencing expansion and relocation decisions. Recently, major business relocations in other parts of the country have supported ...

Why the pilot shortage matters to Fort Dodge

Local Columns

Pilots used to need 250 hours of flight time to get hired by a regional airline. Now, they need 1,500 hours. The genesis of the 1,500-hour rule, as it came to be known, can be traced to Feb. 12, 2009, when Colgan Air Flight 3407, operating as Continental Connection, crashed into a house on ...

From other editors: Overdue answers on Medicaid

Editorial

It’s a bit bureaucratic, but on page 15 of the new review of the various cost saving estimates from Iowa’s Medicaid program, there is this extraordinary line: “However, during the decision making process to move the Medicaid program from primarily a fee-for-service program to a managed ...

Sen. Joni Ernst shows leadership

Editorial

Passing a budget and the appropriations bills to fund the U.S. government are among the most important functions of the U.S. Congress. Anyone who has been paying even casual attention realizes, however, that getting that vital work done on time and in an orderly fashion almost never ...

Iowa Central students show spirit of giving

Editorial

The cynics in our world are quick to assert that college students live in a self-indulgent, self-centered world where truly being a part of the community where the college is located is simply not a priority. For some students, that may be true. It’s certainly not the case, however, for ...

Thank you, Gunderson, for A Time for Angels

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Sunday I had the pleasure of attending A Time for Angels sponsored by Gunderson Funeral Home. It was a beautiful service intended to memorialize the loss of our loved ones and to help those in our community who are suffering a loss prepare for the holidays. While many ...