Opinion

Reach for a bit of spring

Editorial

Though we wish spring were in the air, the truth is it’s still eluding the area. But a bit of spring is within reach by visiting The Messenger’s Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show. What better way to beat a bout of cabin fever? The three-day event will be held at Iowa Central Community ...

Judge selection process is at risk

Editorial

Anyone who has to go to court should be able to do so knowing that the judge who will preside over their case is knowledgeable, fair and unswayed by politics. For decades Iowans have been able to walk into courtrooms with a very high degree of certainity that the judge assigned to their case ...

From other editors: Legislature should take action

Editorial

Iowa’s “bottle bill” is, according to one Iowa State University economist, “falling apart” after more than 40 years. “It’s not going to work much longer,” Dermot Hayes warned in a Feb. 7 Journal Des Moines bureau story prior to presentations before state Senate and House ...

From other editors: There’s no reason this should happen

Editorial

Measles outbreaks continue to lacerate communities from coast to coast, and there’s absolutely no reason for it. The latest involve dozens of new cases in New York and in Clark County, Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland. These shouldn’t be happening. The highly contagious ...

Why not Party with a Purpose?

Editorial

Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of 2,200 Americans each day, according to the American Heart Association, making it the leading cause of death in Iowa and around the globe. By the year 2030, if there is no research or intervention, the number of lives it will claim annually is ...

Examining judicial selection post-Varnum

Local Columns

Every winter as the temperature dips down and the snow piles up, the Iowa Legislature convenes with old and new faces as well as old and new ideas. For years, an undercurrent of skepticism and questioning of the Judicial Branch has buzzed along due to differing views lawmakers may have had ...

City Council should move forward

Editorial

With the area covered in a frigid blanket of snow, the 4th of July seems like some distant, faraway concept. But it will be here soon enough. That’s why we think the Fort Dodge City Council ought to go ahead with some common sense restrictions on where fireworks vendors can set up their ...

The unsung heroes of winter

Editorial

During a big winter storm, lots of people like to stay inside, sipping their favorite hot beverage while they watch the white stuff pile up outside. But one group of people goes out in every storm, and the work of these unsung heroes makes it possible for everyone to travel in snowy ...

What is the secret to Dodger success?

Editorial

It almost seems as though winning championships has become second nature to athletes in the Fort Dodge Community School District. Another whirlwind run through the state wrestling and bowling competitions netted the Fort Dodge Senior High athletic department four more titles recently. Dodger ...

It is raining!

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We often hear that the state’s financial reserves are set aside for a “rainy day” and I am writing this letter to say It Is Raining! The mental health needs of our children in Iowa are intense and growing and the time has come to mobilize our efforts to support an ...

E15 ban needs to be lifted

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Trump Administration has recently directed the Environmental Protection Agency to allow sales of E15 year-round rather than the current Sept. 16 to May 31 timeframe. While a longer window to purchase E15 is important to me as a corn producer, it is also important to all ...

Good news for soybean growers

Editorial

Most years Iowa is a national leader in soybean production. It usually ranks at the top or is a close second. The sale of soybeans grown in Iowa to foreign clients is a major positive contribution by our state to the U.S. trade picture. In recent years, a major portion of the Hawkeye State’s ...

Grassley wants to improve Medicaid

Editorial

America’s health care system is complicated and highly bureaucratic. Navigating it is a challenge for just about everyone. The low-income parents of children with complicated medical needs frequently find getting the multifaceted care their kids require an especially daunting task. That’s ...

Kim Reynolds tapped for national role

Editorial

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has been appointed to a key federal advisory body to help develop and implement a strategy for making the American workforce better able to meet the challenges of the 21st century. On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Advisor to the President Ivanka ...

Time out on CAFOs

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Rep. Sharon Steckman (D-Mason City) has introduced a bill calling for a moratorium on factory farms in Iowa. As an Iowan concerned about the health and future of our children we need a timeout. I am asking fellow Iowans to join with me to provide a means for study and planning, ...

What is a trillion?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Let’s consider this for a second; A day on Earth consists of 86,400 seconds. One MILLION seconds is 11 1/2 days, one BILLION seconds is 31 years, and, one TRILLION seconds is 31,000 years. Those zeros sure add up. Now let’s consider that the U.S. government is $22 ...

FFA is more important now than ever

Editorial

National FFA Week is this week.Those of us who live in rural Iowa need little reminder of the importance of agriculture education and the contributions to our nation made by those who pursue careers in agriculture. Even so, this is a welcome opportunity to showcase the activities of FFA at ...

February is Heart Month

Local Columns

February is Heart Month. At UnityPoint Health our goal is to keep you young at heart and help you “Do What You Love.” Whether you recently have experienced a cardiac event or know someone who has, UnityPoint Health is here to help. After a cardiac event, it can be nerve-racking to think ...

Border wall issue is complex

Editorial

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is right about one aspect of security along the U.S. border with Mexico. Just ask “El Chapo.” During the seemingly interminable battle over funding for border security, Pelosi, D-Calif., vowed not one dollar would be spent to construct new barriers meant to stop ...

Community spirit is alive in Knoke

Editorial

Providing up-to-date public safety services is always a struggle for small, rural communities that just don’t have a lot of money. That’s what makes a recent development in the tiny Calhoun County town of Knoke special. There, a modern three-bay station for the Butler Township Fire ...