Opinion

US beef is back on the market in China

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 to information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 ...

Be safe in the sun this summer

Local Columns

Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays puts people at greater risk for all the common types of skin cancer. Sunlight is the main source of UV rays, but you don’t have to avoid the sun completely. There are common sense steps you can take to limit your exposure to UV rays. Dr. Carey ...

Justice was not served by this action

Editorial

Let us hope Omar Khadr never gets to enjoy a dime of the $8 million the Canadian government has awarded him, or gets to send any of it to his terrorist chums in Afghanistan. Khadr, a native of Canada, was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops battling Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan. ...

Russian meddling is a real concern

Editorial

Of course contacts between Russian officials attempting to influence last year’s presidential election and those around President Donald Trump need to be investigated. That would be a perfect opportunity to explore other aspects of Moscow’s meddling in our affairs. It is strange — ...

Local businesses support Police Department

Editorial

The Fort Dodge Police Department has done an excellent job of building public confidence that the difficult work its officers undertake is handled with a strong commitment to professionalism. Even so, situations can arise where people who have had interactions with police officers claim that ...

Pell Grant change makes sense

Editorial

Speaking of common sense and the federal government — a topic that sometimes seems all too difficult to discuss with a straight face — a change is being made in the Pell Grant program, which helps low-income college students. Pell Grants now will be available to help with the cost of ...

It’s time to get some work done

Editorial

Most Americans have to stay at work until whatever tasks need to be completed are finished. The knowledge we have to do that makes us work harder and smarter. It makes our bosses schedule tasks realistically. That isn’t how life works on Capitol Hill. Regardless of how many critical issues ...

Courageous acts inspire us all

Editorial

Stories of courage exhibited by local residents helping others in danger are gratifyingly common. Normally, however, they involve only a handful of good Samaritans. More — many more — got into the act not long ago at a beach in Florida. A couple of boys became trapped in a rip tide ...

Girls softball returns to Fort Dodge

Editorial

One of summer’s most enjoyable events begins Monday. The Girls State Softball Tournament will be the highlight of the season for the 40 teams that made it to state-level competition. All the teams are outstanding. Making it to this final event of the season means that none will have any ...

Integrated Education and Training

Local Columns

Anticipated growth in the Wright County industry sector has opened the door for new programming offered through Iowa Central Community College’s Adult Education and Literacy Program and the Workforce partners. Integrated Education and Training (IET) is not a new concept, but it will be new to ...

Federal employees must be accountable

Editorial

Government employees should not be disciplined or fired without good cause, certainly not for political reasons. That seems obvious. Just as plain is that civil service laws should not protect rogue employees who cheat taxpayers by failing to do their jobs. Critics of new legislation aimed ...

A Garden Club thank you

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club expresses appreciation and thanks to all who supported another two of our recent events, the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa 89th Annual Meeting and the “Twilight Tour,” our 16th annual Tour of Gardens. How grateful we are to be part of ...

Leaders play vital role in agriculture

Editorial

From the earliest days, the emergence of successful farms and related industries in the American Midwest depended on the hard work and vision of people who played leadership roles in these vital enterprises. That was true when pioneers first cultivated the vast prairies, and it is increasingly ...

Supreme Court takes crucial stand

Editorial

Supreme Court justices, in a long-overdue slap at political correctness, have issued a ruling based so much on common sense and the First Amendment that one wonders why they had to get involved in the first place. First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech are virtually bulletproof, the ...

North Korean threat is increasing

Editorial

If there ever was a time when North Korea’s bullying militarism could be curbed without great loss of life, it probably passed decades ago. That should not blind world leaders to the reality that the regime’s lethality grows by the week — and cannot be ignored forever. A new North ...

4-H is about helping youths achieve

Editorial

It’s hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn’t know a bit about 4-H, but with county fairs underway or about to be all across the state, this is an appropriate occasion to reflect on the important contribution this organization makes by helping young people develop skills and values that ...

Weighs in on roundabouts

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Amen. That’s all I can add to the letter to the editor in the June 28 Messenger. How people drive on local roundabouts has been a source of frustration for me as well. One thing worth mentioning is also — multiple drivers completely ignore the yield signs. I have been ...

Lauds hospice

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: My father Dr. William Baber died at the hospice home several years ago. Not only did they take excellent care of him, but helped the family. They are all angels. Professionally written article. John Baber Waverly

Questions siren use

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I don’t know how many times I’ve heard the sirens when they test them and when no storms are imminent, yet when the funnel cloud was spotted south of the prison and later over the city, no sirens were heard. Why not? Raymond E. Witzke Fort Dodge

ISU Extension and Outreach helps Iowans

Editorial

This year Webster County is celebrating 100 years of organized county Extension work. This long-established partnership with Iowa State University provides local citizens with access to education and university research. This important program is an outgrowth of the land-grant university ...