Opinion

A town counted on a hospital’s promise

Local Columns

It appears that young mothers who wanted their babies to be born at Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City will have to look elsewhere. That is, unless the VDMC board and the hospital’s management, MercyMedical Center, of Des Moines, have a sudden change of heart. VDMC announced in the ...

Preparing tomorrow’s workforce

Local Columns

Iowa Central Community College will host its annual career day, “The Game of Life,” on Oct. 25 for high school students in our area. The day is designed to be an interactive day for students to learn and explore various career opportunities available in our region. We anticipate ...

Making the wall less likely

Editorial

Given the waste of time and money evident in the government’s efforts to build a wall along our southern border, it is no wonder Mexican officials want no part of paying for it. Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is difficult to restrain it upon hearing more evidence of how bureaucracy in the ...

Your local news isn’t ‘fake’

Editorial

Less than a month into his term, President Donald Trump created a “fake news” battle with multiple national media outlets, referring to them as the “enemy of the people.” And that rhetoric continues. The idea of fake news now permeates our national dialogue, used to dismiss news reports ...

Opposes ‘factory farm’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As the famous Paul Revere once said, “The hogs are coming! The hogs are coming!” That may not be the exact quote… but if Paul Revere were alive today, living in Calhoun County, it’s exactly what he’d be saying. Our community is being invaded by outside forces, ...

Support is appreciated

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. would like to thank The 100+ Women Who Care for believing in our mission, and the Back to School Program. The Back to School program is for families at 185 percent poverty or below. This program runs entirely 100 percent on donations from the ...

Let’s support Backpack Buddies

Editorial

In our affluent society, it is unacceptable for any children to be hungry or lack regular access to nutritious food. Making sure that local young folks do not experience hunger is the mission of Backpack Buddies. The Backpack Buddies initiative supplements school breakfast and lunch ...

Wants OB services at Van Diest

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was shocked to see our local tax supported hospital has adopted a policy to no longer deliver babies after Oct. 12, 2018. I hope they reconsider their decision. Our local hospital is owned by the citizens of Hamilton County. Every taxpayer in Hamilton County is taxed to ...

Lions raffle succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Fort Dodge Evening Lions would like to express to all our sponsors and the public that purchased our raffle tickets for the Chevy Silverado during May, June and July. The drawing was held at the Ja Mar Cruise on Friday. Aug. 3 at 9 p.m. We wish to congratulate the winner, ...

An Arts R Alive ‘thank you’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Arts R Alive in Webster City would like to thank all who attended and helped to make the eighth annual Sculpture Event and Seneca Street painting a success. Visitors enjoyed viewing the street paintings and the 10 new sculptures in West Twin Park. Thank you to the sculptors who ...

This nominee should be confirmed

Editorial

Government policy ought to be guided by solid science, not political correctness. That seems obvious, and President Donald Trump appears to agree. Recently, he nominated University of Oklahoma meteorology professor Kelvin Droegemeier to head the White House Office of Science and Technology ...

It’s a hopeful beginning

Editorial

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...

U.S. economy is on a roll

Editorial

Liberal critics of President Donald Trump’s multifaceted economic development strategy continue to insist it is not helping American working men and women. But it is — big time. Labor Department statistics released recently show unemployment is the lowest in nearly half a century, at ...

Grassley’s leadership singled out

Editorial

Iowa has become a national leader in making use of wind energy to generate electric power. Our state’s wind farms produce nearly 40 percent of the electricity used in the in Iowa. That’s the largest share of electricity generated from wind of any state in the nation. That already impressive ...

Incontinence Q&A

Local Columns

As a urologist, one main things I deal is incontinence for both men and women. The following is a basic question and answer guide about incontinence, the misconceptions and how treatments today can make a big difference in someone’s life. What is incontinence? Incontinence is simply the ...

Is North Korea serious about peace?

Editorial

New long-range missiles are being built in North Korea, despite assurances by that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, that he desires peaceful coexistence, it was reported recently. Just weeks ago, Kim told President Donald Trump he is willing to pursue disarmament talks. They have been going ...

Dragon Boat Bash is back

Editorial

Tall corn and dragon boats may seem like an odd combination, but here in Webster County they both have emerged as symbolic of summer. The 22nd annual Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash will take place today and Saturday at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. It features assorted festivities and ...

This change could be a good thing

Editorial

News the Taliban have agreed to their first direct talks with a U.S. official, regarding peace in Afghanistan, is highly significant for a number of reasons. During the months following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on America, U.S. forces, working with our allies, deposed the Taliban from power ...

The truth about wildfires

Editorial

With destructive, deadly wildfires in California making both headlines and dramatic pictures, expect a new round of claims that climate change is to blame. But if there is a link between global warming and wildfires, it is a negative one. Solid, scientific research indicates the area burned ...

They appreciate article

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thank you so much for the wonderful article and pictures honoring our Uncle Don Johnson, which ran on the front page of The Messenger on July 26. Your reporter, Chad Thompson, was so professional and kind, spending close to an hour interviewing our uncle, his friends and family ...