Opinion

Keeping Iowa’s hogs safe

Editorial

Hogs raised in Iowa account for more than 30 percent of U.S. hog production. Iowa ranks as the nation’s top hog-producing state. It’s also the top state for pork exports. Those sales abroad are estimated to exceed $1 billion annually. The pork industry is vitally important to Iowa’s ...

Lord’s Cupboard says thank you for donations

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thanks to The Messenger and all who attended and donated food items at their annual Home Show held March 1,2 and 3, 2019. Your generous donation stocks the shelves in the Lord’s Cupboard and in turn helps feed those less fortunate in Webster County. In 2018, The Lord’s ...

Changing Iowa’s judicial selection process is bad for business

Local Columns

I have seen dozens of opinion letters in publications across the state about the proposed legislative changes related to the selection of judges in Iowa. But there is one perspective I have not seen expressed, so I want to share it with your readers. I spent my professional career at AEGON ...

Help celebrate National Ag Day

Editorial

After an at-times trying winter, spring is about to arrive. As another growing season approaches, Thursday has been set as National Ag Day by the Agriculture Council of America. The council designates the week within which it falls as National Ag Week. This important time to celebrate ...

DNC should reconsider ban on Fox News

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: So, the Democratic National Committee has decided that Fox News will not be allowed to host any of the Democratic primary debates held to choose the Democratic nominee for president in 2020. I thought all along, or so we all have been led to believe, the Democratic Party was ...

From other editors: The science is sound

Editorial

The measles vaccine does not increase the risk of autism. A major new study confirms this fact, which has been accepted science for years. The study of 650,000 Danish children investigated the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. The results were published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal ...

Vaping carries its share of hazards

Editorial

His heart felt as if it would pound out of his chest, the 15-year-old boy told a resource officer at a high school in Ohio recently. The deputy called for an ambulance to take the student to a hospital. Two other boys, one 14 and the other 15, experienced similar distress. They saw the school ...

Iowa water quality affects us all

Editorial

The latest Iowa Nutrient Reduction Annual Progress Report has just been released. This comprehensive review of the state’s multifaceted conservation efforts to reduce undesirable chemical runoff is a prepared jointly by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa ...

Matt Breen follows family tradition

Local Columns

Back in November, Matt Breen found himself awash in memories as he and a television camera crew from KTIV-TV in Sioux City visited the Warden Plaza in his hometown of Fort Dodge. The now-vacant building at the corner of Ninth Street and First Avenue South once was the home of KVFD-AM radio ...

Remembering Dave Durian

Local Columns

Dave Durian, one of the finest journalists to come out of Fort Dodge and beloved in Baltimore where he was a former anchor for WBAL radio, was a friend and classmate of mine when we attended Fort Dodge Community College back in the 1960s. I join many of his friends in mourning his loss. Dave ...

From other editors: An Iowa case’s win for rights

Editorial

Iowa is not known as a hotbed for landmark court decisions, but it has had some significant cases involving our freedoms. “The Case of Ralph,” was decided in 1839 by the Territorial Supreme Court, which ruled that a slave living in Iowa could retain his freedom, even though he was in ...

If you eat or wear clothes, thank a farmer

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In honor of our farmers who provide the food and fiber that helps feed and clothe our nation we celebrate National Ag Week during the week of March 10-15. Today’s farmers can produce more with less thanks in part to precision (GPS) agriculture, improved seed genetics and ...

US military needs to address issue

Editorial

Arizonan Martha McSally spent 26 years in the military, becoming the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat. She went on to a successful career in politics, leading her to the U.S. Senate. Clearly, she is a strong woman. Yet she was shaken deeply on Wednesday, as she participated in a ...

Grassley gets things done right

Editorial

We’ve long known that U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley gets things done and done right in Washington, D.C. Now, an organization led by professors from Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia has recognized that fact and has announced it nationwide. The non-partisan Center for ...

A fair judicial process

Local Columns

Our judicial-nominating process was created with good intentions. But it needs improvement to better reflect our state and its people. Seventeen members of the state judicial-nominating commission select judges to serve on our court of appeals and supreme court. Eight members of the ...

Local nonprofit expands its reach

Editorial

A stuffed blue sloth recently was perched on a table at the Highland Park Rehabilitation Center in Fort Dodge, awaiting a child who will cherish it. The sloth, along with other stuffed animals and a bunch of toys that will help children grow stronger and more nimble as they play with them, ...

Appreciates Sonshine Singers help for Lord’s Cupboard

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As director of the Lord’s Cupboard, I would like to express our appreciation to the audiences and the members of the Sonshine Singers, for the awesome donation given to us as a result of offerings taken during their final performances February 14, 15 and 16, 2019. Their ...

Thanks from Sonshine Singers for support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: “Thank You” are two very small words that cannot possibly convey the love and mutual admiration the Sonshine Singers feel toward our audiences that have faithfully attended and supported our many ministries over the last 20 years. As we sang God’s praises (in February), ...