Opinion

This law is a useful step forward

Editorial

It happens too frequently, in our communities and across America. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families. And we see it in obituaries of ...

Today Americans honor our flag

Editorial

More than two centuries ago, on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress of the newly established United States of America adopted a resolution making an early version of the stars and stripes our national flag. That flag, with modifications to reflect an increase in the number of states, has ...

Frontier Days 2018 succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am so proud and thankful for all of the Frontier Days 2018 staff, volunteers, sponsors, vendors, reenactors, businesses, and other nonprofit organizations that supported “The Original Wild West Frontier Days 2018.” Without your time, talent, and treasure we would not have ...

A problem from the past returns

Editorial

You may remember the environmental scare over chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) three decades ago. They were destroying the ozone layer in the earth’s atmosphere, we were told. They had to be banned. And so they were, through international agreements beginning in 1987. CFCs were taken out of ...

Free speech on campuses

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There have been several writings in the Opinion page of The Messenger regarding the loss of freedom of speech on certain university campuses. Each of the writings provided insight into the loss of the freedom to express oneself on some campuses if you are a conservative in your ...

Peanut Days succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A big “thank you” to the businesses and citizens of Fort Dodge and surrounding areas for purchasing peanuts during the months of May and June. To the 200 businesses that purchased boxes of peanuts from our members, thank you for supporting us year after year. Three ...

Don’t expect huge progress

Editorial

During this era in which instant gratification seems realistic to all too many people, President Donald Trump is doomed to disappoint them. Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will meet today in Singapore to discuss Pyongyang’s weaponization campaign, which includes both nuclear ...

For once, Hollywood gets it right

Editorial

You may want to sit down for this: Hollywood has done something worthy of praise. For once, the movie moguls have put ethics ahead of money. Paramount Network had planned a television reprise of the 1988 film, “Heathers.” The original version starred Winona Rider and Christian Slater. It ...

Objects to remark

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was quite offended and disturbed by the remarks of Gary Waechter in the Sunday edition of The Messenger. Mr. Waechter obviously has no understanding of rape. In Mr. Waechter’s words, “the two people have to be held accountable for what they did.” The victim of rape is ...

Market on Central to resume Thursday

Editorial

Downtown Fort Dodge is on the rebound. During the last several years, storefronts up and down Central Avenue and on nearby streets that have too long been vacant are once again coming to life commercially. The city’s historic business district is becoming the home to an impressive array of ...

American Cancer Society Relay For Life is Saturday

Local Columns

From close family members to close friends, we all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer at some point. Local cancer survivors and their caregivers will take the celebratory first lap at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Webster County event on Saturday at Fort Dodge ...

The gun conversation moves on to accountability

Local Columns

Perhaps last week you read the column of responses to my invitation to join the conversation. The conversation centers on solving the issues that lead to gun violence, particularly the kind that results in mass deaths. It began with the story, “Gun ownership 101,” that laid out what should ...

Hallowed ground in Pennsylvania

Editorial

Sept. 11, 2001, seems so long ago, in many ways. A whole generation of Americans has no personal recollection of that tragic day. We are being reminded of it once again, by the announcement that some wreckage from Flight 93, no longer needed for purposes such as investigating the tragedy, ...

A transformation is taking shape

Editorial

Sometimes a structure created for one purpose — but which is no longer needed for that role — can be transformed. That’s exactly what’s happening in Eagle Grove. An abandoned grain elevator is taking on a new life as a work of art. Plans call for it to honor the heritage of Eagle ...

Has concerns about FD’s future

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am so sad that Younkers and Zales will be leaving our Fort Dodge Crossroads Mall. I understand they were among the first stores in the mall when it opened over 50 years ago. At that time the stores were not under one roof. We had come a long way. With the exit of the ...

Wants a moratorium

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I have lived in Hardy since 1999. I moved to the country with the great outdoors in mind — but boy was I wrong. In the fall of 2014, I learned that two 2,500-head hog factories were being built just 2,559 feat east of my acreage. I was never asked or told anything about it ...

Sees God as the answer

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Yesterday I was talking to a customer who said that she decided to leave her church when the pastor told her that the things written in the Old Testament of the Bible are just fictional stories. That made me think of all of the school shootings and why children and adults are ...

The past lives again

Editorial

If last weekend’s Frontier Days festivities rekindled your interest in the early history of Fort Dodge, you won’t want to miss the annual Oakland Cemetery Walk to be held Saturday and Sunday. Oakland Cemetery has been part of Fort Dodge history since the community’s earliest days. It ...

A story of widespread hypocrisy

Editorial

The entertainment world’s dirty little secret — that money trumps morals — was on display again recently. After actress Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC over a racist tweet, stories of other questionable behavior began surfacing. An old picture of her dressed as Adolf Hitler and pulling a ...

Bicycle issues

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I’d like to address a couple of issues that, as a bicycle rider, are problematic I ride the trails in Fort Dodge quite a bit. Several times, I have come to a stop at an intersection, waiting to cross the road, and have had vehicles stop to let me pass. I understand these ...