Opinion

Ernst seeks to expose failed promises

Editorial

There was a time when the federal government could get things done on time and within budget. In the early 1940s, the Pentagon, which remains the world’s largest office building in terms of floor area, was constructed in just 16 months essentially on schedule and with an acceptable price ...

Kim Jong Un misjudged Trump

Editorial

It may be time for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to try Plan B. His initial strategy in dealing with President Donald Trump ­—trying to get something for nothing — flopped badly. Trump and Kim held their second face-to-face meeting (last) week in Hanoi, Vietnam. But Trump departed ...

Grassley looks out for older Iowans

Editorial

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley wants to make sure that age discrimination doesn’t compromise the ability of older Iowans to remain active in the workplace. That’s why the Iowa Republican has joined with three other members of the U.S. Senate to reintroduce and champion the Protecting Older ...

Bills target Iowa Supreme Court chief justice

Local Columns

Iowans should be aware that bills have been introduced in the Iowa House and Senate (HF503 and SSB1101) to change the selection process and term of the Iowa Supreme Court chief justice and change the nomination process of Iowa judges from a balanced merit-based process, to a political ...

SSB 1190 is met with emotion

Local Columns

Occasionally, a piece of legislation sparks a tremendous amount of emotion on a given topic, but the real underlining issue is not the highlight of the debate. Reflecting on the development and progress of SSB 1190 in the Iowa Legislature provides a perfect example. This bill would repeal the ...

NK won’t get something for nothing this time

Editorial

It may be time for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to try Plan B. His initial strategy in dealing with President Donald Trump ­—trying to get something for nothing — flopped badly. Trump and Kim held their second face-to-face meeting this week in Hanoi, Vietnam. But Trump departed ...

‘God loves. Choose life’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Here’s a short unsubstantiated story attributed to Ernest Hemingway. As the story goes, Hemingway was challenged to write a compelling story in just six words. He wrote: “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.” This powerful story is becoming the reality that describes ...

A Singer well worth celebrating

Editorial

Two of the people who make Fort Dodge a great place to live were honored by the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Thursday evening. Bob Singer, the former Webster County supervisor who was also the first vice president of the U.S. 20 Corridor Association, received the Catalyst ...

Job well done, city recycle truck driver

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It was recycling day for my neighborhood this morning, so I placed my dumpster out the night before. I knew we had several inches of snow in the forecast and didn't want to drag the dumpster out over the snow in the morning. Through the night we received at least 5 inches of ...

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 ...