Opinion

Enforcement officials are doing their job

Editorial

Some government officials are being condemned by millions of Americans for a strange reason: They are enforcing the law. That makes no sense except to those who have forgotten our very freedom is based on rule by law, not by the whims of powerful individuals or whatever happens to be the ...

2017 legislative session was productive

Editorial

In recent years, control of the Iowa Legislature has been split. Neither political party controlled both chambers and the governorship simultaneously. The result has been much legislation proposed that couldn’t achieve sufficient consensus to make it into law. As a result of major ...

Academic success warrants praise

Editorial

The Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Club has been a part of this community for a century. Its many worthy activities and community-improvement projects contribute grandly to making this town a place anyone would be proud to call home. Helping young people succeed and taking the time to acknowledge and ...

VA’s problems require prompt attention

Editorial

It is a measure of how bad things are at the Department of Veterans Affairs that President Donald Trump is ordering creation of a special office to protect whistleblowers and find out why VA Secretary David Shulkin cannot just fire employees who are incompetent and/or dishonest. Trump signed ...

Weighs in on taxes

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The April 24th Messenger asks what do you think about taxes? Taxes are what we pay to have a safe environment in which to live, work and play. We pay for protection by local, state and federal law officers; all services of local, state and federal judicial system; fire and ...

Advice for motorists

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It seems no matter where I go whether it is to work, the grocery store, or to take my wife out for dinner I almost always get behind one of those vehicles that doesn’t have blinkers. You follow them for a while and all of a sudden, without warning, they just stop and turn. I ...

A big ‘thank you’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We would like to thank all of you for helping at the Moose Lodge Easter Egg Hunt. If we have forgotten anyone, we apologize. Committee members: Pat and Duane Scheer; Larry and Louise Kramer; Laura and Bob Spencer; Zach Spencer; Jeff Jenkins, governor; Tim Hart, administrator, ...

Friends of St. Edmond Ball is Saturday

Editorial

Catholic education has been an important part of life in Fort Dodge almost since the town was founded. The first Catholic school got underway in 1862. The 155 years since have witnessed many changes and stupendous progress. The impressive educational complex that is today’s St. Edmond is a ...

Trail system expansion continues with Phase II

Local Columns

“If you build it, they will come.” This infamous quote from the movie “Field of Dreams” is reflective of the Fort Dodge – Webster County Regional Trail System. Since the completion of Phase I of our trail system, we have seen significantly expanded use of our trails by people of all ...

President Trump seeks China’s help

Editorial

President Donald Trump is being criticized for dropping complaints about currency manipulation by China, while he attempts to gain Beijing’s help against North Korea’s rogue regime. It is true that China’s currency manipulation has been harmful to some U.S. businesses and workers. At ...

Grassley shows how Congress should function

Editorial

Iowa’s senior U.S. senator helps counter by the example he sets the disillusionment so many Americans express about Congress. He works collaboratively with other senators — both Democrats and Republicans. A study just released by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt ...

An invitation

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We would like to cordially invite you to a special event hosted by the Fort Dodge PROSPER Team, celebrating 15 years of providing the evidence-based prevention programs Strengthening Families Program: 10-14 and LifeSkills to sixth- and seventh-graders. This event will take ...

Objects to coverage

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As a person who has dealt with suicidal thoughts for many years, I was shocked and appalled by your coverage of the suicidal man over the weekend. I’m not sure why it is considered newsworthy to cover a man in his weakest moment as he contemplates suicide while standing on a ...

Privacy of US citizens needs protection

Editorial

Much of the media attention on the intelligence community’s surveillance activities has focused on top government officials, right up to and including President Donald Trump. But what about the rest of us? Is the government snooping on Jane and John Q. Public, too? Some members of Congress ...

Appreciates support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: For two weeks In June of 2016 the Walgreen stores in Iowa participated in supporting veterans by asking customers to donate a dollar to benefit the American Legion of Iowa. The American Legion supports veterans in many ways and 100 per cent of all funds donated to the American ...

Lauds King Band

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was able to attend the Karl King Band Concert on April 1. The musical selections were entertaining and very well played. It was a pleasure to have the 11 applicants for the three scholarships presented to the audience and to listen to them play with the band. It is so nice to ...

Wants bingo hall

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Last bingo hall closes in Fort Dodge. I don’t know how many of you are aware that the last bingo hall in Fort Dodge has closed. To some this may not seem like a bad thing. I can only speak for myself although I truly believe others will agree that the city of Fort Dodge ...

Connections matter

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Did you know that simple moments with the kids in our lives — like cooking with them, playing a board game with them, even singing with them — makes a big difference? It helps them grow up feeling safe and secure, filling our communities with compassionate, caring people ...

Meals on Wheels needs strong support

Editorial

Fort Dodge is a community where charitable endeavors flourish. In our town, when people need a hand up, their fellow citizens step forward to find a way to help. That is being illustrated powerfully by the revival of a critical undertaking — Meals on Wheels. Most readers are probably aware ...

Garden seminar succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It’s spring. Yes, it’s spring again, and the Fort Dodge Area Gardeners presented our annual garden seminar on March 4. Our two speakers had great topics for beginner and experienced gardeners. Steve Wright, Extension Council member and Master Gardener talked about ...