Opinion

Hunger is a huge problem

Editorial

Hunger is a huge problem in many places around the world. The impact of an inadequate diet is especially great for children. With that in mind, Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit Christian organization, coordinates an effort to get food to people in need. Last Saturday, about 400 ...

Thank you, Fort Dodge!

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Another year and another amazing effort put forth by the young women and men of the ICCC Culinary School. Chef Michael, Chef Jeffrey, and their team prepared nearly 2,000 meals for those in need, alone, or those that just wanted time to enjoy a meal with others on ...

George H.W. Bush left a legacy

Editorial

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

Remember those in need this holiday season

Editorial

Thanksgiving has passed and the Christmas season has begun. The time spent together with family over food and gift giving is something that we all associate with this time of year. But there are those for whom these holidays are just another day, but with an added sense of loneliness and ...

Mean girls are after Melania Trump

Local Columns

The media, including magazines that purport to empower women, are behaving as “mean girls” when it comes to their deplorable treatment of first lady Melania Trump, who is a class act by any standards. Women’s magazines that never missed an opportunity to heap lavish praise upon Michelle ...

Remember ‘Uncle Dick’s Fun House’?

Local Columns

For years, Dick Johnson put smiles on the faces of hundreds of Fort Dodge girls and boys and helped many of them usher in another birthday — made all the more special by celebrating it on live television. Those lucky kids who appeared on “Uncle Dick’s Fun House” are now in their 60s ...

Spend time at Farm News Ag Show

Editorial

Make plans to spend some time at the 17th annual Farm News Ag Show. It kicks off Wednesday at the 2031 Quail Ave. on the East Campus of Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. On its first day, the show is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It resumes at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and runs until 3 ...

Lights at Kennedy makes season festive

Editorial

As Christmas approaches, the campground at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park is once again be transformed into a holiday wonderland. The 15th annual Lights at Kennedy will help make the season more festive for area residents and visitors. Additionally, the event raises money to support the ...

Unemployment is at a record low

Editorial

If you want powerful evidence that Iowa’s economy is doing well, drive around any of the state’s major towns or cities. Almost everywhere businesses have posted “hiring” signs in windows or other prominent places. Nationally, the unemployment rate is at a remarkable 3.7 percent. Here ...

I am disappointed

Local Columns

I am not a dispatcher. I am a journalist. But you probably wouldn’t realize how our lives parallel unless you stepped into the newsroom of The Messenger at any given moment on any given day and heard dispatch coming across the scanner. The Webster County Law Enforcement Center is literally ...

Slow down before privatizing

Editorial

The Webster County Telecommunications Board will meet today, and it’s expected to vote on privatizing the management of the local 911 dispatch center. We urge the board members to slow down and postpone the decision. It’s a momentous choice that impacts the work of dispatchers who handle ...

Manufacturing Club an inspired idea

Editorial

Fort Dodge Senior High students who are handy with a set of tools will soon have a new activity to enjoy. Creation of the Dodger Manufacturing Club was OK’d recently by the district’s Board of Education. Club members will make items and possibly sell them, according to Matt Elsbecker, ...

Look, listen and live

Editorial

Cars, trucks and trains are all vital parts of the American transportation system, and the roads and tracks that carry them intersect at lots of places. Those intersections, called grade crossings, require caution on the part of people driving cars and trucks. The undeniable fact is that a ...

Coats for Kids keeps winter at bay

Editorial

It’s hard to imagine facing an Iowa winter without a warm coat. Sadly, some area youngsters could be confronted with just that prospect if their families are confronting a challenging economic situation. Fortunately, however, through the combined efforts of Shimkat Motor Co. and the ...

Weatherization project a success thanks to all who helped

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It’s amazing what a little plastic can do to help prepare a home for winter. This year the occupants of 15 homes in the Fort Dodge area will feel the benefit due to efforts coordinated by Central Iowa RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program). Working together with Fort ...

A welcome portal to 2019 education

Editorial

When one thinks of a library, the image of row after row of towering bookcases, often patrolled by a stern librarian who’s quick to tell people to be quiet, comes to mind. Libraries are much more fun and interesting than that starchy old stereotype suggests. And when students return to ...

If the coat fits …

Local Columns

Shimkat Motor Co. and Community Health Center of Fort Dodge are once again collecting winter clothing for children who need those items. The annual clothing drive, Coats for Kids, is a collaborative effort between Shimkat and Community Health Center to help area school children stay warm. ...

4-H gives youths opportunties

Editorial

There’s a lot more to 4-H besides doing projects for the annual county fair. Sure, raising an animal to show at the fair or doing any of the other projects is a lot of fun and, yes, a lot of hard work. Doing that teaches young people responsibility and organizational skills. Joining the ...

Making this holiday festive for everybody is a worthy goal

Editorial

Thanksgiving is an immensely popular American holiday. It features family get-togethers, immense quantities of food to consume, parades and, of course, football games. On Thursday, thousands of people in our region gathered around tables with relatives and friends for a traditional feast. ...

On this day, let us give thanks

Editorial

Sometimes in America, it seems as if we actually enjoy advertising our trials and difficulties. There really were trying times in the early days of our nation. That is why America’s first formal Thanksgiving observance had far more significance to our people than today’s often perfunctory ...