Opinion

Museum fundraiser is a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The board would like to express their gratitude on everyone who helped with the pulled pork dinner that was held as a fundraiser for the museum.A special thanks to the VFW, Fareway, Party Productions, Becker Florists, radio stations, Mediacom, The Messenger, Gowrie and Dayton ...

It’s EMS Week all across America

Editorial

In Webster County and all across America, teams of dedicated professionals stand ready to render medical assistance in emergencies. For some this is their career. For many others it is a volunteer undertaking that is performed in addition to their normal employment.It's impossible to overstate ...

PICA celebrates a major milestone

Editorial

Some people who reach their retirement years lose interest in community involvement. For Jan and Phyllis Wilson, however, it has been a time of intense efforts to make their hometown a more attractive place to live and work.Fifteen years ago, the couple created a nonprofit organization they ...

Iowa leads nation in egg production

Editorial

Egg production is big business in Iowa.The Hawkeye State has more than 50 major egg producers. The state's nearly 60 million layers generate a remarkable 14.4 billion eggs each year, making Iowa the No. 1 egg-producing state in the nation.The Iowa egg industry is a big purchaser of Iowa's other ...

No apology should be made by US

Editorial

President Barack Obama's aides insist his planned visit to Hiroshima, Japan, will not include a U.S. apology for dropping an atomic bomb on that city in 1945.Good. Americans have nothing for which to apologize.Obama will become the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima later this month. ...

Developing tomorrow’s community leaders

Editorial

Leadership Fort Dodge has an ambitious mission. It seeks to develop community leaders "who are informed, dynamic, qualified and motivated."Now in its 11th year, the project endeavors to mold future leaders by providing them the background information and other tools they need to become positive ...

Lions Steak Fry is Thursday

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Come one, come all to the annual Noon Lions Club Steak Fry on May 19 at the Lion's Den from 5 to 9 p.m. This event is open to everyone. A $15 ticket will buy you a 16-ounce T-bone steak, hash browns, baked beans, relishes, bread and butter. Beverages will be provided at an extra ...

MAGWED tournament succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:This year's MAGWED tournament was a special one. Trigg's Resort in Arnolds Park let us rename their beach MAGWED Beach. Thank you Mike May with Trigg's.The MAGWED tournament has come and gone for 2016. We had two youths weigh in some great fish. Landon Lundberg weighed in a 1 ...

Thrilled by greetings

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:What a thrill to get over 100 greetings from my family, friends and especially former kindergarten students and their parents whom I haven't seen or heard from for many years. It was great to be reminded of those memories of our kindergarten years.Eloise RobsonFort Dodge

Iowa Central is an educational treasure

Editorial

Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa.Not only does the college provide affordable educational opportunities, but it also helps make certain that workers with the right technical skills are available to present and future employers.One of the many ...

Congress should stop this nonsense

Editorial

Some employers have very good reasons for rejecting job applicants with criminal histories.For example, you probably don't want your local police department offering jobs to convicted felons. Likewise, it probably is not a good idea for the Internal Revenue Service to consider hiring people ...

Honor Flight brings ‘closure’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Having had the privilege of participating in the May 7 Honor Flight, I would like to express my gratitude to Ron Newsum, his volunteers and staff for a truly memorable experience. The event, to include the orientation dinner the evening of April 27, was organized like a major ...

A vet says ‘thanks’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:A big "thank you" to the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight board. They and anyone involved in the Honor Flights need to be commended for all the efforts required to make them the experience that they are.I had the privilege of being invited on the last trip and speaking for my team ...

Lauds Honor Fight experience

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Words cannot explain my experience being one of many veterans who went on the Honor Flight May 7.This was the first flight accepting Vietnam veterans along with World War II and Korean veterans.My heart-filled thanks to the Brushy Creek Honor Flight Committee and all who help make ...

Plant sale succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Thank you to all who supported the Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club's annual plant sale. Opening at 8 a.m., we sold most plants by 11. Unsold plants were donated to Lutheran Family Services for landscaping their backyard. Congratulations to Carol Linder, who won the beautiful ...

Teachers deserve our praise, support

Editorial

Along with the enormous rewards enjoyed by good school teachers comes terrible frustration. Many wish they could do more for their students. And when the public focuses on the education system's shortcomings, teachers sometimes take it personally.They should not.It behooves those worried about ...

Move ahead with extreme caution

Editorial

We Americans have big hearts. They go out to people forced from their homes by vicious terrorists, including the Islamic State. But we have wide-open eyes and ears too. We are aware that in Europe, some groups of refugees from the Middle East, especially Syria, have been infiltrated by Islamic ...

Careers on Wheels

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:April 26 was the second annual Careers on Wheels held at Fort Dodge Middle School. More than 20 volunteers led student groups alongside teachers. Over 350 fifth-graders from FDMS, St Edmond and other schools in the area talked with community members from 28 businesses which use ...

Subway woes in D.C. warrant action

Editorial

Because terrorists have targeted subways several times in the past, security officials often pay special attention to that mode of transportation. But in our nation's capital, subway users may have more to fear from the system itself.National Transportation Safety Board investigators have ...

Too little force can be disastrous

Editorial

We have warned that feeding U.S. troops into Iraq and Syria in relatively small units risks a massacre of them by Islamic State terrorists. A U.S. Navy SEAL died this month in what may have been an attempt to do just that.Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Keating was killed in a fight north ...