Opinion

The little town church that could

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Thanks for publishing the section, "My Business. My Growth Alliance." Featured were a couple of area churches. It was wonderful to see "that Callender church" promote their ministries and welcome us to Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. They put out the word and call us "family." What ...

A note to say ‘thank you’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I want to thank the persons who made sure my letters were mailed after I lost them. I put one in the mail by mistake without a stamp on it. Somehow it made it to its destination. The other one was lost by me and it also made it to its destination which was MidAmerican Energy in ...

It’s time for spring and farming

Editorial

Agriculture is at the very heart of life in the Hawkeye State and especially so as spring unfolds. The renewal of the earth is also a time when the pace quickens on Iowa's 87,500 farms.According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture a huge portion ...

Hard to know what Clinton believes

Editorial

During a campaign stop, Hillary Clinton said President Barack Obama's proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact is a bad deal. She cited provisions allowing tax-free imports of automobiles."It's one of the reasons I oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership," Clinton told Ohioans with a big ...

VA’s response is still unsatisfactory

Editorial

It has been two years since a whistleblower revealed military veterans were being forced by the Phoenix veterans hospital to wait months for health care they needed. Some died while they waited.After the revelations, some Department of Veterans Affairs officials tried to cover up the wait-list ...

EPA needs to get its priorities clear

Editorial

Start building a new home on a tract of marshy land, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may be on your back promptly with orders to cease and desist and hefty fines intended to show you who's boss.But threaten an entire city with health problems that may persist for decades and, well, ...

Terrorism threat is not being contained

Editorial

Residents of Ivory Coast have become recent victims in what amounts to a world war. Islamic terrorists attacked a beachfront resort in that country, killing 16 people.Though the attack was the first by Islamic terrorists in that country, Ivory Coast officials had expected their nation would ...

Disproportionality

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Prior to entering the human services field I was not familiar with the word, disproportionality, and what the impact is on citizens of Iowa. However, I now realize that my race and the race of others in the community impacts the outcome of life.In the Child and Family Policy ...

An update

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Just a few lines to keep you vivid readers of The Messenger paper area up-to-date on happenings at my place since I wrote the last letter.Last week, I took advantage of the good weather and finally got all my Christmas lights taken down and put away for the 31st year. How many ...

A note of thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I would like to thank all the people who attended the Home & Garden Expo and for donating the canned goods. You have helped many people in our surrounding communities. It is greatly appreciated. Thanks to The Messenger for help sponsoring this event.Maxine DoddsThe Manson ...

Sunshine Week is a vital reminder

Editorial

Democracy functions best when the public has access to detailed information about what government officials do and why they do it.Iowa and most other states have what are called "sunshine" laws. They require most public business to be conducted in meetings open to the public. There are also ...

A free press must be preserved

Local Columns

During the week that ended Saturday as we were celebrating the free press in the United States - "Sunshine Week: Your right to know" - the formerly free, secular and constitutional Turkish government was becoming increasing authoritarian and is killing a free press and civil freedoms. Earlier ...

Visiting nation’s capital produces results

Editorial

Visiting our nation's capital is always an adventure.Walking the hallways where history was made and continues to unfold is seductive for even the most jaded among us. One cannot help but be impressed - and maybe made a bit uneasy - by the massive bureaucracy at the governmental heart of the ...

Appreciates the help

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:A special thank you goes to Joe Sutter on the great article that ran in The Messenger on the needs of the Lohrville Food Pantry. We have received donations from outsided sources and Saturday was contacted by a representative from the Home & Garden Expo that was sponsored ...

The old cottonwood

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I've been reading a book "The Mindful Hiker" by Stephen Altschuler. Info on where he hikes and the thoughts that go through his mind while hiking. A story about being mindful while walking, and being aware of nature and how healing that is.At the end of one chapter he suggests ...

A message of thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On Sunday, Feb. 29, our Mom took a fall at Target. The family would like to thank the many angels that day that came to help. The nurse that came running to her aid, the two Target team members that held our Mom's hand until the paramedics arrived, your kindness touched our ...

They kept her purse safe

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I wish to send a huge thank you to Joe and his staff at the Sports Page. On Friday evening several friends and us went to the Sports Page for supper. When we left I forgot my purse. I didn't miss it until Saturday morning so contacted Joe and sure enough it was there, all contents ...

MidAmerican is making Iowa greener

Editorial

The American poet Joyce Kilmer wrote a famous tribute to the beauty and wonder of trees on a February day in 1913. While it seems unlikely that our readers need reminding, that poem starts out:"I think that I shall never seeA poem lovely as a tree."It winds up with the famous lines:"Poems are ...

North Korea remains a serious threat

Editorial

Officials in the U.S. cannot say - or at least, will not -whether North Korea has managed to miniaturize nuclear weapons enough to use them as missile warheads.If that has occurred, it is an extraordinarily serious threat to world peace.North Korean officials claim they have built a nuclear ...

Iran makes its game plan very clear

Editorial

Recently, Iran test-fired two missiles. Painted on both, in Hebrew, was the phrase, "Israel must be wiped out."Iranian leaders have said they will proceed developing medium- and long-range missiles capable of hitting Israel, as well as other U.S. allies in the region.Such development does not ...