Opinion

The blame game was in full swing

Editorial

The blame game was in full swing as Congress held hearings on the Flint, Michigan, water fiasco. There, people drank water tainted with lead for months before anyone did anything to deal with the threat.Lawmakers heard a round of cover-your-behind accusations from local, state and federal ...

Obama’s war strategies have failed

Editorial

At least President Barack Obama was politically smart enough not to declare "mission accomplished" in Iraq and Afghanistan. But in different words, he said the same thing in assuring Americans it was safe to pull U.S. combat troops out of Iraq and to plan for them to leave Afghanistan by the ...

Email controversy isn’t going away

Editorial

Hillary Clinton's defense against growing evidence she may have broken the law requiring her to keep national security information secret amounts to what a teenager might say after getting a parking ticket. It just isn't fair, Clinton says.After the most recent release of evidence Clinton used ...

Let’s keep Fort Dodge’s schools strong

Editorial

Due to the snowstorm on Feb. 2, the vote in the Fort Dodge Community School District to determine the fate of two general obligation bond requests had to be postponed. It will now take place Tuesday.This school funding decision is a high-priority matter.The quality of the school system is at ...

2016 Career Fair will be Feb. 26

Local Columns

The Iowa Central Career Services office will host its spring 2016 Career Fair on Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Career Education Building on the main campus.Representatives from approximately 100 for-profit, government, and nonprofit organizations will be available to meet with ...

Deficit spending is a major threat

Editorial

Spending by Americans was flat in December, but they socked money away in savings accounts at the highest rate in three years, the Commerce Department reported not long ago.Meanwhile in Washington, President Barack Obama and Congress continued to increase government spending. Just in case you ...

‘Be inspired and show your support’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I urge you to take the opportunity to show your support for our students, our community and our future by voting for the Fort Dodge Community School District bond issue on Feb. 9. As a parent of three children who go to school in our Fort Dodge community, I look forward to what ...

They will be voting ‘yes’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:We are writing this letter in support of both sections of the upcoming school bond issue.We are lifelong residents of Fort Dodge. We graduated from St. Edmond, as did three of our five children. Our youngest two sons attended, and graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School, as ...

Strongly backs a ‘yes’ vote

Letters to the Editor

To the editorI strongly urge voters to vote "yes" in the upcoming school bond referendum. A "yes" vote for public education is a "yes" for Fort Dodge and the futures of the children in our community. Providing a safe, secure and healthy environment in new and updated facilities is a great ...

Will be voting ‘yes’ Tuesday

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I want to express some thoughts on the current situation of Duncombe Elementary School. The facts before us are that we have an existing building with structural deficiencies. Duncombe Elementary was built in 1912 and is 104 years of age. This summer while performing annual ...

‘Let’s all take some pride in our community’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am a graduate of Duncombe Elementary and Fort Dodge Senior High, as well as the treasurer of the Fort Dodge Schools Foundation. First and foremost though, I am a citizen of Fort Dodge. As such, I became very upset as I listened to a fellow Fort Dodge citizen speak about the ...

Hillary’s campaign may be in trouble

Editorial

After Democratic voters caucused in Iowa Monday night, Hillary Clinton told reporters she breathed "a sigh of relief" at the results.She won, the Democratic contender for president noted.But not by much. With final results in, Clinton had received 49.86 percent of votes in the Democratic ...

‘Wake up, America’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't our politicians supposed to be working for us and looking out for the best interest of America? Then could someone tell me why Democratic Sen. Harry Reid joined Obama in his determination to prevent a bill requiring rigorous screening of Syrian ...

Iran policy remains a concern for US

Editorial

President Barack Obama wants us to believe anti-American Iranian officials are our friends, now. They can be trusted, he insists.Iran has released four Americans held captive for years, in exchange for the United States turning over seven Iranians accused of various misdeeds.Robert Levinson was ...

Spending more isn’t the answer

Editorial

Federal student loan and grant programs have not made college more affordable. They have merely provided billions of dollars in taxpayer money to help pay for it.President Barack Obama wants to add $2 billion a year to that price tag by expanding the Pell Grant program.Congress should say ...

A classic vehicle may be returning

Editorial

Millions of military veterans remember the famous Jeep, which made its mark as a light military vehicle that never seemed to meet terrain it could not conquer. Then in the mid-1980s, the Pentagon decided it needed something more technologically advanced. The bigger Humvee became the standard ...

Supports Thanupakorn

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:This is the first, and probably the last, letter I will write to the editor. But I am so angry about the termination of Jeanette Thanupakorn from her position as Webster County assessor. This is an outright miscarriage of justice.When you have the actual law presented to you, that ...

Bird Count succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Our 12th annual Christmas Bird Count was held on Jan. 2. We had beautiful weather for the time of the year. In fact, we thought we would have set a record for species considering the conditions. We did not, however, we did account for 48 species. We missed seeing at least three ...

A poem from Merlin Fort

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:It is the time for me to write this letter to thank everyone who came to my place to see my light display this year - the largest crowd ever. Thanks for The Messenger for printing my letter to the editor on Dec. 10, 2015, and getting on Facebook, plus word of mouth telling their ...