Opinion

Iowa agriculture remains robust

Editorial

On New Year's Eve, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey shared his observations regarding the state of the farm economy as the new year was about to begin."Many farmers saw the best-ever yields in 2015 as it was a year of record production for both corn and soybeans in Iowa," Northey said ...

50 years of theater at Iowa Central

Local Columns

Iowa Central rings in the new year with a landmark anniversary - our 50th year of educating students and offering the community a wide range of fine art venues. As a faculty and staff, we have been enjoying the beauty of reminiscence that comes with five decades of existence.Our spring musical ...

Nuclear threat, unfortunately, is real

Editorial

Nuclear war is a "real and growing danger," former defense Secretary William Perry warned recently. There can be no reasonable argument about that.What is open to question is what U.S. officials are doing to guard against a nuclear attack, either in a war or by a terrorist organization or ...

Congress leaves major work undone

Editorial

Another year has come and gone with neither Congress nor the White House doing anything to ensure Social Security is viable for future generations.That is despite the fact that, at 80 years old, Social Security is well on its way to going belly-up. Federal officials say the Social Security ...

Here’s the real threat to our future

Editorial

No nation on earth has a battle tank capable of matching the U.S. M1 Abrams. It is simply unbeatable on combat. And the Army has so many of them it has parked 2,000 M1 tanks at a desert lot in California.Yet Congress - over Army objections - this year appropriated $120 million to upgrade M1 ...

The federal debt keeps on growing

Editorial

Among America's creditors, 2016 promises to be a good new year indeed. Our national debt will top $19 trillion sometime during the year.For those to whom we owe money, the fact we continue to build up debt rather than paying it down is delightful. This year alone, we paid our creditors about ...

City Council members are sworn in

Editorial

On Monday, the members of the Fort Dodge City Council elected in November were sworn in. Three incumbents - Terry Moehnke, David Flattery and Kim Alstott representing Wards 1, 3 and 4, respectively - continue in office. Dean Hill, who was an at-large member of the previous council, now ...

Fuel America with ethanol

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Everyone watches fuel prices. We all saw them drop this year. Fuel prices determine so much in our economy, from heating our homes to the price of food.More than 10 years ago we decided to shift our energy supply to a domestic source where we can. Enter ethanol and the Renewable ...

Weigns in on drainage issues

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Finally after three years of denial, the well-kept secret is out. The Messenger article dated Wednesday, Dec. 23 (Drainage District finds new records), supervisors admit the right of way in Webster County's drainage districts is only the width of the ditch, 66 feet.Recently DD 69 ...

Applauds Christmas editorial

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I greatly applaud your editorial in the December 25 issue of The Messenger.With all the turmoil and chaos in the world, it seems so simple that if mankind would practice the true meaning of Christmas each and every day as you described, the entire world would greatly benefit in ...

Hawkeye State is in very good hands

Editorial

As 2016 begins, many Americans are unhappy about the direction of the nation. Cynicism about the motives and integrity of elected officials is commonplace. A great many of our fellow citizens hold the men and women who occupy top government posts in low regard.That negative view of politicians ...

More progress lies ahead in 2016

Local Columns

2015 was another year of exciting changes in Fort Dodge, but also brought challenges to our fair city.Crosstown connectorAs we moved around town this year avoiding road-closed signs and orange cones it seemed as if it would never end. Then late this fall, the signs started to disappear and the ...

Good news in the fight against terrorism

Editorial

Bravo, to Saudi Arabia and the 33 other predominantly Muslim nations forming a coalition to fight terrorism.U.S.-led efforts to fight ISIS and other terrorist organizations may now get help from the countries with the most at stake in this fight."This announcement comes from the Islamic world's ...

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2016

Editorial

Today, we welcome in a new year. Last night, no doubt many readers stayed home, joining the ranks of those sitting on the couch, counting down the final moments of 2015 while participating vicariously in the festivities broadcast from Times Square in New York City.Others celebrated the passing ...

UDMO appreciates support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. expresses our great appreciation for the ongoing community support in Hamilton, Humboldt, Webster and Wright counties. We cannot express how thankful we are for the support we received throughout 2015 from private individuals, schools, agencies, ...

Snowflake memories

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Twenty years ago my daughter Laurie and I gathered with Chamber of Commerce members and others at the Veterans Bridge to dedicate the initial Fort Dodge Christmas snowflakes. Because of my husband's service at the Chamber, we provided one of the first snowflakes in memory of Jerry ...

Enjoy a festive New Year’s Eve

Editorial

It is that time of year when holiday parties pile up one after the other over the course of a couple of weeks - and many of them are held after dark and feature alcoholic beverages.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are an average of 45 fatalities involving ...

The need for giving is year-round

Editorial

Another Christmas is history. Once again our compassionate area residents have worked something of a miracle for our less fortunate neighbors.Thanks to the generosity - the spirit of Christmas - that prevails in our area, many children received toys they probably would not have gotten ...

US game plan needs re-examination

Editorial

To hear President Barack Obama, the United States is pouring resources into the battle against terrorism - and is winning. Unfortunately, it just isn't so. The Islamic State, al-Qaida, Boko Haram and a dozen other major terrorist organizations continue to wage war against us virtually ...

Protecting the power grid is crucial

Editorial

What if you flipped the switch some evening and the lights did not come on? Worse, what if the temperature outside was below zero and the furnace would not work?It happens, almost always because of natural phenomena such as storms downing power lines. Usually, a few hours' work by utility crews ...