Opinion

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 ...

Help celebrate National Ag Day

Editorial

After an at times trying winter, spring is about to arrive.As another growing season approaches, today has been set as National Ag Day by the Agriculture Council of America. The council designates the week within which it falls as National Ag Week. This important time to celebrate agriculture ...

It’s important to prepare for trouble

Editorial

Perhaps it is a reflection of the rough-and-tumble process Republicans are enduring as they attempt to pick a nominee for president, but for whatever reason, Cleveland police are expecting trouble when the GOP holds its national convention in that city this summer.City officials plan to buy ...

FD celebrates its booming economy

Editorial

About 360 community leaders gathered Thursday at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites for food and camaraderie at the annual meeting of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. The event, however, was a good deal more than just a social occasion.The vigorous economic growth ...

Marking a half century of progress

Local Columns

In 1965. there were three junior colleges in the area - Fort Dodge, Webster City and Eagle Grove. Then in 1966, the Iowa Legislature took the national trendsetting action of transforming the junior colleges into a system of community colleges. On Feb. 18, 1966, the State Board of Education ...

Eisenhower’s warnings prove accurate

Editorial

Were he alive today, former President Dwight Eisenhower would be angry about a recent report that some Navy SEALs have to share rifles. But "Ike," who also was supreme military commander of Allied forces during World War II, probably would not have been surprised.Just days before he left the ...

Opposes Hillary Clinton

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I would be the first to admit I don't know a lot about politics. I have found out lately I also know very little about my fellow voters. I thought very few, if any, people would give the nod to Hillary Clinton. It turned out people not only voted for her, but she came out on top.I ...

Favors animal-welfare legislation

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am writing this letter, asking the readers, get ahold of Rep. Chip Baltimore and Sen. Jerry Behn and respectfully ask them to support the bill that would help protect dogs, in dog breeding facilities, Did you know that Iowa has over 200 puppy mills? They house over 15,000 adult ...