Opinion

Newspapers make US stronger

Editorial

Here at The Messenger, we work diligently to put out a daily newspaper that we hope readers find both informative and useful.This is National Newspaper Week. That makes it a good time to reflect on our industry.Newspapers are so much a part of daily life that most people spend little time ...

Gypsum City OHV Park is a huge asset

Local Columns

This past week I was in Chicago with Gov. Terry Branstad and a representative from the Iowa Economic Development Authority visiting the corporate headquarters of United States Gypsum. We met with nine of the top management of the USG and talked about their company as well as the direction of ...

4-H is about helping youths achieve

Editorial

National 4-H Week, which starts Sunday, is a good time to celebrate the enormous contributions 4-H makes to our community and nation.It's hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn't know a bit about 4-H, but this week is an appropriate occasion to reflect on the important contribution this ...

Is more imperial behavior coming?

Editorial

The Associated Press emphasized in a recent story: "It is unheard of for a U.N. member state not to oppose resolutions critical of its own laws,"But the AP reporter noted that very thing may happen in the next few weeks - and, unfortunately, it will be the United States with egg on its ...

In Syria, there are only bad options

Editorial

Moscow has a new military assistance program for Syria. One objective is to help keep Syrian dictator Bashar Assad in power. The other is to defeat the Islamic State.The two goals are very closely related.For four years, Assad has been engaged in a civil war against various rebel groups. Until ...

Misconduct at VA has not been halted

Editorial

Inspectors general can be godsends for people who have to rely on the government, as well as for taxpayers.But they can be a curse, too, and that may be the case at the Department of Veterans Affairs.Far from leading the crackdown on VA officials who fail veterans in need of health care, the ...

Backs McGaughy for council

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I'm writing in support of David McGaughy for City Council to represent the 2nd Ward for the city of Fort Dodge. Dave, while not a native of Fort Dodge, has lived here for several years and upon retirement from the Iowa Air National Guard, has chosen to remain for many more to ...

Soybeans are big business in Iowa

Editorial

Nobody knows exactly how long humans have cultivated the soybean, but agricultural historians are quite certain its domestication as a crop in China dates back three millennia. There are actually Chinese records documenting soybean growth as far back as the 11th century. There is some ...

A $4.2 billion change is a big deal

Local Columns

Any time an entity decides to do something different with something worth $4.2 billion, that's a big deal. When it involves a program that's funded by taxpayer dollars, when it affects health care and when it's in our own state of Iowa, that's a really big deal.So, what's going on? The state of ...

It’s once again time to get a flu shot

Editorial

If you are like most people, you buckle your seat belt when you get in a car or truck. After all, with about 33,000 traffic deaths each year in the United States, there's no sense taking chances.So - Gotten your flu shot yet?Why not?Influenza kills about 24,000 Americans every year.If you are ...

Appreciates Honor Flight

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am a World War II veteran and ... was privileged to be a member of the Sept. 19 Brushy Creek Honor Flight that went to Washington, D.C. It was an amazing day and one I will never forget. From the time I arrived at the Fort Dodge Airport at 5 a.m. until we arrived back at 11 p.m. ...

North Korea is resuming its old game

Editorial

For decades, with both Democrats and Republicans in the White House, North Korea's supremely brutal family dictatorship was able to get away with military blackmail. The U.S. response to Pyongyang's saber rattling often was aid to the regime in the name of "engagement."Now, North Korean ...

Too bad we can’t get our money back

Editorial

Almost undoubtedly, Russian military advisers and weaponry being sent to Syria will do more to defeat the Islamic State terrorist army than has been accomplished by the United States.They could hardly do worse.Members of Congress have just learned what has been done with the $500 million they ...

Keep the prisoners at Guantanamo

Editorial

About half the detainees still at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorists pose no threat, the White House insists. So why is it so difficult to find any other country - anyone - willing to take them?Despite clear opposition from Congress and the American people, President Barack Obama is ...

Fundraising walk is Saturday

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Alzheimer's and related dementia 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's is Saturday. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's and related dementia's care, support and research.Dementia is a growing epidemic. Alzheimer's is the most common form of ...

Let’s help preserve earth’s animals

Editorial

With worry about the futures of some of the world's great animals - tigers, lions and elephants come to mind - fully justified, events in Rwanda during the past few years are more than nice to reflect upon. They also may be a model for conservation.In Rwanda, the mountain gorilla is making a ...

Pay it forward

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I went to ALDI USA and really stocked up on staples. The bill was over $100 so you know I bought quite a bit (Aldi is cheap). When I went to use my debit card it wouldn't work. I went into panic mode because I knew it should work and thought maybe the card got hacked or something. ...

The Boy Scout uniform

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Boy Scout uniform represents Scouting. The young man who wears this clothing is telling others that he belongs to the largest boy's organization in the world. Only Scouts may wear it. The uniform has been authorized by Congress and is protected from unauthorized use by an Act ...

Honor Flights deserve support

Editorial

Sixteen million Americans served in this nation's military forces during the most horrific war in history - World War II. The nation's official memorial paying tribute to their sacrifices was a long time coming. It finally was opened to the public on April 29, 2004, in Washington, D.C. Sadly, ...

Come hear Bernie Sanders

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On the 27th of this month at the Webster County Fairgrounds, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will speak at the annual Webster County Democrats' fundraiser. This will be one of the rare times that anyone who is willing to pay $25 for a pork chop dinner will be able to ...