Opinion

We must learn how to protect bees

Editorial

A major producer of products used to control garden pests and weeds, the Ortho company, announced recently it will stop using a category of chemicals believed to be harmful to bees.Good for Ortho! For several years, it has been apparent something is reducing bee populations.That is a serious ...

Cancer screening succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On behalf of Trinity Cancer Center, we would like to thank the following providers: Dr. Carey Bligard, Dr. Shane Hopkins, Dr. Janet Secor, Dr. Johnathan DeJong, Dr. Leopoldo DeLucca, Dr. Matt Maggio and Dr. Nick Drzycimski for making our third annual Oral Head and Neck Cancer ...

A message of ‘thanks’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:As employees of the Fort Dodge schools we would like to say a heartfelt and sincere thank you to The Messenger for its recent coverage of the work we spend our days doing.Many businesses and agencies assist us in enhancing and facilitating the work we do. We would like to thank ...

Responds to letter

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:In response to Rob Humble, Estherville, with all due respect, Christ instituted the church. Marriage is a sacrament instituted by Christ, between a man and a woman to procreate. It's not about discrimination. God is love. He died for you and me. He gives us a free will to choose ...

Bureaucratic nonsense again intrudes

Editorial

The pamphlet titled "Common Sense," written by one of the founding fathers, Thomas Paine, was something of a handbook for American colonists thinking of forming a new government in 1776. One wonders whether any publication by that name would sell today.Yet another example of a culture at risk ...

It’s once again Beef Month in Iowa

Editorial

Gov. Terry Branstad has officially proclaimed May as Beef Month in Iowa.For many of us, every month is a time to partake of a food that ranks high on the list of culinary favorites.It's no secret that Americans have a love affair with beef. That's been true for generations and the demand for ...

Are you at risk for having a stroke?

Local Columns

"Numbness and tingling sensation started annoying my left arm, so I tried to move my fingers and hands to relieve the feeling. Why wasn't my arm moving? Something just didn't feel right, something is wrong. I tried to explain to my family that something was wrong but my words were not coming ...

Obama’s approach in Iraq is risky

Editorial

F eeding more American troops into Iraq little by little is an invitation to disaster, yet President Barack Obama persists in the practice.Obama vowed U.S. military involvement in Iraq was over in December 2011.But Islamic terrorists have conquered much of the country since then.In June 2014, ...

Cubans still seek to escape tyranny

Editorial

When he changed U.S. policy toward Cuba, despite widespread opposition in Congress, President Barack Obama insisted his goal was to improve life for the people of that island country.Increasingly, Cubans are risking their lives on the high seas to make it clear Obama's strategy is a ...

Honoring veterans is a laudable tradition

Editorial

Only those Americans who have served in our nation's military during wartime fully understand the sacrifices veterans make to preserve our freedoms.Some of those patriots never return to their families. Others come back with physical or psychic wounds that influence greatly their post-service ...

Iowa Central helps area prosper

Editorial

Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa.Not only does it provide affordable educational opportunities, the college also helps make certain that workers with the right technical skills are available to present and future employers.The broad economic ...

Conservation keeps Iowa prosperous

Editorial

From the time the first European settlers made Iowa their home, the state's rich, productive farmland has been at the heart of the state's economy.In the 21st century agriculture is just one component - albeit a very important one - of the commercial activity that keeps Iowa prosperous and ...

Mall Laps event succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Healthy Webster County Coalition and the Crossroads Mall would like to thank everyone who participated in the Mall Laps During Lunch program that ran from Jan. 12 to March 24. The participants kept track of the number of laps walked around the mall and demonstrated great ...

They appreciate the support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Thank you to all of the local businesses, service clubs, parents and individuals who generously donated to the St. Edmond After Prom Party that took place at Iowa Central Community College on April 16. A special thanks to the staff at Iowa Central for the use of the college ...

Upset with IUB

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I was absolutely dumbfounded when I read about the Iowa Utilities Board's response to Dakota Access violating construction rules. I suggest that they are only trying to cover their own incompetencies as well as their general counsel. My opinion, the three board members and general ...

Government waste is rampant in US

Editorial

Remember when Congress said it was eliminating earmark spending? Absurd wastes of taxpayer money through pork barrel projects were going to be a thing of the past. Not so fast. These were politicians making those promises.According to Citizens Against Government Waste President Tom Schatz, ...

Kids Choice Awards

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On April 10, It Gets Better Fort Dodge and Beyond held its third annual Kids Choice Awards. These awards are meant for the kids of Webster County to select mentors who have made their lives better. The kids did not disappoint with 156 total nominations this year.The IGBFD ...

Small actions make a difference

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Did you know that small actions - like listening to someone's story or bringing a meal to a parent - actually make a big difference?Research overwhelmingly proves that experiencing tough times, at any age, can create a high level of stress that impacts the development of the ...

It’s time for artists to come forward

Editorial

The search for artists to be honored in the fifth annual ""Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award" competition is underway.The contest is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. Entries ...

Medicaid in our state has changed

Local Columns

Iowa modernized its Medicaid program on April 1, and has experienced no major systemic issues with this important transition. And, I'm pleased to report that we've been able to rapidly address questions and concerns to quickly meet the needs of our members and Iowa's dedicated providers.By ...