Opinion

‘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 ...

Remembering Sindy Stiles­

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Sindy Stiles who died last Thursday at age 87, was an enormously talented individual. Besides her talent, she had great energy and an interest in the welfare of all people. I first knew Sindy when we worked together at the Jasper County Mental Health Center in Newton, Iowa. Sindy ...

It’s vital to keep FD schools strong

Editorial

Voters in the Fort Dodge Community School District go to the polls Tuesday to determine the fate of two general obligation bond requests. With all the attention being paid to the run-up to today's presidential caucuses, it may be tempting to regard this local school funding decision to be a ...

‘Progress 2016’ sections start today

Editorial

As the holiday season draws to a close each year, The Messenger's writing staff embarks on a challenging adventure - producing a comprehensive look at how a wide array of developments in our region are shaping tomorrow.While every issue of this newspaper is filled with articles, features and ...

Urges Fort Dodgers to vote ‘yes’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I have never been one to write to The Messenger about a concern. I feel compelled to write this message because the people of Fort Dodge have yet another reason to improve our community. The children of Fort Dodge are our No. 1 priority, or at least they should be. The students at ...

Supports both bond proposals

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I attended Duncombe Elementary School in the 1950s. My children attended in the 1980s and 1990s. My father attended when the school was brand new. Over 100 years old, it is now falling apart, unsafe and needs to be replaced. There is no question that we must build a new school on ...

They will be voting ‘yes’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Fort Dodge citizens of 1912 had the wisdom and foresight to make education a priority by voting "yes" for a new Duncombe School. Duncombe School didn't disappoint. For 100 years, it was the cornerstone of education in the Fort Dodge community. Our hope is that our citizens of ...

Vote ‘yes’ for Fort Dodge

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I would like to encourage everyone in Fort Dodge to vote "yes" in support of both school bond issues on Feb. 2. I had the opportunity to hear one of the board members explain the proposals and I also took the opportunity to tour the areas of the high school where they are ...

Invites Fort Dodgers to vote ‘yes’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I would like to invite you to vote "yes" with me to the bond referendum for Fort Dodge schools on Feb. 2. One of my fondest memories is walking with or watching my children traverse the three blocks to Duncombe School from our home. We love the neighborhood school and all the ...

Backs both bond proposals

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:There are times in our lives when we need to make tough decisions. We have one facing us now. Do we repair an old school for about 70 percent of the cost to improve and build new? The decisions we make now will impact generations to come.We have an opportunity and yes even an ...

Weighs in on bond vote

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I have to agree with the recent letter recommending that utilizing the Arey School building should be considered to replace Duncombe School. Moving the administration offices to another location sounds practical and will save spending millions on a new school. Other neighborhoods ...

Favors a ‘yes’ vote

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The people of Fort Dodge have two very important issues to vote on Tuesday. First and foremost is the issue of replacing Duncombe School. This elementary school has served our community well, but structurally cannot house students any longer. We must provide a safe educational ...

Wants bond proposals supported

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:As a business owner and father of children that have been educated and will continue to be educated in the Fort Dodge Community School District, I am voting "yes" to the bond issues - both. Having relocated to Fort Dodge in 1992, I witnessed the community struggle to move forward ...

Future generations will also benefit

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:We have all heard that it take a village to raise a child. It is also true that it takes a community to build a school or upgrade buildings. One person cannot do either of these alone. Our own children have spent countless hours in this district's schools and one will be there for ...