Opinion

Project Blue Light is succeeding

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Project Blue Light: Iowa is a nonprofit organization that distributes free blue lightbulbs locally and at events across Iowa for Law Enforcement support and safety awareness. The blue light is a symbol of support and honor for fallen officers who have given their lives in the line ...

VW’s cheating raises major issues

Editorial

Environmental Protection Agency officials and members of Congress should be asking themselves this question: How did Volkswagen executives think they could get away with cheating on emissions testing?Thanks to an investigation carried out by West Virginia University scientists, it is known that ...

It’s 4-H Week

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Oct. 4-10 is National 4-H week. Even if you were never in 4-H, chances are you know someone who is or was. If so, take time to ask them "what's so special at 4-H?" You may hear about the fun trips someone took, or the time their fair exhibit broke on the way to the fair, or maybe ...

Russia’s Putin makes a move in Syria

Editorial

How do you say "get real" in Russian?One wonders whether the answer might have been had recently, when President Barack Obama met Russian leader Vladimir Putin at the United Nations.Both men delivered speeches before the U.N. General Assembly. Afterward, they met privately to discuss Syria. ...

Space exploration should be a priority

Editorial

The decision to scrap the U.S. space shuttle program was a mistake, one that may have set exploration of the great beyond back by years. NASA is just now beginning to develop a new system to send American astronauts into space and bring them back -without relying on Russia's goodwill.We were ...

All of us should help prevent fires

Editorial

Nobody knows when the first preventable fire took place. Knowledge of that event has long since been lost in the mists of time.We do know, however, that Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The goal was partly to memorialize that tragedy. Also, it ...

Fort Dodge Ward 2: It’s time to vote

Editorial

There are exciting things afoot in Fort Dodge.While the U.S. economy is still sluggish, agriculture and related industries are a bright spot. Consequently, Fort Dodge and Webster County are well-positioned to prosper if creative leaders in government and the private sector leverage assets and ...

It’s 4-H week

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:As Webster County 4-H celebrates National 4-H Week Oct. 4-10, we would encourage all 4-H alumni to think back to the days when they were in 4-H and what they remember best about that experience. Think about how you can share that experience with a current 4-H member or another ...

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 ...