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Obama outlines his game plan

February 6, 2014 If President Barack Obama does not get what he wants from Congress this year, he will take the desired action on his own, White House aides have warne. more »»

Better oversight is needed

February 5, 2014 A now-retired U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official named John C. Beale was at one time the agency’s highest-paid employee. more »»

Let’s preserve the Monitor

February 3, 2014 After nearly a century and a half at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, a treasure of American history was raised in 2002. more »»

Commercial air service is vital to Fort Dodge

February 2, 2014 The decision by Great Lakes Airlines to suspend temporarily service to Fort Dodge Regional Airport is distressing. more »»

Corn fuels Iowa’s economy

February 2, 2014 Corn production has been a key factor in the Iowa economy for more than 150 years. The state’s 21st-century economy is characterized by increasing diversit. more »»

Goodbye to ‘just say no’

February 1, 2014 Americans have gone from a White House with a “just say no” attitude toward illegal drugs to one recommending, in effect, “just say mayb. more »»

Iran policy seems confused

January 30, 2014 Recently, U.S. officials announced some economic sanctions against Iran are being eased because that country says it is complying with an agreement not to build nuclear weapons. more »»

Catholic schools serve area well

January 28, 2014 There has been a Catholic School System in Fort Dodge for almost as long as this town has been in existence. There are other Messengerland towns that can make a similar claim. more »»

Iowa Power Farming?Show starts Tuesday

January 27, 2014 What organizers say is the largest indoor agricultural equipment show in the upper Midwest — and the third largest in the United States — kicks off Tuesday and continues through Thursday at Iowa... more »»

‘Progress 2014’ starts today

January 26, 2014 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... more »»

This should be an easy call

January 25, 2014 U.S. Supreme Court justices often are called upon to interpret difficult, highly technical points of law and the Constitution. more »»

How to lose Hispanic voters

January 25, 2014 President Barack Obama and his liberal cronies waste few opportunities to assure Hispanics they should rely on the Democratic Party. more »»

Problems ahead for some patients on Medicare

January 24, 2014 For the past couple of years, senior citizens have been warned that part of the federal government’s takeover of the health care system involves massive cuts to the Medicare progra. more »»

Congress must set the rules

January 22, 2014 Just before the old year ended, a federal appeals court judge handed champions of the liberties Americans cherish a stinging defeat. Federal District Court Judge William H. Pauley, in Washington, D. more »»

This pattern must be halted

January 22, 2014 Both liberals in Congress and President Barack Obama insist they will not tolerate conservative initiatives to get government spending under control. more »»

Take the money and run

January 21, 2014 Take the money and run. That may well be the motto of officials at CGI Federal, the company that botched the rollout of the Affordable Care Act website — — last fall. more »»

Today we honor a dream of justice

January 20, 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, being observed today, is an appropriate time to recall an exceptional perso. more »»

‘A Celebration of Peace & Unity’

January 20, 2014 Iowa Central Community College is inviting the community to join in a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3 p.m. today in the Bioscience and Health Sciences auditorium. more »»

Plan to attend Pork Congress

January 19, 2014 For more than four decades, the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s Iowa Pork Congress has been an event where pork producers and assorted experts gather to share views and information about an... more »»

The bad news keeps coming

January 17, 2014 It seems virtually every revelation about the Affordable Care Act — what some people refer to as Obamacare — is bad news. This takeover of the national health care system is dominated by bad ideas. more »»



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