×

Editorial

Those who abuse public trust derive punishment

The power to profit greatly from their misdeeds and to be shielded from punishment is something of which all criminals dream. Occasionally, often through politics, some think they have achieved that. If federal authorities are correct, former White House aide Steve Bannon is among ...

Housing market shows signs of turnaround

Among the brightest bits of news linked to the COVID-19 epidemic was the report last week that home sales are booming in the United States. The pace of home purchases jumped by a record-high 24.7% last month, according to the National Association of Realtors. Analysts credited low mortgage ...

The Messenger unveils 63rd football publication

Fall in Iowa is the season of harvest, pumpkins, orange-colored leaves and , of course, football. On cool Friday evenings and on Saturday afternoons, people from all across the Fort Dodge area gather every fall to watch their local heroes of the gridiron compete. They’ll scream and cheer ...

Solid moral foundation can be parents’ best gift

Virtually all of the rich and powerful parents caught in the federal probe last year of cheating schemes meant to get their children into prestige colleges and universities have insisted their hearts were in the right place. They just wanted to help their children. What mom or dad cannot ...

City, county blaze new trails in collaboration

It will be possible to take a leisurely stroll all around Badger Lake at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park by the end of next year. And those who already hike on the Fort Dodge Nature Trail all the way north out of town will have some extra distance to go after another section of trail is built ...

Gun violence must stop

During the week that ended Aug. 16, more than 30 American children were killed or wounded in shootings across the United States, according to one gun violence archive. Among the most recent tragedies was one in Akron, Ohio. There, Mikayla Pickett, 8 years old, was hit by a bullet fired by ...

Congressional Democrats, Republicans must compromise on aid bill

Compromise is essential to the business of the United States Congress. To make a representative democracy work, the Republicans and the Democrats in both chambers have to reach compromises. They have to make deals in which both sides get some of what they want and neither side gets everything ...

Shadow of COVID-19 looms over campuses

Fall classes already have begun at some colleges and universities. During the next few weeks, hundreds more will attempt to do so. COVID-19 is enough of a threat in many states that some institutions of higher learning will not be allowing in-person classes, at least at first. Students will ...

Money woes slow down Postal Service

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. So goes the United States Postal Service’s motto. No one said anything about lack of funding. Despite his denials, President Donald Trump is being accused by some ...

Schools, students need substitute teachers

Teachers, just like every other adult in the workforce, have to take sick days on occasion. In most workplaces, everyone pulls together to cover for a co-worker who’s out sick. But education is different. The relationship between students and teachers is so vital to educational success ...

Selection of Harris reveals Biden as figurehead only

In choosing Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, Joe Biden checked the essential boxes his party had demanded—a woman, a minority, and a progressive who has moved left as the Democratic Party has. We’ll see how the California Senator plays in the swing-state suburbs that Mr. Biden ...

Fort Dodge Regional Airport adds value to community

Nothing feels better on dry, chapped skin than some lotion. It turns out the same basic principle works for airport runways as well. Obviously, pavement doesn’t feel anything. But the application of material called an emulsion restores its surface, and it’s less expensive than repaving. A ...

Iowa farmers have been punished by weather, trade fights

In the best of times, farming is full of risk. So much of a farmer’s livelihood depends on circumstances beyond their control. They must have faith that seeds will germinate and grow as expected, that livestock will remain healthy and that the weather will be favorable. The weather is a big ...

Youth play key role in project to clean up downtown

Local students from elementary school to high school will have a key role in a unique effort to keep downtown Fort Dodge looking good. The money to pay for this effort is coming from a surprising source: the Iowa Arts Council. That agency gave the city government and Main Street Fort Dodge a ...

More COVID-19 research is needed

Virtually every passing day demonstrates to us that we don’t know enough about COVID-19 to combat the virus effectively. Research on it — and on identifying other emerging disease threats — needs to be a higher priority. At the very top of the action list should be how the coronavirus ...

Democrats, Republicans must compromise on aid bill

Politics often seems to be an all-or-nothing contest — even when the American people are those who will get nothing. Whatever happened to common-sense compromise? When did putting off a battle in order to help the people survive a war become a bad idea? It was reported Friday that talks ...

Congress should provide more money to fight substance abuse

Many members of Congress view COVID-19 relief legislation as an opportunity to grab money for any number of pet projects unrelated to the epidemic. But one proposed amendment, introduced by Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, is entirely appropriate. Capito and ...

Community Health Center is vital care provider

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, area residents are perhaps more aware of health care services than at any time in recent memory. The Community Health Center of Fort Dodge, established in 2006, is an increasingly vital provider in the area. Started with the assistance of a federal ...

Iowa Sales Tax Holiday starts today

It’s hard to believe, but area families are already beginning to think about the items that will be needed to send young folks back to school properly equipped and looking good. According to the National Retail Foundation, a typical family with children in school will spend nearly $600 on ...

Media must have access to the Republican national convention

Republican Party leaders have one obvious step to take this week: Fire the party personnel who came up with the crazy idea of holding the party convention behind closed doors. It was a blatantly bad idea — almost a gift to Democrats. GOP leaders from throughout the nation will gather later ...