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Editorial

Fort Dodge home owners, businesses can be extra eyes for the police

Many Fort Dodge home owners and business owners now have a chance to help catch crooks in their community without doing anything remotely dangerous. In fact, they have to do almost nothing to assist the Police Department through a newly announced initiative called the Community Camera ...

A day for memories and fierce resolve

Sept. 11, 2001, is a day etched in the memories of Americans. The horrifying images of what began as a beautiful September morning and changed abruptly into hellish chaos remain vivid. The heartbreak of that awful day stems not only from the innocent lives destroyed, but also from the ...

Privatizing mortgage giant has risks

Let’s say you decide to go into business for yourself. You’ve always wanted to be a home construction contractor. Why not? Credit could be a problem. Even if you have socked aside enough to build a few “spec” houses, how will you operate while you wait for them to sell? You’ll need ...

Lawsuits against the TSA should be permitted

In the post-9/11 universe, airline passengers have no choice but to subject themselves and their belongings to screening by agents of the Transportation Security Administration. Sometimes that process is intrusive; sometimes it’s even worse than that. It is vital that travelers who are ...

Mentors can make a huge difference

Some of the young folks attending our schools are not progressing as well as they could be. That’s true even though the educators at the Fort Dodge Community School District do an excellent job. Some young people, however, need a little more special attention than can easily be provided in a ...

Messenger salutes 10 under 40

Fort Dodge is blessed to be the home of a lot of people who go the extra mile to make their community a great place to live. And when it comes to giving Fort Dodge a boost, age is really just a number. People of all ages have something to contribute. Today, The Messenger, the Greater Fort ...

Don’t fall for political trickery

Well, they’re at it again, trying to pit Americans against each other and thus, disrupting the upcoming presidential eletion. The Russians? We don’t know, although it is certain that the Kremlin’s online campaign of inciting dissention among us never stopped. Someone decided ...

Terrorist watch list tramples rights

More than a million people in our country are “known or suspected” terrorists, according to the government, in a claim that reaches astronomical heights of imbecility. It makes sense for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to maintain a list of people who truly pose threats to ...

Clay County Fair is an Iowa treasure

The days are a tad shorter. The kids are back in school. There’s a hint of fall in the air. The season for summer fairs and festivals is nearly at an end. For the countless Iowans and others who love county fairs, however, one big event remains — the Clay County Fair. The fair that ...

Law officers to visit doughnut shop for a great cause

Cops and doughnuts have been the subjects of bad jokes longer than anybody can remember. So upon learning that a bunch of law enforcement officers will be converging on Dunkin Donuts in Fort Dodge on Friday, one could be forgiven for groaning and waiting for the inevitable bad ...

Senate must approve qualified Supreme Court nominee

If a seat on the United States Supreme Court opens up, President Trump must nominate a judge and the GOP-majority Senate must, if the nominee is qualified, confirm him or her. Undoubtedly, there will be a loud and raucous chorus of voices decrying such a maneuver and we are already hearing ...

Today America celebrates its workers

To most Americans in 21st-century America, Labor Day is not an important holiday. It marks the unofficial end of summer. As such, it affords a three-day weekend to pursue summertime passions one last time before the weather cools. For most of us, it has little additional meaning. It may ...

Building for a better tomorrow

Gov. Kim Reynolds is determined to get our state prepared for the rapidly changing workplace challenges of the 21st century. The governor’s strong commitment to the Future Ready Iowa initiative is part of her game plan for accomplishing that important goal. Future Ready Iowa seeks to make ...

From other editors: Indefinite hold of immigrant families is troublesome

The Trump administration’s migrant policy has been troubling in many respects from Day One. Now, we are concerned that the administration’s decision to allow federal officials to hold migrant families indefinitely is another bad policy in the making. Every nation has the right to protect ...

Dayton Rodeo fun starts today

The 2019 incarnation of the Dayton National Championship Rodeo will attract large crowds this Labor Day weekend – deservedly so. What began more than eight decades ago as the dream of three young cowboys – Allen Porter, Duane Vegors and Vern Danielson – has grown to a four-day event ...

Dogs are making hospital rounds

When the medical staff at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center has a particularly distraught child to care for, the doctors and nurses have a specialist they can call upon. When she gets the call, Sarah comes into the patient’s room on all four legs. Her friendly and furry ...

Recycling is easy, but rules must be followed

Recycling is a beneficial thing to do. It reduces the amount of material that gets buried in landfills and is left to decay for decades to come. It also reduces the demand for our natural resources by enabling certain materials to be used over again. Over the years, people in Fort Dodge ...

This trade pact is good for America

The push to get congressional approval for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement negotiated in 2018 by the Trump administration is at a crucial stage. It’s imperative that lawmakers promptly back USMCA. This pact has some similarities to the North American Free Trade Agreement it succeeds, but ...

Schools are starting — drive safely

The fairs are over. It won’t be that long before cooler weather becomes the norm rather than the exception — summer is drawing to a close. Even though the calendar shows another month of summer to be enjoyed, for students, vacation days are ending. All across Iowa, young folks are heading ...

Don’t miss this opportunity

The key part Iowa’s caucuses play in the process through which our major political parties select their nominees for president will put Iowa at the heart of the 2020 campaign for the next few months. Our caucuses get enormous attention from the national news media because they come at the ...