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Editorial

Census must continue through October

Perhaps no Census during the past century has faced challenges like those in charge of the 2020 population count must find ways to overcome. Clearly, however, they indeed must develop solutions to the problem of counting Americans who may have been too preoccupied with staying well to ...

FD man’s time, woodworking skills help children

Fran Long claims he doesn’t "sit very well." Because Long isn’t happy sitting still, some kids in Fort Dodge will be able to sleep well at night. Long, a retired educator, has been using his spare time to make bed frames for children. He said he was inspired to do so by a story he read ...

Federal Reserve should keep interest rates low

At this point in the economy’s recovery from COVID-19, the concern needs to be stagnation, not inflation. Good for Federal Reserve officials for recognizing that. Central banks are looked to for help in situations such as that facing the economy today. By holding down interest rates, they ...

It’s a good day to recall past struggles for economic fairness

To most Americans in 21st-century America, Labor Day is not an especially 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 ...

Vote in Tuesday’s FD school election

An important election will be held in Fort Dodge Tuesday. The upcoming school election is understandably overshadowed by the November general election in which voters all across the United States will pick a president. The school election, however, will help set the direction of the Fort ...

Bicycle ride supports Fort Dodge police, fire programs

More smoke detectors may be going into Fort Dodge homes and more crime prevention programs may be held as a result of a recent bicycle ride. That Aug. 8 ride was called the Prairie Rivers Trail Ride, and it was dedicated to the memory of the late Rev. Al Henderson, the senior pastor of St. ...

There are still lots of dedicated public servants

Frustration with government is understandable. Sometimes, it blinds us to the good, dedicated public servants in the ranks who, like us, go to work every day and try hard to do their very best. Probably more often than we know, they go above and beyond the call of duty. Perhaps you missed ...

Fort Dodge company volunteers to help in storm-ravaged cemetery

The Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry took a beating from the Aug. 10 derecho storm. Trees were toppled and some 400 headstones were blown over. Caretakers of the cemetery faced with the daunting task of getting the site back into a good state of repair received a helping hand from Fort ...

World War II ended 75 years ago

One wonders how many Americans know the significance of this Wednesday. It is the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan, or V-J Day — and the end of the most horrific conflict the world has ever seen. Though Japan’s surrender was announced on Aug. 14, 1945, the official observance in ...

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 ...