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Editorial

Fort Dodgers help combat hunger

Meals from the Heartland is a nonprofit organization composed of volunteers who package meals for delivery to starving people around the world. On Sunday, 150 volunteers gathered at Fort Dodge's First Presbyterian Church to help with that important effort.The participants packaged 37,500 meals. ...

Asset forfeiture policy needs review

When asset forfeiture power was added to the tools law enforcement agencies have several years ago, some people applauded the move.Then they began hearing of what can only be considered abuse of the authority. It has become clear limits are needed.Asset forfeiture allows law enforcement ...

Gov. John Kasich is on a mission

It is no wonder that Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been received so favorably in his multi-state tour on behalf of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. More and more Americans are becoming aware that in Washington, they just don't get the concept of living within one's ...

Iowa benefits from USDA initiative

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced more than $370 million in funding for what it characterizes as "100 high-impact projects" as part of its Regional Conservation Partnership Program.Unlike some top-down federal initiatives, the RCPP effort has been designed to be a genuine ...

More government isn’t the answer

More and more of what Americans work hard to produce is being taken out of our pockets and sent to Washington. Runaway government growth means higher taxes for us and a colossal national debt to be paid off by our children and grandchildren.President Barack Obama wants to continue the trend of ...

Reflections on ‘American Sniper’

The second-most jarring scene in "American Sniper" takes place not in the urban maze of wartime Iraq but in the domestic tranquility of Chris Kyle's home in Texas. Disoriented after his fourth tour in the cauldron of Iraq, the heralded Navy SEAL is shown stalking his wife from room to room with ...

The destruction of Ukraine

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama touted his Ukraine strategy as a demonstration of "the power of American strength and diplomacy."Word of this stirring success has yet to reach the Kremlin. While President Obama praised his mastery, Russia's troops and associated thugs ...

Congress should resist spending hikes

Barely had "sequestration," the government spending limits Congress put in place Jan. 1, 2013, celebrated its second anniversary when President Barack Obama urged throwing any restraint to the wind.Now, Obama has urged Congress to approve $74 billion a year more in spending than allowed under ...

Corn still fuels Iowa’s economy

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 diversity. Agriculture isn't as dominant as once was the case. Even so, there can be little doubt that corn remains of critical importance. The ...

Lawmakers save ‘529’ savings plans

Making community college free for virtually anyone who wants to attend is a plan President Barack Obama is eager for the public to know about - and, of course, to be grateful to him as its author.Less publicity went to another White House proposal that would have hurt millions of American ...

Auschwitz must be remembered

Seventy years ago, Soviet army troops stormed through the front gate of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in southern Poland. What they found stunned many of the battle-hardened soldiers.More than 1.1 million men, women and children were murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Most ...

Iowa Power Farming Show starts Tuesday

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 the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The 2015 Iowa Power Farming Show features 7 acres of indoor exhibit ...

Parks Department wins an award

The Girls State Softball Tournament has become a major feature of the summer sports season in our town. Fort Dodge has been the host city for this competition for four decades.The marvelous Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex has been the venue for the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union ...

Federal debt poses a grave risk to U.S.

Many Americans are finally waking up to the damage being done by the $18 trillion national debt, both now and to future generations. Control of Congress by conservative Republicans provides some hope of curbing the deficit spending that continues to add to the debt.Recently, the new GOP ...

Higher taxes are not the way to go

One reason recovery from the "Great Recession" has been so lackluster is that job creators - investors and companies with money to expand the economy - have been worried about what the federal government will do to them next.President Barack Obama is proposing massive new taxes, about $320 ...

Website discloses sensitive data

Even as President Barack Obama was using his State of the Union speech to recommend stronger cybersecurity for Americans, his administration was engaged in perhaps the most massive exchange of personal information in history.It may come as no surprise to you that the Affordable Care Act ...

President’s ISIL plans need scrutiny

One of President Barack Obama's most important requests of Congress -made during his State of the Union address earlier this month - seemed to draw relatively little notice by lawmakers and the press. It deserves - needs urgently, in fact - more consideration.After emphasizing Americans "stand ...

Plan to attend the Pork Congress

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 industry that has long been vital to the Iowa economy.The annual incarnation of this very popular ...

Catholic schools serve area well

There has been a Catholic School system in Fort Dodge for almost as long as this town has been in existence. There are other towns in the area The Messenger serves that can make similar claims.Catholic education got underway in Fort Dodge more than 150 years ago. The first Catholic school came ...

“Progress 2015” starts today

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 are shaping tomorrow.While every issue of this newspaper is filled with articles, features and ...