Editorial

Commercial air service is vital to Fort Dodge

The decision by Great Lakes Airlines to suspend temporarily service to Fort Dodge Regional Airport is distressing.For more than half a century there has been scheduled airline service at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport. Those commercial flights coupled with the airport's state-of-the-art ...

Corn 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 ...

Goodbye to ‘just say no’

Americans have gone from a White House with a "just say no" attitude toward illegal drugs to one recommending, in effect, "just say maybe.""Just say no," the slogan coined by former first lady Nancy Reagan during the 1980s, was a firm reaction to the dangers of illegal drugs, including ...

Iran policy seems confused

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.At the same time, other U.S. officials announced the United Nations should rescind an invitation for Iran to ...

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 Messengerland towns that can make a similar claim.Catholic education got under way in Fort Dodge more than 150 years ago. The first Catholic school came into being during ...

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 Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The 2014 Iowa Power Farming Show features a quarter million square feet ...

‘Progress 2014’ 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 ...

This should be an easy call

U.S. Supreme Court justices often are called upon to interpret difficult, highly technical points of law and the Constitution. At least some of them may be grateful their current agenda includes a no-brainer.It is a case involving President Barack Obama's unconstitutional appointment of members ...

How to lose Hispanic voters

President Barack Obama and his liberal cronies waste few opportunities to assure Hispanics they should rely on the Democratic Party. But the delayed rollout of the Spanish-language website for Obamacare demonstrates just how much the White House really cares.Millions of people in this country ...

Problems ahead for some patients on Medicare

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 program. Some liberals in favor of programs such as the Affordable Care Act have said those making such warnings were not ...

Congress must set the rules

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.C., ruled the National Security Agency's mass collection of telephone data on tens of millions of ...

This pattern must be halted

Both liberals in Congress and President Barack Obama insist they will not tolerate conservative initiatives to get government spending under control. No doubt in mid-February, when Congress is asked to approve a new national debt ceiling, lawmakers will go along meekly.But look at what has ...

Take the money and run

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 - www.healthcare.gov - last fall.Government officials announced recently they are not renewing CGI's contract to handle the website. Another ...

Today we honor a dream of justice

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, being observed today, is an appropriate time to recall an exceptional person. But more importantly, it's a time to recommit the nation to the cause for which King died and the legacy he left for all of us.The famed civil rights leader, assassinated April 4, 1968, was ...

‘A Celebration of Peace & Unity’

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.The event begins with a Unity March around the campus circle. The indoor portion of the event ...

Plan to attend 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.This annual incarnation of this very popular ...

The bad news keeps coming

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.One is the grace period for those who buy health insurance policies through the program. They have ...

Iraq remains dangerous

When President Barack Obama insisted U.S. troops had been pulled out of Iraq, many observers warned that he was not being entirely candid. Thousands of Americans remain in harm's way there.At one point after American military involvement allegedly ended, the U.S. embassy in Iraq had about ...

Not exactly what was promised

Like many presidents during the decades after the Watergate Scandal, Barack Obama promised to run an ethical, transparent government.That didn't last long.Providing more evidence of the shallowness of Obama's pledge was the news a few days ago that Joseph Jordan, administrator of the Office of ...

Make your voice heard on ethanol mandate

Bioenergy production is facing a potential setback.New rules drafted by the U.S. Environmental Agency call a reduction in Renewable Fuels Standard.At issue is the EPA's notice in November 2013 that it intends to cut the ethanol and biodiesel requirements for mixing into gasoline from 18.15 ...