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Letters to the Editor

Thanks Wellness Project for silent auction

To the editor: I would like to thank Colleen (Peace) and Jordan (Mott) from The Wellness Project for putting together a fantastic silent auction. That was really great of both of you to help us out, and fill in the hole that we wouldn’t have had otherwise. That’s awesome that you guys ...

Adults need to be careful online, too

To the editor: Somehow I felt compelled to jot down and send out my views on the recent developments of politics being involved in our education. First we had a school board member tweet some political views, then we had an employee of the school district do a TikTok video that went viral. ...

We have more similarities than differences

To the editor: Our country and world are in deep grief. First the coronavirus which drastically changed our daily life without warning. Stay at home orders. Even advised to not see family in person. Essential workers having the stress of being in the public even knowing it may not be safe. ...

Wants more integrity

To the editor: Integrity: The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. I was appalled when I first read about the TikTok tactic used to reserve seats, knowingly not intending to use them, for the Tulsa, Oklahoma, campaign rally. When I read on the front page of The ...

Says now is time for discussion on crime

To the editor: If you have strong concerns about crime, I’d urge you to let your representatives on the council know. If, instead, you believe that concern about crime in our town is overblown they need to be hearing that, too. If your council members don’t hear your voice on the issue you ...

Thanks those who helped veteran

To the editor: I just want to thank all involved in assisting a young Afghanistan veteran whose motorcycle broke down on Webster County Road P59 a few days ago. The young man from Michigan was in dire straits as he had lost his phone and credit card while in Fort Dodge. David McGaughy came ...

Appreciates one man’s investment in Twin Lakes

To the editor: We are grateful to live in a community that has so many people donating their time, talents and treasures in so many different manners. One such individual is Mike Murphy. Mike took it upon himself to heavily invest in the continued success of Twin Lakes in Calhoun County. ...

Critical of Feenstra

To the editor: The ability to have our voices heard at the ballot box is fundamental to democracy. My mother was the first person in my family born with her right to vote protected by law. Tremendous work and personal sacrifice went into making the Voting Rights Act of 1965 happen. In fact, ...

Wants city action on crime

To the editor: After an extended period of cabin fever with winter leading into the coronavirus, our town seems to be finding itself back in a similar position to last fall with regards to crime. I know that coronavirus slowed down the city government’s ability to meet and get things done, ...

Thinks stores should take cans

To the editor: Since Gov. Reynolds said that grocery stores don’t have to redeem cans and bottles due to COVID-19, people in cities and towns across central Iowa are struggling to find a place to take their containers. A lot of them are traveling to rural redemption centers like mine. I own ...

Seattle group isn’t patriotic

To the Editor: What happened to George Floyd, the black man who died at the hands of a rogue police officer while in police custody in Minneapolis was reprehensible, outrageous and a tragedy. The behavior of the three other officers present not coming to the aid of Floyd was completely ...

Wants police to de-escalate situations

To the editor: I am writing an open letter to the police department . Do you train your officers to de-escalate? I just saw a man killed by Georgia police because he was perhaps drunk, fell asleep in his car and blocked traffic, hardly a capital offense. Perhaps, the situation could have been ...

Wants change in city spending

To the editor: I am not shocked that a publication which continued to openly endorse congressman Steve King as recently as two years ago would use fear mongering to promote their political agenda. Claiming that calls to reform police departments through better allocation of funds is due to ...

Encourages use of masks

To the editor: As more testing exposes more virus, we are more aware that the virus is out and about. Governor Reynolds is treating us like responsible humans to let us choose to make good decisions pertaining to our personal risk and the risk of others whom we are in regular contact. However, ...

Appreciates reporting on ‘The change we seek’

To the editor: Thank you to journalist Chad Thompson for your excellent reporting on “The change we seek” in the June 6 edition of The Messenger. How refreshing to hear Zachariah Nuzum’s message of community and peace and not days of reading and watching brick throwing, rioting, ...

Grateful for the work of St. Edmond Ball co-chairs

To the editor: For 36 years, friends and supporters of St. Edmond Catholic Schools have gathered at the annual St. Edmond Ball to support the mission of our school. The support of not only the St. Edmond community, but the Fort Dodge community at the annual ball has made it possible to budget ...

Grateful for the work of St. Edmond Ball co-chairs

To the editor: For 36 years, friends and supporters of St. Edmond Catholic Schools have gathered at the annual St. Edmond Ball to support the mission of our school. The support of not only the St. Edmond community, but the Fort Dodge community at the annual ball has made it possible to budget ...

Let’s be more than bystanders

To the editor: The recent egregious acts of racism that occurred in Minneapolis have created collective outrage nationwide, but George Floyd isn’t an anomaly and Facebook outrage isn’t going to stop things like this from continuing to occur in America. Acts like that don’t happen on ...

Vows to maintain a police department with dignity

To the editor: During this somber time, we as a whole have turned our eyes toward the events currently unfolding in Minneapolis. I have seen the same appalling photos and video footage you have, and I was deeply saddened to learn that on Monday, May 25th, 2020, George Floyd died while in ...

Thanks Fareway for gift card

To the editor: Thank you Fareway Meat & Grocery Fort Dodge and Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance for the gift card that I received the other day. One half of the amount on the card I have paid it forward to a family that can also use this during these difficult times. Thank you again ...