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Letters to the Editor

Thanks St. Ed teacher for standing up to racism

To the editor: Recently my family has experienced some racism in town. I shared my story of what happened with my friends, but kept it away from my teachers. Until one of my friends told me, “You should tell Ms. (Nancy) Gabriel about what happened.” Ms. Gabriel is my study hall teacher and ...

Central School says thanks

To the editor: There’s a lot of scary, troubling news in the world today. It’s easy to get depressed and fearful. But then I think of the words of Fred Rogers, best known for his Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood TV show. “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother ...

Opposes travel center

To the editor: I am writing in regards to the story written in The Messenger about the travel center on U.S. Highway 20 and Poplar Avenue. I am a resident of 235th Street, born and raised here. As many of my neighbors have done, I have devoted much of my life and income to preserving the ...

A thank you for the light in the tunnel

To the editor: Working for a non-profit Community Action Agency, you tend to see people on their worst days. Days when they truly feel like they have hit rock bottom and there is no way up. They don’t know where to turn, but they know they need help and they find themselves at our door not ...

Blames government for gas prices

To the editor: Of all the newspapers printed in Iowa, there never is anything explaining the oil situation and we who have to buy fuel to get to work, we wondered for years why the variations of fuel in one town and the next one 20 miles away is 20 cents cheaper? But near all the stations pay ...

Says grocery store key to vibrant community

To the editor: When are these big grocery chains going to back off? Grocery business will never be back to what it was two years ago as shopping from home is really big. They continue to do so much damage to rural Iowa. With the mayor of Manson and his group he assembled a couple years ago ...

Paul Stevens’ Spotlight brings a smile

To the editor: What a great story Paul Stevens did in the Messenger on local Fort Dodge garage bands. So well done. I was smiling. Tom Tourville Spirit Lake

Fond memories of Fort Dodge

To the editor: I was born in Fort Dodge and grew up there. I was one of many in the Class of ‘65 at Fort Dodge High. I’ve been sorting and going through pictures. We loved taking pictures on our acreage on the old Badger Blacktop. It makes me a bit sad that I don’t get back much. My ...

Appreciates trail maintenance

To the editor: The city of Fort Dodge, Webster County Conservation, and trails maintenance personnel (especially Kyle), have done an excellent job with bike trail maintenance. When part of the Orchard Glen gravel trail was washed out by a rainstorm, it was repaired quickly. When the 15th ...

Fort Dodge visitor thankful for first responders

To the editor: While visiting Fort Dodge a week ago it became necessary for me to use your emergency services. The first responders were not only highly professional, but kind. To my surgeons, thank you. In addition, the care extended to me by the excellent nursing staff is greatly ...

Says Biden’s border policy is threat to U.S.

To the editor: Remember the chant “no border, no wall, sanctuary for all”? It has become a reality. President Biden has opened our southern border to perhaps millions of illegal immigrants, making our border a magnet for drugs, criminals, human and sex trafficking, threatening the safety ...

Thanks Eric Pratt for coverage

To the editor: I really enjoyed Eric Pratt’s March 22 article spotlighting Spencer Lee’s NCAA wrestling title; but I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize his outstanding reporting of area athletics. My own arsenal of athletic knowledge is woefully inadequate, but I appreciate Pratt’s ...

Has a solution to daylight saving time

To the editor: Every spring we are required to adjust the clocks 1 hour. This causes half of our fellow citizens to complain. Likewise, in the fall, comes the requirement to adjust the clocks 1 hour. This seems to cause great distress to the other half. One possible compromise would be to ...

Support farmers during National Ag Week

To the editor: March 22-26 is National Ag Week when we celebrate the wholesome contributions of our nation’s farmers who provide the food, fuel and fiber that helps sustain us. American agriculture is the foundation of our country. It is the backbone of a healthy and prosperous nation ...

Says Webster County needs to improve child care

To the editor: I’m reading in The Messenger that the Childcare Discovery Center will receive $600,000 over a period of years to relocate, which I applaud, however, all that grant accomplishes is to keep the status quo and a new building will require time to build and the Childcare ...

Thanks Niki Conrad

To the editor: Thank you Niki Conrad for setting a good example, following the CDC guidelines and standing up for what is right at the recent March meeting of Webster County Supervisors. Shame on others present for not wearing masks and pouting bout having to continue with mask wearing (we are ...

Thanks The Messenger

To the editor: Thank you to those responsible for producing The Messenger. We are fortunate to have this newspaper six days a week, although I did enjoy having that seventh day. The number of newspapers in the United States that are able to survive has decreased significantly in the past few ...

Thanks Red Kettle volunteers

To the editor: The Salvation Army would like to thank all the volunteers who signed up and rang the bell during the 2020 Red Kettle season. A special thank you goes out to all the donors that believe in the mission of the Salvation Army. This year we came up short of our goal of $52,500, by ...

Says factory farm biogas is false solution

To the editor: Recently, State Rep. Mike Sexton, R-Rockwell City, introduced a bill in the Iowa House that will encourage the expansion of factory farm biogas infrastructure. The legislation, HF 522, will allow for additional factory farms to use anaerobic digesters to convert manure into ...