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Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Says Republicans make life harder

To the editor: Why would anyone want you not to vote? This is America, land of the free or are we? I thought we fought a war to be able to vote. I thought we didn’t want to bow down to a king, dictator or cult leader. I thought the people wanted their voice to be heard to make it better ...

Says Strengthening Familes works

To the editor: Strengthening Families for parents and youth 10-14 is about to start in Fort Dodge the week of March 7. This PROSPER program will begin its 19th year of programs with fifth and sixth graders and their families. Families that participate in the programs delivered through ...

Skeptical of calls for national unity

To the editor: President Biden has been appealing for unity in the country. Meanwhile… Ultra-liberal monopolistic social media giants Facebook and Twitter have barred Trump and are undertaking a relentless all-out effort to shut down the accounts of conservatives from their social media ...

Upset by response to 1619 project

To the editor: I was appalled and disappointed at my ignorance of Black History as taught in the Iowa school system. I have learned so much since the George Floyd murder and the Black Lives Matter movement. Unfortunately, Republican lawmakers want Iowa students to remain in the dark. In ...

Wants officials to be blunt on property tax

To the editor: I like Fort Dodge. My wife and I both grew up here and although we had to move away to pursue careers, we were excited to move back “home” a decade ago when we retired. We built a nice home here and have great neighbors. We plan to stay. According to the tax assessor our ...

Wonders if ex-presidents are really like us

To the editor: A private citizen is defined as one who does not have an official or professional position in a given situation. With this narrow definition, we say an ex-president is a private citizen because they no longer need to act on matters of importance to our country. They receive ...

Wonders how nice Iowa is

To the editor: People say “Iowa Nice.” They also say Iowa is 10 years behind everyone. The nation voted 51.4% to elect Biden. Iowa voted 53.2% for Trump. Is it nice to lie? Trump lied 22,247 times in 1,316 days. That’s 17 lies a day. But his one-day record is 138 on Nov. 5, 2018, the ...

Wants temperature checks

To the editor: Since day one all we read about or saw on TV was wear your face mask and the impossible thing, stay 6 feet from other people no matter where you’re at. The spreading of the virus will not change until they start taking temperatures upon any entry of any buildings. Of all ...

Fort Dodge Community gives her hope

To the editor: Reflecting on the events of 2020, I wanted to express gratitude to the youth and staff of the Fort Dodge Community School District and community for the kindness expressed to our family when COVID-19 hit our household. My husband, a teacher at Fort Dodge Middle School, was ...

Thanks Dr. Kinney for leading Iowa Central

To the editor: For a little over 11 years, Dr. Dan Kinney has been at the helm of Iowa Central Community College. In those 11 years he has done an outstanding job in helping to lead Iowa Central in its mission to be the premier learning community, and college of choice, preparing the best ...

Says Trump delivered on promises

To the editor: I just wish to express a couple of thoughts. I want to say that I agree 100% with what Chuck Peterson wrote on his letter of Dec. 9. We have much to thank Donald Trump for as Mr. Peterson pointed out. President Trump promised us a lot of things and he delivered on just about ...

Appreciates support of Lights at Kennedy

To the editor: With the 2020 Lights at Kennedy season behind us, we would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation for the volunteers, sponsors, and businesses who all helped make Lights at Kennedy a tremendous success this year! Specifically, we would like to thank the ...

Appreciates support for Coats for Kids

To the editor: The Community Health Center of Fort Dodge and Shimkat Motor Co. would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support for the Coats for Kids coat drive. This joint project collects coat donations both new and gently used as well as other winter items to distribute ...

Thanks community for drive-thru Christmas

To the editor: The team and residents at Friendship Haven would like to send out a huge thank you to the community for the gift and card drive that was done for the benefit of our residents on Dec. 20. Your outpouring of support, in this time that has been especially difficult for long term ...

Celestial event is tonight

On Dec. 20-22 of 2020 the celestial event of a lifetime will occur. The planets Jupiter and Saturn will appear to come together to form a bright object in the southwestern sky, most pronounced on Dec. 21, the winter solstice. Jupiter and Saturn will appear 14 degrees above the horizon in the ...

Responds to ‘Not on the Biden Bandwagon’

To the editor: Being the hardcore Republican that you are, no one ever expected you to become a Biden fan. Apparently, you believe clean air, water and the preservation of our planet are just “stifling regulations.” Late-term abortions are between the 21st to 24th weeks of gestation ...

Remembers helping customers at Carolyn’s Hallmark

To the editor: “When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best.” This slogan, for decades, brought with it the deepest human sentiments. Whether to celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays or to send heartfelt thoughts in friendship or sympathy. These ...

Evening Lions say thanks

To the editor: We wish to thank all of our sponsors and supporters of the annual grocery raffle that we held in October and November. We want to announce the winners of the gift cards from the Hy-Vee, Fareway and Walmart stores that help with this project. The five winners are Ben Johnson, ...

Says democracy is under attack

To the editor: Chuck Peterson wrote to the Messenger Dec. 9, 2020, “Thanks Webster County and the state of Iowa for voting to re-elect Trump.” He then describes what he believes are Trump accomplishments. That debate will continue. What Mr. Peterson does not mention is the impact ...