Letters to the Editor

All good things must come to an end

To the editor: It’s my last year of Christmas lights. It was my 34th year. All good things have to come to an end is true. I’ll be 90 March 2. What a goodbye farewell and record crowds of people for the first time people and other people who have been coming for all these years. When ...

Upper Des Moines thanks volunteers

To the editor: Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. Thanks ABATE for their donation of toys and gifts. Helping families in Webster and surrounding counties with gifts for the little ones. Due to their generosity many children who might have had nothing, woke up to toys from Santa on ...

Think of Almost Home when donating

To the editor: We would first like to say “Thank You” to all the generous people and businesses in our community who have given their support to Almost Home. As animal lovers, it breaks our hearts to see a stray cat or dog on the street. Without Almost Home there would be many, many ...

FD Evening Lions congratulate winners

To the editor: The Fort Dodge Evening Lions held their annual grocery raffle and we wish to congradulate the winners of the five winning tickets of $200 each in our drawing which was held on Dec. 18 at the Crossroads Mall with Santa Drawing the names. Michael Faiferlick Renea Noble, Lily ...

Gateway, Hope Sweet Hope says thanks

To the Editor: Gateway to Discovery/Hope Sweet Hope Studios Board want to give a huge thank you to so many generous and faithful supporters of the women at Gateway to Discovery. Gateway is a two-year faith based residential program “Offering Women a Sanctuary for Recovering in Community.” ...

Gene Giraffe Project thanks many supporters

To the Editor: We at the Gene Giraffe Project want to thank Shimkat Motor Co., Diane Jones, Walgreens, KHI Insurance, UnityPoint Clinic Pediatrics, Shimkat employees, New Coop, Dr. Matt Maggio, Fort Dodge Health and Rehabilitation, Iowa Donor Network through Liz Markert, Coldwell Bankers, ...

Would keeping dams help Fort Dodge grow?

To the editor: Recent articles in The Messenger describe a movement to hire a company to remove our two river dams in Fort Dodge. Could this be a huge historical and financial mistake for our city? Immediately after being elected mayor, Terry Lutz contracted a city development professional ...

Thank you, Gunderson, for A Time for Angels

To the editor: On Sunday I had the pleasure of attending A Time for Angels sponsored by Gunderson Funeral Home. It was a beautiful service intended to memorialize the loss of our loved ones and to help those in our community who are suffering a loss prepare for the holidays. While many ...

Thank you, Fort Dodge!

To the editor: Another year and another amazing effort put forth by the young women and men of the ICCC Culinary School. Chef Michael, Chef Jeffrey, and their team prepared nearly 2,000 meals for those in need, alone, or those that just wanted time to enjoy a meal with others on ...

Weatherization project a success thanks to all who helped

To the editor: It’s amazing what a little plastic can do to help prepare a home for winter. This year the occupants of 15 homes in the Fort Dodge area will feel the benefit due to efforts coordinated by Central Iowa RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program). Working together with Fort ...

Put Coats for Kids on your giving list

To the Editor: We all know Iowa winters can be brutal. Unfortunately, in our community, we have children who are unable to escape the cold by wearing a warm coat. Without a coat, children are not able to play during recess at school and that is such a valuable time for them to release energy, ...

Hoping owner of lost purse will get it back

To the editor: I was shopping Monday at Wal-Mart around 10:30 a.m. When I put my cart back in the rack, I noticed there was a purse in front of my cart. I took this purse to the Service Desk and gave it to Pennie. I am hoping the owner of the handbag will see this letter and be able to ...

Candidates should listen to the people

To the editor: I have a couple of questions for all the incumbents who squeaked by the midterm election by getting just over 50 percent. Do you feel good about 50 percent when all that means is every other person you meet wants you out of office? If you get half the people after years in ...

All are invited to St. Lucia festival Dec. 8 in Stratford

To the editor: To the communities of the Greater Swede Bend area: Once again, the Lucia Festivity of Light Pageant approaches in Stratford. This pageant honors the sacrifice of St. Lucia, who gave relief to the cast-out Christians imprisoned in Rome. Her crown of candles lit her way ...

Ballot count in Webster County went very well

To the editor: This year on Election Day I worked along with 15 other volunteers counting and recounting the nearly 5,000ballots cast in the Webster County Absentee Precinct. I want to congratulate Doreen Pliner and her staff in the auditors office for all of their hard work in preparing the ...

Gene Giraffe Project thanks all who helped

To the editor: Gene Giraffe Project would like to thank all the walkers and runners who came to Kennedy Park to help bring awareness for rare diseases in our area. We would like to thank our sponsors for the run/walk — NEW Coop, Valero, Doyle Construction, Creative Signs and The Dariette. ...

There are still good places that need donations

To the editor: The Christmas season is fast approaching, Although Operation Christmas/Church Women United is no longer operating, the need is still out there. There are a number of organizations that will be flooded with requests for help at Christmastime. I am writing this letter to urge ...

Bullies, their role models, should be accountable

To the editor: I think bullies learn to be bullies from their role models, or their parents; role models demonstrate that bullying is OK by them bullying another person. Because kids learn what they live, actions speak louder than words. If they observe their parents, or role models, ...

Doing a dance for teens? Yes, and what a success

To the editor: A few weeks ago, I was approached by an 8th-grade girl, Katie Delaney, and her mom, Jodi, about having a dance at the Fort Museum Opera House for 7, 8 and 9th grades. Best of all, since she is one of our volunteers, she wanted to do this as her 4-H Citizenship project and to ...

Here’s to the Dodger Football community

To the editor: Congratulations to the Dodger Football team on an incredible and successful season. We’re so proud of you! That said, there is more worth saying about the Dodger Football community. Our son, Levi, had a season ending knee injury during the Marshalltown game. The support ...