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Letters to the Editor

Hopes shoppers will visit local businesses

As we approach the end of a challenging year, I would like to encourage you to support our regional economy by purchasing your goods, services, and holiday gifts at a local business. Although I believe that shopping locally is important year-round, it is critical that we patronize the ...

Encourages local shopping

To the editor: While everyone has had to adapt and make changes due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic over the past nine months, it’s no secret that our local small businesses have been hit especially hard. They need our support now more than ever, which is why I encourage you to support ...

Says he’s not on the ‘Biden bandwagon’

To the editor: Thank you Webster County and the State of Iowa. You were part of almost 74 million that voted to re-elect President Trump. Unfortunately, a few million more did not appreciate that in Trump’s first term we had (among other notable accomplishments) the lowest unemployment ...

Disappointed by Hallmark closing

To the editor: No Hallmark store in Fort Dodge? The word is spreading throughout the city and many supporters of the store are sharing their disappointment. It is sad to see this family-owned business priced out of having a location in the new mall complex. Deb Schmidt and her staff always ...

Reviews the president’s legal team

To the editor: For those of you who may have missed it, I would like to present a review of a new live television show I watched a few days ago. It was titled, “The President’s Legal Team Briefing.” The script could have been written in collaboration by Stephen King, Mary Shelly and ...

Protect those who care for the rest of us

To the editor: It has been my privilege to be a member of this community for the last 50 years; first as a trial lawyer for 35 years; then as a deacon at Holy Trinity for the last six years and now as chaplain at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center for the last three years. ...

Thanks Fort Dodge for memorable visit

To the editor: I would like to thank all who made my first visit to Fort Dodge such a memorable one. Last Tuesday (Nov. 17) , as part of my cello for dogs work I came to play at Almost Home Iowa. Studies have shown that certain types of music is very calming for shelter dogs, and the animals ...

Encourages local shopping

To the editor: With the holiday shopping season upon us, I would like to encourage everyone to shop locally. Whether you are shopping for daily goods and services or special holiday gifts, most of these items are available within our region. Shopping locally keeps more money in the local ...

Concerned about COVID-19

To the editor: With the COVID-19 on such a rapid rise and it will only get worse no matter where you live or what you do. So they open up a few more clinics including Fort Dodge and Humboldt hospitals, is it free to everyone? A recent article in The Messenger reads that our lawmakers in ...

Enjoys the trails in Fort Dodge

To the editor: Thanks for all the Fort Dodge and Webster County Bike Trails! A special thank you to Matt Cosgrove, the trails maintenance crew (especially Kyle), Matt Bemrich, the Webster County Supervisors, the City Council, Webster County Conservation, and the Webster County Trails ...

Endorses Ann Meyer

To the editor: I’m am writing to urge fellow voters to join me in supporting Rep. Ann Meyer, the hard working, bipartisan, positive choice for House District 9. At the recent forum, Ann and her opponent both pledged to run positive campaigns. The very next day mailers began arriving in ...

Doesn’t like outside support for Clayton

To the editor: Charles Clayton is selling out the voters of Webster County and House District 9. Over 96% of his contributions have come from outside District 9. And when I say outside, I mean way outside of District 9, with the majority of those donations coming from the two coasts. Let that ...

Says Meyer has exceeded expectations

To the editor: I have not been one that frequently offers my thoughts in the editor’s forum. I did so two years ago. I find myself compelled to write again on the same subject. I would like those that are reading this to consider supporting Ann Meyer for another term in the Iowa State House. ...

Don’t reward bad behavior

To the editor: As a parent, when my kids acted up in a store or restaurant, I always believed that you should not reward bad behavior. If you give in to their demands when they are acting inappropriately, you reinforce the behavior and almost assuredly have to deal with it again very ...

Make America great again

To the editor: I was fortunate enough to grow up in a good Christian family and taught the meaning of right and wrong and to respect other people. I tried to instill these values in my children and would be disappointed if my children lied, called others names or threw childish tantrums as ...

Former lawmaker supports Meyer

To the editor: Representing Webster County for four terms in the Iowa House earlier in my life continues to be one of the great honors of my life. Fort Dodge will always be my hometown and I will always root for the success of this area. As an Iowan, I want talented people in either party ...

Says Meyer works for Iowans

To the editor: As election day fast approaches, it is imperative that we take the time to educate ourselves on the candidates and cast our votes. We would like to pledge our support for Representative Ann Meyer, Iowa House District 9. As we have gotten to know Ann over the last seven years ...

Doesn’t want Harris in charge

To the editor: Bernie Sanders says Joe Biden will be the most progressive president ever. Biden’s presidency will be driven by progressive policies of the Democratic Party — policies that Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, readily and enthusiastically endorsed. Harris spoke of her ...

Supports Trump’s policies

To the editor: I’m a “policy” voter. ... And every policy, act and executive order that President Trump has signed I support 100%. That’s never happened with any other president in my lifetime. “VA Missions Act,” improving health care and treatment options for our ...

Supports Walter for Sheriff

To the editor: I very seldom submit letters to the editor, especially in local elections because I usually know both candidates and supporters on both sides. That is certainly the case with the race for Webster County sheriff this year. I believe the position of sheriff, however, is such an ...