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Letters to the Editor

We’ve seen tough times before

To the editor: How many times recently have you heard, or said, “these are crazy, tough times?” It reminds me of Dad saying, “Tough times?! You should have been here in the ‘30s.” And Mom saying, “Tough times were during the war when I didn’t know for months where your Dad was ...

Grieving family was blessed

To the editor: My father-in-law recently passed away which is a hard thing to handle, but were blessed by several groups here in town. His last six days were spent at the Hospice house cared for and comforted by the angels that work there. I cannot say how grateful we are for what they did ...

Urges suspension of classes due to COVID-19

To the editor: As an educator, father, and Iowan, I am writing to urge state and local officials to temporarily cancel or suspend k-12 classes until adequate testing can be performed to assess the true scope of COVID-19 cases in the state. It seems extremely reckless and dangerous to keep ...

Thanks doctors, VA staff in community

To the editor: I recently had the opportunity to work with several amazing individuals in our community whom I need to personally acknowledge. I can’t thank them enough for the care I received from each one of them. Fort Dodge is truly blessed to have these individuals working in our ...

Thanks newspaper for canned food drive

To the editor: As director of The Lord’s Cupboard, I would like to personally thank The Messenger for hosting the 2020 Home & Garden Show and naming us as a recipient of their canned food drive. We rely on these donations to stock our pantry and appreciate those who donated over the ...

Credit union staff was calm, professional

To the editor: I had the opportunity (on) March 2nd to be an unwitting observer of quite a large number of very competent people. I happened to enter the credit union to make a deposit while someone else was in the process of making a rather illegal withdrawal. I had no idea that was happening ...

Questions need for cell phone bill

To the editor: Do we really need another law? Distracted driving should cover anyone driving erratically — whether it’s talking on a cell phone, eating, shaving, putting on make-up, etc. Punish the people that drive dangerously instead of of a blanket law that goes after everyone. If ...

Says Trump will trump Democrats

To the editor: Donald Trump gets kicked in the rump by those that call him everything that’s wrong (even a Democrat). They thumb their nose and hate what he knows — hate what he vetoes. Curse him wherever he goes. These Democrats can’t be bright in their heads. Their battery went dead. ...

Strengthening Families to start soon

To the editor: Strengthening Families for parents and youth 10-14 is about to start in Fort Dodge the week of March 1. 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 ...

Says Iowa needs ranked choice voting

To the editor: Last week we have seen an unprecedented delay in the results of our Iowa Caucus. Our broken election process is so convoluted we still don’t have a definitive winner. We need a change and Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is the answer. The spoiler effect prevents people from ...

Thank you for Hospice Ball support

To the editor: Our deepest thanks to Fort Dodge and the surrounding communities for your ongoing support of UnityPoint Hospice and quality end-of-life care. On Saturday, February 1st approximately 375 people gathered at the Starlite Village to attend the 28th Annual Hospice Ball – all united ...

Says the caucuses were a disaster

To the editor: What an embarrassment for the Iowa Democratic Party. The Democratic candidates and the media left Iowa Monday night not knowing who won the Iowa caucuses. The means of reporting caucus results was a disaster to say the least. I watched with interest just how those of the ...

A special thank you to the Ft. Dodge community

To the editor: The Salvation Army would like to thank the community for helping us help the needy and marginalized people in Webster County. Through your efforts our Angel Tree program brought toys and food to many families this Christmas season. With the help of many volunteers, our ...

Supports Randy Feenstra for Congress

To the editor: I favor Randy Feenstra as the best Republican challenger to Steve King. Feenstra has a strong record of helping Iowans in our district having lived, gone to school, and worked his entire life in our district. Feenstra played a large part in the Iowa tax reforms and has done more ...

Says Pete Buttigieg should be president

To the Editor: I’m writing today to encourage people to caucus for Pete Buttigieg. I, along with my then 8-year-old daughter, went to see Pete when he first came to Fort Dodge last April, I knew immediately that he was the candidate that should be our nominee. Without knowing anything else ...

Supports Buttigieg for president

To the editor: I would like to encourage Democrat caucus attendees to support Pete Buttigieg. I know there is no shortage of candidates too old for such a demanding job. President Eisenhower stated that he should never have run for his second term at 66 as he said the job was too strenuous for ...

Says Mayor Pete is most electable

To the editor: Many Democratic voters in Iowa and across the country are understandably concerned about selecting a presidential nominee who is most likely to defeat President Trump in the general election. Mayor Pete Buttigieg definitely fits this bill better than any of the other Democratic ...

Fort Dodge meal packing event was big success

To the editor: The people of Iowa help feed the world, and the people of Fort Dodge and Webster County proved it once again! On Dec. 7, 2019, almost 500 volunteers came together at Community Christian School for Fort Dodge MobilePack to help pack nutritious meals for some of the neediest ...

Climate change: destiny or legacy

To the editor: Science tells us climate change is a proven national emergency: 10 years or less to avoid a tipping point. Caucus voters, please vote for the candidate you feel addresses this issue. Believe like it’s the crisis it is! For young voters, it’s your destiny: older voters, ...

Supporting Mayor Pete

To the editor: After reading information on his background and meeting him in person, I’ve have decided to caucus for former South Bend, Indiana Mayor, Pete Buttigieg on February 3rd. There are several outstanding qualities he possesses that are noticeable. He is very intelligent as is ...