Letters to the Editor

E15 ban needs to be lifted

To the editor: The Trump Administration has recently directed the Environmental Protection Agency to allow sales of E15 year-round rather than the current Sept. 16 to May 31 timeframe. While a longer window to purchase E15 is important to me as a corn producer, it is also important to all ...

Time out on CAFOs

To the editor: Rep. Sharon Steckman (D-Mason City) has introduced a bill calling for a moratorium on factory farms in Iowa. As an Iowan concerned about the health and future of our children we need a timeout. I am asking fellow Iowans to join with me to provide a means for study and planning, ...

What is a trillion?

To the editor: Let’s consider this for a second; A day on Earth consists of 86,400 seconds. One MILLION seconds is 11 1/2 days, one BILLION seconds is 31 years, and, one TRILLION seconds is 31,000 years. Those zeros sure add up. Now let’s consider that the U.S. government is $22 ...

Still time to sign up for Strengthening Families program

To the editor: Strengthening Families for parents and youths 10-14 is about to start in Fort Dodge the week of Feb. 10. This PROSPER program will begin its 18th year of programs with sixth-graders and their families. Families that participate in the programs delivered through PROSPER can ...

Salvation Army gives thanks for help

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

YWCA Silver Showcase was a success

To the editor: A huge thank you! Bigger and better than ever! The YWCA of Fort Dodge would like to give a resounding thank you to all those who gave their time, talents and gifts, to make The YWCA Silver Showcase a huge success. This was, without a doubt, the most successful event in our ...

Return of NAACP to Fort Dodge is a good sign

To the editor: I was pleased to read in the Jan. 20 Sunday Messenger that the Fort Dodge community is reinstating a local chapter of the NAACP. Ira Shivers’ comment that the organization is about “ … bringing in different people from different backgrounds, different races, to bring it ...

Why does Congress allow a shutdown?

To the editor: Question: Why hasn’t our government passed a law (through all these years) that the President or Congress CAN NOT shut down the goverment? Nancy Rinehimer Webster City

Dayton Wranglers to hold Pony Express Dance

To the editor: The Dayton Wranglers Saddle Club will be holding its annual Pony Express Dance Saturday at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites in Fort Dodge. All the proceeds will be given to Easter Seals of Iowa, Camp Sunnyside. Easter Seals of Iowa enables handicapped the ...

How do politicians define border safety?

To the editor: How do politicians define border security and how would they make our southern border safe and secure? Democrats are sure to say 1) more border agents are needed and 2) more technology is needed but for good measure would add that a wall is immoral (a new [Nancy] Pelosi talking ...

It’s time to move forward

To the editor: Last year taught me that there aren’t always do-overs. Sometimes there is no going back. The only choice is to move forward. Over the last few days, that has brought many reflective thoughts. It seems that our country and world needs to reflect on the past and learn what ...

Thank you, American Legion Auxiliary

To the editor: We would like to thank the Women’s American Legion Auxiliary for the dinner and entertainment in Duncombe for our veterans on Jan. 5th. It was excellent and greatly appreciated. We would also like to thank Craig Royster for his help and humor when running the bingo games. A ...

Knollcrest residents unhappy with recent zoning decision

To the editor: We got a letter dated 11/26/18 from the associate planner with the city informing us of a meeting with the Plan and Zoning Commission. We received the letter because our property in Knollcrest “is within 200 feet of the subject land” for rezoning. Our next door neighbors, ...

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 ...