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Letters to the Editor

Urges yes vote on broadband

To the editor: Dear citizens of Fort Dodge, I am reaching out to you all as we have an important election coming up on Nov. 5. On this year’s ballot you will be asked if city government should explore options into a municipal broadband utility. I ask you to join me in voting yes! Approval of ...

Wants Fritz for City Council

To the editor: Please vote for Andy Fritz for City Council Ward 2. Andy loves Fort Dodge and wants only the best for the people of Fort Dodge. He will be a wonderful choice because he does care about Fort Dodge and all the citizens. Debbie Cher Fort Dodge

Peer support is key to helping those with mental health issues

To the editor: People with mental health challenges are statistically at a greater risk of committing crimes than the average person, but I don’t believe that is directly due to their mental health in most cases. Rather, it’s when untreated mental health challenges lead to poverty, ...

Supports Andy Fritz for City Council

To the editor: I live outside Ward 2 in real life. But I live Ward 2 almost every day of the week. And that is because I have the opportunity to sit next to Andy Fritz for 40+ hours a week. I urge anyone in Ward 2 to vote for Mr. Fritz. While many of you might see him as just a face of Fort ...

Disagrees with praise for senators

To the editor: I was amazed by the irony of your Oct. 20, 2019, editorial. It praised Sen. Grassley for seeking to “stem the increase in farmer suicides.” It quoted his concerns that “farmers are increasingly feeling the pain of sinking commodity prices, devastating natural disasters, ...

Event to benefit Health Center

To the editor: The Community Health Center of Fort Dodge has been in existence since 2006, serving Fort Dodge and the surrounding communities. We are writing this letter to ask for community support in helping us continue our mission of providing quality healthcare to all. In 2018 over 7,000 ...

Honor Flights a success

To the editor: Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight has completed its 2019 flying season. We had two flights, May 11 and Sept. 21. Some 300 plus veterans, World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans, from some 55 Iowa counties and some 208 Iowa communities participated. No major complications, ...

Supports renewable fuels standard

To the editor: I must be missing something in the information provided about the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in the Messenger recently. In the Messenger editorial Oct. 9, 2019, the writer praises President Trump, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the ...

Hopes for more at grain silos

To the editor: We have been back to Fort Dodge a number of times since we left in 2017. It has been so satisfying to see positive happenings continue to build on wise choices made by city and civic leadership. When we arrived in June of 2000 there seemed to be a prevalent attitude of ...

Democrats are the ones obstructing

To the editor: Democrat Representative Adam Schiff insisted for over two years that he had “direct evidence” of Trump’s interference in the 2016 election, evidence that he has never produced nor did Special Counsel Robert Mueller after a two-year investigation. Schiff is noticeably in ...

Congratulates Fire Department for Guns and Hoses win

To the editor: After reading the hilarious recap of the Guns and Hoses game of last year, I looked forward to another write-up of this year’s event. I heard from a reliable source (the mom of a fire lieutenant) that the sheriff department was brave (?) enough to join in on serious and ...

Congratulations

To the editor: After learning that Messenger sports editor Eric Pratt will be receiving the Dan McCool Media Award for his work covering wrestling, two things left me unsurprised. One was the fact that a journalist as hard-working, talented and thoughtful as Eric would be honored for his ...

Need new home for museum

To the editor: Webster County residents can take a walk down that proverbial memory lane at the Webster County Museum in Otho. Today. But possibly not tomorrow. Time and Iowa weather are taking their toll on the museum’s thousands of historical items, destroying our very heritage. ...

Family offers thanks

To the Editor: The family of Chandra (Hendrickson) Krogman would like to thank our community for your sympathy and support during this extremely difficult time. We are truly blessed by the outcome of the benefit with all the donations for the silent auction, the PSA from our local radio ...

Thanks Twin Lakes

To the editor: There were155 people registered for this year’s competition in the 13th Annual Half-Olympic Distance Triathlon, 6th Annual Duathlon and 2nd Annual Youth Triathlon: eight teams (22 people), 65 adults in triathlon, 23 in duathlon and 45 youth. Our youngest registered ...

Skeptical of gun ban in stores

To the editor: I heard on the news that some stores will no longer allow guns to be brought into their stores, I don’t think that will prevent a person who has plans to do a mass shooting in a store from bringing their gun into a store, but if guns are allowed in stores and a shooting ...

Family fun event succeeds

We would like to thank the public for coming and making our JOURNEY OF HOPE such a big success. On June 22, we had a family fun event. We had a bike, walk/run to raise money to help local families with uninsured expenses when their child is seriously ill and child loss support. In addition, ...

Tribute to a bur oak

An arborist from ISU recently reminded me of the vital lifesaving importance of trees, a fact that is frequently underestimated. This is especially true of long-lived oak trees and the most majestic of the oaks, the bur oak. Consequently, it hurt to see a stately and healthy bur oak removed ...

Back to school event succeeds

To the editor: Back to School event was a Success! This being our 16th annual Back to School Bash, we were pleased to partner with the Fort Dodge Middle School on the location this year. It was the perfect place to bring the families together before school starts for a fun evening of ...

Thanks donors and golfers

To the editor: On behalf of the Fort Dodge Athletic Department, I would like to thank all the individuals involved with our FDSH Athletic Booster Golf Outing. It is the generosity of the donors and golfers that make events such as this fantastic. With your support we can provide our students ...