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Opinion

Twin Lakes events succeed

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Twin Lakes 10th annual Half-Olympic Distance Triathlon and third annual Duathlon was held Aug. 6, at the Big East State Park and the Twin Lakes Bible Camp. Eighty-three individuals and 12 teams registered for the competition. The 121 athletes ranged in age from 14 to 74. ...

Unite to Fight event is Saturday

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Fort Dodge Noon Sertoma Backpack Buddies program is preparing for our seventh year of providing weekend food for school age children. Last year, 23,750 bags of food weighing over 100,000 pounds were delivered to nine schools in the community. We want to thank White Transfer ...

Winning on battlefield won’t be enough

Editorial

A few weeks ago, we warned that defeating terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State on the battlefield probably will mean an increase in brutal attacks by their operatives.Now it is official: After meeting with security advisers, President Barack Obama has issued the same ...

A letter of thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:This is regarding a house fire at 2055 220th St, Fort Dodge, that happened June 22.We want to take a moment now that things have settled down for us and to say a huge thank you to all that stepped up and helped us in our time of need.To the volunteer firefighters of Moorland, ...

Tournament succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:It was a perfect weather day for the annual Moose Lodge Golf Tournament recently. A fun time was had by all.A huge thank you to all of the tee sponsors: Chesterfield Lounge, Daniel Tire, Mid Country Machinery, The Vault, Stumpy's Snow and Mow, Green Amusement, Gypsum Ag Supply ...

Disagrees with politcal cartoons

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am tired of the false and mistaken ideas published in the political cartoon on the Opinion page of The Messenger. The political cartoon in the Aug. 12 Messenger claims (again) that Barack Obama paid $400 million in ransom to Iran for the release of hostages. The truth is that ...

Growing debt hurts the US economy

Editorial

Congressional Budget Office analysts estimate the national debt, now at 75 percent of the gross national product, will grow to 86 percent in a decade.Rising debt hampers economic growth, the analysts added. And they pointed out critical programs including Social Security, Medicare and the ...

Federal spending is still out of control

Editorial

President Barack Obama brags that his stewardship over the federal budget has been praiseworthy. Why, spending deficits are going down, he proclaims.Wrong. Monthly budget deficits - the difference between what the government takes in and what it spends - are increasing.Last year's budget gap ...

A story worth noting

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Some people just don't read the news.One night about 10, a police officer pulled over so that he could get something out of his cruiser. A young boy pedaled up on his bicycle. He needed Band-Aids for a friend injured in a game. Soon a young girl ran up with the same request. Then ...

A message of thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I wanted to formally thank the many inmates from both Rockwell City and Fort Dodge that helped out the city of Eagle Grove recently. I think nearly 30 different men helped us over several extremely hot, humid days in picking up branches and large limbs throughout the city. They ...

This fiasco is probably costing lives

Editorial

One wonders whether those who bungled a United Nations health initiative understand people may have died - no, probably died, and perhaps in large numbers - as a result of the failures.In February, the World Health Organization, an arm of the U.N., shipped more than 6 million doses of yellow ...

Welcome news for Iowa beef producers

Editorial

Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation's economy. It's also hugely significant for the Hawkeye State.According to information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 million ...

We’re expanding student success

Local Columns

Iowa Central Community College takes pride in its curriculum standards and capacity to offer high levels of academic and personal support for students. As an institution of higher learning, we are dedicated to student success and continue to grow in support of our mission to offer a meaningful ...

‘Big money’ isn’t really the main issue

Editorial

Hillary Clinton has pledged that if she is elected president, she will do something about the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. It in essence rejected strict limits on spending by groups seeking to influence elections.The problem with that is "big money," Clinton and fellow ...

A truly pointless gesture

Editorial

\The Obama administration is entering its final months, but it's never too late to further diminish U.S. influence and discomfit our allies.President Barack Obama is considering adopting a policy of "no first use," i.e., declaring that the United States would never use nuclear weapons except ...

Presidential debates should be moved

Editorial

By late September, even voters interested in the presidential election may be ready for some football as an alternative to politics. Yet two of the three televised debates between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have been scheduled on nights when NFL games are to be ...

Join the Lions for breakfast

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Fort Dodge Noon Lions are cooking again. Please join us on Saturday at Kennedy Park to breakfast at the Dragon Boat Bash. We will be serving fire-breathing eggs with sausage, French toast, pancakes and beverages. You will find us inside the main gate on the top of the hill ...

Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash is back

Editorial

Tall corn and dragon boats may seem like an odd combination, but here in Webster County they both have emerged as symbolic of summer.The 20th annual CJ Bio America Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash will take place Friday and Saturday at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. It features assorted festivities ...

Zika poses a significant health risk

Editorial

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory that pregnant women should stay out of a section of Miami is not the most disturbing news about the Zika virus.CDC officials' warning was bad enough, to be sure. The agency said an outbreak of 14 cases of Zika in Miami's Wynwood district ...

VA health care is still a major problem

Editorial

Important progress has been made in caring for those who have served our country, President Barack Obama told attendees at the Disabled American Veterans national conference recently.Obama cited two "milestones."First, homelessness among veterans is down.Second, about 500,000 veterans have ...