Opinion

From our files: July 4, 2019

Editorial

10 Years ago: July 4, 2009 NEWS: Steve Ingram, of Fort Dodge, received the Legion of Merit award in honor of his 27 years of military service. SPORTS: Fort Dodge Senior High senior Ricky Sandquist was highlighted in The Messenger’s Timeout With feature. 25 Years ago: July 4, ...

Let’s take special care on the roads

Editorial

All across the Hawkeye State, people will be taking advantage of the Independence Day holiday to pursue fun summer activities. That makes it especially important that each of us resolve to keep our streets and highways safe. Paying heed to a few safety tips can help prevent what should be an ...

Keeping agriculture thriving is the goal

Editorial

Getting ready for tomorrow is a key to success in any long-term endeavor. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture has long had an eclectic array of programs that stimulate scientific research and technological innovation that has potential to benefit farms and ranches. Each year the ...

The law belongs to the people

Editorial

No one owns the law, because the law belongs to everyone. It’s a principle that seems so obvious that most people wouldn’t give it a second thought. But that’s what is at issue in Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org, a case about whether the State of Georgia can assert copyright in its ...

Strengthening rural Iowa

Editorial

Iowa is a great place to live. Its economy is strong and the quality of life it affords has few equals anywhere in the nation. Even so, some of our state’s rural communities aren’t fully sharing the generally upbeat prognosis for the Hawkeye State’s future. Gov. Kim Reynolds is ...

Potential changes coming to Eagle Grove

Editorial

A fresh, new look may be coming to the main street of downtown Eagle Grove. Leaders of the Wright County community are considering upgrades to West Broadway Street that include better sidewalks and lighting. The construction of the new wastewater treatment facility to serve the recently ...

Lunch on the Square

Editorial

A fun and tasty event will return to downtown Fort Dodge today. Main Street Fort Dodge is orchestrating Lunch on the Square from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The goal is to get more people to come downtown to enjoy a festive lunch hour and also spend some time in the shops that are revitalizing the ...

This shows hope for the future

Editorial

Three local girls who hope to someday have more stores to visit in the Crossroads Mall recently made an effort to try to make that happen. In the process, they set an outstanding example of how to be constructive members of the community who try to solve problems. An article in a Scholastic ...

Appreciates help with Stay A-Breast event

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Over $7,600 was raised after expenses from this year’s Stay A-Breast making the six-year total at almost $60,000 raised with the funds being evenly split between the Trinity Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society. We did it! Together, we are making a difference. Thank ...

Votes not there to impeach

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Since the effort to prove collusion has failed after two and a half years, many Democrats have moved on to “obstruction” and the call for impeachment. Those Democrats seem to think impeachment on a charge of obstruction is a slam dunk. It will be interesting to see the ...

Free college wouldn’t really be free

Editorial

Among the panoply of giveaways promised by this election cycle’s field of Democrats is free college. At least 15 candidates are all in and chances are that number will increase. In April, Liz Warren tweeted, “I’m calling for universal free college and the cancellation of student loan ...

New law violates double jeopardy ban

Editorial

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 17 that if you are convicted in a state court of a criminal offense, the federal government can put you on trial again for essentially the same crime, and if you’re convicted, your new sentence can be added to your old one. In our view, that’s a ...

Iowa’s senators rank well on bipartisanship

Editorial

The partisan divide in Congress has resulted in a near stalemate on many important issues that require government action. There is fierce disagreement between the political parties on many policy matters. There was a time when members of the House and Senate made a strong effort to craft ...

Help celebrate Hometown Pride

Editorial

In every town there are special people who contribute to the success of the community through the giving things they do. These folks — whose selfless contributions make life better for others in their hometowns – sometimes go unacknowledged. That’s unfortunate because many of the people ...

Setting the facts straight on sunscreen

Local Columns

Sunscreen can be confusing. There are many different SPFs, UVA and UVB rays, expiration dates and brands. It quickly becomes overwhelming. Here is some information to keep your skin healthy, year-round. A higher-level SPF means I can apply it less often. FICTION. Higher sun protection ...

Attracting new Iowans

Editorial

Iowa’s booming economy has produced one of the nation’s best environments for job seekers. The most recent government statistics put the unemployment rate here at 2.4 percent, which means the Hawkeye State is tied for third place among all American states. Our state has been a national ...

Preserving Snell-Crawford

Editorial

Attractive parks are a big part of what makes a community enticing. They’re a key element to creating the quality of life that causes people to want to live and work in a given place. Snell-Crawford Park, which is nestled in a valley between Williams Drive and North 15th Street, is one of ...

Miller deserves our thanks

Editorial

The new head of the Iowa Parole Board is someone very familiar to Fort Dodgers who is well-suited for the job. Former state Rep. Helen Miller, who served Fort Dodge and northern Webster County in the legislature for 16 years, was recently selected by Gov. Kim Reynolds to lead the ...

Oakland Cemetery Walk was a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The 17th annual Oakland Cemetery Walk was a great success thanks to several people and businesses. We would like to take the time to thank them: DART bus, Iowa Central Community College, Friendship Haven, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Gunderson Funeral Home, Graham Tire, The ...