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Opinion

Fears jurors not impartial for Trump trial

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Anyone who’s been summoned to jury duty knows they question you about any prejudices you might have that may sway your judgment. They will drop you in a heartbeat if they believe something keeps you from basing your verdict on only facts and evidence. The Senate impeachment ...

Dancing their way to victory

Editorial

Athleticism and artistry were on full display recently when the Iowa Central Community College dance team won three first place awards in a statewide competition. During the 44th annual Iowa State Dance Team Association contest in Des Moines, the team swept three classes of competition. It ...

Says Democrats’ effort to remove Trump will fail

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: After three years, Democrats in control of the House of Representatives finally made good on their efforts to impeach President Trump. Don’t kid yourself. House Democrats Nancy Pelosi, Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff are not sincere when they stand before the microphones and say ...

The Lord’s Cupboard says thank you

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As we approach the end of 2019, it is with gratitude I write this letter to express thanks for all who have made donations to The Lord’s Cupboard this past year. Whether it be a monetary donation, large or small, or a box or bag of canned and household goods, your donations ...

Local residents Leohr, Cripe are true heroes

Editorial

A decision made in a split-second can turn someone from a bystander into a hero. The decision those heroes make is to help another human being even at great risk to themselves. Two area men – Greg Leohr, of Callender, and Ryan Cripe, of Fort Dodge – became heroes on the evening of Jan. ...

Appreciated bingo game

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to thank Santa (The Messenger) for the $1,000 I won. It was so much fun watching and waiting every day for the three months for the bingo numbers and to fill my card. Thanks to Mark, who delivers my paper for getting it to my door usually by 6 a.m. Imagine my ...

Santa Cops are on the beat again

Editorial

The Santa Cops project is a delightful annual effort to make the holiday season a bit brighter for area youngsters whose families need a hand up to make this time of year as merry as it should be. The Fort Dodge Police Association, Webster County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Dodge/Webster ...

It’s time to get informed about vaping

Editorial

While the battle to prevent teenagers from smoking tobacco is achieving substantial success, a new health risk has emerged that threatens the health of young Iowans. There has been a dramatic increase in vaping. Unfortunately, too many parents, school leaders and youngsters aren’t ...

Intelligence agencies must figure out Pensacola shooting

Editorial

Until they have answers, the top priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies needs to be determining whether Mohammed Alshamrani was a lone-wolf terrorist or part of a larger plot. Alshamrani, an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was being trained at a U.S. naval base at ...

Iowa’s economic picture just got brighter

Editorial

As 2019 draws to a close, positive trade developments are making Iowa’s economic picture very bright for 2020 and beyond. The long-delayed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement appears almost certain to be approved by Congress in the very near future. The trade pact, which was negotiated more than a ...

Thanks community for coat drive

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Community Health Center of Fort Dodge and Shimkat Motor Co. would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support for the 10th annual Coats for Kids coat drive. This joint project collects coat donations, both new and gently used, as well as other winter items to ...

Who is subverting the constitutional process?

Editorial

It is a virtually foregone conclusion that the House of Representatives — Democrats in it, that is — will vote to impeach President Donald Trump. When that happens, it will go down as the most transparently political impeachment in history. Not a single Republican in the House is expected ...

Gateway Discovery thanks donors

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Two very generous anonymous donors recently challenged Gateway to Discovery / Hope Sweet Hope Studios with two $20,000 matching grants. Any monies given up to this amount in October through December would be tripled. Thanks to the donors and thanks to literally hundreds in Fort ...

Lights at Kennedy makes season festive

Editorial

As Christmas approaches, the campground at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park is once again being transformed into a holiday wonderland. The 16th annual Lights at Kennedy will help make the season more festive for area residents and visitors. Additionally, the event raises money to support the ...

A huge thank you

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: 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, one of the most successful events in our history. The community has spoken! ...

NEW Cooperative has stepped up again this year

Editorial

Food, like twinkling lights and carefully wrapped presents, is a major component of the holiday season. At family meals across the area, dining room tables will be just about creaking under the weight of all kinds of good things to eat. But unfortunately, not everyone can afford even a modest ...

Keeping our patriots safe is crucial

Editorial

Having military forces that are second to none is vital not only to keep our nation secure, but also to make sure those allies that depend on the United States remain safe. In view of their crucial mission, the men and women who serve in the armed forces of the United States deserve the support ...

A Time for Angels helps those who mourn

Editorial

The death of a loved one is the emotional equivalent of getting hit by a train. There’s almost nothing that can create the bewildering range of emotions that the death of a loved one can generate. The range of emotions can include anger, fear, sadness, loneliness and other feelings that ...

China is biggest climate change culprit

Editorial

“Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?” asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently. He was addressing representatives from nearly 200 nations, gathered in Spain for a meeting on climate ...

Great news from Tokyo

Editorial

The important new U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement negotiated by the Trump administration is one key step closer to becoming a reality. Japan’s parliament has approved the pact. That means that it will go into effect once our Congress concurs. This trade arrangement is enormously significant for ...