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Opinion

Seattle group isn’t patriotic

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: What happened to George Floyd, the black man who died at the hands of a rogue police officer while in police custody in Minneapolis was reprehensible, outrageous and a tragedy. The behavior of the three other officers present not coming to the aid of Floyd was completely ...

Wants police to de-escalate situations

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing an open letter to the police department . Do you train your officers to de-escalate? I just saw a man killed by Georgia police because he was perhaps drunk, fell asleep in his car and blocked traffic, hardly a capital offense. Perhaps, the situation could have been ...

Wants change in city spending

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am not shocked that a publication which continued to openly endorse congressman Steve King as recently as two years ago would use fear mongering to promote their political agenda. Claiming that calls to reform police departments through better allocation of funds is due to ...

It’s time for Confederate monuments to go

Editorial

Suppose you were strolling through Forest Park and came across a flattering statue of Adolf Hitler. Or Fidel Castro. Or Osama bin Laden. Of course, nations don’t generally bestow statuary upon enemies — unless those enemies happen to be Confederate leaders in the Civil War. Virginia Gov. ...

Holding a modified Webster County Fair is the right move

Editorial

Every year, farm kids throughout Webster County spend hundreds of hours nurturing their livestock and working on their projects with the goal of winning a ribbon at the county fair. And to make it even more worthwhile, there’s the chance to make it to the iconic Iowa State Fair. As it has ...

Accelerating the recovery is needed

Editorial

As the nation began the process of “reopening” slowly but, we all hope, safely, there was encouraging news on the economic front. About two weeks ago, nearly 25 million Americans were receiving unemployment benefits, the Labor Department reported. By the beginning of June, the number had ...

Encourages use of masks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As more testing exposes more virus, we are more aware that the virus is out and about. Governor Reynolds is treating us like responsible humans to let us choose to make good decisions pertaining to our personal risk and the risk of others whom we are in regular contact. However, ...

Expanded prosecutions in Floyd case are justified

Editorial

Prosecutors in Minnesota made the right move by broadening the reach of their efforts in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. Now the three officers who stood by and watched Derek Chauvin press his knee into Floyd’s neck until he stopped breathing have been charged with aiding and ...

Appreciates reporting on ‘The change we seek’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thank you to journalist Chad Thompson for your excellent reporting on “The change we seek” in the June 6 edition of The Messenger. How refreshing to hear Zachariah Nuzum’s message of community and peace and not days of reading and watching brick throwing, rioting, ...

Long effort restores pond to Oleson Park

Editorial

After an absence of nearly five years, a pond has reappeared in a central location of Oleson Park. This new body of water isn’t as big as the pond longtime Fort Dodge residents remember being in the park, but it’s in about the same place. It is stocked with koi, a type of fish that’s a ...

Cutting police budgets for political reasons is wrong

Editorial

Calls for massive “defunding” of law enforcement are simply insane. When political correctness addles our brains to the point we fail to recognize the critical need we have for the “thin blue line” to safeguard us from crime, we Americans will be in real, imminent danger. Yet some ...

Grateful for the work of St. Edmond Ball co-chairs

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: For 36 years, friends and supporters of St. Edmond Catholic Schools have gathered at the annual St. Edmond Ball to support the mission of our school. The support of not only the St. Edmond community, but the Fort Dodge community at the annual ball has made it possible to budget ...

More information would help citizens assess risk of COVID-19

Editorial

As Americans are able to move toward the resumption of normal activities, the pace at which the transition happens will vary widely among individuals. For some, it will be a gradual and cautious return to public places. For others, it will be full immersion after a longtime delay. What ...

Biodiesel tax incentive should become law

Editorial

A bill heading to Gov. Kim Reynolds would support Iowa’s soybean growers and biodiesel plants while also helping to reduce air pollution. We urge the governor to sign it as soon as it hits her desk. The measure would extend a fuel tax incentive for diesel sold in Iowa that contains at least ...

Roger Natte: Keeping Fort Dodge history alive

Local Columns

To Roger Natte, history is a living, breathing thing. Even in these unsettled times. The coronavirus pandemic has given Fort Dodge’s preeminent historian time at home to recall similar circumstances facing residents of the city throughout the years of its existence. “I’ve been ...

Government aid programs should target small businesses

Editorial

About 156.5 million Americans are categorized as members of the civilian labor force. At least 41 million people who can work and by definition want to are unemployed. In other words, approximately one of every four people able to work is not employed — and is being supported by the rest. ...

Grateful for the work of St. Edmond Ball co-chairs

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: For 36 years, friends and supporters of St. Edmond Catholic Schools have gathered at the annual St. Edmond Ball to support the mission of our school. The support of not only the St. Edmond community, but the Fort Dodge community at the annual ball has made it possible to budget ...

Fort Dodge protest, vigil set peaceful tone

Editorial

In many American cities, clouds of smoke and shards of broken glass have come to symbolize the outrage over the death of George Floyd, who suffocated under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. Floyd was black; the officer is white. The anger over the death united people of all ...