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Opinion

Federal Reserve should keep interest rates low

Editorial

At this point in the economy’s recovery from COVID-19, the concern needs to be stagnation, not inflation. Good for Federal Reserve officials for recognizing that. Central banks are looked to for help in situations such as that facing the economy today. By holding down interest rates, they ...

It’s a good day to recall past struggles for economic fairness

Editorial

To most Americans in 21st-century America, Labor Day is not an especially important holiday. It marks the unofficial end of summer. As such, it affords a three-day weekend to pursue summertime passions one last time before the weather cools. For most of us, it has little additional ...

Proud to endorse Fleener

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Knowing Luke Fleener for his entire law enforcement career, I am proud to endorse him for Webster County sheriff. Luke has had numerous letters to the editor endorsing him, but two in particular are right on point. Humboldt County Chief Deputy Cory Lampe and former Webster ...

Vote in Tuesday’s FD school election

Editorial

An important election will be held in Fort Dodge Tuesday. The upcoming school election is understandably overshadowed by the November general election in which voters all across the United States will pick a president. The school election, however, will help set the direction of the Fort ...

Bicycle ride supports Fort Dodge police, fire programs

Editorial

More smoke detectors may be going into Fort Dodge homes and more crime prevention programs may be held as a result of a recent bicycle ride. That Aug. 8 ride was called the Prairie Rivers Trail Ride, and it was dedicated to the memory of the late Rev. Al Henderson, the senior pastor of St. ...

Supports Fleener for sheriff

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing this letter in support of Luke Fleener for Webster County Sheriff. I have known Luke for the past 30 years. During those years, Luke has been more than a coworker and friend. He has been a fellow sheriff’s deputy, detective, sergeant, and my immediate ...

There are still lots of dedicated public servants

Editorial

Frustration with government is understandable. Sometimes, it blinds us to the good, dedicated public servants in the ranks who, like us, go to work every day and try hard to do their very best. Probably more often than we know, they go above and beyond the call of duty. Perhaps you missed ...

Twin Lakes events a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The 14th annual Twin Lakes Half-Olympic Distance Triathlon, seventh annual Duathlon and third Annual Youth Triathlon on Aug. 8 was a tremendous success. 209 individuals participated: 82 adults in triathlon, 34 in duathlon, 18 on teams and 75 youth. Our youngest registered ...

Fort Dodge company volunteers to help in storm-ravaged cemetery

Editorial

The Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry took a beating from the Aug. 10 derecho storm. Trees were toppled and some 400 headstones were blown over. Caretakers of the cemetery faced with the daunting task of getting the site back into a good state of repair received a helping hand from Fort ...

World War II ended 75 years ago

Editorial

One wonders how many Americans know the significance of this Wednesday. It is the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan, or V-J Day — and the end of the most horrific conflict the world has ever seen. Though Japan’s surrender was announced on Aug. 14, 1945, the official observance in ...

Those who abuse public trust derive punishment

Editorial

The power to profit greatly from their misdeeds and to be shielded from punishment is something of which all criminals dream. Occasionally, often through politics, some think they have achieved that. If federal authorities are correct, former White House aide Steve Bannon is among ...

Housing market shows signs of turnaround

Editorial

Among the brightest bits of news linked to the COVID-19 epidemic was the report last week that home sales are booming in the United States. The pace of home purchases jumped by a record-high 24.7% last month, according to the National Association of Realtors. Analysts credited low mortgage ...

Trump puts a nail in the coffin on Social Security

Local Columns

Make no mistake — Social Security is on the ballot this fall. Its future is being threatened, and with it, the future of every American. Approximately 660,000 Iowans receive a monthly Social Security benefit. An estimated 1.6 million Iowa workers pay in to the system with the promise that ...

The Messenger unveils 63rd football publication

Editorial

Fall in Iowa is the season of harvest, pumpkins, orange-colored leaves and , of course, football. On cool Friday evenings and on Saturday afternoons, people from all across the Fort Dodge area gather every fall to watch their local heroes of the gridiron compete. They’ll scream and cheer ...

A disappearing American Dream

Local Columns

For those from here, the phrase “Dirty Dodge” means scrappy underdogs who overcome adversity despite our disadvantages. We wear it as a badge of honor. Others across the state use it as an insult and assume that anyone wearing “Dodgers” across their jersey is dangerous. I remember once ...

Solid moral foundation can be parents’ best gift

Editorial

Virtually all of the rich and powerful parents caught in the federal probe last year of cheating schemes meant to get their children into prestige colleges and universities have insisted their hearts were in the right place. They just wanted to help their children. What mom or dad cannot ...

City, county blaze new trails in collaboration

Editorial

It will be possible to take a leisurely stroll all around Badger Lake at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park by the end of next year. And those who already hike on the Fort Dodge Nature Trail all the way north out of town will have some extra distance to go after another section of trail is built ...

Gun violence must stop

Editorial

During the week that ended Aug. 16, more than 30 American children were killed or wounded in shootings across the United States, according to one gun violence archive. Among the most recent tragedies was one in Akron, Ohio. There, Mikayla Pickett, 8 years old, was hit by a bullet fired by ...

Congressional Democrats, Republicans must compromise on aid bill

Editorial

Compromise is essential to the business of the United States Congress. To make a representative democracy work, the Republicans and the Democrats in both chambers have to reach compromises. They have to make deals in which both sides get some of what they want and neither side gets everything ...