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Opinion

This misbehavior must be punished

Editorial

Americans had every reason to puff out our chests in pride at how our athletes performed during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. At the same time, we are being forced by a few of them to hang our heads in shame.Four U.S. swimmers, including 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte, spent a ...

Cyberterrorism is a frightening threat

Editorial

Computer equipment went on the fritz at Delta Airlines earlier this month. Tens of thousands of passengers and employees were affected by more than 1,000 canceled flights and 2,800 delayed takeoffs.No doubt the problem was extraordinarily costly for Delta and at least some of the affected ...

Schools are starting — drive safely

Editorial

The fairs are over or soon will be. It won't be that long before cooler weather becomes the norm rather than the exception - summer is drawing to a close.Even though the calendar shows another month of summer to be enjoyed, for students vacation days are about to end. All across Iowa young ...

Flaws in Affordable Care Act are many

Editorial

The so-called Affordable Care Act (known popularly as Obamacare) would cost far more than the White House was claiming, we cautioned when the federal health insurance takeover was being debated.But President Barack Obama, taking time out from assuring Americans that if we liked our health ...

‘Look deep … inside yourselves’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:What is the huge hurry for Wright County to pass the proposal for Prestage's hog slaughter plant? When it was under discussion in Mason City, Prestage said that if they couldn't start construction by August, it was too late for this year. Now, Wright is pushing this through so ...

UN peacekeepers are performing poorly

Editorial

When was the last time you remember reading of the United Nations' peacekeeping forces actually keeping the peace? Been awhile, hasn't it?More likely is that you have seethed over reports of the blue-helmeted "peacekeepers" doing nothing as they watched people be slaughtered.It happened again a ...

Save the date

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Save Saturday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. to join us for a night of fun, dancing to 1950s and 1960s music provided by Midwest Revue at Rides Banquet Hall 723 S. 31st St., Fort Dodge in Fort Dodge. A freewill donation will get you in and free shuttle service will be provided from ...

Thank you, Walmart

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Salvation Army would like to express their appreciation to Walmart management team and staff for organizing school supply drive for our organization during the tax-free weekend.We are grateful to Walmart employees for choosing The Salvation Army to partner with and to the ...

A message of thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Today, when so many veterans are complaining about care, I have nothing but good to say about the care I have received whenever I have walked into the VA clinic without an appointment. Thank you, Fort Dodge VA, you are top-notch.I am almost 91 years old and I live at the Villa ...

Wants pedestrian law enforced

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Mr. Homer Martz, of Somers, was arrested for the desecration of the U.S. flag on Aug. 11 by two Calhoun County sheriffs for flying the flag upside down. Not knowing it was the law is one thing, and even though it is a misdemeanor, Iowa code 718A, why not just a warning ticket? ...

Help keep our environment safe

Editorial

Protecting the Hawkeye State's soil and water resources is important both to the economic future of Iowa and the quality of life of everyone who calls this state home. That's why a recent reminder from Iowa Secretary of Agriculture should be heeded.Northey has called upon people throughout the ...

Providing quality health care from a distance

Local Columns

There is a severe shortage of practicing psychiatrists in the state of Iowa which makes it difficult to ensure that Iowans get the services they need. However, UnityPoint Health has been an innovator in utilizing technology to provide quality health care services, even in rural locations. In ...

Volunteers can make a big difference

Editorial

Public-spirited people who make time in their lives to support worthy causes help make any town a better place to live. In that regard, the large and dedicated cadre of volunteers at UnityPoint Health - Trinity Regional Medical Center is an especially noteworthy example.Trinity celebrates the ...

Wants flag respected

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I would like to chime in about Mr. Martz's decision to protest the pipeline by first, hanging our American below another country's flag, and second by hanging our American flag upside down.This man said he is a veteran himself, so he must not have ever gotten the message what the ...

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 ...