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Opinion

Appreciates Honor Flight

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Thanks to Ron Newsum and all of the Brushy Creek board members. All of the veterans will remember you as well as veterans' families and friends. What a tremendous amount of planning goes into these flights. Special thanks to Nina Van Gorp for going along as a nurse for the flight ...

A note of thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am the activity director at the Marian Home and Village here in Fort Dodge and on two separate occasions while we were at Perkins an anonymous person paid for our lunch; both times this was a group of 10 or more people.So, on behalf of the Marian Home residents and staff we ...

The fight overseas must be continued

Editorial

It is no longer as easy as it was 15 years ago for terrorist groups to mount major assaults within the United States. They have turned to a more effective strategy, use of "lone wolf" attackers who have lived among us, sometimes for decades.In some ways that is a more serious threat. As we have ...

More business as usual in Washington

Editorial

Even when egregious misbehavior occurs among federal officials, the punishment often is light or nonexistent. So it will be with Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen.Some members of Congress want to impeach Koskinen. Their effort will fail because Democrats on Capitol Hill will ...

North Korean threat continues to grow

Editorial

There has been no indication for years that North Korea was slackening the pace of its arms buildup. Nothing the rest of the world has done in response has proven effective.Just a few days ago, in quick succession, Pyongyang conducted tests of new missiles and improved nuclear devices. The ...

Hate crimes are especially disturbing

Editorial

As a nation, we Americans are a good, fair, compassionate people. Nearly all of our neighbors are that way. But in a country with 325 million residents, it is inevitable there will be a few very rotten apples.It appears one of them surfaced recently in Fort Pierce, Florida.Omar Mateen, the ...

Opposes hog confinement

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:In recent months Iowa Select Farms has submitted applications for a proposed 5,000-head hog confinement to be constructed one mile from the city limits of Clare.I speak for myself, but I know in my heart this is a voice and message for us all in and around Clare. While we may be a ...

Concerned about cemetery

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am responding to Ms. Dahll's Sept. 3 letter published in The Messenger regarding the neglect of North Lawn Cemetery. North Lawn is in very sad shape when compared to our other beautiful manicured cemeteries we have in Fort Dodge. I have several loved ones and friends laid to ...

Join The Art Club

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Since the beginning of the 20th century, The Art Club has been meeting in Fort Dodge. Its members are dedicated to promoting awareness of all the arts: music, literature, poetry, painting, ceramics and much more.Membership is open to all persons interested in the arts. Our ...

Let’s keep rural life accident free

Editorial

National Farm Safety and Health Week begins today - it's the 73rd consecutive annual observance. This year's theme is "farm safety ... a legacy to be proud of."According to the federal government's Bureau of Labor Statistics, agriculture is the second most dangerous occupation in the nation ...

Discover the healing possibilities

Local Columns

UnityPoint Health - Trinity Wound Healing Center has once again been recognized as a top performer amongst the nation's wound centers. Having achieved high marks in the categories of patient satisfaction, percentage of patients healed and the average number of days to heal, the Trinity Wound ...

Hillary Clinton makes her views clear

Editorial

Hillary Clinton made her feelings toward those who dare to disagree with her clear not long ago.Speaking at a fundraiser in New York, Clinton said half of those who support Donald Trump for president belong in a "basket of deplorables." She went on to label them "racist, sexist, homophobic, ...

Send a message

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:George Washington, in his farewell address, tried to warn us about a two-party system. He said, "The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most ...

Weighs in on presidential race

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:A recent pro-Hillary ad portrays a woman member of a Gold Star family saying she was outraged after Trump's recent comments about the Khizr Khan family. In the ad a quantum leap was made in connecting Trump's back-and-forth words with Mr. Khan and Mr. Khan's being a member of a ...

The Clinton email scandal continues

Editorial

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said repeatedly, sometimes under oath, that her lawyers and technicians turned over all the emails she stored illegally on a personal server while she was secretary of state.In response to one court order, she swore she had ordered that all the emails ...

Withholding news doesn’t make sense

Editorial

During a visit to Bangladesh on Aug. 29, Secretary of State John Kerry had some advice for the press: Stop scaring people. Cut back on those reports of terrorist atrocities.Kerry - who, incidentally, was in Bangladesh to seek more help in the war against terrorists - had this to say about the ...

Obamacare is destined to be changed

Editorial

President Barack Obama's signature federal takeover of health insurance clearly was a mistake. Millions of Americans are paying more, often much more, for coverage because of Obamacare. Millions are finding their health care options limited, despite the president's assurances that if we like ...

This expenditure is extremely troubling

Editorial

Members of Congress finally are showing some overdue concern about another outrage at the Department of Veterans Affairs. They are demanding an explanation for why a new VA hospital in the Denver area is costing taxpayers nearly $1.7 billion.The original estimate for the facility was ...

There’s some good news from China

Editorial

Beijing deserves credit for a striking achievement in conservation.The giant panda, native to China, no longer is an endangered species, an international conservation group has determined. It remains "vulnerable," but not at as much risk as a few years ago.Just 1,596 pandas could be found in ...

A day for memories and fierce resolve

Editorial

Sept. 11, 2001, is a day etched in the memories of Americans.The horrifying images of what began as a beautiful September morning and changed abruptly into hellish chaos remain vivid. The heartbreak of that awful day stems not only from the innocent lives destroyed, but also from the shattered ...