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Opinion

County fair is a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Webster County Fair Board would like to thank everyone that helped with the 2016 Webster County Fair. Volunteers are what make this fair possible.We appreciate PICA's work this year. Thanks to 4-H/FFA kids/families, leaders, superintendents, Linda Cline, the Extension staff ...

A sad spectacle in Baltimore is ending

Editorial

On April 12, 2015, Baltimore, Maryland, police arrested 25-year-old Freddie Gray on a charge of possessing an illegal switchblade knife. He was placed into the back of a police van, where he fell into a coma. He died in a hospital seven days later, of injuries to his spinal cord.Some in the ...

It turns out there was a real conspiracy

Editorial

It turns out there may be something to that vast conspiracy then-first lady Hillary Clinton condemned in 1998. She got one thing wrong, however.There is a vast conspiracy in American politics, but it's of the left-wing variety.As a trove of leaked email messages among high-ranking Democrat ...

Weighs in on Prestage plant

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Our supervisors are voting on putting a hog-killing machine in Wright County. This will entail rezoning, roads may need upgrading, water and sewer, too. I've heard that the water they use will come from the already stressed Jordan aquifer. This will be accomplished by a company ...

Opposes Prestage facility

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:New jobs at the Prestage hog facility south of Eagle Grove will come at considerable cost to all of us. The slaughtering plant will be drawing one to 2 million gallons of water daily from the same source (Jordan Aquifer) that both Eagle Grove and Webster City depend on. Clean ...

Some words were not used much

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Accolades for Hillary's achievements by speakers at the Democratic National Convention were profuse and exhaustive. Words used - not at all, or sparingly - include trust, truth and honesty.We got lies of omission throughout the program. The final Clinton remarks left room for ...

Terrorists strike once again in France

Editorial

Two Islamic State terrorists invaded a church in France during morning Mass on July 26. Before they were shot down by police, they forced the 86-year-old priest to his knees and slit his throat.The attack was just one of a string of atrocities committed by Islamic terrorists, who seem to be ...

Lions to honor law enforcement

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Fort Dodge Noon Lions will be providing a free meal to our local law enforcement - Fort Dodge Police, Webster County Sheriff, Iowa State Patrol - and Fort Dodge firefighters on Friday.During Lunch on the Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., all law enforcement and firefighters in ...

No to Prestage and more CAFOs

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Your water comes from the Jordan Aquifer.According to the Iowa DNR website, volumes are being pulled out faster than it can refill. Additional demand by the Prestage operation and additional CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) will cause the levels to drop even ...

‘The veil has fallen’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The curtain has been pushed aside, the veil has fallen, the scales have been washed from our eyes. Lo and behold - "fair and balanced," "the no spin zone" - it was all a mirage. Of course, some of us were not surprised but now, it is clear for all to see, that foul pit of hate, ...

Sen. Tim Kaine’s record is troubling

Editorial

Iowans would be exceedingly upset if they learned their governor had accepted more than $200,000 in gifts from deep-pocket donors. But while Tim Kaine was lieutenant governor, then governor of Virginia, it was no problem - under state law, at least.Kaine, who moved on to become a U.S. senator, ...

Happy birthday to us!

Editorial

Today, this newspaper is celebrating its 160th birthday.The Messenger is the lineal descendant of the Fort Dodge Sentinel, launched by Azariah S. White July 31, 1856 - 13 years before Fort Dodge was incorporated as a city and only three years after U.S. Army troops left the fort that was ...

It’s the time of year to get physicals

Local Columns

Have you ever wondered why your child needs an annual physical? It's because a lot can change in a child's or teen's health within a year's time. By scheduling an annual physical, you are able to monitor the growth, health and development of your child in addition to safeguarding against ...

Democrats have made many promises

Editorial

Democrats who gathered in Philadelphia for their party's presidential nominating convention heard tons of promises.Free college tuition, cheaper rents, expansion of Social Security, Medicare coverage beginning at age 55, millions more people on Medicaid, universal health care for everyone else, ...

Prestage and the environment

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Since announcing our desire to build a pork processing plant in Wright County, we have received several questions regarding our environmental record and want to provide the public with answers.First, the environment is extremely important to us. We work and farm in more than 30 ...

Community outreach is vitally important

Editorial

In many communities, there is a need to improve the communication between some of the people who live there and the police and other public officials charged with keeping residents safe.An event Thursday afternoon demonstrated the commitment of the public safety professionals in our town and ...

Angel Ride succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The 10th annual Angel Ride to Save the TaTas had a great turnout on July 9 - 418 signed up the day of the ride, plus others showed up to participated in the fun actives after the ride at Amigos.We would like to give thanks to Mark and Crissann Campbell and the staff at Amigos for ...

Trump’s NATO goals draw criticism

Editorial

President Barack Obama and his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, probably are the last people who should be lecturing Donald Trump about the United States keeping its commitments to other countries. Trump, the Republican candidate for president, has suggested U.S. military aid to its ...

Islamic State is No. 1 on the target list

Editorial

The Islamic State is the politically incorrect terrorist organization of the year. That means that what military resources the major powers are willing to devote to battling Muslim militants are directed almost solely at the IS.That is not inappropriate - for now. The IS still controls large ...

Cleveland survives GOP convention

Editorial

Remember the lead-up top the Republican National Convention in Cleveland? For weeks before it opened, there was speculation about violent demonstrations and confrontations among competing protesters as well as between them and police.Well, the convention ended last week. Most of the fireworks ...