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Opinion

Mylan saga raises important issues

Editorial

Mylan Pharmaceuticals and its chief executive officer, Heather Bresch, have been easy targets for politicians seeking to gain headlines as defenders of financially hard-pressed American families.Of course, the company's officials might just as well have taped "Kick me" signs to their backs. ...

Learn about HPV virus

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Health care professionals, parents and of teenagers in Fort Dodge and the surrounding communities are invited to dinner, a film viewing and discussion regarding the HPV virus on Thursday at the Fort Dodge Middle School auditorium. This free event begins with dinner at 5:30 ...

Foster parents are needed

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:There is a critical need for foster homes in Fort Dodge and surrounding communities. The shortage of foster homes has resulted in children being placed outside of their home communities, which means having to leave behind everything that's familiar - like home, school, friends and ...

Election is important

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:It is our fault.Over the last few decades both political parties have successfully wooed voters with same old mantra of jobs, jobs, jobs and that the free market economy will benefit everyone. This may be true for the party leadership and the big money that supports it, but has ...

The nonsense just never seems to end

Editorial

Many troubled military veterans turn to a crisis hotline operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It received more than 500,000 calls last year.But often, hotline callers do not get the qualified counseling they need, according to Greg Hughes. He should know. He is the former director of ...

Reacts to global warming letter

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The rationales people will use to try to discredit climate scientists amazes me. In response to Roger Huetig's letter to the editor in the Oct. 1 Messenger, Mr. Huetig shows little knowledge of science. Pharmaceutical research is no more unchanging than any other kind of ...

Backs McMullin for president

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The 2016 presidential election has been little short of a joke. Americans, hungry and hopeful for true leadership, have been presented with two incredibly bad nominees from the two major parties. We are supposed to accept that this is the best America has to offer?No.One brave man ...

North Korea looms as a huge problem

Editorial

What's next from North Korea? One week the rogue dictatorship tests new missiles.The next, it improves its nuclear arsenal. And recently, there were reports Pyongyang is building a new submarine for use as a missile-launching platform.Given the regime's unpredictable aggressiveness, it may be ...

Thanks for the support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Patterson Field Scoreboard Committee would like to thank everyone who donated time and gave monetary donations to make the purchase of the scoreboard possible.It was because of all of you that we were able to raise the money for this project. Again, thank you very ...

Wants change

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:It is time to stop the name-calling, demonizing and to look at the issues.Hillary Clinton is standard-bearer for the Democratic Party. Its platform contains many "planks," which begin with negative remarks about Mr. Trump, and his supposed unconcern for a group of people.This is ...

It’s harvest time once again in Iowa

Editorial

Since human beings first learned to cultivate the soil, harvest time has had extraordinary significance. In earlier centuries, good crops meant prosperity and security. They signaled that the winter months just ahead could be faced without fear of starvation.In 21st-century Iowa, harvest season ...

Looking ahead to the 2017 legislative session

Local Columns

As the campaign season heats up we thought it would be good to give voters and taxpayers a comparison on how state funding for Iowa's community colleges has been provided versus local school districts, other public and private four-year colleges and why now more than ever Iowa's community ...

What would Walt Stevens think?

Local Columns

In the 60 years he served as managing editor, editor and editor emeritus of The Messenger, my dad - Walter B. Stevens - witnessed 11 presidential election seasons and interviewed many of the candidates who came through Fort Dodge during the Iowa caucuses.But none were like the current campaign ...

Newspaper carriers deserve applause

Editorial

Every day more than 53 million newspapers are delivered to readers. Those compendiums of news and community information arrive on doorsteps all across our land as if by magic. Nothing magical is afoot, of course. Hundreds of thousands of newspaper carriers spread out across the nation each day ...

New owners, but a tradition continues

Editorial

A change in ownership for the plant Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. currently operates at 800 Fifth St. N.W. won't diminish Fort Dodge's standing as a major source of pharmaceuticals for animals.This plant is one of Fort Dodge's largest employers with a workforce of about 500. That it will ...

It’a 4-H Week

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I would like to give a big shout out to the great 4-H program we have right here in Webster County - as well as throughout our state and nation.National 4-H Week is being celebrated Oct. 2-8 so it's the perfect time for students in fourth grade and above to get involved. If you ...

Lauds 4-H

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:National 4-H Week is Oct. 2-8. I cannot express strongly enough what a fantastic, useful and educational program 4-H is in our community and around the country.A common misconception is that 4-H is just for farm kids. While showing livestock is definitely one aspect of 4-H, kids ...

Agrees with the governor

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I would have to agree with Gov. Terry Branstad's assessment of The Messenger during last week's Professional Developers of Iowa fall conference.The governor praised the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, strong support from elected officials both city and county, along with a ...

IS terrorists are guilty of atrocities

Editorial

Islamic State terrorists have been guilty of atrocities truly worthy of the history books. They need not be detailed here, other than to note their viciousness has been broad as well as deep.IS torturers and murderers often focus on certain groups, however. Christians are among them. So are ...

Still more VA nonsense is emerging

Editorial

About half the more than 300,000 people who work at the Department of Veterans Affairs received performance-based pay bonuses in 2014, according to a recent investigation.Yes, the VA. The same agency still under fire for how some veterans seeking medical care are treated. The same one with a ...