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Opinion

Charles Grassley keeps his promises

Editorial

When a politician makes a promise, it's not uncommon for voters to respond with skepticism. When U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley says he will do something, however, it’s a good idea to pay close attention — the Iowa Republican has a history of following through on his pledges. Many years ...

Obamacare woes reach Iowa

Editorial

Huge changes in our nation's health insurance system were enacted when Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act — popularly known as Obamacare. From the beginning, this legislation has been strongly opposed by virtually all Republican federal officeholders. ...

Duncombe’s Fun Night a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Duncombe Elementary Booster Club’s annual Fun Night event, held March 25, was once again a great success and an opportunity for Duncombe Families and the community to come together, have fun, and support the youths of Fort Dodge. On behalf of the Duncombe Elementary Boosters ...

Learning from the land

Local Columns

Spring planting will soon arrive here in Iowa, but planting our Calhoun County fields isn’t the only thing on my mind. My family is always looking for ways to embrace conservation and better manage our land, because we understand the benefits of improved water quality and soil sustainability ...

On the anniversary of World War I

Editorial

Terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, concern about Russia and strife in the Middle East are nothing new. Our grandparents and great-grandparents were all too familiar with them, starting 100 years ago this week. It was on April 6, 1917, that the United States declared war on Germany. Our ...

Fort Dodge panorama is contest finalist

Editorial

Artwork that captures the beauty of downtown Fort Dodge now display in the City Council meeting room at the Municipal Building has been selected as a finalist in a national mural competition. The panoramic Fort Dodge mural is made up of a series of 15 photos taken by Justin Rogers, a ...

Navy Sea Chanters to perform in FD

Editorial

Concerts by military musical groups have been delighting Americans since our nation’s earliest days. When an ensemble as filled with talent as the Navy Band Sea Chanters performs, music lovers travel from near and far to partake of the event. Consequently, the announcement that this ...

Senate should approve Gorsuch

Editorial

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats in the U.S. Senate appear to have declared the equivalent of political war on the nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court. They have vowed to mount a filibuster to block a vote on Gorsuch. Schumer, D-N.Y., has ...

Our students need your help

Editorial

The Fort Dodge Community School District does an excellent job. Even so, it is often the case that members of the community can help teachers fulfill their vital role in educating the young people who are the future of our town, state and nation. Some of the young folks attending our schools ...

Don’t give up on health care plan

Editorial

Though the intent was good in the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the proposal itself was full of flaws. That very thing is what killed it. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, with President Donald Trump’s backing, proposed a bill that would have addressed just ...

Big changes are coming

Editorial

A section of the Iowa that has been losing population and experiencing less robust economic growth than the Hawkeye State as a whole is about to get a boost. Prestage Foods of Iowa’s more than $240 million pork processing plant — now under construction near Eagle Grove — will have a ...

Should US continue foreign aid?

Editorial

We Americans have been blessed. No doubt about that. Simple human compassion dictates that when people are suffering in less fortunate lands, we should try to help them. For generations, we have done just that. We are willing — nay, eager — to do more. But the enormous waste and abuse ...

Grassley protects American taxpayers

Editorial

Grassley protects American taxpayersSen. Charles Grassley is an important voice in Washington on many issues of major significance to the future of the nation. While that may be the most significant aspect of his service, he also is a tireless opponent of wasteful and fraudulent government ...

Otho Fire Department gets some help

Editorial

Fire protection is crucial no matter where one lives. In small-town and rural America, volunteer fire departments are of vital importance to the well-being of both businesses and residents. Staffing and equipping these organizations is a challenge both in terms of recruiting a sufficient ...

Eggs and Issues is a crucial forum

Editorial

Many of the issues that members of the Iowa Legislature deal with each session are complicated. In some communities, it’s difficult for citizens to stay as informed about the decisions lawmakers make as would be ideal. Locally, however, Eggs and Issues makes staying well-versed about what ...

DeVos has the right idea

Editorial

One reason so many education bureaucrats and liberal politicians do not like new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is clear: They fear she and her boss, President Donald Trump, will eliminate the control Washington has over schools throughout the nation. Indeed, it may be the best thing ...

14th Honor Flight approaches

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight has announced its 2017 spring Honor Flight, May 6, 2017. This will be Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight No≥ 14, and it will leave Fort Dodge Regional Airport at 6:20 a.m. on May 6. There will be 12 World War II veterans, 33 Korean War veterans, ...

Hospital valets provide a great service

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: My friend Linda Taylor started chemo again at the cancer center in Fort Dodge. I want to thank the valets for all their help. I didn’t realize how much they really do until I had to take her for chemo on a Saturday. No valets. I parked in front, went in and found a ...

Questions City Council

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There is nothing wrong with multi-family housing but the city should move with caution when considering the duplex proposal reported in (the March 14) Messenger. I wonder if the city has an actual plan for the 60 acres of just plans to open it up for new housing. Typically, a ...