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Space exploration should be a priority

October 7, 2015 The decision to scrap the U.S. space shuttle program was a mistake, one that may have set exploration of the great beyond back by years. more »»

All of us should help prevent fires

October 6, 2015 Nobody knows when the first preventable fire took place. Knowledge of that event has long since been lost in the mists of time. more »»

Fort Dodge Ward 2: It’s time to vote

October 5, 2015 There are exciting things afoot in Fort Dodge. While the U.S. economy is still sluggish, agriculture and related industries are a bright spot. more »»

Newspapers make US stronger

October 4, 2015 Here at The Messenger, we work diligently to put out a daily newspaper that we hope readers find both informative and useful. This is National Newspaper Wee. more »»

4-H is about helping youths achieve

October 3, 2015 National 4-H Week, which starts Sunday, is a good time to celebrate the enormous contributions 4-H makes to our community and nation. more »»

Is more imperial behavior coming?

October 2, 2015 The Associated Press emphasized in a recent story: “It is unheard of for a U.. more »»

In Syria, there are only bad options

October 1, 2015 Moscow has a new military assistance program for Syria. One objective is to help keep Syrian dictator Bashar Assad in power. The other is to defeat the Islamic State. more »»

Misconduct at VA has not been halted

September 30, 2015 Inspectors general can be godsends for people who have to rely on the government, as well as for taxpayers. more »»

Soybeans are big business in Iowa

September 27, 2015 Nobody knows exactly how long humans have cultivated the soybean, but agricultural historians are quite certain its domestication as a crop in China dates back three millennia. more »»

It’s once again time to get a flu shot

September 26, 2015 If you are like most people, you buckle your seat belt when you get in a car or truck. After all, with about 33,000 traffic deaths each year in the United States, there’s no sense taking chances. more »»

North Korea is resuming its old game

September 25, 2015 For decades, with both Democrats and Republicans in the White House, North Korea’s supremely brutal family dictatorship was able to get away with military blackmail. The U.S. more »»

Too bad we can’t get our money back

September 24, 2015 Almost undoubtedly, Russian military advisers and weaponry being sent to Syria will do more to defeat the Islamic State terrorist army than has been accomplished by the United States. more »»

Let’s help preserve earth’s animals

September 22, 2015 With worry about the futures of some of the world’s great animals —î tigers, lions and elephants come to mind — fully justified, events in Rwanda during the past few years are more than nice to... more »»

Honor Flights deserve support

September 21, 2015 Sixteen million Americans served in this nation’s military forces during the most horrific war in history — World War II. more »»

Let’s keep rural life accident free

September 20, 2015 National Farm Safety and Health Week begins today — it’s the 72nd consecutive annual observance. This year’s theme is “Ag safety is not just a slogan, it’s a lifestyle. more »»

Russia makes new moves in Syria

September 19, 2015 Ho-hum. Another day, another meaningless warning from the American presiden. more »»

Have our leaders forgotten so quickly?

September 18, 2015 A little more than 14 years ago, Americans were brutally shocked out of our complacency regarding Islamic terrorism when organized murderers used aircraft in a massive attack on us. more »»

Hillary’s email saga raises concerns

September 17, 2015 Her handling of email communications while she was secretary of state was not the “best choice,” Hillary Clinton has admitted. more »»

Additional issues cloud Iran deal

September 16, 2015 Especially when arms control treaties are involved, the devil really is in the details. There are plenty of them in President Barack Obama’s proposed deal over Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. more »»

Government transparency is vital

September 15, 2015 A recent announcement from Secretary of State John Kerry was at once startingly cynical and depressingly typical of Washington. more »»



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