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U.S. military faces many challenges

October 22, 2014 Many serious challenges face the U.S. armed forces. But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, no doubt acting at the behest of his boss, President Barack Obama, thinks climate change is a top concer. more »»

October is National Pork Month

October 21, 2014 October has been designated National Pork Month. That makes it an especially good time to reflect on the importance of the pork industry to this state. more »»

Gun control won’t curb mass violence

October 20, 2014 Thoughtful Americans understand new controls on gun ownership are not the way to curtail mass violence such as that occurring all too frequently in the United States. more »»

Keep Branstad in governor’s chair

October 19, 2014 Four years ago, Iowa voters brought Terry Branstad, a four-term former governor, out of retirement because the Hawkeye State faced woes so severe that a proven leader was needed in the governor’s... more »»

Nobel prize winner has a message

October 18, 2014 For most of us, the work Nobel Prize winners do in fields such as science and economics is impenetrable. more »»

Concern about Ebola is on the rise

October 17, 2014 Officials in the U.S. have proven, effective tactics to battle infectious diseases. But the devil is in the details — and the devil now is Ebola. more »»

Fight against Islamic State is failing

October 16, 2014 Our nation’s policy aimed at destroying the Islamic State terrorist army isn’t even containing it. That, of course, was President Barack Obama’s original goal. more »»

Don’t fail to get a flu shot this fall

October 15, 2014 Concern about exotic diseases is high because of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. News a Liberian man visiting Texas had brought Ebola here heightened the worry among many American. more »»

U.S. Secret Service must be reformed

October 14, 2014 President Barack Obama should be livid about revelations over the Secret Service’s failures in protecting him and his family. All Americans should be angry. more »»

Ebola should serve as a warning

October 13, 2014 In all likelihood, you have never heard of Hendra virus disease or Chapare hemorrhagic fever. You probably do know about Ebola, howeve. more »»

Let’s keep Bill Northey on the job

October 12, 2014 When Iowans go to the polls this year, they have a chance to re-elect a superb secretary of agricultur. more »»

Newspaper carriers deserve applause

October 11, 2014 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. more »»

All of us should help prevent fires

October 10, 2014 Three house fires in Fort Dodge on Wednesday are a powerful reminder that fire prevention should always be a priority. Nobody knows when the first preventable fire took plac. more »»

Wounded U.S. veterans need help

October 9, 2014 Brian Keaton made history recently in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a professional baseball game. more »»

U.S. signs pact with Afghanistan

October 8, 2014 With headlines about Ebola, the Secret Service and Islamic State terrorists monopolizing the news, some Americans may have missed an extraordinarily significant report this week. On Sept. 30, U.S. more »»

Newspapers make U.S. stronger

October 7, 2014 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 6, 2014 National 4-H Week is a good time to celebrate the enormous contributions 4-H makes to our community and nation. more »»

October is Co-op Month across U.S.

October 5, 2014 There are various types of businesses that operate as cooperatives, but according to the National Cooperative Business Association they all are owned and democratically controlled by their members... more »»

Intelligence failings threaten U.S.

October 4, 2014 President Barack Obama admitted on Sept. 28 what most observant Americans already knew:?Once again, U.S. intelligence agencies failed to “connect the dots” on a terrorist group. And once again, U.S. more »»

Drug abuse remains a huge problem

October 3, 2014 Attorney General Eric Holder, who is stepping down, will not be missed by Americans worried about the drug abuse epidemic. more »»



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