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Just a Speck

By Valerie Close, Editor · October 13th, 2020
I am one of the lucky few that live outside the city limits. I live down a country road where chances are if you've lived here long enough, you'll hit a deer, or a deer will hit you. Don't laugh, I was t-boned by one. The downside is that you go through tires more frequently than the rest of the population, which reminds me I need to make another trip to John's Tire before winter hits.

Letter to the Editor: Rejecting dogma of the left

By Vinton Today · October 12th, 2020
Re: Todd Dorman Cedar Rapids Gazette Mr. Dorman:I reject all leftist, Progressive, Marxist, Communist dogma.  That also means I reject the new Democrat Party and its Communist leadership – Pelosi and Schumer including the Squad - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

Letter to the Editor: Where the Sunshine Laws don't Shine

By Vinton Today · October 9th, 2020
Dear Editor,I requested some information under the Freedom of Information Act or Sunshine Law regarding our City Attorney from the acting City Clerk, Ward. I wanted the resolution number that establishes city Attorney Fischer's compensation as stated in Vinton's Ordinance chapter 20, section 20.01. Or if the Ordinance is not correct a copy of a contract or agreement that declares his compensation.

Farewell Ruth Bader Ginsberg

By Valerie Close, Editor · September 23rd, 2020
It seems that 2020 keeps packing in the surprises. We still have a little over 3 months left before we can say it's over, and I'm not even going to ask, "What ELSE could go wrong?"The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was a mild surprise to me, knowing how sick she had been. I just assumed that the spunky little lady would make it into the next presidential term.

Letter to the Editor: Healthcare

By Vinton Today · September 17th, 2020
By Ivy Shuster, Democratic candidate for Iowa State Senate District 38 (Benton, Iowa, and Poweshiek counties)There are two ways to save money in healthcare. The first is by ramping up preventive care—an ounce of prevention doesn’t cost nearly as much as a pound of cure. The second way is to cut care that has been deemed necessary.

Letter to the Editor: Coronavirus Poem

By Vinton Today · September 11th, 2020
We live in a scaryWorld todayIt's different thanBeforeNo more hugs kissingOur happiness gone awayLike never beforeThe virus has taken ourLoved ones awayFamilies sufferingLike never beforeThe fear of the unknownHas arrivedThe worry of what will happenTomorrow to you and meCoronavirus on our mind'sCoronavirus everywhereOur lives in dangerLike never beforeWe practice social distancingEvery day to keep the virusAt bay as we shop in different waysWere asked to stay at homeLike never beforeWhen will thisVirus ever go awayBut I promiseI'll love and pr...

Hey Mr. Skinny Jeans Man Bun Wearing California Guy, get out your Kleenex Box

By Valerie Close, Editor · September 8th, 2020
For the first time since I think 2006 I might end up in Facebook Jail. They don't call it that because they are from another generation that just puts you in time out. Yep, I did it. I pushed the wrong button. Now, granted, those of you that know me, know that I post a LOT of stuff that SHOULD push Facebook's buttons.

By Ivy Schuster, Democratic Candidate for Iowa State Senate District 38 From the time that I have spent talking to local farmers, a constant theme emerges: farmers want to be the best stewards of the land but they can’t do it alone. That applies to the present circumstances and more broadly. The derecho that swept across the state damaged or destroyed up to 43 percent of the state’s corn and soybean crop.

Voting by mail should replace voting at the polls in it's entirety. The two institutions that can definitely be trusted is the County Board of Elections and the United States Postal Service. The money saved by eliminating the need for poll workers could be used to offer free postage on the envelopesused to vote by mail.

Things you aren't ready for when you sign up for this job

By Valerie Close, Editor · August 24th, 2020
I've been pondering the storm damage I've seen over the last 12 days in our county. For several hours since the storm hit, I drove around taking pictures. I spent time between shots just observing the people, and in general just trying to stay out of the way while still trying to capture the utter devastation across our county.

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