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Fossil Fuels, Wind, Water, Solar

By Valerie Close, Editor · June 19th, 2019
In between fighting with my computer, thanks to some sort of virus or malware that I picked up, I try to write stories. This requires pictures. Because of the aforementioned computer issues, I can't get Google Chrome, the king of web browsers to work. Which means I have no idea where my pictures are going when I download them.

Letter to the Editor: Rebuttal

By Vinton Today · June 19th, 2019
Editor:A rebuttal to a comment by Darrin Linsey.Spin – A+ Narrative A+ - substance F-How can you call Paul Manafort incarceration in Solitary Confinement a “fairy tale”?  You make it seem like it is a “walk in the Park”.  I hardly think Manafort thinks that way even if he has the amenities you spoke of.

Dear Editor,As I was driving home in the evening this past weekend, I noticed a Benton County Conservation pickup coming into town near the fire station, with it's red and blue lights flashing. People immediately moved out of its way so that it could pass through town quickly.Out of curiosity I followed the truck to see what the emergency could be.

Dear Editor, and the Iowa Delegation of the House of Reps. Something strange is happening in the DOJ the FBI and CIA; Paul Manafort being moved to Rikers Island and placed in solitary confinement? The worst of the worst are there – he doesn’t deserve that -- Jerome Corsi harassed by Mueller’s team until he is trapped into perjury? George Papadopoulos arrested by the FBI in a New York Airport placed in handcuffs and leg irons.

Another day older, fortunately not deeper in debt

By Valerie Close, Editor · June 9th, 2019
The only constant in life is change. I don't like change. I like things steady and sure, a bit mundane. A bit boring. I'm not so sure that I can say it's been that this year. Pondering several times what to write. Not writing what I wanted to write. Writing what I wanted to write and then deciding not to share it, has been oddly therapeutic.

Letter to the Editor: June 6, 1944

By Vinton Today · June 6th, 2019
Dear Editor,Franklin Roosevelt prayer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj2pXLZd2UI The words of General Dwight D. Eisenhower.:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckH4ZwkuccA a letter of failure: Never delivered. But the day was uncertain. https://www.businessinsider.

Letter to the Editor: Inoperable Vehicle

By Vinton Today · May 31st, 2019
Dear Editor,I had another letter ready to send, another part of our experience with the City of Vinton, when we FINALLY found the definition of an "inoperable vehicle" in Vinton's Ordinances. I knew it was there, I just could not find where I had read it! We found it in the Property Maintenance Code Chapter 158 section 158.

Best wishes Class of 2019

By Valerie Close, Editor · May 24th, 2019
Dear 2019 graduates,I’m not sure if there’s anything that could be said that hasn’t already been said to graduating classes across the country as they prepare to leave the doors of their high school for the last time. As I think back to my graduation, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do, At the ripe old age of 18.

One of our last missions in the country of Thailand:We were to refuel a flight of four F-105s. All we knew was a cell of two KC-135 Tankers and four F-105 crossed the hostile fire line heading East. Wolf Flight had the names of their drivers on the side of the aircraft near the canopy rail all were of field grade rank (majors and above).

Appreciating the Tough Guys

By Valerie Close, Editor · May 22nd, 2019
In this crazy society that we now live in, I sometimes shake my head at the demands that women place on men. No, not the ones to go get a job and be a traditionally manly man, but the weird ones like, "don't open the door for women" or "don't compliment a woman" or "don't let a woman go first" as if it's somehow degrading to women.

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