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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.

Letter to the Editor: KUDOS, KUDOS, KUDOS

By Vinton Today · August 21st, 2020
To our city administrators and city government for providing a brush dump for our citizens to use. To our city crews who work tirelessly and quickly to clear our streets and city parking of debris. To all the people who haul their own branches, limbs, etc. to the brush dump to lighten the load on the city crews and to get our town cleaned up asap.

Letter to the Editor: Beware of Fraudulent Phone Calls

By Vinton Today · August 19th, 2020
Dear Editor,In these days of pandemic because people are staying home more, there is reason to be even more cautious, especially those of us over 65, of whom some are not as discerning as others. Scammers are having a heyday, so be aware for your elders and warn them not to give any personal information to strangers, unless they instigate the call to a reputable organization or someone they know.

Letter to the Editor: Missing sign, sign of closed minds

By Vinton Today · August 16th, 2020
Dear Editor, I own my home here in Vinton. I was born and raised here...taught school in Kansas until 2006...and returned home in May of 2007. It's a shame that a person who believes strongly in something cannot display a flag on their own property without it being stolen. My Black Lives Matter sign and holder was recently "stolen" from MY yard.

Enough is enough!

By Vinton Today · August 14th, 2020
By Pastor Matt HantzBlessed Hope Community ChurchSeriously. Knock it off! At some point I’m starting to feel like a frustrated parent who wants to send 2020 to its room with no dinner. Covid-19, quarantines, missed school, cancelled sports seasons, demonstrations, riots, violence, fights over masks.


By Valerie Close, Editor · August 11th, 2020
There are times that I don't even know what to say. Today is one of them. For those that know me, you know that words are usually something I don't have trouble finding. As I drove through Benton County yesterday, I was shocked at the damage I saw. The further south I went the further my heart sank. The damage is devastating.

Dear Editor,I was very pleased to hear that Councilman Brian Parr expressed his concerns about the future of Vinton Veteran's Memorial Airport. Brian truly understands the importance of a local airport for a community our size. Most do not - or they haven't really thought about it. The Vinton Veterans Memorial Airport was founded in the mid-1960s by the City of Vinton.

What could possibly go wrong when it comes to voting by mail?

By Valerie Close, Editor · July 30th, 2020
I tend to trust, probably too much. I trust the elected officials to do the right thing, I trust the doctor to know what they are saying is best for me, I trust the mechanic, I trusted, well I'll stop there. This year there has been a push for everyone to vote by mail. Now if I were a conspiracy theorist, which I don't think I am, I just think sometimes believing everything I'm being told takes more faith then being an atheist.

I don't know what year it is

By Valerie Close, Editor · July 29th, 2020
Last week I had the unfortunate experience of walking out the door to see my car had been hit. An hour later, police report in hand, information exchanged I finally headed home. A day or so later I'm looking at my police report only to see that I was driving a Land Rover, yippee for me! It sounds like a decent car and I hear they are expensive, but I figured that perhaps I'd better put a call in and say, umm.

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