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Letter to the Editor: VMEU board vacancies and appointments

By Vinton Today · March 11th, 2020
Dear Editor:I understand that there are now two vacancies on the VMEU Board of Trustees, so I have written to Mayor Maynard to urge him to appoint Amy Edison to one of those seats. Ms Edison previously applied to serve on the board and is not only qualified to do so, but she brings unique actuarial expertise to the table.

Dear Editor, Recently a member of the community was threatened with violence for providing a service to the citizens of Vinton. On the surface, it may appear Ms. Valerie Close misinterpreted the intent of the comment. No city wants negative publicity. Having meetings recorded could be unsettling to board members as they may feel under a microscope.

All you need is love

By Valerie Close, Editor · February 14th, 2020
Today is the day that all of the sweethearts take a day to show their love for their mates and sweeties. It's a day for the rest of us to look on and cheer you on as you continue your journey together to your happily ever after.Marriage isn't a piece of cake, even though it often starts with one. It has it's ups and downs and hopefully, there are more ups than downs.

Saying goodbye to a giant of a man

By Valerie Close, Editor · February 11th, 2020
I suppose there is in the memory of every former child a teacher that will stand out to you as you think back on your childhood. My kids don't have much variety in that department. One of my sons filled out the Facebook "fill in the blank" form that was going around about your teacher in Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade.

Letter to the Editor: Threat to the Editor

By Vinton Today · February 10th, 2020
Dear Editor, I am having a hard time with the statements made by a Marion police officer about threats (during a TV story which included an interview with VT editor). Did he mean that the police officers decide if the threat is credible? If the threat was said in the heat of the moment? If the person that made the threat is sorry that they did? (More than likely if a police officer is asking if they meant it-the answer will be NO!) I was arrested for telling a police officer "I'm not going to let you take my truck!" That was said in the ...

Letter to the Editor: Requesting the City to do the right thing

By Vinton Today · February 6th, 2020
Dear Editor,I have been wondering if any of the City Council members took the time to read the papers that we gave them?I understand that they passed it off to the City Attorney. Passing the papers off is not what we asked for, that isn’t what we asked for, And we explained that in the very beginning of the letter! And as I stated before, It doesn't take a scholar to figure out that neither the City’s ordinance or The Iowa Code were followed in their entirety.

Those Dang Russians, there they go messing with our elections again

By Valerie Close, Editor · February 4th, 2020
Have you ever planned for months and months, saved your pennies, nickels and dimes, packed your bags and headed down the road for your vacation, arrived and then decided to just drive on by? That's kind of what happened last night with the Iowa caucuses.The Democrat candidates dumped millions of dollars into Iowa's economy, spent all their time here counting on, well, people counting, only to discover that they were ripped off.

Caucus Predictions, just for fun...

By Valerie Close, Editor · February 3rd, 2020
I love politics for the most part. I have to admit I've never gone to so many presidential rallies in one year before, but I found it fun, entertaining and I really did enjoy seeing the candidates up close and personal.Next week all of the political ads will take a bit of a break and I predict that Iowans will choose Joe Biden.

A Joke is only a Joke when People Laugh

By Valerie Close, Editor · January 24th, 2020
Click to viewI've attempted this article several times over the last 10 days. Many of you have asked about the apology at the City Council Meeting last night. I will try to both delicately yet as strongly as I can explain what that was all about. Following the VMEU (Vinton Municipal Electric Utility) Board meeting last week, I stumbled into a conversation that was happening about the "bad media press coverage" that Vinton had been getting lately.

The Baby thinks that he is cute

By Valerie Close, Editor · January 23rd, 2020
I should have known I was wrong. I assumed that perhaps the website had been hacked but it wasn't. A comment came in saying "He's so cute" and the headline read "......family welcomes a new son." I couldn't remember doing a story with that headline, so I naturally thought, "oh, oh." I scanned the back end of the website, checked all of the pages.

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