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When Life Isn't Normal

By Valerie Close, Editor · January 5th, 2019
I like life to be boring. Dull. Mundane. Occasionally a bit of excitement is alright if it's a good kind of excitement. I like there to be a routine. However, a few years ago all of that flew right out the window and hasn't been seen since. It involved traveling halfway across the country multiple times to take care of a sweet aunt that ironically helped us to get the equipment so that we could still work and travel halfway across the country to take care of sweet aunts.

Letter to the Editor Cc: Leader Pelosi-Sen. Grassley,-Sen. Ernst, Pres. Trump

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 26th, 2018
Dear Senator Schumer: Cc: Leader Pelosi, Senator Grassley, Senator Earnst, President Trump You describe Pres Trump’s insistence on border security as a “temper tantrum”. I suggest the “temper tantrum” is coming from the Liberal/Communist left in your party and from yourself! I have seen figures as high as $125 billion required to care for illegals in education, medical and welfare, or in other words $30,000 for each individual --- These are taxpayer dollars.

Letter to the Editor: To Representative Gutierrez of Illinois

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 23rd, 2018
Editor: Written to REP Gutierrez of Illinois You can read to whole deal @ Representative Gutierrez: I have read your 6 minute dressing down of Sec Kirstjen Nielsen – that was most unfair. Immigration law was passed by Congress some time ago, but it has not been adhered to until recently. Each of these illegals, I have read, cost the American taxpayer $30,000 per year.

It's NOT News, but...Technology

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 12th, 2018
...I have had it with technology. You know the drill, technology is great when it works, but when it doesn't, well in my case, I simply can't work. I'd imagine that the rest of you are the same way. Doctor's offices can't check you in if the computer is down. You can't pump gas if the card reader isn't working.

It's not news but...

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 12th, 2018
A week or so ago, I ran into one of my favorite people at a funeral named Frank Kruse. Now, I hear that Frank was a school teacher, but I didn't know him then. He was also the son of the man that used to own the newspaper (and I'll remind you that we are NOT associated with, and YES people still think that we are.

In Memory: Journalism's quiet, effecient Bob Lutz

By Vinton Today · December 8th, 2018
In our news stories we try to be what the journalism professors call proportional – that means we try to give a story as much length, depth and importance as it deserves. For example, while a large fire or a murder may may make a front page headline, usually a shoplifter or fender bender will not.

While it has appeared on “Welcome to Vinton” signs on display throughout the year, the theme, “City of Lights” was originally a holiday season promotion for our town. The phrase first appeared 35 years ago, in December of 1983, when the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Retail Bureau originated the slogan as part of its Christmas advertising campaign.

It's Hunting Season, Beware Deer!

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 5th, 2018
Today while touring the town, or should I say I felt like I was "stalking" the town, to see if there might be something newsworthy to write about (hey, that's how it works) I found nothing. Everyone was safe and sound. No one being cuffed and stuffed. Sirens were silent. Ambulances weren't rushing to or from and accident scene.

To the Editor: Why JFK assassination questions persist

By Vinton Today · November 29th, 2018
To the Editor: A comment about the day I will not forget Nov 22, 1963. I was new to Active Duty Air Force a 2nd Lieutenant at Undergraduate Pilot Training at Webb AFB, Big Spring, Texas. That was not the last assassination For Bobby Kennedy and Then Dr. Martin Luther King were killed one by pistol and the latter by rifle some months later.

Twenty-five years ago, on the 30th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, I interviewed several former teachers and others about what they remember about that day; where they were when they heard the news. Five years ago, on the 50th anniversary, I shared my minority view: I believed what the Warren Commission members said, that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing JFK, firing all the shots on Nov.

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