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Opinion

Birth of the Marines Remembered

Today, as I awoke, I realized it was that day. Yes, THE DAY. A day of grand remembrance of a day some 247 years ago when men seated amongst drunken brawlers sought to create something larger than themselves.  A singularly minded group that sought to fight.  To fight for what was right and true.  To live a life of hardship necessary to be ready to fight anytime and anywhere.

Letter to the Editor: Keep the momentum going

Dear Editor, Tuesday’s election results have shown that Benton County residents are fed up with the way things have gone the past two years.  All but one person elected to represent our citizens are from the GOP.All 3 Supervisors – RepublicanAttorney - RepublicanAuditor - RepublicanRecorder – RepublicanSheriff – RepublicanTreasurer – RepublicanState Representative – RepublicanState Senator – RepublicanGovernor / Lt Governor – RepublicanAttorney General – RepublicanSecretary of Agriculture – RepublicanSecretary of State – RepublicanState Auditor – The Lone DemocratState Treasurer – RepublicanAll 4 Representatives to Congress – RepublicanBoth US Senators – RepublicanBut, more important to me, was the overwhelming response to the Freedom Amendment to the Iowa Constitution.
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Wyatt Concedes Election

With the final results of the 2022 election reported, Kate Wyatt, democratic candidate for Iowa House District 76, has conceded.“I want to thank everyone who encouraged me to run and helped us do the work,” said Wyatt. “Every extra effort to help us get our message to the voters, to encourage me along the way, and to support our campaign is appreciated beyond words.

Letter to the Editor: It's a sad situation when people have no conscience

To the persons who are trapping house cats in the area of 11th Ave and 5th Street and the west side of Vinton,      Will you please STOP!!     Not all cats are homeless. The cats being taken around 11th Ave and 5th Street are well fed, well groomed, neutered, and spayed. One by the name Buddy, a big orange male, well groomed, well fed, neutered; was the Nicest, Friendliest Cat EVER!!!! Great with children and elderly.

Letter to the Editor: Mike Pence is NOT a Traitor

Dear Editor, Mike Pence is NOT a Traitor!!Fact Check:  Mike Pence did NOT have the power to overturn the 2020 election results and keep Donald Trump in office!  The 12th Amendment of the Constitution says the vice president; as president of the Senate, is to open envelopes containing Electoral College votes from each state, count the votes, and announce the winner.
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Letter to the Editor: In Support of Ray Lough

Dear Voters, In his most recent political ads, David Thompson makes a desperate attempt to manipulate voters. He is trying to twist a 24-year-old ad, created by him at the time, to allege that Ray Lough is not qualified to be County Attorney today. There is not one single thing in any of these allegations about Ray that are current. Do you see today’s law enforcement backing David Thompson? Do you see today’s county employees backing him? Do you know how many Democrats have told me they are not voting for Thompson? Don’t be fooled by this decades old, manufactured, ad.

Letter to the editor: Get out and vote

Dear Editor, Many people will decide not to vote in the upcoming elections for various reasons; but if there was ever a critical time to do so, it is NOW! Get out of your easy chairs...throw down the dish towels and go vote. I am 74 years old now. I joined the Young Democrats when I was a junior in high school. This was shocking to my family because both sides had been Republicans as far back as Teddy Roosevelt.

Letter to the Editor: It's time for a change

Dear Editor, David Thompson has served nobody but himself for the last 24 years that he’s held the office of Benton County Attorney. Rather than protecting county employees or giving sound legal advice he’s instead harassed and terrorized them while creating a hostile work environment. Instead of protecting the county from lawsuits, he’s instead played a significant role in literally causing one currently in litigation.
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Letter to the Editor: Nepotism Case

Dear EditorAfter reading about the nepotism issue, I decided to research it further. Mr. Thompson’s comment about contacting the Attorney General’s office to verify that this was not nepotism, did not sit well with me. First, as an attorney shouldn’t he be able to interpret code 71? Isn’t this his job to uphold the laws? Second, if it is borderline why in the world would you go ahead and endorse it as a member of the hiring committee?  Hmmm, something smells.

Letter to the Editor: Who is our God?

Dear Editor,The rise of secular humanism over the past 70 years has created a religion-shaped hole in our culture. Many people have taken hold of the belief that humanity is capable of morality and self-fulfillment without belief in or need of God. Secularism dominated our culture, yet failed to offer people a philosophy of meaning, purpose, and most of all, hope.
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