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Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Where are we Headed?

Dear Editor: Where are we headed?  As we look for solutions to our Nation’s problems, it is important to know who we are and where we are headed. Our form of government, our ideals and our essential freedoms are made for moments like those before us.  They are not problems, but roadmaps to solutions only if we follow the right road.

Reading my mind: Duck!

What a gorgeous but intense view.This and the next two photos courtesy of Rosalyn Cass I have to admit that watching the weather on Tuesday night did not give me a good feeling. That sinking feeling is getting to be almost too normal in our neck of the woods. While visiting with some friends we discussed if we had ever had weather like this when we were kids. If we did, were we just oblivious of it? Growing up in the "good ol' days," there wasn't instant access to all of the world around us.
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Letter to the Editor: Let's be Positive

Dear Editor,As we celebrate independence and freedom at this time of year, let's take a moment to remember all the positive things that have happened in the last 18 months.- A $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill was signed, and would not have been possible without bipartisan support. Among other things, this replaces every lead pipe in the country, a huge advance.

Letter to the Editor: Independence Day

Dear Editor:If you have not read this for a while or perhaps you have never read the beginning of this Document - thus:"In Congress, July 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Letter to the Editor: SCOTUS and Responsibility

Dear Editor: Greetings and salutations. It was an interesting discussion on the aspects of the SCOTUS decision on reversing ROE V WADE.  This was never law as some have stated as the Judiciary cannot make law but only make decisions on whether the law is constitutional or otherwise legal.  The Democrat Left has made it a hallmark that if they cannot attain their result by legislation (as it should be) they search for an “activist” judge to rule in their favor.
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Letter to the Editor: So, what happened with Roe V Wade on June 24 2022

Dear Editor, So, what happened yesterday when the SCOTUS overturned Roe AND Casey?  The “AND” is important because THAT is what prompted a review of Roe.  The short answer for us here in Iowa is that . . . NOTHING happened . . . not a single solitary thing changed . . . nothing . . . zilch . . . nada . . .At a national level it’s more complicated.

Great Events for a Great Little Town

Every year I am in awe of the things that the Vinton Parks and Recreation do for our little town. They have a host of activities going year-round for the kids. Even in the winter, there pull-out bingo for a fun family night to break up the monotony. Their crowning event is always Party in the Park. It's a great time for kids of all ages. Starting with the kiddie parade, the event is clearly a fun time for all.

Letter to the Editor: Letter to the President

President of the United StatesThe Honorable Joe BidenThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.Washington DC, 20500 Dear President Biden:I am not sure whether to laugh, cry, or pour three fingers of bourbon whisky?  Just checked my Charles Schwab Account -  Hmm!  On January 4, 2022 was at its highest.  But I look today June 13, 2022, there is a paper loss of $27,663.
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Thanks to all who Ran/Walked the Party in Pink Race

I don't know whether to say "most" or "a lot" of families in Vinton have a special place in their hearts for the Party in Pink Race. It's been held each year for the last 10 years, because of some women who have been there in the battle against breast cancer. Most/a lot of us have had family members who have fought the battle with breast cancer, many winning it, some losing it.

Letter to the editor: New firearms restrictions

Editor: We now have some new restrictions on firearms pending in Congress.  But what are the numbers killed by gunfire in our major cities (short guns, i.e. pistols not long guns) hundreds on any weekend?  By who – gangs – drug runners, others?  Where did they get their weapons?  I went through the protocol – filled out the proper paperwork and was allowed to legally purchase the firearm of my choice.
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