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Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Accountability, Integrity, and Common Sense

Dear EditorI have been following the lead-up to the 2020 election and there are some things that have become apparent among our local candidates running for statehouse. While many in our society are becoming polarized in their political views I still feel there are some core values and attributes that we can all agree on when deciding our elected officials.

Just a Speck

I am one of the lucky few that live outside the city limits. I live down a country road where chances are if you've lived here long enough, you'll hit a deer, or a deer will hit you. Don't laugh, I was t-boned by one. The downside is that you go through tires more frequently than the rest of the population, which reminds me I need to make another trip to John's Tire before winter hits.
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Letter to the Editor: Rejecting dogma of the left

Re: Todd Dorman Cedar Rapids Gazette Mr. Dorman:I reject all leftist, Progressive, Marxist, Communist dogma.  That also means I reject the new Democrat Party and its Communist leadership – Pelosi and Schumer including the Squad - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachu[st]ts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

Letter to the Editor: Where the Sunshine Laws don't Shine

Dear Editor,I requested some information under the Freedom of Information Act or Sunshine Law regarding our City Attorney from the acting City Clerk, Ward. I wanted the resolution number that establishes city Attorney Fischer's compensation as stated in Vinton's Ordinance chapter 20, section 20.01. Or if the Ordinance is not correct a copy of a contract or agreement that declares his compensation.

Farewell Ruth Bader Ginsberg

It seems that 2020 keeps packing in the surprises. We still have a little over 3 months left before we can say it's over, and I'm not even going to ask, "What ELSE could go wrong?"The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was a mild surprise to me, knowing how sick she had been. I just assumed that the spunky little lady would make it into the next presidential term.

Letter to the Editor: Healthcare

By Ivy Shuster, Democratic candidate for Iowa State Senate District 38 (Benton, Iowa, and Poweshiek counties)There are two ways to save money in healthcare. The first is by ramping up preventive care—an ounce of prevention doesn’t cost nearly as much as a pound of cure. The second way is to cut care that has been deemed necessary. I shouldn’t have to say that it is unethical to profit off of Iowans in this way.

Letter to the Editor: Coronavirus Poem

We live in a scaryWorld todayIt's different thanBeforeNo more hugs kissingOur happiness gone awayLike never beforeThe virus has taken ourLoved ones awayFamilies sufferingLike never beforeThe fear of the unknownHas arrivedThe worry of what will happenTomorrow to you and meCoronavirus on our mind'sCoronavirus everywhereOur lives in dangerLike never beforeWe practice social distancingEvery day to keep the virusAt bay as we shop in different waysWere asked to stay at homeLike never beforeWhen will thisVirus ever go awayBut I promiseI'll love and pray for everyoneSufferingEvery day.

Hey Mr. Skinny Jeans Man Bun Wearing California Guy, get out your Kleenex Box

Mr. Skinny Jeans Man Bun Wearing California Guy For the first time since I think 2006 I might end up in Facebook Jail. They don't call it that because they are from another generation that just puts you in time out. Yep, I did it. I pushed the wrong button. Now, granted, those of you that know me, know that I post a LOT of stuff that SHOULD push Facebook's buttons. Especially when I post about Facebook.

Letter to the Editor: Conservation needs to be a Priority in Iowa's budget

By Ivy Schuster, Democratic Candidate for Iowa State Senate District 38 From the time that I have spent talking to local farmers, a constant theme emerges: farmers want to be the best stewards of the land but they can’t do it alone. That applies to the present circumstances and more broadly. The derecho that swept across the state damaged or destroyed up to 43 percent of the state’s corn and soybean crop.

Letter to the Editor: Voting by mail would solve a lot of problems

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.
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