Opinion

Vinton man's latest round in court finds him guilty of taking off with winnings

A Vinton man's latest charges didn't bring the "whoo hoo!" that you hear in the commercials for lottery winners. Then again, Logan Steven Moody, 23 of Vinton may have heard that in his head. In reality, it brought the sound of a jail cell door slamming behind him, again.Moody was arrested for cashing in another person's winnings at the Isle Casino in Waterloo.

Letter to the Editor: Living in the Present, remembering the past

Dear Editor, One of our last missions  “in country”  Thailand:We were to refuel a flight of four F-105s. All we knew was a cell of two KC-135 Tankers and four F-105 crossed the hostile fire line heading East. Wolf Flight had the names of their drivers on the side of the aircraft near the canopy rail all were of field grade rank (majors and above).

Letter to the Editor: Thank you for the Rhubarb!

Dear Editor, I would like to express a big “Thank You” to everyone who generously donated rhubarb from their garden to our program! (4th St. Diner) “Local food is about getting the freshest and best-tasting food. It’s also about connecting and strengthening your community.Anna Lappe

That "getting old " thing

This week a couple of things happened that reminded me that I'm not living in the 80s anymore. That to me, was the "good ol' days."First, I plugged in my order on my McDonald's app, you know the place you go when you no longer cook and you're on the run. I thought, "Well, I could get this and tweak it to make it healthier. I REALLY love their strawberry cream pies, but I think I'll get apple slices, that's a healthier choice.

Letter to the Editor: This world is going crazy!

Dear Editor, As I was drinking my first cup of coffee this morning, Good Morning America came on.  I usually watch the first hour to hear the top news stories.  My mind was trying to comprehend everything I was hearing.  It was too difficult.  I thought, THIS WORLD IS GOING CRAZY!!  [Knowing how slanted my opinions are to "some" readers,  I will now inform you that I am writing this as an ordinary citizen of Iowa and the United States.

Letter to the Editor: Fiscally Responsible County?

Dear Editor, Today I just saw that the average wage increase nationwide for 2023 is 4.6%. A St.Luke’s hospital employee told me they only got a 2% raise. Really? With the shortage of healthcare workers?Does it seem to anyone else the county employees received an overly generous raise this year? I think our supervisors need to be a little more responsible with our tax dollars.

When life hands you a Lemon, or a Tucker

Well, Monday started with some earth-shaking tremors in the news field. With the firing of both left-wing and right-wing television personalities, Don Lemon and Tucker Carlson, there was almost a canceling effect on the news. On the left, there was cheering on the firing of Carlson. On the right it was like, Lemon? Who cares?I can honestly say that I'm not familiar with either of their work and I only heard from them via soundbites.

Spontaneity is really overrated

I'm still adjusting to city living. I look three times before cracking my door open in my jammies to throw something out in the trash now. Then there's is the trash can. For me, it's just large enough and awkward enough that it's not something I take to the curb without careful maneuvering. Throw in hands that don't function quite right, it's a pain.

Letter to the Editor: You have to start somewhwere

The headlines read:"TWO PEOPLE HACKED TO DEATH WITH AXES!!""POISONED WIFE CUT UP: BODY PARTS FOUND IN NEARBY WOODED AREA!!""TEACHER BEAT TO DEATH WITH BASEBALL BAT!!"In the United States, Capital Punishment is a legal penalty at the federal level.  It is also a legal penalty for some military offenses.  Capital Punishment is still available in 27 states and in American Samoa.

Letter to the Editor: Serving Responsibly

Dear Editor, A section of your article stood out to me concerning HR in Benton County. We would never think it "normal" for three grown women to tell a grown man that they can't do a job fearing it might be "too much." However, it appears that the Benton County Supervisors are comfortable demeaning one of their own employees in this public way by telling a grown woman that she is not capable of handling a task.
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