A really old burr in my saddle: Newspapers

Updated: Well, never mind, the Iowa Senate voted to continue having government entities funding newspapers...in the meantime, Vinton Today will keep plugging along without government dollars...---I had to giggle as I dumped my junk mail on the counter and opened the Livewire. I have no idea why I do it, habit I guess. There's never anything worth opening it for, and I guess I'm still looking for the grocery store ad.

Burr in my saddle: HR

On one hand, the county insists that they are working hard to keep expenses down. The other hand is reaching for your wallet. It seems that the supervisors keep racking up more expenses for you and me to pay for. Some expenses are needed. Some are not. One thing they've been doing is expanding government, creating new departments to hire new people, to do jobs that are already being done by someone else.

Burr in my Saddle: Ethics

Maybe it would be easier to just do a "Burr in my saddle" column rather than trying to wrap it all pretty and putting a bow on it, I'll just tell ya what's bugging me. Then I realize I probably have to define the term, "burr in my saddle," especially since most of us know nothing about horses and would have no idea how that works. The term "burr in my saddle" means something that is a "source or cause of intense and persistent annoyance or irritation.

Letter to the Editor: The Biden Crime Family

Dear Editor, While everyone zeros in on booking former President Trump in New York City, an Ex-Obama staffer blows the whistle on the Biden Crime Family. The information shared points the finger at President Biden during his term as Vice-President. Mike McCormick, a White House a stenographer during President Obama's term said of the Biden family, "Joe Biden is a criminal.

Shouting down speakers who disagree with us is not freedom of speech

By Randy EvansMy friend Denny and I were as different as night and day. He was conservative; I wasn’t. I accused him of being to the right of Attila the Hun. He accused me of working for Pravda, the famed Communist party newspaper.We thoroughly enjoyed poking each other this way. It was invigorating to hash over issues that were bubbling up in rural Iowa, at the Capitol in Des Moines, or out in Washington.

Letter to the Editor: The Veteran Appeal

Dear Editor, I have recently decided to drop my appeal for the county Weed Commissioner position. This decision was made of my own accord. I decided that the upcoming process was not worth the stress and that after careful consideration I was no longer interested in this position at this time.I wish to thank everyone for their support and encouragement.

Letter to the Editor: A cult tragedy in the making

Dear Editor, Before anyone starts screaming and running for their laptops, I need to remind you once again that I am a fairly new Republican, and I can't wait to plaster my home and lawn with Ron DeSantis flags and stickers.  The following opinions and ideas are mine...All mine.As most of you have been bombarded both on television and online and in conversations with the Donald Trump saga, I have been mulling over things I've viewed, heard, and read.

A Virtual Passover

When I was a little girl, my great-grandpa sat in a wheelchair with a kippah on his head. Now, I didn't know a lot about the Jewish faith, and I still don't. But it always fascinated me. There were stories about how a Jewish family had taken in family members after a devastating car vs. train accident killed my great-great grandparents in Melbourne, Iowa on what would later become my birthdate, some 45 years later.

Letter to the Editor: Another shooting, and the cure?

Dear Editor: Another shooting – more children massacred.  Liberals blame the gun, but it is the shooter who should be blamed.  The Tennessee shooter was mentally ill and evil; and as we have learned mixed up on his/her gender.  Good Grief!  President Biden has demanded a ban on Assault Weapons, but no one has been able to come up with a definition as to what they are.

Letter to the Editor: Transgenderism and other thoughts during Lent

Dear Editor: During the Lenten season when Christians are preparing to remember the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Catholics are asked to go to confession; to confess their sins and ask for forgiveness and mercy from our God.  It is indeed difficult to face your Priest and make this confession.  Forgiveness is granted and penance is given.
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