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Letter to the Editor: Beware of Fraudulent Phone Calls

Dear Editor,In these days of pandemic because people are staying home more, there is reason to be even more cautious, especially those of us over 65, of whom some are not as discerning as others. Scammers are having a heyday, so be aware for your elders and warn them not to give any personal information to strangers, unless they instigate the call to a reputable organization or someone they know.

Letter to the Editor: Missing sign, sign of closed minds

Dear Editor, I own my home here in Vinton. I was born and raised here...taught school in Kansas until 2006...and returned home in May of 2007. It's a shame that a person who believes strongly in something cannot display a flag on their own property without it being stolen. My Black Lives Matter sign and holder was recently "stolen" from MY yard. I was in high school when Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Enough is enough!

By Pastor Matt HantzBlessed Hope Community ChurchSeriously.  Knock it off!  At some point I’m starting to feel like a frustrated parent who wants to send 2020 to its room with no dinner. Covid-19, quarantines, missed school, cancelled sports seasons, demonstrations, riots, violence, fights over masks.  You name it – it seems to be going wrong.


There are times that I don't even know what to say. Today is one of them. For those that know me, you know that words are usually something I don't have trouble finding. As I drove through Benton County yesterday, I was shocked at the damage I saw. The further south I went the further my heart sank. The damage is devastating. Today I pulled into the gas station to see cars from Johnson and Linn County.

Letter to the Editor: Grateful for Council Support of Airport

Dear Editor,I was very pleased to hear that Councilman Brian Parr expressed his concerns about the future of Vinton Veteran's Memorial Airport.  Brian truly understands the importance of a local airport for a community our size.  Most do not - or they haven't really thought about it. The Vinton Veterans Memorial Airport was founded in the mid-1960s by the City of Vinton.
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What could possibly go wrong when it comes to voting by mail?

I tend to trust, probably too much. I trust the elected officials to do the right thing, I trust the doctor to know what they are saying is best for me, I trust the mechanic, I trusted, well I'll stop there. This year there has been a push for everyone to vote by mail. Now if I were a conspiracy theorist, which I don't think I am, I just think sometimes believing everything I'm being told takes more faith then being an atheist.

I don't know what year it is

Last week I had the unfortunate experience of walking out the door to see my car had been hit. An hour later, police report in hand, information exchanged I finally headed home. A day or so later I'm looking at my police report only to see that I was driving a Land Rover, yippee for me! It sounds like a decent car and I hear they are expensive, but I figured that perhaps I'd better put a call in and say, umm.

Letter to the Editor: In appreciation of the Iowa Educators

This was shared with Vinton Today in dedication to our Vinton-Shellburg Educators. Teachers, thanks for all that you do, for making the best of this new year. ---I believe in Iowa Educators!On behalf of the educators out there...this next quarter (and probably longer) starts a new chapter in public education. There is a huge learning curve that students, teachers, and district administrators will be navigating, yet again, together!As we embark on this thing called “eLearning or blended learning”, we are asking our Facebook friends to refrain from publicly scrutinizing their children’s teachers/schools/district for the way they are teaching, the lessons they’re assigning, or the decisions the districts are making.
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Letter to the Editor: At what cost?

Dear Editor,These are trying times for a lot of people.  There are families in our town wondering how they’re going to pay their rent/mortgage.  There are people wondering where their next meal is coming from.  Local businesses are wondering if they will ever reopen their doors. Even those that can make it through this week/month/year have no idea what is to come.

Letter to the Editor: This 4th in Vinton

This 4th was not a celebration, clearly, but a recognition of the boundaries of our illusions of freedom and that our institutions have all but collapsed, long hollowed of all Spirit that ever indwelled them.This 4th was a bitter recognition that access to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, is subject to determination by agencies and institutions with no rightful authority over our lives.
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