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Letter to the Editor: Vinton Today Bingo

Letter to the Editor:These unprecedented times have provided many in our community with excess time on their hands, me included. Time that some have spent voicing their opinion on the Vinton Today Opinion Pages. I commend Valerie and the Vinton Today website for printing each and every letter she receives.We hear on the news, read on the internet, and tell all our friends that we must work together and we will get through all of this.

Laugh with Kathy: Country Roads of Scotland

Gene has always dreamed of traveling to Scotland and seeing the countryside. So when he retired a year ago, I surprised him with a trip to Scotland. We would spend ten days traveling the country roads of Scotland. I might have signed us up for more experiences than we were expecting. The following are excerpts from our travels.When we started our tour, our guide explained that Insight Vacations prides itself on “rare authentic experiences and meaningful interactions.
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Laugh with Kathy: The Road to Hana

I think I will stick with my theme of travel stories this week, since we are all sheltering at home and dreaming of our next adventure. Once again, my travel enthusiasm got the better of us.Several years ago, my husband and I traded the cold Iowa winter for a week in Maui.  It was our first time to travel to this beautiful island and I fully intended to make the most of it.

Letter to the Editor: Oops!!

Dear Editor, Oops!!Looks like maybe Trump, Fox News, John, and Dr. Oz may have been wrong. This is what happens when a person actually believes Trump, who is not qualified to make medical pronouncements but his followers will believe anything Trump says. Sometimes it is better to wait for the  science before giving an opinion—John.https://currently.

Don't Spray Lysol on your Food

Dr. Nafissa Cisse Egbounye, the Blackhawk County Public Health Director as part of the news conference on Thursday answered several questions about the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus at Tyson's plant as well as concerns in general. I listened half-heartedly because I'll be honest, I can only take so much doom and gloom, and boy it's been coming in hot and heavy.

Letter to the Editor: Theory on Trump

Dear Editor, Today I received this piece online.  I grew up in Vinton but no longer live in the area I don’t really want to add more ire, but I read your paper online and the editorial opinion submissions often.  I just wanted to add this piece to those that are having those discussions about what is going on within our county’s current political struggles and media information and misinformation to the ongoing back and forth… just something for thought.

Laugh with Kathy: Hold the Line

While international travel seems like just a vague memory now that we are in our second month of self isolation due to Covid-19, I know that we will be packing our bags and heading out to explore the world again in time.  Since I won’t be trying to clear customs anytime soon, and hopefully, Custom’s has a shorter memory than Homeland Security (long story, but they emailed me about one of my blog posts – seriously!) I thought I would share my difficulty in clearing customs.

To the Class of 2020

To the Class of 2020:God, this has to suck; it just has to. I’ll never forget when we studied Roman numerals in elementary school and figured out what our class year was in those (MCMLCXXV…look it up), we were obsessed with that year and all of the magic that would surround it. I’m not sure if you guys figured that out with Roman numerals (although MMXX is pretty badass if you get right down to it), but the magic part of your senior year has probably been on your minds for a long time and that’s just natural.

Laugh with Kathy: Mamma Said

Mamma Said:As a child, my mother told us that we could do anything we wanted to do if we made up our mind and tried hard enough.  I have believed that my entire life until recently.  It turns out that Mom was wrong.  I can tell you for a fact that I am NOT capable of doing some things despite my best efforts.We have lived on 14 acres for over ten years, and I decided it was time that I learn to drive my husband’s ZTR (zero turn) mower.

Letter to the Editor: Wake up

Dear Editor, So, here's the deal. There are 3,155,070 people who live in Iowa. Fifty-three of them have succumbed to the China Virus and that is very unfortunate. My condolences to their families and friends. The majority, if not all, had pre-existing conditions that made them vulnerable. That is 1 in every 59,530 Iowans who have died.As of today, there have been 1995 cases in Iowa.
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