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The not long enough goodbye

The second case of cancer in the family strikes a few years after the first round we experienced. And again, this time, there won't be a recovery. All we can do is wait, cry, visit and say goodbye. I hate these goodbyes, but the older I get I find there are more of them in one way or another.This time it's a guy that my boys spent hours and hours with.

Father's Day Thoughts

I always thought that it was odd when I'd hear people that were old enough to be my grandparents say, "I miss my dad." Realizing that most of the time they had been gone longer than I had been alive. But now I get it. Mine has only been gone for 7 years, but there are times that I still wish that I could sit down with him and talk. It's usually in those times when I just need someone to tell me the empty line, "It's going to be alright.
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Letter to the Editor: Don't blame me

Dear Editor: RE: Leonard Pitts, Sunday op page Gazette I do not see how I am to blame for the shortcomings perceived or real of minority races (citizens) of our Nation.  My people did not immigrate until approximately 1870; up until my generation they were all farmers – rarely did any receive education beyond grade school.  I am the first to graduate from a four-year college in an agricultural pursuit.

Big Brother is Listening

You probably already know that if you use your computer to search for white bath towels, or car parts for your '65 Mustang, that your Facebook feed will now show you ads for these products. (Probably just typing that, will produce them on my computer.)I decided to let my 2-year-old granddaughter play on my spare cell phone. Just for giggles, mine and hers, I had changed Siri's voice to a British gentleman some time ago.

Making heads and tails of the Iowa COVID website, and doing the math

I decided to wade through the COVID number for our county once again. The information on the site is sometimes as clear as mud, so I thought it's only fair to drag you through all of the information too. This is information taken from on Saturday afternoon.Things like the actual population in each county are NOT included on the state's COVID website, but I added it in for reference.
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Letter to the Editor: Thank you to those who honored Veterans on Memorial Day

Dear Editor, As you have noticed on Memorial Day, Flags have been place lining our cemeteries and on veterans graves. George G. Luckey post 57 would like to thank those special people who helped us this year. Special thanks to Carol Arbuckle who arranged the Home School Group to help and America Corps and to Kelly Stephen and her students. Many hands make less work.

Thank you, again

First, before anything else, I want to say a great big, humongous THANK YOU to everyone who sent in checks and notes toward the website rebuild. We have crossed the 40% threshold and are on our way to 50% of the cost being covered so far. I do appreciate your continued giving toward this project. I always enjoy the sweet little notes that come with the donations.

Remembering Great Uncle Paul

My great uncle Paul who was killed while in training during WWII Memorial Day kind of snuck up on me this year. It's the time of year that we SHOULD pause and be thankful for our veterans and service members that didn't return home. Sure, we usually make plans to hang out with our friends and family and just relax on our day off from work, but if we fail to take a moment to say, "Thank you," we've failed. I had to stop and think about the veterans in my family.
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A letter to the Class of 2021

There's a book called, 'Oh the Places you'll Go," by Dr. Seuss that talks about all of the paths that your life will take. It's a favorite gift for graduates. It's a pretty good book of course. It doesn't tell you about all of the twists and turns though.It fails to tell you that the best place you can be is right here, right now in your life. As much as you might think that life is rough at this point, or that you are overwhelmed by the choices that you need to make, trust me when I say, your life will never be less complicated than it is right now.

National Police Week May 9th-15th

It almost slipped by without any notice to the residents of Vinton. It's National Police Week. In general, if you're like me, and I've said it before if you see a police officer your foot automatically lifts off of the accelerator and you say something like, "Oh no, what is the speed limit here??" We completely forget that they are out there unless of course, we need them.
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