Dear Editor, We live in a great farming community. Here farmers are respected and appreciated. Today I want to thank the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA and the Tama Benton Co-Op for once again providing a Harvest Meal - two weekends. Thank you also to the sponsors who provided for this meal, part of what makes Vinton a great place to live.
Dear Editor, On September 16, 2022, I interviewed for a position with the county as the Roadside Manager. There were three interviews held that day and three the following Monday, September 19. On Friday the 23rd, there was an apparent committee meeting and they decided to hire George "Wes" Haefner. On the morning of September 27, Josh Svoboda received a call that he was not hired for the job.
Dear Editor,Apparently, David Thompson thinks the race for Benton County attorney is about appearance. He includes a medically compromised photo of his opponent in all of his ads. This act of desperation shows poor judgment, unbecoming etiquette and discrimination.Sincerely,Judy Meyer
Editor:As of last Friday's close I have lost $28,369.98 from the high of Jan 4, 2022 on my Schwab account (basically a 17.70% loss in just 10 months). Technically this is an unrealized loss as I have not sold all of my Schwab investments. But the more important losses are to my IRA accout that I rely on for most of my retirement income.
I was one of those kids who were fortunate enough to not be saved from the worst humanity had to offer. Just having ringside tickets to the gore and horror probably would have been enough for anyone in childhood to grow up permanently desensitized by the cruelty. Completely blind to the suffering of others. Somehow I went in the opposite direction, empathy that was completely destructive.
Dear Editor, A few years ago, Ken Popenhagen, former Benton County Sheriff, stopped by my farm for a visit and it lasted over three hours. We talked about everything from A to Z, and of course we talked about politics. The name David Thompson came up. Ken, a Republican, told me that he and two or three other law enforcement officers around the county (you know who you are) were unhappy about the job performance of then county attorney, Ray Lough in the 1990’s.
Note to Ms. Gould: The $80B needed to hire over 80,000 new IRS agents is justified? Where is this money coming from? Do you have an answer?? I think not. You are just going along with the WOKE Dem crowd. The majority of tax revenue is not from the super-rich, but from the rest of us. As an aside my property taxes increased this year by approximately $2,000.
Editor: I recently witnessed Liz Mathis ad against Congresswoman Hinson; claiming Ms. Hinson favored “no abortions” under any circumstances. I am not writing to defend the Congresswoman’s stand on this matter; she is fully capable of defending herself, but I find this ad to be disingenuous! One killing is a tragedy two is outrageous.
Editor:Congress is no more a voting body representing the people. Our Republic is a Representative Democracy. We must have responsible people representing our needs. Speaker Pelosi is running a dictatorship. No one Representative or small group writes proposed legislation, it comes from an elite group or staff, and from that, there is no time for debate, consultation, or compromise.
Dear Editor, County Attorney David Thompson has distorted the record by misrepresenting his opponent's trial experience.In the October 7th article written by county attorney David Thompson he wrongfully suggests that Ray Lough lacks major trial experience.After graduating from law school Ray was hired as a public defender for the Nashville Metropolitan area.