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Opinion

Those Dang Russians, there they go messing with our elections again

Have you ever planned for months and months, saved your pennies, nickels and dimes, packed your bags and headed down the road for your vacation, arrived and then decided to just drive on by? That's kind of what happened last night with the Iowa caucuses.The Democrat candidates dumped millions of dollars into Iowa's economy, spent all their time here counting on, well, people counting, only to discover that they were ripped off.

Caucus Predictions, just for fun...

I love politics for the most part. I have to admit I've never gone to so many presidential rallies in one year before, but I found it fun, entertaining and I really did enjoy seeing the candidates up close and personal.Next week all of the political ads will take a bit of a break and I predict that Iowans will choose Joe Biden.Why?Because...Tom Steyer has convinced us that he really is a LOT like Trump, and I’m not sure if Steyer has figured out that in his world, that is NOT a good thing, but hey we learned that rich guys can buy a spot on the stage.
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A Joke is only a Joke when People Laugh

Click to viewI've attempted this article several times over the last 10 days. Many of you have asked about the apology at the City Council Meeting last night. I will try to both delicately yet as strongly as I can explain what that was all about. Following the VMEU (Vinton Municipal Electric Utility) Board meeting last week, I stumbled into a conversation that was happening about the "bad media press coverage" that Vinton had been getting lately.

The Baby thinks that he is cute

I should have known I was wrong. I assumed that perhaps the website had been hacked but it wasn't. A comment came in saying "He's so cute" and the headline read "......family welcomes a new son." I couldn't remember doing a story with that headline, so I naturally thought, "oh, oh." I scanned the back end of the website, checked all of the pages.

Letter to the Editor: Street Repairs needed now

Letter to the Editor: City Council not doing their job or whoever is responsible.     We have lived here since 2008 and it is sad to see that very, very little of street/sidewalk repair and reconstruction has been done in this city.     A very few, if any, might remember I have written about this before.

Letter to the Editor: Requesting City Council to read submitted papers, respond

Dear Editor,I have been wondering if any of the City Council members took the time to read the papers that we gave them?I understand that they passed it off to The City Attorney. Passing the papers off is not what we asked for, and we explained that in the very beginning of the letter! As I stated before, It doesn't take a scholar to figure out that neither the City’s ordinance or The Iowa Code were followed in their entirety.

Letter to he editor: Angels among us

Dear Editor,Angels among us. I have written about this subject in the past but Saturday’s funeral prompted me to repeat myself once again.  We have angels among us.  They don’t have wings or halos.  They have calloused hands and tired feet.  They are the selfless people who work in our nursing homes, rehab centers and assisted living facilities.

Letter to the Editor: Letters to City Council concerning procedures

Dear Editor,We submitted a letter to members of City Council. I just read in the paper that the letter was given to City Attorney Fischer to review. We had already given this information to him, we didn't hear anything from him and he obviously didn't tell The Council he already had the information. And I don't think you have to be a lawyer to figure out that the proper steps were not followed.

Letter to the Editor: Thank you to Emergency Response

Dear Editor,Friday night I called 911 to get help for a motorist whose vehicle slid off of Highway 218 and landed on its side.I would like to commend the Emergency Response personnel, starting with the calm, starting with the calm, efficient 911 operator and praise the response time of those who responded. The police and ambulance arrived within five minutes with the fire truck shortly after that.

Tonight's City Council Meeting full of Tough Topics

Following is the link to the agenda for tonight's city council meeting which begins at 7:00 p.m.On the agenda will be a discussion on the silly ordinance in the books of Vinton where an abstention is a "Yes" vote, which was a disaster for Ron Elwick's last meeting as he tried to do the right thing by abstaining from voting, while the ordinance automatically turned his vote on its head.
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