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Letter to the Editor: Thank You Vinton!

These past few days have once again reminded Julie and me how wonderful the people of Vinton are and have been for the past 32 years. We just sat down to relax after spending the past 3 hours reliving memories with old and new friends at Total Balance. It was a reception that we will always cherish as we [st] off to Dubuque. Our good friends at Bethlehem Lutheran, Tilford Elementary School, Vinton Unlimited, and countless close friends have also shared memories with us in their homes, along the street, or on Facebook.

Iowa Passes “Constitutional Carry” Just what does that mean?

So, Governor Reynolds has signed HF756. It’s being referred widely as the “Constitutional Carry” bill – meaning that a citizen of Iowa derives their right to carry a weapon from the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution. So what has changed . . . and what hasn’t?As a disclaimer – I am not an attorney, nor do I play one on TV, Netflix or Prime.
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Letter to the Editor: Hint of Impropriety

Dear Editor,Does the Mayor's employer winning bids for the City hint at improriety ? Iowa Code 362.5 Interest in public contract prohibited — exceptions.3. The provisions of this section do not apply to: d. Contracts made by a city, upon competitive bid in writing, publicly invited and opened.If you stopped reading Iowa Code 362.5 at the end of 362.

Letter to the Editor: A note from and unhyphenated Patriot American

Editor:First off I am an unhyphenated Patriotic American, but I have been called a “bitter clinger”, a “deplorable –irreconcilable”, and lately a “Neanderthal” thinker.  And now according to Leonard Pitts’ opinion piece in the April 1 DMREG – I am a coward, liar, and a fool because I do not fall for the Liberal/Marxist/Communist wing of the Democrat party.

Getting back to nature

If there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s a stupid person. Well, people without common sense I should say. And then I became one.I used to be in that smart group, the ones with common sense. The shook my head at the people that did stupid things. Do you remember the segment on Jay Leno's show called "Stupid Criminals?" It was a segment highlighting things that the criminals did that usually got them caught.
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Letter to the Editor: Deference

Editor:Aurora Borealis ---- is weird flying through green clouds, but beautiful and awesome at the same time.I witnessed this phenomenon over 50yrs ago while on Active Duty USAF.  I was based at Walker AFB, Roswell, New Mexico.  This mission was out of a base in Alaska.  Our KC-135 Stratotanker was as full of JP-4 fuel as temperature and runway length would allow.

On this day 11 years ago

Thank you Vinton for 11 years of support for Vinton Today! The last few years my ability to remember to send birthday cards, or say "Happy Anniversary" to my kids has just fallen off the radar. It's not that I don't wish them all the best and love them to pieces, I just can't seem to juggle everything. Today Facebook popped up with their memories of what I had posted. It's a good thing they have one because obviously I don't.

Vinton Today, doing it for the smiles

I had a short chat with Vinton Today's "Sports Guy," Jeff Holmes last night. He shared that after shooting over 1,500 photos, and then spending hours on the computer going through and photoshopping some of the photos, and finding the perfect shots, he had uploaded 13 albums onto Vinton Today's Facebook page.Now let me tell you something about Jeff's philosophy.
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One Ringa Dingy, Two Ringa Dingies

People like it when I write about funny stuff. So do I. It usually means I've chuckled all the way through just remembering it. Just typing the headline took me back to Lilly Tomlin and a skit she did as a switchboard operator and if you know what I'm referencing, you're old!Some of the controversial topics that I've written about have made my phone ring, and in a good way.

A Green New Deal might leave you Turning Blue

I have mixed emotions on the whole idea of wind turbines and solar panels. This past week has been a struggle for several of my friends and family who live in the balmy south.Vinton and the school district are looking at solar power and while that's all well and good, my experience with it as a kid has warped me into hating the word "solar." As a result of believing "the science" my private school installed solar panels.
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