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Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Statistics and are they true?

Dear Editor, To D.E. and others --- Thus:  total abortions 1973 – 2021 – 63,459,781   -- from a google search.   That is 48 years.  Thus 63,459,781 Divided by  48 = 13,220,078 divided by 365 = 3,622 per day.  Your math sucks and anyway, if I am off by a few thousand – does it make a difference?  Still, millions of preborns were killed.

Letter the Editor: Leading cause of death

Dear Editor:What is the leading cause of death in the U. S. of A?1.Cancer2.Heart disease3 Fentanyl laced drugs for an open Southern Border4 None of the aboveNumber 4 is correct.  The real answer = abortion.Think about it - 3,000 a day..Regards,John Stiegelmeyer
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Government 101

I suppose you are probably tired of hearing about what the Benton County Supervisors did THIS time. Quite frankly, I'm tired of writing about it or caring about it. As a matter of fact, I was just going to ignore the latest matter and then I felt like I couldn't. On February 2, 2024, the Supervisors had a very brief meeting that lasted a mere 24 minutes.

Dear K

Dear K,Oh, I just love a good mystery. When your letter arrived in my post office box and it reeked of past drama, I had a hint of which camp that it was from. My issue was that I wasn't sure just which member of the camp. Rather than wake up the people involved in the "scandal" last night, I waited until this morning. I sent copies of your anonymous letter, and did some sleuthing, and got an answer in about five minutes.

Letter to the Editor: Time for Some Honesty About Water Rates

Dear Editor, On February 8, the City will, or already did (depending on when you read this), raise water and sewer rates. The citizens have been told that rate increases are needed to replace the antiquated water and sewer plants. Well, that is only partially true. If you looked closely at the worksheets from the November 27th work session, you would see that the City was presented with two sewer scenarios: Scenario 1 is a new 12 million dollar sewer plant, Scenario 2 is doing nothing to the sewer plant.
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Quilts of Valor and Vinton loses a special lady

Rita with her favorite Dr. Song at her last Veteran's assembly last November Last October I had a call from Rita Moore. She was really excited about the quilt that she was going to present at the Veteran's Assembly at the school. "I'm going to be presenting a quilt to Dr. Song!" She had talked with me often about her doctor and what a great guy he was, how much she liked him and how he was the smartest guy around. So I knew this one was a special quilt for her to present.

Fired Board of Health gets, "You Can't Fight City Hall" Plaques

Updated:In a move that is quite frankly a bit odd, the Benton County Board of Supervisors presented the fired Board of Health members with a plaque at Tuesday's Board of Supervisor meeting.I'm not sure if presenting fired county volunteers with plaques is a thing now or what. Of course, in the history of the county, I'm not sure how many volunteers actually get fired, but the former Board of Health did following a misunderstanding between the Benton County Board of Supervisors and the Benton County Board of Health.

Letter to the Editor: I believe in Climate Change

I also believe:  Bill Gates and John Kerry are friends of the little man.The people attending the meetings in Davos are looking out for my interests. There is no lawfare in the USA.Fani Willis is a credible prosecutor.Antifa and BLM are good. Proud Boys and Oath keepers are bad…just look at the millions of dollars of destruction they have done.
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Letter to the Editor: Climate vs. Weather

Editor: Do you remember your geography studies from Elementary School?  I remember studding the various countries the borders climate, major crops and exports, and their religion.  Perhaps there were other subjects as well, but good grief that was in the 40’s -- yep long time ago.  We seem to confuse climate with weather when so-called climate change is mentioned by the press or by John Kerry or Al Gore.

Snowplows, drivers, water mains, those that do work in these conditions

A plow clearing Highway 218 northwest of Vinton last week. The storms that came through Benton County put a strain on the plows like nothing we've seen, probably in my lifetime. With two foot of snow and temperatures that froze the snow solid, the roads were nearly impossible to clear. Just when we thought that was over, we had blowing snow causing drifting adding more issues to the already cleared roads, and more trouble for snow plows still trying to break through the roads.
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