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Opinion

I want 2020 back

I know I'm not alone in being glad that 2020 was over and looked forward to 2021. Now, I'm not sure that 2021 is going to go off better than in 2020, maybe worse.Locally, it has not been a good year. The first week has had more bad news than most years contain. It has made me appreciate our local law enforcement, our first responders, EMT's, fire department, our dispatchers and anyone else I may have not mentioned.

Washington D.C. has problems, Can I get an A Woman?

We all hoped that 2021 would be a new page, a new beginning and that things would be great, can I get an Amen?Or in other words, a "So be it."This week Congress opened shop again, it's okay to groan, I am. I tend to think that if shutting down the government just kept all of our elected officials at home, that would be best. Case in point. Emanuel Cleaver, a United Methodist Pastor in Kansas City, Missouri opened Congress with a prayer that ended with, 'We ask it in the name of the monotheistic God, Brahma, and "god" known by many names by many different faiths.
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Vinton receives 8” of snow overnight, is that newsworthy or not?

It always seemed funny to me when news organizations report that we’ve had snow in Iowa. Or when they’re out driving and telling us how bad the roads are. It reminds me of the reporters standing in a hurricane telling us that it's windy.The news might be the workers who stay overnight at their job so that they will be there in the morning to take care of our elderly.

Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Christmas

Christmas is a time that you expect to see twinkling lights and Christmas displays in the yards around town. When pulling into town, or any town for that matter,  the street lights are decorated with wreaths or garland or in Vinton snowflakes.When you turn on the radio you hear Christmas music from every genre of music country, gospel, and rock.

Add a Wine and Cheese platter and help your brain

According to a recent study, cheese is good for you. Pair it with some red wine and you are improving your cognitive skills. "Cognitive skills are the skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention. They take incoming information and move it into the bank of knowledge you use every day at school, at work, and in life.

COVID, Computers, Connections and Council

"It's time to watch the City Council in session," the reminder on my phone said. "Perfect!""Your connection is unstable," my computer said, over, and over. Then Zoom appeared and disappeared. However, from the bits and pieces that I COULD hear and see, from my connection on satellite, it sounded like the City Council had indeed been enjoying that Christmas Eggnog.

May all your Christmases be...well, better than 2020

I have to admit, after this year, I think I feel a bit more Grinch-ish than normal. I am so tired of hearing, mask up, socially distance or how I could kill Grandma before she gets run over by a reindeer if I don't wear a mask! (Now I'm not debating the should or shouldn'ts of any of that, but seriously, we're all weary)However, NOW is the time to make the day of those that serve us year around a bit brighter.

7 Years, and one day

I was reminded by relatives via Facebook that I'd lost my dad 7 years ago, yesterday. But really, I'd lost him about 5 or 6 years before when he went into a care center. He was a man's man. Not a wuss, and not afraid of anything, except blood. At the sight of blood, well, he'd hit the floor. The very idea makes me chuckle. My dad passing out? No way!He stood at 6 foot, had the bluest eyes, and black hair.

Letter to the Editor: Thank you

To the Editor, The Family of Evelyn Bland sincerely thanks our dear family and friends for the kind words and the expressions of sympathy and comfort after the passing of our beloved Wife, Mother, and Grandmother.  She will forever be in our hearts. 

What day is it again?

COVID messes with everything. Especially the calendar. I needed to get my car fixed as well as cover a photo op on the same day. I looked at my calendar, got the car ready, told the mechanic where it would be for pick up and prepared for the rest of my day. I had to get the bills ready to deliver this week, something I don't normally do anymore because of time.
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