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Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Senate's Failure to allow Keystone pipeline

By John Stiegelmeyer · 6:59pm November 19th, 2014
The Senate failed to pass legislation to allow the building of the Keystone XL pipeline by only one vote. There is no question that a pipeline to transport Crude Oil is safer for the environment than shipment by rail or truck. Our government will miss out on income taxes on wages earned by manufactures, fabricators, builders and pipeline owners.

To the Editor: Consider the person wearing that military uniform

By Roger Beau · 8:34am November 17th, 2014
A post-Veterans Day reflection: On Aug. 12, 1972, after a one — year tour of duty with the 388th Combat Support Group in Korat, Thailand, I was discharged from the U.S. Air Force at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. With discharge papers in hand and wearing my Air Force uniform, I took a cab to San Francisco International Airport.

A world without you...

By Dean Close · 8:34am November 16th, 2014
Hey, you. Yes, you. We need to talk. I saw you the other day, as we gathered, yet again, to remember someone who died way too young. I caught that look in your eye that tells me you wonder if maybe it's your turn. It's not. You say life is hard – harder than you imagined.

To the Editor: Medicare price increase won't be known until after election

By Monte Railsback · 5:08pm November 2nd, 2014
I received this information from a Retired Marine Colonel from California and I had not opened my 2015 Medicare Handbook until she wrote me the following: Did you receive your Medicare Handbook for 2015 last week? If you have already received yours in the mail please turn to page 12 and go down to the bottom of the page and read Find out what you pay for Medicare (Part A and Part B).

To the Editor: Brad Anderson would help those who vote by mail

By Rose Huber Trafford · 12:56pm November 1st, 2014
To The Editor: The top priority of the Iowa Secretary of State ought to be increasing election turnout. Iowans care deeply about ensuring voter access to the polls and it’s time for a Secretary of State who agrees. I proudly support Iowa Secretary of State candidate Brad Anderson. Since graduating college I have lived in six countries, but always maintained my permanent address here in Iowa.

It has come to my attention, through a former student of mine, that a segment of Iowa's population may not be able to participate in the electoral process here because our state lacks a safeguard for the privacy rights of victims of domestic violence. Secretary of State Candidate Brad Anderson is proposing a solution to this problem which I believe merits consideration and implementation.

Peeking at the Guest Book: A beginner's guide to grief

By Dean Close · 4:10pm October 17th, 2014
“You gave away one of our secrets,” said Frank, the Funeral Home Guy. We had just buried my mom — and three weeks to the day later, my grandfather — when I wrote the following words: “Some people think that the purpose of The Guest Book is to keep track of the people who attend a funeral or visitation, so you can properly thank them.

To the Editor: Change must be made in November

By John Stiegelmeyer · 11:13pm October 15th, 2014
To the Editor, “Survival in the market often requires recognizing mistakes and changing course. Survival in politics requires denying mistakes, continuing the current policies, adding new ones to correct the old ones, and then blaming the bad consequences on others.” “Whatever its shortcomings economically, what government job creation programs can do politically is create a large classes of people beholden to the government and likely to vote for those who gave them jobs in hard times.

Junk Ads: A humorous look at what you don't see here

By Dean Close · 11:24am October 13th, 2014
One of the things we like to boast about at Vinton Today is the fact that everything on our site is local. All the news, all the ads. Very few other news sites can say that. Most even have agreements that require them to use ads for national businesses. Not us. We decided from the beginning to make Vinton Today all about our community.

A final salute to Vinton Marine Larry Michael

By Dean Close · 5:46pm October 9th, 2014
The community of Vinton veterans lost a friend today. So did I. Major Larry Michael, a retired Marine, died today, after a long battle with Parkinson’s. He was 80. Larry was a proud Marine who for years kept a sign in his yard to announce to all passers-by his rank in that military branch.

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