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A brief, beautiful message above Victory Lane

By Dean Close · 3:11pm April 17th, 2015
If you are among those who have spent the past week mourning a friend or relative who died in last week’s awful accident – and especially if you are among those who had already attended way too many too-soon funerals in the past year – I have a story for you. I chose to attend today’s funeral for the last four of the Urbana 5 as a friend, not a reporter.

The Favorite Aunt

By Valerie Close · 2:42pm April 11th, 2015
Now, I have lots of aunts. Quite frankly each aunt had their own thing that I liked about them. My Aunt Helen, I would see a lot, and I would greet with "There's my FAVORITE Aunt!" to which she'd always laugh and reply with, "Yeah, right!" My aunt has been one that when I was a kid, we would see a lot of because we both lived in town and we babysat my cousin so we'd see her most days.

After 150 years, there still is much to learn about the Civil War

By Dean Close · 8:00am April 8th, 2015
Imagine a war that claims the lives of 6.5 million Americans. You can’t. I can’t. Nobody can. It’s unthinkable. What kind of conflict would require that many casualties? The Civil War – which officially ended 150 years ago tomorrow – was that kind of conflict. More than 600,000 soldiers -- 2 percent of all Americans – died between April 1861 and April 1865.

To the Editor: Thanks to our local 'quiet contributors' that make Vinton better

By Frank Van Steenhuyse · 9:08am April 3rd, 2015
The signs of spring are everywhere. Some are very evident. Some are less evident. There is a quiet, behind-the-scenes, hard-working group of people in town who contribute so much to our community yet they go mostly unnoticed. Some work alone. Some work in groups. Some belong to clubs. They spend a lot of time on their knees.

To the Editor: How education funding differs from private sector

By Mary Jo Hainstock, V-S Superintendent · 1:34pm March 31st, 2015
Dear Editor, Many people have been following March Madness in high school and college basketball. In my world, I have been watching the March Madness that is occurring at the Capitol in Des Moines where politicians are debating the future of education. Our school board recently met to discuss the 2015-16 budget.

By Patty Morgan Dear Editor, In light of Indiana's Religious Freedom Law, let me especially thank the lawmakers for the central role they played in drafting this legislation and working so hard for its passage. As many of the people worked together across ideological and religious lines, some new friendships were formed and some new trust was established, which shows, I suppose, that the power of God is such that even in the legislative process miracles can happen.

An editor's favorite story (and one more word of thanks)

By Dean Close · 4:27am March 30th, 2015
Here’s my favorite story about my job, although technically, it has absolutely nothing at all to do with any story I ever wrote: A few years ago, when there were just two granddaughters (we now have four), my daughter took them in their stroller to a Vinton barber shop as they accompanied their father to his haircut.

Letter to the Editor: State Funding and Education

By Vinton Today · 1:12pm March 27th, 2015
By Josie Albrecht Every session the question facing the legislature is how to fit Iowans’ priorities within the constraints of state revenue. For years, state government in Iowa operated much like it does in Washington, D.C. – spend more than they have, send taxpayers into debt, and pass hard decisions off to future lawmakers.

Letter To The Editor: Iran - deal or no deal‏

By Vinton Today · 11:47pm March 26th, 2015
By John Stiegelmeyer Some Opinion Page Writers have accused 47 Republicans who signed a letter addressed to the government of Iran informing said government of our Constitutional procedures validating treaties entered into by the U. S. Government as treasonous. The Logan act passed and signed into law in 1799 has only been used once with no penalty levied, because the language is vague and most likely would be deemed unconstitutional; reasoning that all citizens and elected officials have not only the duty but obligation to petition governm...

To the Editor: Voting fraud hysteria in Iowa

By Rosemary Schwartz · 6:24pm March 22nd, 2015
To The Editor: Something happened recently that received a little media coverage about the current Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate decision not to continue with the court appeal from his predecessor Matt Schultz in an attempt to remove thousands of Iowans from voter rolls to suppress voting in the guise of routing out illegal voting.

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