On Feb. 1, 1960 four black males were refused service at a lunch counter in a Woolworth’s Store. The only thing necessary to refuse them service was their race. It took until 1964 for the U.S. Congress to finally pass the Civil Rights Act to ban such discrimination. The U.S. laws now provide…

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The Walter Williams column in the Clinton Herald on Thursday, June 7, 2018 is correct.

On behalf of the Clinton Fourth of July Festival, allow me to thank all of the people and organizations that made this event possible. The 2018 festival was made possible by the generous contributions and donations from area corporations, businesses and many individuals. Of special note are …

In the city of Clinton and surrounding areas it seems to be the consensus that nothing is needed for entertainment for the over-60 crowd; however, it really is more necessary because our friends are leaving us for many reasons.

Where is our moral compass? Where are our religious leaders that are not calling out this president for separating children from their parents? How dare Jeff Sessions use the bible to say its OK to treat people poorly.

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Losing my job in August 2015, after 26 years, was one of the hardest life lessons I have to experience. I felt hopeless and lost. I struggled for about two weeks and then told God I was putting my future in his hands.

Several times over the last few years (and three times in recent weeks) people have made public comments, and even have gone so far as to make written comments (like on Facebook, aka Fakebook), regarding alleged FBI data showing Clinton as the fourth most dangerous community in Iowa. Even Qu…

The Fulton City Council will be making a decision Monday, June 25, about the destiny of the Drives Building, a historic building situated on a strategic site overlooking the Mississippi River. Their choice is between demolition leaving an empty lot, and the renovation of the structurally sou…

In September 2011, my husband, Charlie Graf, was told by his primary physician, Dr. John Dixon, he needed a tonsillectomy. Charlie was referred to a new doctor in town, Melanie Geisler. His procedure was scheduled a short while later at Mercy Hospital. Dr. Geisler said her nurse would come o…

I will begin this letter by reminding my many friends and colleagues in the Clinton area that my husband and I moved to Iowa City a little over a year ago. You might wonder why I’m writing a letter about a linear accelerator campaign at Mercy Medical Center – Clinton. Let’s clear up that que…

We are approaching an anniversary of an experiment: government by the consent of the governed. For all of our differences as individuals, we can come together for an annual renewal of support for and to celebrate an aspirational goal of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I don’t know how you feel about our county elected-officeholders, but I like people who are ethical and hardworking, who treat others well, and who exhibit integrity in their decision-making, looking out for the citizens of Clinton County. That’s why I will vote to re-elect Rhonda McIntyre f…

We religious, civic and elected leaders of Clinton were shocked, dismayed and saddened to hear of the racially motivated vandalism that recently took place at Free in Jesus Bethel AME church. We offer our support to Rev. Jerry Drake and congregation members.

My name is James West and 20 years ago, Cathy Glasson and I co-chaired the committee that wrote governing documents for SEIU Local 199. Over the years I have seen Cathy make decisions that impact our members and always asked numerous questions before proposing solutions. She always did her h…

“We support comprehensive immigration reform… Persons and families who migrate in search of protection or for a better life for themselves should be protected from harm and welcomed.” – Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa, Associates and Sojourners, 2011

As I reflect back over my education, career and community involvement efforts, this past September was extremely memorable for me. It was on Sept. 22, 2017, at the Clinton Community College Paul B. Sharar Foundation’s annual meeting, where I first met Aaron Betts. Aaron, a second-year studen…

Next Tuesday, May 8, the Clinton City Council will vote on the third reading of a proposal to increase the salaries of council members and the mayor by $3,000 each, bringing the mayor’s salary to $18,000 and the council member salary to $9,000. This would put salaries for our elected city of…

With the sale of the Robert Fulton Community Center, the Fulton Food Pantry needs a new home. For the time being, the Fulton Food Pantry has set up temporary quarters in the Fulton Township Garage. This is an adequate location for the short term but is not a long-term solution. The Fulton Fo…

A very special thank you to these awesome students that were involved in the Clinton March For Our Lives on Sunday. Our stars were: Camryn, Northeast High School; Ryann, Grace, Allison, and Ayanna, Clinton High School; Dominik, Camanche Middle School; and Ashlyn, Clinton Community College. T…

Several days ago approximately 200 people from the Gateway area gathered at the Riverview Park Bandshell to learn more about how our communities can take the lead in promoting the end for gun violence in our nation, state and towns.

Regarding the article on your Opinion page dated Friday, March 2, 2018, shared from Shaw Media titled, “Big Money is Crippling our Politics”, I share my thoughts with you.

With the 50th observance of Earth Day on April 22, each of us can contribute by reducing our driving, use of electric energy and consumption of animals.

Imagine a life with less: less stuff, less clutter, less stress, less debt, less discontent. A life with fewer distractions. Now imagine a life with more: more time, more meaningful relationships, more growth, more contribution, more contentment.

The headline “Solar Farm Project Dies” in the April 5 Clinton Herald did not surprise me. It is frustrating in this day and age of interest in trying to live more earth friendly, changes sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t.

As I look back at the adventure I have had at Clinton Community College, it has been one of the best experiences I have had in my life.

Why do we have such low voter turnout? What can we do to persuade people that they, as citizens in a democratic society, have the duty to be involved?

We believe that saving and renovating the Drives Building is in the best interest of the citizens and taxpayers of Fulton.

The United Way of Clinton County Iowa presents many opportunities for the citizens of the community to make an impact, whether it be through giving, advocating, or volunteering. One of those volunteering opportunities is the Citizen Review Committee.

Imagine a community where all individuals have the opportunity to thrive and fulfill their dreams. The United Way of Clinton County works tirelessly to achieve this goal — and we need your help.

I have been labeled a “bleeding heart” by my NRA disciples and friends when I speak out for gun control.

It is important to understand the difference between a demagogue and a politician and be able to discern the difference in order to protect the common good. Such a task is not easy because they can sound very convincing. Yet, every election year, that task confronts us. So let’s examine the …

The past two years, I have enjoyed having lunch Wednesdays and Fridays in Fulton, Illinois, at their community center located in the old firehouse. I have met some great people, developed fine friendships, and, in gratitude, done my bit to stimulate the Fulton economy with purchases there.

It was “the good old days” as they say. I was in eighth grade. It was a catholic school but it could have been any school.

You must be at least 21 years old to purchase or possess alcoholic beverages because your critical-thinking skills are not adult enough.

In the past two to three years, there have been several incidents in Clinton and the Clinton area resulting in the neglect, abuse, abandonment and death of dogs.

We are entering a pivotal time in Iowa history where the hope of outdated, unjust, and inhumane custodial laws being amended to reflect today’s society is becoming a possibility, and perhaps an eventual probability.

Feb. 22 marks the second annual National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day. I urge everyone to educate themselves on this common, yet little-known disease.

Since I believe most of the population in Clinton and the surrounding area want to know facts about current events, I must respond to a recent Letter to the Editor claiming 18 school shootings thus far this year (in just over six weeks). Please remember you do not have to take my word for th…

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