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My most recent letter to the editor advocated accountability as a necessity for a society to remain healthy and viable. It is now time to reinforce that accountability to include those within our judicial system.

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U.S. Senators should reject Brett Kavanaugh’s lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. Here are some of the reasons I find it imperative to reject his nomination.

We are getting into the time of the year when political yard signs are beginning to pop up all around us. Recently some very large yard signs have been put up. I would like to make the point that big signs equal big money but not necessarily big support.

The ethanol industry is critical to the Midwest, supporting thousands of jobs and adding billions of dollars to our economy. It also drives corn demand at a time when Iowa farm family income is at the lowest level in over a decade. However, the sale of renewable fuels produced in the region …

Fred Hubbell stands for investing in business at the local level, ensuring high-quality education, and implementing permanent, long-term solutions to protect water quality. It is not surprising that he selected eastern Iowa farmer, former teacher, and my state senator, Rita Hart, to run for …

In ballot box decisions, candidate perspectives are the most important consideration. So many elected officials are career lawyers or politicians. They craft laws affecting Main Street voters from only a limited perspective of politics. That outlook seldom relates to average citizens.

Once again on Sept. 11 we are being asked to approve a $9.95 million bond issue for Easton Valley schools. Again I feel a no vote is proper. The school has over $1 million a year coming in from other taxes already.

This is in regards to the article printed in the July 9, 2018 Clinton Herald, "Prison labor may be used to build homes."

Dear Voters of Easton Valley: I write to you today as the parent of three children who will go through their educational careers as students of Easton Valley. I am also a homeowner and landowner in the district.

As a graduate of Preston High School who was lucky to attend classes in the halls of East Central and share sports with Northeast, I’m proud to now send my children to Easton Valley.

Dear voters of the Easton Valley School District: This week I read the book "What Do You Do With a Problem?" by Kobi Yamada to my first-graders. It tells the story of a little boy who has a problem. The problem gets larger as he continues to worry about it. Even though he is afraid, he decid…

I would like to offer a rebuttal to Mr. Shields commentary of July 14 concerning the discrimination shown toward members of the president's administration. First off, let's get the definitions of a few words that were used as indicators in his commentary. These definitions come from the Miri…

As an English teacher, it wasn't hard to teach my students about double negatives. Most of my students were born into houses speaking correct English. My own teachers were grammarian experts; so were my colleagues who taught with me in the East Central district. Our grammar books said, "Two …

I am asking anyone of you who have been affected by cancer either personally or through a family member or friend, to donate any amount that you can for a new Linear Accelerator at Mercy Medical Center Radiation unit. They need to raise $2 million to bring this new innovative machine that wi…

With regard to the appointment of the former Clinton Schools Superintendent as Superintendent of the new international academy: What is she superintendent of? The so-called Pangaea Academy has no accreditation or teachers. All the Chinese students will be full-time Clinton High students purs…

As a 20-year resident of Clinton, and a woman who has battled breast cancer, I greatly appreciate the world class health care facility we have in the Mercy Hospital and its partnership with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Through this partnership, cancer patients are able to re…

Once again Rich Lowry has taken an elitist swipe at Senator Bernie Sanders in referring to him as “John the Baptist of the left.”

Let me give you two scenarios and you can decide which one would be the best choice for you. Let’s say that you are diagnosed with cancer. It doesn’t matter what kind. It is the time in your treatment timeline to set up where you want to do your radiation treatments. This is where the two sc…

As the president of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, it’s my responsibility to work toward fulfilling the mission of the organization; namely, to take a leading role in sustaining, improving and speaking for the Clinton area economic community. I believe what I’m about to talk about hit…

I am honored to work with and for the people of Easton Valley. Together, school board, administration, and staff are doing a fine job educating the students in our district. In addition, the parents in this district are fantastic with their support and involvement. Our students' scholastic s…

In March 2018, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. In June, I started radiation treatments at the Mercy Radiation Oncology Center, five days a week, and finished on Aug. 6 for a total of 43 treatments.

I am a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in 2011 and because of the support given from my loving family, awesome friends, wonderful school family and the exceptional care from Dr. Anoop Aggarwal and his team, I am seven years cancer free.

I am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in the late summer of 2011 with a cancerous tumor on my tonsil and, after more testing, lymph nodes in my chest were affected. The doctors at Medical Associates had all the necessary tests and appointments set up for the lengthy process of dealing with…

Political attacks often oversimplify issues to the point of creating babble, and the July 30 letter “Russia! Russia! Russia!” is a good example. For one thing, it claimed simply that in 2009 President Obama had dropped plans for missile defense in eastern Europe, plans proposed by President …

Russian collusion. Russian interference. Russian meddling. Russian hacking. For too long now that is pretty much all we have heard from the political left and their main stream media support systems. After the recent Helsinki Summit, the roar from the left was deafening. Liberal spokesperson…

The Vinson H. Jetter Community Center, d/b/a, Youth For A Safe Non-Violent Community, will host its annul Back to School event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 in Clinton Park, which is located on the corner of South Fourth Street and Third Avenue South, across from Central Fire Station.

A week ago, a letter to the editor written by Al Taggert from Coralville was published in the Clinton Herald. This says that for 30 years Clinton has ignored federal requirements regarding sewer systems in contrast to other municipalities.

The first step in recovery is to admit you have a problem and that’s what the city of Clinton must do regarding their sewer problem.

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…

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.

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