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October 25, 2013

LEVINE: Picking Clinton as a home


Like most plans, those fell through.

Life happened. We have two wonderful (OK, most of the time wonderful) children, and my wife and I enjoy our jobs.

So staying in this region was necessary, but being in Clinton wasn’t.

We chose Clinton because we like it here. I’m sure if you’ve read my columns during the past few weeks, you may say, “boy Scott, you definitely have an odd way of showing your love of your town.”

Sure, I’ve written during the past month about my frustrations with large-item pickup. But I write about that because I care about what happens to the residents and what the city does in helping make Clinton a better place to live.

Not everything can be rosy. There are some things that are negative about what the City Council does and there are some positives. It goes the same way about the city as a whole. But just because I point out an occasional negative doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy living here.

I love the Mississippi River and the amount of things to do. I grew up in a town of about 8,000 people, and I thought the world of it. I still like the town, but during a recent trip back there, my wife and I drove around, remarking how much more there was to do in Clinton.

I’ve written about this countless times before, but there’s endless things to do here, but it seems sometimes people don’t know about them. For children, there’s always something to do. Whether it’s pottery, going to the Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center or just playing in one of the many parks in this area, there’s an opportunity to enjoy Clinton on almost any occasion.

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With the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission and the Clinton County Board of Supervisors discussing proposals to construct a new jail, do you think the time has come for Clinton County to construct such a facility?

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