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No matter your political leanings in this highly divided world, there is one thing all Iowans should agree on: We don’t need politics in our courts. Iowans depend on the courts to rule fairly and impartially, based solely on the facts and the law.

A recent letter to the editor published in the Clinton Herald supporting Tom Determann noted “Many times Clinton County residents will find Tom casting the lone vote against issues that he believes will inordinately raise taxes or will not be an effective use of tax dollars... ” All three Su…

Today’s editorial – the first of five that will take a look at local candidates running for election on the Nov. 3 ballot – examines the race between District 98 State Rep. Mary Wolfe, D-Clinton, and her challenger Joma Short, a Republican from Clinton.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Rita Hart for several years. She was our State senator who focused on listening and conversing with her constituents as she evaluated the issues and voted to best represent their needs.


THE CONVERSATION – As temperatures fall, people are spending more time indoors. That heightens the risk of the coronavirus spreading, but there are some simple steps you can take to help protect yourself and everyone around you.


On the front of today’s Clinton Herald, we are featuring an installment of our “Pulse of the Voters” project, a combined effort of newspapers throughout CNHI, our parent company.

Steve Diesch and his family have been customers of mine for over 25 years and his honesty and integrity are without question, but that is not why I am writing. I would like to relate a story about Steve. A couple years ago I was on a extended canoe trip in Florida and towards the end of the …

The Russians haven’t loomed so large as a sinister hand influencing the course of American society since the Red Scares of the 20th century.

I’m no less shocked than anybody else by the rise of the wacky QAnon conspiracy theory-turned-movement in this election year, but I’m not surprised by its viral spread.

It’s simple to express one's opinion. It’s kinda fun to “put in our two cents worth.” It’s easy to talk the talk and thankfully we have Chief Deputy Steve Diesch to walk the walk.

I would like the Clinton Herald to take a closer look at what they assume is unbiased front page news. The Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, edition featured front and center a piece by Associated Press, Zeke Miller, Jill Volbin, Aamer Madhani. Headlined: ‘Trump, still infectious, back at White House –…

The president and his likely successor are campaigning almost exclusively about domestic matters, including the scarcity of domestic tranquility. Although voters usually wish that foreign policy would not intrude upon their attention, they should notice that the president who will be inaugur…

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, it’s the perfect time to load up the family and take a road trip to see fall in all its splendor.


Vote no for Mary Wolfe in the Iowa House. Mary is a puppet for the Iowa Bar Association – voting no or helping block every bill that would help children forced into the very “Corrupt Divorce Industry.”


On Sunday, Oct. 11, there was an event called Ridin’ with Biden in Jackson County. It was a car caravan that traveled through beautiful Jackson County and ended at Tabor Winery in support of Joe Biden. A wonderful time was had by all.


We the undersigned members of the Clinton Police Protective Association would like to express our support of Deputy Chief Bill Greenwalt for Clinton County Sheriff.

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 64-year-old woman with a family history of heart disease. Both of my parents had heart attacks and open-heart surgery. At ages 50, 55 and 60, I experienced what I thought were signs of a heart attack. With each experience, I ended up in the hospital and was given a nuc…

DEAR ANNIE: After years of fiscal discipline, my wife and I have paid off our mortgage. We contemplated having a mortgage-burning party to celebrate but were advised this would be in poor taste and akin to bragging. While we are justifiably proud, we don’t wish to offend anyone. What is your…

A leader is responsible for growing his or her replacement. In many of the leadership classes I have attended, this was a constant theme. In that vein, knowing I was going to retire after this term ends, I followed that advice.

This letter is in support of our current Whiteside County treasurer, Penny VanKampen. Penny is by far the best choice for this office. She has worked for Whiteside County for over 10 years – all in the Treasurer’s Office.

With voting in key states having begun more than six weeks before Election Day, early voting has emerged as a contentious issue. Observing that the country now has more of an election season than an election day, Attorney General Bill Barr lamented that “we’re losing the whole idea of what a…


Ever since COVID-19 made its appearance in Iowa in March, Gateway-area residents have been inundated with health news about everything from lockdowns and revised school and work patterns to health hygiene directives.

A judicial retention election can, and should be, used to voice dissatisfaction with the inadequate direction the system is heading.

If this is the most important election of our lifetimes, is it too much to ask that the president of the United States act like it?

I wanted to say thank you to the person dressed up in the inflatable T-Rex dinosaur suit who was mowing his grass on South Fifth Street in the afternoon. I am a bus monitor for the Clinton Community School District and all my students and driver got a huge laugh over him as we went by. He ma…

In the next month, the citizens of Clinton County will have the opportunity to elect a new sheriff. With such an important position it is critical that the most qualified candidate be elected. But you must be an educated voter to make an informed decision. Both candidates speak of their expe…

A presidential election is like a barometer, which has been defined as an ingenious device that reveals the kind of weather we are experiencing. In case your dismay about the dilapidation of the nation is not yet commensurate with the valid reasons for dismay, consider four things about the …

In the uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need legislators that understand and can navigate the complexities of healthcare throughout this crisis and beyond. State Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks offers a unique perspective through her decades of service in the U.S. Army as a nurse, …

It’s 1:36 a.m. and I’ve just gotten my daughter back to sleep after she threw up violently. She has no fever, no cough, no shortness of breath, but what if…. I think it’s food poisoning and not COVID-19, but I can’t know for sure. Not knowing is hard. I’ll call the pediatrician in the mornin…

“If you want to make God laugh,” Woody Allen once famously said, paraphrasing a Yiddish proverb, “tell him about your plans.”

The polarization of the Black Lives Matter movement is so similar to the Civil Rights movement, the Tea Party movement, and the Occupy Wall-Street movement, as the message from the original founders can be misconstrued and changed as the movement grows.

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