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In 2014, President Barack Obama, proclaimed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to bring attention to the fact that human trafficking, or modern day slavery, still exists today. There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today, generating hund…

This is the major content of a letter written to Mayor Mike Ottens which he was asked to share with the Fulton City Council prior to their vote on whether or not to sell the Drives Building to the Historical Society. (The letter was delivered to Mayor Ottens following a meeting with him.)

As a board member of United Way of Clinton County, Iowa, I have learned a lot about our community and the agencies that serve it. I’ve also learned a lot about UWCCI and discovered there are a lot of misconceptions of what it is and what it does. I’d like to share what I’ve learned.

A letter to the families, Fire and Police departments, the community and surrounding areas that came together to show their support during this tragedy:

We had the honor of driving through the Symphony of Lights in Eagle Point Park to see the Christmas lights. We were so impressed by your display that we went back through a second time, and we are from Bellevue. Some of the displays are almost unbelievable. It takes you by surprise. The peop…

I am new to the Fulton area and, already, I can see how Fulton seems to be moving in a backwards direction! It seems relevant to me that after attending a City Council meeting, the mayor and several members of the City Council have such negative attitudes toward growth and development.

It’s December, noted to be one of the darker months of the year with many days of clouds rather than sunshine. It’s a month with the shortest hours of daylight and longer dark nights. For many this is also a season of dark spirits in spite of all the festive holidays. For some it is the firs…

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At this time of year when we are making lists and checking them twice, sharing with others in need is the true gift of Christmas. What a joy it was to provide a vehicle to a family in need at the second Salvation Army Cruising with Care Car Giveaway.

Many of us have experienced the chaos of the holiday season — rushing to get every gift wrapped on time, navigating large family gatherings, standing in lines and circling parking lots, and trying not to overspend.

My name is Wendy Ottens owner of the downtown business ”Sweet Woodruff “ and soon another business called “Living by the River." This letter is not about me but my thoughts regarding the historical building donated to the city of Fulton over 10 years ago, known as the Drives Building. The co…

It’s with great disappointment that I announce the closure of Wagner Clinic Pharmacy, effective Dec. 28, 2018. While my emotions in this decision run deep, as it’s where I started my career in pharmacy and even had the privilege of working with George Wagner himself, those don’t matter amids…

I was first introduced to the United Way of Clinton County at an all-college meeting at Clinton Community College. Enthusiastic recipients of United Way funds shared with us individual stories of how United Way dollars positively impacted the people they serve. I left that meeting eager to g…

I am so excited and hopeful for the future of our country. We are just weeks away from unleashing a new majority Democratic party in the U.S. House of Representatives. The opportunity for us to see what their platforms and promises hold for moving our country forward now rests squarely in De…

Here in the heart of the Midwest, we are fortunate enough to be surrounded by agriculture. Most people understand that their food is raised by Iowa farmers before it is processed and then placed on grocery store shelves to be purchased. What people may not be familiar with are the steps that…

I have a suggestion for letters to the editor for November. Perhaps we can write letters of what we are thankful for in our city.

United Way of Clinton County, Iowa recently held its Fork Some Pork fundraiser at the Clysar Pavilion. Nearly 1,000 delivery orders were placed for the fundraiser, in addition to the over 100 tickets that were sold at the door. A net profit of approximately $7,500 was made, all of which will…

There is still time to vote early! You can vote at the County Auditor’s office in the Administration Building, 1900 N. Third St., today and Monday. Yes, for your convenience the Auditor’s office will be open today, Nov. 3!

As a fourth-generation Clintonian, I would like to give a ringing endorsement on behalf of Chris Cournoyer for the Iowa State Senate. I have seen firsthand how hard she has worked for the schools because she is the president of the school board where my daughter's children attend. Chris is n…

“Eric” (not his real name) gets up at 5 a.m., walks an hour to get to his job early, works his shift and then walks home. “Eric” is homeless and works 40 hours a week and does not make enough to pay for food, medicine and housing. He is not alone: Nationwide, there are an estimated 553,742 p…

Illinois State Sen. Neil Anderson and State Rep. Tony McCombie have been excellent voices for the 36th Senate District and the 71st Representative District since 2014 and 2016, respectively.

Veterans Day is Nov. 11. From military cemeteries in France, the Pacific and United States, our freedoms have a cost of young lives. When you see a veteran, thank them for what they have done for our freedom and lives.

Valley Oaks Golf Course, in Clinton, hosted its second annual Tee It Up For TaTa's golf outing on Saturday, Oct. 13. The outing is played to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all the proceeds are donated to the Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa Foundation.

Wireless microphones are used to transmit sound to an amplifier or recording device without need of a physical cable. Their use provides many important functions that serve the public interest. Wireless microphone users include theaters and music venues, film studios, conventions, corporate …

If you have not voted yet, and thank you to those who have, I would ask that you consider one, and only one, impact your vote could have.

It is my great pleasure to support Rep. Norlin Mommsen's re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives. As many of you know, our company, Clinton Catalyst, acquired the former Ashford campus in late 2015 and immediately got to work with the community to find a beneficial re-use of the campus.

In 1935, Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. In 1965, Democratic President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law.

I am writing this letter supporting Representative Norlin Mommsen. I had the opportunity to meet Norlin several years ago at a conservative function. I am a city girl and was not familiar with agricultural issues. Norlin took the time to explain and educate me on agricultural procedures and …

Tim McClimon is the best choice for voters in Iowa House District 97. I have known Tim for over 30 years, as an attorney and as a judge.

My personal philosophy is that we should reach and teach others to take our place in the world – particularly in the avenue of service to others. That does not mean we should negate the positive influence or experiences given by those who have served so faithfully. What it means is we should…

If you are looking for someone to work hard in the Iowa Senate for better schools, look no further than Senator Tod Bowman.

Our Clinton County Treasurer, Rhonda McIntyre, has always competently fulfilled her office’s duties to properly bill and collect property taxes and special assessments; to make sure those collected taxes go to our schools, towns and cities, county and other tax-dependent entities; to run the…

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