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…

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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…

Those voters who were able to watch the recent debate between the candidates for Iowa’s House seat in the 2nd Congressional District saw what TV, radio and print ads do not reveal — Dave Loebsack has nothing to offer the voters of eastern Iowa.

For the next Whiteside County sheriff, I am voting for Kris Schmidt. Kris is an Air Force veteran, having served his country for five years. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management. Kris has served as a school resource officer and a D.A.R.E. instructor for the sheriff’…

This fall, as you cast your ballot, I would ask you vote to re-elect Norlin Mommsen as your District 97 Representative.

The Clinton Bowling Association is holding a fundraiser to raise money to bring the linear accelerator to Mercy Hospital. The linear accelerator is the cancer-fighting machine that will target and kill cancer cells with great accuracy. The current machine has been in use for 14 years and thi…

I am a former patient at Mercy Oncology Center. Throughout my entire 42 visits to the Center, the personnel were extremely uplifting people to work with at a very stressful time. With the expertise of all the staff during my visits I was very comfortable even though the accelerator had a few…

As a long time resident of Clinton, I have felt moved to be part of a positive change in our city. As an individual, the level of change I can produce is minimal. Pastor Clark Olson-Smith shared with me his belief that "organization creates opportunities." By expanding on that central theme,…

On Nov. 19, the city of Clinton Human Rights Commission will present some citizen of Clinton the commission's Human Rights Award for 2018.

Over the last few years we have had the opportunity to work with Norlin Mommsen on completing Highway 30 across Iowa. This has been a very challenging task and Norlin has stepped up to the challenge.

On Oct. 21, a 5K Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk is going to happen in our community. Not that a run/walk is special in itself, but how and why the event is happening is pretty special.

I read the other day that the state of Iowa finished the year with a surplus. Thanks to financial responsibility, Iowa has some money to help less fortunate. This is how the federal state and local governments are to be run. Without extra money you can’t help anyone.

This is the condensed sermon that my brother, Paul R. Willis Jr., gave at the Camanche First Baptist Church, where he preached from 2009 to 2015, when he retired. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in September 2017 and passed away in April 2018. He and I had numerous talks about this partic…

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), such as divorce and neglect, have a tremendous impact on a person’s future. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. ACES have been linked to:

Patti Robinson is uniquely qualified to continue the work started by Senator Rita Hart in the Iowa Senate chamber. Having been raised on a farm in Iowa, she understands the value of hard work. More, she grasps the fact that agriculture is the basis of a strong economy for this state. When fa…

I spend hours each week around the best of the best in our area. We discuss important information and ideas. We grieve together when tragedies occur. We work on numerous projects and volunteer for activities in our communities. We champion small victories, share good stories, and invest time…

I read with great interest a Letter to the Editor on September 21st calling for voters to get rid of current judges by voting no at their next retention vote.

Having the professional credentials and experiences for evaluating and attempting to preserve historic and architecturally-rich structures, I am dismayed that the Fulton City Council is considering the demolition of the Drives Historic Building. Much of my adult life has been spent in the pr…

This is an example of why drivers don't like bikes on the roads. We have to yield to bicycle riders but the many bicycle riders don't seem to want to obey the laws for moving vehicles, including bicycles.

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