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Dear Mr. Mayor, City Council, City Attorney and Iowa HSUS Representative Preston Moore,

Education is one of three impacts areas the United Way of Clinton County, Iowa focuses on. These focuses help create a strong and sustainable community. United Way's educational goal is to ensure that youth gain the knowledge, skills, and credentials in order to be prepared for the workforce…

With all of the violence, shootings and the wars, it all seems to never stop.

I’d like to ask your readers: Do you stutter? Do you know someone who does? Most people do. More than 3 million Americans and 70 million people across the globe stutter, but sadly it is still quite misunderstood. Help us change that.

A March 25 television program about 9/11 brought back so many heart-wrenching memories. It was about firefighters losing one of their own.

Thank you for a great article on Wild Bob’s Big Show on April 29. It captures the Finch Fund’s purpose and mission very well. Thanks also to all Herald staff for the fantastic support that you’ve shown us, starting with a great article on our president, Greg Fier, by Winona Whitaker a few we…

Global experts predict that, in the coming decade, the failure to mitigate and adapt to climate change will be the most dangerous risk communities face. Specifically, that risk includes rising seas, more severe weather, dirtier air, and food and water crises. Our military and national securi…

On Saturday, April 27, KT3 Fitness in downtown Fulton hosted a benefit for local Fulton High School athlete Trae VanZuiden and his family in an attempt to alleviate the stress of medical bills. Trae was recently diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma and had been receiving chemotherap…

The staff and I at United Way of Clinton County, Iowa would like to thank to community for participating in our Flowers Just Because fundraiser on April 24. We were able to distribute just over 400 bouquets of spring flowers in two hours. We could not have done so without our fantastic volun…

I went to Paul's Discount yesterday, and there were very few parking spots available. I found the items I needed, then just wandered the crowded aisles for a bit. Reminiscing.

On Thursday, April 11th we had the pleasure of attending the Kyle Ketelsen performance at Clinton High School Vernon Cook Theatre. An outstanding evening of vocal and musical entertainment thanks to Kyle Ketelsen, Clinton High School choirs, jazz band and members of the orchestra.

Legislation currently being considered by the Iowa Legislature would hinder the ability of local elected officials to make budget decisions to fund the programs and services their constituents depend on and desire. House File 773 would place an arbitrary 2% annual growth limitation on proper…

When I saw the headline in the Clinton Herald "Feral cat plans forwarded," I immediately thought "Oh no! They're going to round them up and kill them!"

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading to children from birth. A large body of research has shown children exposed to books at a young age have stronger vocabulary, literacy, attention spans and concentration, and they are better prepared for school. MRIs taken while preschool…

Sure, my grandmother would readily recognize the iconic Andrew Carnegie building that has been the Clinton Public Library for the last 115 years, but once inside, she would find a whole new world.

Home Base Iowa is a program designed to connect veterans and transitioning service members with Clinton County-based employers. It’s estimated that 200,000 men and women transition out of active duty service each year. These individuals are trained using state-of-the-art technology, come equ…

This is National Library Week. For many, the term “library” brings to mind a picture of walls filled with books. However, I challenge you this week to visit the Clinton Public Library and experience its transformation into a 21st-century learning center.

The Muslim community has been inundated with an outpouring of love, sympathy, support and condolence in the wake of New Zealand shooting.

On behalf of the team that put together the Kayla Fuegen Sellers benefit, I’d like to offer a big, heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped with the benefit, provided donations, and attended the benefit event on March 2 at Gil’s Ballroom.

How does a team show class and respect to their opponent and sport? Is it shaking your opponent's hand? Losing with grace? Winning with respect? Or is it something more?

Recent letters to the editor have promoted universal medicare coverage for all. The last major change had promised that you could keep your doctor, and it would provide dramatic reduction of the cost of medical care. This did not work on either issue.

I may be fairly unique for someone who went to college and med school in the 1960s and 1970s in that I have never used any drugs, including marijuana, and never intend to. However, looking at the reliable information available concerning the pros and cons of marijuana use, I find there is a …

The death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment and it has no purpose in our civilized society. All people should know that our death penalty system is tremendously flawed: it is unfair, racially biased and costs taxpayers more than life imprisonment.

I found the recent column in your paper titled “Medical perspective on marijuana use” to be both grossly wanting and frustratingly inaccurate. The author, Dr. Anis Ansari, makes several sweeping claims about the plant that are both unsubstantiated and harmful to the larger debate that is cur…

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce I will never again be able to serve in any publicly elected capacity. I do so by making a full confession of my past behavior that could come back to haunt me, and for which is now recognized as culturally and/or racially insensitive.

The Salvation Army is grateful to the Clinton area for all the support received during the Christmas fundraising efforts. This year we were able to raise over $109,000. We are very excited about the generosity in our community. This will go a long way to help us provide the services that we …

United Way of Clinton County, Iowa serves as a connection point and brings together individuals, businesses, industry, and nonprofit organizations to make positive changes in our community. We offer a cost-effective and efficient approach to supporting local human service efforts that make a…

Now that Polar Vortex Jayden has moved on, we need our customers’ help. Postal carriers have suffered serious injuries related to slips, trips and falls due to icy and snow covered walkways and porch steps. Preventing a slip or bad fall can be as easy as putting down salt or sand on slippery…

The cold weather made the big heart of Clinton feel all the warmer in January. Between the outpouring of love and respect for our fire department and the crowded room at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, Clintonians and those visiting were reminded that we are a community that cele…

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:

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