With Thanksgiving this week, it is the time of year we express our gratitude for the blessings in our lives. This year, we offer special praise to our care-giving teams for their tireless dedication and unwavering commitment to caring for Iowans during this COVID-19 pandemic.

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A big thanks to Ted Tornow and his staff for what they have done not only during the 2020 season but this offseason. They are doing what they can for Clinton since they did not have a baseball season: the ballpark food drive-up and the concerts this summer, to most recently the food drive wi…

In strong support of our President, Donald Trump, I would ask all Americans to pray for our nation and its leaders. “Here are my directions. Pray much for others, plead for God’s mercy upon them; give thanks for all He is going to do for them,” I Timothy 2:1.

While the presidential and congressional elections this year may determine whether we will restore and enhance our rights to equality or continue on a path to destroy our democracy, our county offices are also extremely important to our way of life, two in particular.

Originally I was all for my employer picking up some, if not all, of the cost of my health care insurance. It made sense. If my employer gave me $1 an hour raise, I’d have to give the IRS 15 cents of it for a net gain of 85 cents. If my employer instead put that dollar toward my health insur…

This election, I’m supporting the candidate that I know is the perfect fit for the 2nd District of Iowa, Rita Hart. I know that we can always count on her to do the right thing.


Under the theme "2020 Out of this World", the 71st annual Clinton Mardi Gras Halloween parade will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, on Riverview Drive.

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…

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.

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 …

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 –…


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.”


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.


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.

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.


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.

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…

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, …

We all want honest, capable people representing us in government on the local, state and national level.

I'm writing this letter in support of Steve Diesch for Clinton County sheriff. I had the opportunity to serve the city of Clinton as a police officer for 32 years, many of which were spent in community policing and drug enforcement. I retired in 2019.

The four of us are currently employed at the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and we have over 100 years of experience working in the jail, patrol, investigations and civil department at the Sheriff’s Office.

We are members of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office. As members, we understand the responsibilities, challenges, and qualifications that it takes to run the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office in the most effective manner. With this in mind, we fully support Chief Deputy Steve Diesch as the ne…

Recently, there was another partisan clash in Washington, D.C., that threatened to stop passage of updated COVID-related legislation. There was lots of finger pointing and little problem solving as the ideologues worked to score political points instead of fixing things.

Who is Rita Hart and why should you vote for her for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District? I have known Rita for several years as a politician, a fellow volunteer and as a friend. Respecting the social distancing COVID-19 requires; this pandemic has prevented some of you from having the face-to…

For nearly 147 years, Iowans have depended on our state courts to protect our rights and rule on every case fairly and impartially, based solely on the facts and the law. Our judges swear an oath to uphold the Constitution, despite what popular opinion or politics dictate. They are an essent…

According to Donald Trump, I guess along with five of my brothers, we were suckers. Two of my brothers were in World War II, one received two Purple Hearts, one served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict, one served post Korea and two of us served during the Cold War in the 1950s.

Another very important election is about to take place and first and foremost I would like to ask everyone to vote with our own minds.

Our purpose is to serve customers and build strong communities, and it guides our work every day. Just over one month ago – following the derecho storm on Aug. 10 – our purpose truly came to life.

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