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Sun Editorial: CDG award winners show us best qualities of our community
August 25, 2016
They personify the best of Mount Vernon-Lisbon. And they are examples for all of us. We're speaking of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) honorees, who were recognized at a ceremony last week:

Living in Iowa:Watching Olympic athletes showed us how humans have survived
by Dan Brawner · August 25, 2016
The Rio Olympics are now over, marking the world's largest celebration of athletic talent, genetic perfection, sportsmanship and obsessive/compulsive disorder.

Musings: Coaches, teachers, directors have good message
by Jake Krob · August 25, 2016
Chatting with coaches recently - both formally for the Sun and informally as a citizen - something struck me. None said, "We are going to win a state championship - that's what matters." None said, "We are going to be the best ever."

Mess of trash a shame for Mount Vernon park
by Jon Barnes · August 25, 2016
Where I live in Mount Vernon, I am lucky enough to have the quarry pond and park behind my home. While walking through the quarry on Monday, Aug. 15, at around 10 in the morning, I came across a mess of trash that was left by the dock.

MVHS grad: All facility upgrades are needed
by Bryce Cox · August 25, 2016
As a prior student of MVHS (Class of 2016), I have heard many opinions over the new facilities bond for our school district. Over the course of my high school career, I have been involved in multiple activities. To be very short, I have participated in football, wrestling, theatre, choir and art. I am hoping readers will take my thoughts into consideration when voting this fall, and although some people may reject my opinions, here is my brief stance on the subject:

Residents want to understand facility plan, costs
by Don and Deb Hommer · August 25, 2016
We are writing in reference to the upcoming Mount Vernon School District bond issue. First, we must be completely transparent. We own one of the five or six properties that will arguably be most affected by the physical location of the proposed sports complex.

Sun Editorial:A back-to-school challenge: volunteer
August 18, 2016
We know you already do a ton for your local school district.

Living in Iowa: Candidates agree: Nothing is more discouraging than unappreciated sarcasm
by Dan Brawner · August 18, 2016
Recently when Donald Trump got into trouble for claiming Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton founded the terrorist organization ISIS, he blamed the media for not realizing he was being sarcastic. Don't worry. This is not going to be about Mr. Trump. It's about sarcasm. (Yeah, right.) No, seriously.

He's 'been around the block' and doesn't like either pres. candidate
by Gaylord K. Owens · August 18, 2016
I am 93-plus years of age. I have been around the block more than once!

Likes auditorium, but 'too many other unanswered questions'
August 18, 2016
I believe our community needs the auditorium that has been proposed as part of the school bond vote. We are a joint community of more than 6,000 people just within the limits of Mount Vernon and Lisbon.

Musings: Backyard discoveries: a rare moth and a piece of history
August 18, 2016
The newspaper, an old job, old-fashioned fun (with newer technology), and social media resulted in some fun discoveries for the Krobs the past couple of weeks.

School project: Think hard before placing your September vote
by Barbara and Warren Worlein · August 18, 2016
The Mount Vernon Community School District brings forth its proposal for the new school bond issue of $15.9 million for a vote on Sept 13, 2016, at City Hall and proposed satellite site.

Bands showed great teamwork in Lisbon
by Charlie Vig · August 18, 2016
Congratulations to the Lisbon and Mount Vernon high school bands in their joint marching effort at Lisbon's Sauerkraut Days!

Show pride in your city; help clean up your town
by Connie Meier · August 18, 2016
Webster's dictionary gives two definitions of "pride." The noun is a group of lions forming a social unit. The verb is the feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people, a feeling of happiness that you get when you or someone you know does something good, difficult, etc.

Sun Editorial: State: address minimum wage issue
August 11, 2016
Iowa lawmakers and want-to-be lawmakers should listen to the grassroots efforts going on throughout the state and consider minimum wage changes.
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