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Today, we salute long-serving public officials who did not leave abruptly with secretly negotiated severance settlements. more
Today, Dec. 13, is the day I was anticipating all fall, the day of my cardiac bypass surgery at University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison. I wrote about it in this space on Sept. 27: the surgery in which they open the chest cavity and transplant arteries from the legs to "bypass" blocked arteries. more
Dec. 14, 1983: Annie Glenn visited her husband’s namesake school in Donahue. Sen. John Glenn was running for president, but Mrs. Glenn didn’t focus too much on politics, other than telling the students they had been very busy on the campaign trail. She received a personal honor guard that included members of the school safety patrol and student council officers Lance Golinghorst and Elizabeth Carlton. more
"Count your blessings (family, friends, food, laughter, good health) – you have already won the lottery and are richer than your wildest dreams ..." more
"Iowa credit unions serve 1.4 million members who count on their credit union to be safe, sound, and modern. Banks have evolved and their code has been updated. The same needs to be done for credit unions ..." more
"As 2023 comes to a close, I hope that families and businesses in North Scott and surrounding districts who will benefit from the RIC will consider joining us in making a year-end, tax-deductible gift, further building on the grants secured and private gifts already given ..." more
Back in March, one of the items in my daily Religion News email was entitled, “Jimmy Carter’s religious values were never far from his presidency or his policy.” The essay was by Lovett H. Weems Jr., who was a United Methodist pastor in Mississippi during the Carter presidency and now is professor emeritus of church leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. more
Dec. 10, 2008: The Boldt family, who farmed near West Lake Park, always celebrated the end of the harvest by picking the last few rows of corn by hand to honor their ancestors. This year was a special harvest, as it marked the 100th year the farm was owned by the family. This year’s hand pickers included Mike Fink, Jared Boldt, Jake Peeters, Jorden Boldt, Kylie Boldt, Bonnie Boldt, Kaylee Wulf and Jerry Boldt. more
" ... It took a lot of courage for Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to endorse Ron DeSantis. Why? Because she had to weigh the endorsement against the likelihood of threats once Trump the thug vented his rage ..." more
"President Biden’s driving force from day one has been to save our democracy ..." more
"Another successful Hometown Holiday is in the books! We are thankful Mother Nature cooperated. We are also so thankful to all of the local businesses and organizations that donate their time and efforts into helping us provide a free event for families ..." more
Taxpayers in the city of Davenport wouldn’t know this, but a lawsuit filed against the North Scott School District in the late 1980s led to the law which required the disclosure last week of the $1.6-million buyout of their now-former city administrator, Corri Spiegel. more
Nov. 28, 1973: The Eldridge Businessmen’s Association cancelled an order for new lighted Christmas decorations. President Richard Nixon had called for a ban on decorative Christmas lighting in a speech on the energy crisis. more
ESG stands for environmental, social, governance. Large corporate directors and business investors, with indirect input from the federal government, designate these scores based on how well the person or small business or company adheres to a number of policies, such as green, climate change-inspired policies, opposition to the use of fossil fuels, opposition to production agriculture, opposition to gun manufacture, beliefs about racial equity informed by Critical Race Theory (CRT), including anti-racism, white privilege, etc., support for abortion on demand and/or adherence to LGBT ideology. more
"If Sen. Cournoyer wants to micromanage local spending maybe she should run for a local office instead of tying local elected officials’ hands ..." more
Twice, I copped a ride with my friend, John Ockenfels, of Swisher, near Cedar Rapids, to Rotary events, first at Cleveland, Ohio, in 2016, and then Erie, Pa., in 2018. During those flights he told me of his dream to fly around the world in a single-engine airplane. Yeah, right, I thought – but John was serious. more
Nov. 21, 1973: North Scott area voters gave the green light for the district to proceed with the construction of a new junior high building, passing a bond referendum with an 80.4 percent “yes” vote. The $1.2 million bond issue would pay for most of the estimated $1.7 million project, with the rest coming from the district’s schoolhouse fund. District officials hoped having a separate junior high building would also make additional courses available to junior high students, including industrial arts, typing, art, and home economics, that they were not able to participate in at the high school. more
A consistent goal of mine in the Iowa Senate has been to increase Iowa’s competitiveness and make our state the best in the United States to live, work and raise a family. Recent surveys put Iowa at 40th for property taxes, making us one of the worst states in the country. more
I believe American families are strong, resilient and extraordinary. But that doesn’t mean they can’t use some help. After all, raising a family is not always easy. more
Politicians all the way up to Donald Trump and all the way down to certain candidates for local offices could learn from 4-H. The vast majority are gracious, which is what makes democracy work: the peaceful transition of power. more
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