Who uplifts their neighbors?

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

A couple of years ago, I wrote a “What if” about Jefferson being attacked by an enemy, and what I would do if I lived through the attack and into the occupancy by a hostile army.
Would I go along because of fear of torture, imprisonment, death? Or the threat of any of these to my loved ones? Despite consequences, would I join the resistance, set up a printing press in my basement and bomb Eureka Bridge as a convoy crossed it? Continue reading Who uplifts their neighbors?

Jack Bucklin explains ‘protest sign’ in parade

“Somebody’s got to do something!” That’s what I said to a friend who told me “Oh, Jack, don’t do it” after I told her what I was about to do, carry a war protest sign in the Bell Tower parade.

I was feeling it, though, feeling it especially hard when I saw the news that the US was moving a carrier group into position in the Persian Gulf and doubling down with a B52 bomber squadron moving to Qatar, a military move to put pressure on Iran.– Why? For what reason? Continue reading Jack Bucklin explains ‘protest sign’ in parade

One more holiday?

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

June nineteenth is a ceremonial holiday (meaning you don’t get off work) in several states in the U.S.; it has never been declared a national holiday.

Juneteenth, sometimes called Freedom Day, sometimes called Emancipation Day, is an American holiday celebrated by African Americans because they were freed from enslavement. It grew out of the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America. Continue reading One more holiday?

Letter to the editor – David Weaver

To the editor,

I am writing in support of Darren Jackson, who is running for Jefferson city council.

I met Darren in 2018 after announcing my candidacy for the Iowa House. I was attending the Inaugural BOOST Bash when Darren introduced himself to me. He was polite and professional but also curious about why I had put my name on the ballot and skillful in asking questions about why I was running for office. Continue reading Letter to the editor – David Weaver

Looking for answers

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

If women are legislated out of any personal choice when it comes to what to do with their fertilized eggs, isn’t the equivalent next step to legislate men out of spilling their seed?

If contraception becomes illegal, will that include condoms? And if so, who gets punished? The user? The used? The seller? Continue reading Looking for answers

A new take on news

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

The free press part of the first amendment to the Constitution is there so that the government won’t be able to control the news and that the press itself will ferret out the wrongs done by government (and business) for the rest of us. This presupposes a press that is not itself full of evil doings as it informs us, plus the daily deluge they’ve discovered that is remorseless in its sadness, horror and cynicism. Continue reading A new take on news

May you live in interesting times

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

“’May you live in interesting times,’” said Sir Austen Chamberlain (brother of Neville) in 1938, quoting what he explained was a Chinese curse, handy for use on people you don’t like.

We do live in interesting times. And it is a curse. Give me boring times any day. More time to read a book, go for a walk, fish, loiter…anything but follow the daily circus, which lures me with its element of doom. Continue reading May you live in interesting times

Letter to the editor from Canton, OH

To the editor,

Congratulations to Thomas Laehn and Jack Williams for excellent work bringing Justin Emmick to justice.

He was doing the same crimes here in Ohio with no repercussions.

I employed him and had no idea of his extensive background.

Again, great work.

Jim Schumacher, Canton, OH

Were you taught to pick up your toys?

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Each year, 9 million tons of plastic waste end up in the oceans of Earth. Mammals, fish, birds die by ingesting it or the prey that winds up with it in their stomachs. We humans have it in our systems too because we eat the fish of the seas.

A year ago in May, National Geographic initiated a series called “Hostile Planet” to inform us of the damage we’ve done. It was the first of Nat Geo’s “Planet or Plastic?” informational attack of a search-teach-and-learn initiative for the saving of Earth. Continue reading Were you taught to pick up your toys?

In the legislature

Jerry Behn (R), Boone

~by Senator Jerry Behn

April 29, 2019

During the 15th week of the legislative session we continued our work towards adjournment for the year. We spent much of our time waiting for bills to come to us from the other chamber, waiting on amendments, and debating some of the last proposals we will discuss this year. Because this is the first year of the 88th General Assembly, bills that didn’t get passed out of the Senate can be taken up next year. Continue reading In the legislature