Cynical about science

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Some of us do not believe in science in general. I’m not sure why. I know that all of us have had to rely on aspirin at one time or another; and that among thousands of other life-prolonging aids and relief from chronic pain, none of these scientific breakthroughs benefitting our lives appeared out of thin air. Continue reading Cynical about science

Special to GCNO – Ram football and Jefferson memories – 50 years ago

Editor’s note: Click here for a live link to clippings Wand sent with his column.

~by Kevin Wand, Class of ’69 and 25-year Navy veteran

Fifty years ago last month, 45 high school varsity football players from Jefferson Community High School started preseason training. That fall the Class of ‘69 was entering its final year in school and there were 12 seniors on the team.

The hopes for a successful season were low because the team was too small, too slow and had very few returning letterman. The conference was also stacked with three perennial powerhouses: Audubon, Harlan and Denison. The opening game with Guthrie Center was also predicted to be a loss. Continue reading Special to GCNO – Ram football and Jefferson memories – 50 years ago

Letter to the editor – Allan Sieck

In support of David Weaver

To the editor:
I am writing in support of the election of David Weaver as our representative in the 47th district of the Iowa House of Representatives.

David’s views reflect a broad and even cross section of Greene and Boone counties. As a farmer and candidate who was born and raised in the heart of his district his education and experience combine to give him a solid understanding of what is important to those he will represent. Continue reading Letter to the editor – Allan Sieck

The word ‘democracy’ means rule by the people

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Of the top 32 democracies in the world, the U.S. is 26th in voter turnout.*

This seems illogical and against personal best interests. We had to go to quite a bit of trouble to make ourselves free so we could vote. General election turnout of eligible voters ranges from mid-50 percents to just more than 60 percent. This means that 40 to 50 percent of us eligible voters in the U.S. don’t have a say in how we are governed. Continue reading The word ‘democracy’ means rule by the people

Life’s unfairness

“Life’s unfairness is not irrevocable; we can help balance the scale for others, if not always for ourselves.”

-Hubert Humphrey, U.S. Senator, vice present under Lyndon B. Johnson 1964-68

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

My book club friends make fun of me because I’m apt to mention how unfair life is when the plot of the novel doesn’t agree with my ideas of how life should be. It’s even more unfair when we’re reading non-fiction, because fact is fact, and the real stories of real lives are unfair at many points in a lifetime. The really unfair ones make my blood boil; I am positive that unfairness boosts my blood pressure. Continue reading Life’s unfairness

Dem state auditor Rob Sand speaks in Jefferson

Rob Sand

Rob Sand, Democratic candidate for state auditor, sees the job of state auditor as being a watch dog over taxpayers’ money. He said at the Milwaukee Road depot in Jefferson Aug. 30 that it’s time to “wake up the watch dog.”

About 18 people attended the visit, which was number 90 of a 99-county tour Sand is doing as he campaigns.

Sand, an attorney who grew up in Decorah and graduated from law school at the University of Iowa, worked eight years in the state attorney general’s office, prosecuting public corruption. In the role, he worked frequently with the state auditor’s office. Continue reading Dem state auditor Rob Sand speaks in Jefferson

The friend who walked

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Once in this lifetime I had a friend who was so much like me I thought I was listening to myself. But she was also less like me than any friend I’ve ever had. It’s the perfect kind of friendship – as familiar as my own hand except that she was unfailingly interesting.

Her name was Jan, and she sometimes talked about wanting to be called Jo. She told me it started when she was a girl during her first reading of Little Women. She thought Jo was more fitting than Jan. Continue reading The friend who walked

Letter to the editor – Sandra Miner

To the editor,

I find that many folks read the Greene County board of supervisor minutes.

I would like to set the record straight as many folks approach me and my family about my employment with Greene County. The information that they are reading is regarding a volunteer job. I go to Carroll to attend these meetings and there is no compensation from Greene County. Continue reading Letter to the editor – Sandra Miner

Letter to the editor – Jefferson Matters board

Letter to the Editor,

Jefferson Matters: Main Street’s board of directors on behalf of our committees wants to applaud the Jefferson RAGBRAI committee for their extraordinary work to showcase Jefferson on July 23. The signage, hospitality, vendors, entertainment, buses, and campgrounds gave the positive impression of not only the downtown but the entire community. Continue reading Letter to the editor – Jefferson Matters board