The Big Boys come to join some big boys and girls of our own

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

The news in Jefferson for several months – a start-up may be coming to town.

At least it’s something starting that hasn’t been here before.

It is a place – a more than century-old building just off the Square – in which to learn how to invent one’s own start-up. Once rehabbed, at about $1.7 million, the old Odd Fellows Hall will open its doors to teach students intensive software craftsmanship – after their having learned solid computer skills in high school programs within the new career academy. Some of these software grads will be hired by Pillar Technologies (now owned by Accenture) at upwards of $60,000 a year. Continue reading The Big Boys come to join some big boys and girls of our own

Life as a collection of embarrassing moments

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Sometimes, trying to make things right with a purchase takes some thought.

My friend DW bought a pair of shoes for winter wear when she vacations elsewhere than where she lives, which is the warm state of Florida.

She’d had the shoes for a year or so, not wearing them much, when things started to fall apart. She looked up the company, ECCO, and wrote them a letter: Continue reading Life as a collection of embarrassing moments

One party

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

It was the “Democrat” Party that sicced Hurricane Michael on you; as well as the fires in the West and the ice storm in the East over Thanksgiving. And, by the way, made climate change in general. In fact, it was the richest Dem of all, George Soros, who got rid of all the cloud cover here and there, which allowed the sun to beat down on you mercilessly this past summer. Continue reading One party

Thanksgiving 2018

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year for many folks, mostly because it’s about food, family and friends. Oh, and that other “F” word, football.

There are no costumes required, no presents to buy, no eggs to hide, no flags to wave, no staying up late to make sure there’s going to be a New Year, the first new day of which often starting with a hangover. Continue reading Thanksgiving 2018

Depression sinks our brains; Meditation syncs our brains

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

A quiet revolution is under way. The quietness of it is a relief in this age when there is only so much ballyhoo we can deal with before turning off all media. If the tenets of this revolution are adopted and practiced, perhaps it will be just in time to save a homo sapiens-dominated Earth. Continue reading Depression sinks our brains; Meditation syncs our brains

A book that deserves a hand

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

An old book of clichés has fallen off my bookshelf into my eager hands. I forgot I owned this book. I love clichés. They are apt, funny, even more often weird. This book, Tenderfeet and Ladyfingers, by Susan Kelz Sperling, relates how we use our mortal selves as fodder for clichés that over the centuries have fallen off our bodies like dandruff. Continue reading A book that deserves a hand

Letter to the editor – David Weaver

To the editor,

On January 18, I announced my intention to be a candidate for the Iowa House and it has been a wonderful journey. I have met folks from all parts of Greene and Boone County that I likely never would have had the opportunity to meet or interact with. I joined the Boone County Chamber of Commerce and the Greene County Chamber of Commerce, attended a number of pancake breakfasts, lunches, and suppers hosted by a variety of groups like Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, several different churches and knocked so many doors that I have lost count. Continue reading Letter to the editor – David Weaver

Letter to the editor -John Brunow, Greene Co Democrats treasurer

To The Editor,

Here in Greene County we are working on Get Out The Vote this weekend before the November 6 Election. As people participating in politics we are chasing absentee ballots and calling friends and neighbors and urging them to vote. Conversations revolve around election predictions of turnout and results. Continue reading Letter to the editor -John Brunow, Greene Co Democrats treasurer

Lt Gov candidate Rita Hart campaigns in Jefferson

Sen Rita Hart

Iowa Senator Rita Hart, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, was in Jefferson over the lunch hour Friday. She spoke at the Milwaukee Road depot with about a dozen voters.

She said she’s confident about the Hubbell-Hart campaign. She commended the entire Democratic slate, and said they’re doing well “getting out our message of what the Democratic vision is…. People recognize the importance of making this kind of change.”

Hart has represented Clinton and part of Scott County in the Iowa Senate since 2012. Continue reading Lt Gov candidate Rita Hart campaigns in Jefferson

Sec of State candidate Deidre DeJear visits Jefferson

Deidre DeJear

Deidre DeJear, Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, had lunch Thursday in Jefferson with about 20 interested voters. By a show of hands, most had already cast early ballots for Tuesday’s general election.

DeJear said she is feeling the same enthusiasm in this election as she felt while working as a campus organizer for Sen Barack Obama in 2007-08. DeJear started her own company, Caleo Enterprises, in 2008, providing entrepreneurs and non-profits affordable marketing tools and business strategies. She worked fulltime on the 2012 Obama campaign and has  worked on school board campaigns. “I’m passionate about getting people engaged,” she said.  Continue reading Sec of State candidate Deidre DeJear visits Jefferson