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

Miller joins coalition to oppose EPA’s Clean Power Plan replacement

‘Affordable Clean Energy’ rule could result in more than 1,600 more premature deaths

DES MOINES — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, part of a coalition of 26 states, counties, and cities, called on the Environmental Protection Agency Nov. 1 to abandon its proposed replacement to the Clean Power Plan, the first nationwide limits on climate change pollution from existing fossil-fueled power plants, one of its largest sources. Continue reading Miller joins coalition to oppose EPA’s Clean Power Plan replacement

Gov Reynolds campaigns in Jefferson

Gov Kim Reynolds

Gov Kim Reynolds made a campaign stop in Jefferson Tuesday as part of her “Keep Iowa Moving”(KIM) tour. With her was State Auditor Mary Mosiman, who is running for re-election. Phil Thompson, Republican candidate for Iowa House District 47 made brief remarks. The event, which was held at Dunkers by Matt, lasted 30 minutes.

Reynolds was introduced by Greene County GOP treasurer Sean Sebourn. She mentioned low unemployment rates and the state budget surplus of $127 million. She noted the increased cost of health insurance for those who don’t qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, and said the state is working with Farm Bureau Insurance to provide an option at half the cost of other plans. Continue reading Gov Reynolds campaigns in Jefferson

Looking at the midterm, 2018

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

I just read in a political column that Democrats are desperate to end their losing streak. I’d say Democrats are desperate to move this country along into the 21st century after two years of retreating because of Dark Ages warlording folks rustling up fear of strangers; erecting walls to keep out strangers; refusing sanctuary to strangers escaping from torture/terror/starvation/death; lying about a horde of strangers near our southern border. Continue reading Looking at the midterm, 2018

Are we carefully taught?

~a guest commentary by Dale Hanaman

In the Rogers and Hammerstein sound track of the movie “South Pacific” is the song You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught. The words are haunting to the ear. The first verse reads:
You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear
You’ve got to be taught from year to year
It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught

We have to be carefully taught to hate and fear. Continue reading Are we carefully taught?