The Behn Report

Sen Jerry Behn (R), Boone

~by Sen Jerry Behn

We are fourteen weeks into the legislative session, leaving us with only two weeks until the scheduled end of session. This deadline prompted discussion on a number of substantive topics this week and many hours debating on the Senate floor.

On Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill creating a children’s behavioral health system in Iowa. After last year’s improvements to the adult mental health system in our state, it was important to expand those services to children. Continue reading The Behn Report

Letter to the editor – Patti Naylor

To the editor,

The closing of the Landus Cooperative facility in Scranton will be a difficult and costly change for the area farmers and for the community. I commend Dawn Rudolph for writing her heart-felt op-ed in the April 10 edition of the Scranton Journal about this sad news. Although I lost my race for county supervisor against Dawn, I am glad to know that someone who cares so much about her community is in that position. Continue reading Letter to the editor – Patti Naylor

Some people work to save the world, not make it worse

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

If you, like me, have a tendency to worry about climate change, overpopulation, floods, fires, loss of farmland to urbanization, mass migration because of all these things and most governments ignoring it all for power grabs and other political idiocy that does not advance and protect humankind and its planet…it’s comforting to come upon news of gains being made in at least one of these problem areas. Continue reading Some people work to save the world, not make it worse

The Behn Report

Jerry Behn (R), Boone

~by Sen Jerry Behn

April 12, 2019

This week was a whirlwind of activity, both figuratively, and literally. Wind advisories across the state kept drivers on their toes.

After last’s week legislative deadline for bills, Week 13 included mostly floor debate. We remain focused on our budget work while we continue to pass bills out of the Senate. Continue reading The Behn Report

In the legislature

Jerry Behn (R), Boone

~by Senator Jerry Behn

April 5, 2019

This was the 12th week of the 2019 legislative session and budget bills have started moving in both chambers. The first budget bill passed off the floor of the Senate this week. Senate Republicans have proposed a budget for the next fiscal year that is sustainable, responsible, and conservative. It is a budget that supports our pro-growth agenda and also funds the priorities of Iowans, such as health care, education, and public safety. Continue reading In the legislature

Curtailing anger

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

In a discussion about anger in children and how to stop them from raging, striking out, hitting back and growing up angry, ticked off, ready to hurt themselves or others, I learned how the Inuit* do it. Over millennia they have taught their toddlers, through playacting, to deal with the inborn frustration of being human.

Their pre-school training, which is when it needs to happen, works. Continue reading Curtailing anger

Letter to the editor – Dick Finch

Letter to the editor,

Congratulations to the Greene County attorney and sheriff’s offices for a new approach to help low level criminals help themselves back into society to become useful and respected citizens and get their pride back.

I believe almost every business and farm operator in Greene County is looking for employees with little or no experience and willing to train people with desire to do a good job, and at the same time, be there to help them with getting their lives back together and getting their pride back and moving up to better employment. Continue reading Letter to the editor – Dick Finch

Candidate John Delaney follows 15-minute stump speech with hour-long conversation

Congressman John Delaney showed himself to be a presidential candidate worth a second or third look when he spent the evening with Greene County Democrats March 15 in Churdan.

About 50 persons attended the Irish Soup Supper in the new Churdan Community Room. The St Patrick’s Day-themed event was coordinated with the Delaney campaign as a fundraiser for the local Democrats. As he did last summer, touring the state creating roundtables and events that also included Democrats in the mid-year elections, he graciously supported local efforts. His visit last week was his 254th visit in Iowa. Continue reading Candidate John Delaney follows 15-minute stump speech with hour-long conversation

The Behn Report

Jerry Behn (R), Boone

~by Senator Jerry Behn

March 21, 2019

This week the Senate passed Senate Resolution 11 recognizing the 100th anniversary of the creation of the American Legion in Iowa. We had several American Legion members on the Senate floor with us as we passed the resolution. It was an honor to be able to meet these incredible individuals and thank them for all they have done in service to their country and other veterans across the state. Continue reading The Behn Report

Spring keeps springing

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Today is the first day of spring.

How this happened so early this year is the wonder.

But by now the surprise is that I’m surprised by the swiftness of time as it marches on; I am merely old enough that time speeds up as my speed dwindles, and I should be used to it by now. Continue reading Spring keeps springing