Future Ready Iowa Alliance recommendations told

Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced new Future Ready Iowa Alliance recommendations Tuesday. The recommendations are a major step forward in achieving the Reynolds/Gregg administration’s No. 1 goal: 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce having education or training beyond high school by the year 2025. In order to achieve that goal, an additional 127,700 Iowans need to earn post-secondary degrees and other credentials. Continue reading Future Ready Iowa Alliance recommendations told

Letter to the editor – Bruce Bannister

To the editor,

Dick Finch’s recent letter made many, many good points.

So much of our taxes, often disguised as “grants”, are going to pay for pie in the sky projects. Vision 2020 should have taken a trip to Dr. Terry Brown’s office for a check up before squandering $98,000 on a “study” which suggests we build a sports complex with three or four basketball courts, a water park and a beer garden. Continue reading Letter to the editor – Bruce Bannister

Back door

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

When I was in grade school, most of the friends in my little Iowa farm town were back door kids, like me. We went out our back door to play and knocked at each others’ back doors so they would come and play with us. It was the entry to the great outdoors and the freedom we were given to enjoy it: it was the first step to school, it was how we took the washing from the basement to hang on the line, it was the door we used to walk to the pool, to Little League games and to the B and E for an ice cream cone. Unlike the front door, it was homely, as in, it was home.
Continue reading Back door

Read it and weep

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Al Gore’s new book, An Inconvenient Sequel, Truth to Power, is a convenient handbook on how to save the earth, and in the process, ourselves. If we don’t save it, we will be wandering in the wilderness that is encroaching and soon after that we will be gone.
The book offers solid information and ways to help, making it truly worth your while and well worth the price. According to Gore, we might just make it on this planet if we take to heart the clear and present danger and understand that we must be sincere – we must be eager – about stopping it. He even tells us how to answer the ones who dispute that it’s happening. Continue reading Read it and weep

Not quite a free Cuba

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

I went to Cuba last week.

I wanted to go because for 50 years we weren’t allowed. I wanted to go because of Havana, the infamous city of mystery with a wild history only 90 miles from our country’s most southern point.

I found Havana to be as intriguing as I thought it would be. It was also absolutely derelict. Continue reading Not quite a free Cuba

Letter to the editor – Dick Finch

To the editor,

The cause of money shortages with federal, state, county or city is poor management.

It’s not that they do not collect enough taxes and fees. They simply waste too much of it on the uncontrolled welfare assistance and disability payments. Some of these are very important for people who have had debilitating accidents or sickness, but why should the taxpayers pay for people’s reckless lifestyles with no attention to their future welfare during their working years.  And anyone receiving should be subject to a drug test monthly. Continue reading Letter to the editor – Dick Finch

Grassley to hold town hall meeting Oct. 9 in Boone

Sen Chuck Grassley

Sen Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) will hold a town hall meeting Monday, Oct. 9, from 2:15 to 3:15 pm at the city hall auditorium, 923 8th St, in Boone.

Grassley, 84, has visited all 99 counties every year since he was first elected in to the U.S. Senate in 1980.


The past relived and a road not taken

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Within one day, my son experienced two intense layovers in his mind and memory. And within one week of that, he was given a glimpse of a flight he reluctantly decided against.

The first memory trip was a visit with a childhood friend he has seen only one other time in 45 years. The second memory trip was a visit to a friend and his mother whom he’s been in contact with since high school graduation 35 years ago. Continue reading The past relived and a road not taken

Thanks from Boy Scout troop 534

Members of troop 534

Boy Scout troop 534 earlier this week thanked the Greene County Community Foundation and Morning Star Masonic lodge of Jefferson for providing funds for the purchase of new tents.

The scouts have enjoyed their new tents on several camp-outs this summer, according to scoutmaster Scott Johnson. He said they were “put to the test” this past weekend with stormy weather, and all the scouts returned home dry.

Socialism is really all right

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Thomas Paine (a Founding Father who wrote lot of good radical stuff for his times), in his “Agrarian Justice” said, “All accumulation, therefore, of personal property, beyond what a man’s own hands produce, is derived to him by living in society; and he owes on every principle of justice, of gratitude, and of civilization, a part of that accumulation back again to society from whence the whole came.” Continue reading Socialism is really all right