A kind of prayer for a person who does not get it (life)

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Years ago, when I told a woman I couldn’t go to mass because my in-laws were coming in about then, she said, “I’ll pray for you.”

I was offended, thinking she was a little high and mighty, judging me, as if she thought I needed to be prayed on.

I was young and, if not stupid, at least naïve.

Anytime someone wants to pray for me now, for whatever their reason, I love it. I say thanks. I feel that I’ve received a gift. Even when I doubt the existence of God, I will take any prayer I can get. Continue reading A kind of prayer for a person who does not get it (life)

Letter to the editor – Phylis Crowder in support of Sean Sebourn

To the editor,

The city council, once again, at the expense of the residents, voted unanimously to hold a special election on March 3 to fill the vacant council seat. This in spite of the large group of supporters present at the Jan. 14 council meeting urging for the appointment of a very viable candidate, Sean Sebourn, to fill the vacancy for the remaining two years of the term. At the meeting, I believe it was the mayor, introduced Patrick Zmolek as a possible candidate for the vacancy. Mr Zmolek has since filed the necessary papers to run for office. Continue reading Letter to the editor – Phylis Crowder in support of Sean Sebourn

The Behn Report

Jerry Behn (R), Boone

~by Sen. Jerry Behn

February 14, 2020

One of the first things we did during our fifth week in the Senate was pass our education funding bills, Senate File 2164 and Senate File 2142. These bills together mean approximately $90 million in increased funding for Iowa schools. We are confident this amount is sustainable and responsible, allowing us to prioritize K-12 education and ensure money remains to fund other priorities, like public safety and easing the tax burden on Iowans. Continue reading The Behn Report

What now?

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Our current president, #45, may be a perfectly fine gentlemen who is nice to his family, friends and pets.

We know he really likes one of his girls.

We know he brooks no difference of opinion with his friends, and we’ve seen lots of them drift away. But we all lose friends over time. His friends who remain seem to be okay with his whims and, from what I hear Fox reporting, his tantrums. Continue reading What now?

Todd Rasmussen announces candidacy for IA Senate District 24 seat

Boone County Republican co-chair and local builder Todd Rasmussen on Jan. 31 announced he is running for the Iowa Senate District 24 seat.

Rasmussen has spent the last 34 years in commercial and residential construction. Todd and his wife Amy live in Boone where they home school their son at Boone HSAP. Their daughter resides in eastern Iowa. He served on the committee to select the new school superintendent in Boone, is a coordinator for Avenue of Flags in the Boone Optimist Club and contributes to other charitable organizations across Iowa. Continue reading Todd Rasmussen announces candidacy for IA Senate District 24 seat

Letter to the editor – Sue Richardson, in support of Iowa caucus

Dear Editor:

It was disheartening for me to hear the press coverage about the Iowa caucuses. The national media claimed the caucus was a disaster which is not true for the people who attended them. It may be true for the news agencies who are paying their staff to stay in Iowa causing additional expenses, but the media frenzy was not created by Iowans. We do say to those reporting just step back and take a deep breath. The results will be in and they will be accurate. Continue reading Letter to the editor – Sue Richardson, in support of Iowa caucus

Letter to the editor – Ted Herrick in support of Sean Sebourn

To the Editor:

On Tuesday, March 3rd, the city of Jefferson will hold a special election to fill a city council vacancy created when Matt Gordon was elected mayor last November.

There is no doubt about it; we are very lucky to have the candidates we do. All of the folks who have expressed interest in this position would do a fine job if elected. However, I would like to bring one candidate in particular to the attention of the electorate. I believe that Sean Sebourn would make a very good addition to our city council. Continue reading Letter to the editor – Ted Herrick in support of Sean Sebourn

Politics, the word in any language that brings out the beast

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

I had a great time one recent evening talking Italian food versus American food, with Italians. They liked hamburgers, steaks, French fries. But they preferred their own pasta to baked potatoes; Italian wine to all others—South American, Portuguese, Spanish and French being above California; gelato compared to ice cream, which they think simply isn’t as good. And they didn’t understand our eating “pig food” – corn and oats. Continue reading Politics, the word in any language that brings out the beast

GOP leadership weighs in on delay in Dem caucus reporting

DES MOINES – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst released the following joint statement regarding Iowa’s presidential caucuses:

“Iowa’s unique role encourages a grassroots nominating process that empowers everyday Americans, not Washington insiders or powerful billionaires. The face-to-face retail politics nature of Iowa’s caucus system also encourages dialogue between candidates and voters that makes our presidential candidates accountable for the positions they take and the records they hold. Continue reading GOP leadership weighs in on delay in Dem caucus reporting

Q & A: Iowa caucuses 2020

Sen Chuck Grassley |  GCNO file photo

~by Sen Chuck Grassley

Q. What makes the Iowa caucuses unique?

A: Nearly 50 years ago, Iowa launched its first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses and has retained this prominent position since 1972. Every four years, the Hawkeye State becomes the launching pad to the White House as candidates kick-off their campaigns for the presidency, meeting with Iowans in living rooms, diners, schools and of course, the Iowa State Fair. Continue reading Q & A: Iowa caucuses 2020

Mayor Pete woos voters in Jefferson

Pete Buttigieg | GCNO photo

With less than a week until the Iowa caucuses, Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg* visited Jefferson Wednesday morning. He spoke with about 120 persons, including middle school students who had walked to the event at History Boy Theatre.

Buttigieg was introduced by Shelly Thornton of Jefferson, who explained she chose him from the wide field of candidates when she realized “he was the only one running who was positive. He wasn’t slamming anybody else. He wasn’t being negative. I value that. We have enough of that. We need some positive,” she said. Continue reading Mayor Pete woos voters in Jefferson

Andrew Yang visits Jefferson, talks about Freedom Dividend and career training

Andrew Yang  | GCNO photo

About 100 persons were on hand Sunday when Andrew Yang, candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, spoke at History Boy Theatre in Jefferson.

It was Yang’s second appearance in Jefferson since announcing his candidacy more than a year ago. He spoke Feb. 1, 2019, to about two dozen people at the Milwaukee Road depot. His message hasn’t changed much since then, but more people are listening.

Yang began his talk Sunday by challenging the audience to name why Donald Trump was elected as president and how he won Iowa by 10 percentage points. According to Yang, the answer is 4 million manufacturing jobs lost in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Missouri, and 40,000 manufacturing jobs lost in Iowa in recent years. Seven years ago he started a non-profit organization, Venture for America, to rejuvenate local economies by helping local entrepreneurs create jobs. Continue reading Andrew Yang visits Jefferson, talks about Freedom Dividend and career training