Marc Daniels – Impeach our attitudes

Marc Daniels  | GCNO photo, 2016

Editor’s note – Marc Daniels of Springfield, IL, has driven to Jefferson three times to listen to and challenge presidential candidates. He heard Republican candidates Gov Chris Christy and Dr Ben Carson speak during the lead up to the 2016 caucus. He was in Jefferson again last May to hear Democrat Eric Swalwell speak. (Swalwell has since suspended his campaign for the presidential nomination.) Click here for a 2016 GCNO post about Daniels.

Daniels reached out to GCNO publisher Tori Riley earlier this week to remind her of his May visit, saying his conversation with Swalwell has particular relevance as the House of Representatives holds impeachment hearings. He sent the following comments for GCNO readers.


Out of all of the events that I have participated in this campaign season, I hold a special place in my heart for Congressman Eric Swalwell on May 4. Continue reading Marc Daniels – Impeach our attitudes

Letter to the editor – Denny Lautner

To the editor,

As I understand it, to graduate from Greene County High School, only one credit in finance is required. I think that is terribly inadequate preparation for 18-year-olds about to be turned loose in the world of monetary decisions that awaits them.

I believe it would be wise for the school district to require four credits in finance because everything a person encounters following graduation requires decisions about money. Continue reading Letter to the editor – Denny Lautner

To gruntle or not to gruntle…

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Having been in a disgruntled mood for more than three years now, I am delighted to learn that I can be gruntled.

Disgruntle means put into a bad mood, made ill-humored or discontent. (“Current politics makes me disgruntled.”) Gruntle means put into a good mood, made at ease. (“The meal and the conversation made me gruntled.”)

The satisfaction of gruntle is that the word itself is funny. It makes me smile to say it, whether I’m in the dis pit of the root word gruntle or in the happy pro of gruntle. Continue reading To gruntle or not to gruntle…

“Where are the adults?”

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Even straight-A teenagers accepted to Harvard are considered unworthy by many adults. After all, teenagers are teenagers; they have a lot to learn.

Those teenagers heading to college are often the ones who become political and famous at their young age when trying to fix wrongs in the world created by, guess who? Many adults. And we have learned of late because of more and more activism by these youngsters that they take as much heat as any old teenage drugger, plagiarist lay-about. Continue reading “Where are the adults?”

Loudmouthed, bullying whiners

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Speaking of loudmouths, bullies and whiners – I’m not at this moment connected to the media – radio, Facebook, TV – but I figure someone is either speaking about them or being loudmouth, whining bullies themselves. The country hears a lot of loudmouth, bullying whining going on a lot of the time these days – it seems to be news – so it’s likely that someone is engaging in one or all of these as I write. Continue reading Loudmouthed, bullying whiners

Letter to the editor – Jamie Daubendiek

Dear editor,

We would just like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who were involved in helping Jefferson Matters: Main Street put on Main Street Iowa’s annual Fall Workshop last week.

This is an annual event where 94 attendees from more than 50 different Main Street Iowa communities come to learn and network with each other on how to make their communities a better place to live, work, and play. Continue reading Letter to the editor – Jamie Daubendiek

Pick a dream or take your chances

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Daydreaming is part of our lives. Thank goodness.

A daydream often kicks in when you’re bored. Think of: TV, teacher, talkative person, dull person, politician, your boss, parent, sibling…. You get the idea.

You needn’t feel guilty about the subject of the daydream or the act of daydreaming itself. It is one of the brain’s default activities. There’s a place in the brain (According to Live Science, National Geographic and various Harvard researchers, it’s a combination of places.) just waiting to help you when you’re trapped by circumstances and thinking you might expire if you have to listen to one more word. That’s what I like, full partition of my brain parts – little did I dream (ha ha) this ever happening up there while I was dawdling, doodling and gazing out the window. Continue reading Pick a dream or take your chances

A movie I never intended to see

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

A discussion of the movie “Joker” came along at my dinner table the other night, and up to that point, I had to intention of seeing it. “Downton Abbey” is more up my alley.

But the cogent argument of a political friend altered my viewpoint.

“It is the movie of our time,” J said.

I know my whole face revealed my doubt.

He explained: “It is important to watch because it is metaphor for the present times.”
J is a movie buff. He’s seen all of the Joker movies. Continue reading A movie I never intended to see

Trade dispute has done ‘irreparable harm” to farmers

Aaron Putze of the Iowa Soybean Association

The U.S. and China are scheduled to resume trade talks later this week in Washington, DC, but according to Iowa soybean producers, regardless of the eventual outcome of the trade dispute with China, the damage done since the trade dispute began 16 months ago will take decades to repair.

That’s the message Aaron Putze, director of communications and external relations for the Iowa Soybean Association, gave the Rotary Club of Jefferson at its meeting Monday. Putze provided the program for the meeting. Continue reading Trade dispute has done ‘irreparable harm” to farmers

Spied upon

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

The prescience of George Orwell in his novel 1984 is eerie in 2019. Seventy years after its 1949 publication in England, we live with cameras that watch us at stoplights and in stores; cyberspace technology that checks our emails; phones that track our whereabouts from within our houses and autos into the world of roads and stores and skies we frequent. It is all too similar to the secret surveillance in Orwell’s dystopian story. Continue reading Spied upon

“You gotta give the world credit for beauty.”

Quote from Thomas McNulty, narrator in Sebastian Barry’s novel Days Without End

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

That is a truth: the world is beautiful. Sometimes the very beauty before me, alongside me, across the street – it makes my heart burst, brings tears to my eyes even as it lightens whatever my burden of the day is. And sometimes I don’t even see it, so preoccupied with other things that I walk through it like a blind person. Continue reading “You gotta give the world credit for beauty.”