Letter to the editor – Pat Griffin

Re: Charges in fatal accident

To the editor,

If it was the responsibility of Greene County to file charges in the death of Pat Fields from Paton on June 6, 2017, the person responsible for filing either dropped the ball or had no balls. The semi Mr Shaw was driving struck the rear of the tractor Mr Fields was driving. Mr Fields’s tractor entered the north road ditch and the tractor landed on him. Mr Fields was dead at the scene. Continue reading Letter to the editor – Pat Griffin

The impact of decriminalized marijuana

~provided by New Opportunities

As other states begin to decriminalize recreational marijuana, one may wonder if it is a good idea to decriminalize marijuana in our state. There are currently nine states that have decriminalized marijuana.

It’s important to remember that even though there have been changes regarding possession and it may seem to be acceptable in those states, marijuana remains federally illegal. Here are some facts about the impact of decriminalized recreational marijuana in other states. Continue reading The impact of decriminalized marijuana

Flowers for the fallen

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

A year ago on Memorial Day a friend and I picnicked in a large, town cemetery in southwest Florida. A few graves held plastic flowers which could have been there all year or placed the day before. The two of us dropped orange hibiscus blooms on family graves she knew; we were the only people in the cemetery.

Because I’ve not been to many Florida cemeteries on Memorial Day, some may have more action than Indian Mound Cemetery in Charlotte County, but I do know that the Midwest is devoted to its cemeteries on Memorial Day weekend. Continue reading Flowers for the fallen

Truth, Lies and Leadership

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

A Higher Loyalty – Truth, Lies and Leadership is the title of former FBI director James Comey’s recent book (2018 Flatiron Books [Macmillan]). It is a good title, for the point of the book is about his president asking him to be loyal to him first. Not to the Constitution, which Comey swore to uphold (as did his president); not even to a political party. He was asked to be loyal to a man. Continue reading Truth, Lies and Leadership

Letter to the Jefferson city council re: proposed move of historic house

(Editor’s note – The following letter was provided to GreeneCountyNewsOnline without signatures by Steve Brown, who operates a business at 408 W. Lincoln Way and lives there. He said he did not write the letter but concurs with the opinions stated. Twenty-nine Jefferson residents signed it, 13 of whom live in the W. Lincoln Way neighborhood. All correspondence with elected officials becomes public documents.)

To the Jefferson, Iowa, City Council:

We nearby residents of 407 W. Lincoln Way in Jefferson are voicing our concerns about the proposal to move a century-plus, three story Victorian-style house from its current location at 305 W. State St. to 407 W. Lincoln Way. Continue reading Letter to the Jefferson city council re: proposed move of historic house

What happened to the Age of Aquarius and to Enlightenment in general?

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Why is it that at a point of planetary crisis, the world is ignoring the encroaching end that is the result of our bad practices and blundering? I know there are plenty of people figuring out things to save the planet, but, really, the uptick of buying big SUVs and the killing of elephants and hippos, to mention current unreasonable human actions, indicates indifference. Or maybe it’s the sign of fright and a fateful outlook, like when people in the Middle Ages, confronted with the bubonic plague, partied till permanently drunk or they died, or the plague moved on. Continue reading What happened to the Age of Aquarius and to Enlightenment in general?

Iowa leaders encourage Trump admin to resolve trade dispute with China

DES MOINES – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and 10 agriculture leaders from across the state on May 11 sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging him to quickly resolve the Section 301 trade dispute with China. The Administration is accepting public comments through May 11.

“Iowa has spoken with a unified voice on the importance of trade to our state’s farmers and manufacturers. There are real challenges in our trade relationship with China, but the consequences of an ongoing dispute are equally real and would disproportionally impact our state’s farmers. It is critically important the Administration moves quickly to resolve these issues,” Naig said.

The full letter follows here: Continue reading Iowa leaders encourage Trump admin to resolve trade dispute with China

Naig highlights ag provisions of ’18 legislative session

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig on Wednesday highlighted key agriculture provisions passed by the Iowa Legislature during the 2018 legislative session. This includes long-term funding for water quality efforts, additional funding for foreign animal disease response preparations, continued funding for the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program and updates to the Iowa noxious weed law. Continue reading Naig highlights ag provisions of ’18 legislative session

‘Confirmation bias,’ a fancy term for my way or the highway

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Because the world changes so fast now, I often have the feeling that I’m getting behinder and behinder. Sometimes I think, “So what?” And other times I try to catch up. In desperation with my most despised but most necessary device – my computer – I made a pact with myself to learn each day one new thing, however small, about my computer; in this way I could stay relatively current. Continue reading ‘Confirmation bias,’ a fancy term for my way or the highway

Letter to the editor -Jacque Andrew for Chapter CZ, PEO

Dear Tori,

Marking 25 years of a community event is certainly worth celebrating! For a quarter of a century, the Jefferson Chapter CZ of PEO, the women’s philanthropic education organization, has hosted a spring salad luncheon to raise funds for many worthy local projects. On Tuesday, May 15, the women will again serve up a variety of delicious salads amid great fellowship in the St. Joseph Parish Center and everyone is invited to attend! Continue reading Letter to the editor -Jacque Andrew for Chapter CZ, PEO

Gov Reynolds, Lt Gov Gregg reflect on 2018 legislative session

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg released statements Saturday reflecting on an opportunity-focused 2018 legislative session that achieved every objective outlined by the governor in her Condition of the State address in January.

Watch Gov. Reynolds’ statement on the 2018 legislative session here. Continue reading Gov Reynolds, Lt Gov Gregg reflect on 2018 legislative session