Letter to the editor – Dick Finch

To the editor,

I love living in Jefferson but we’re not a Carroll or Boone and residents and city management and council should start to realize this and quit trying to spend us into the next century. All these walking trails, beautifying our businessless county square and signs all over directing people to ???

Lest we all forget about our shambled streets, our dilapidated sewer system causing backups and doing nothing about it but apologies and promises. Continue reading Letter to the editor – Dick Finch

The trouble with borders

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Friday, July 12, 2019 was designated by a national group of activists to protest the incarceration of “unaccompanied minors” crossing our southern border.

In 700 cities across the country, activists and children’s advocates, ordinary citizens with no affiliations, kids, people young, middle aged and old, female and male, black, brown and white gathered at children’s detention centers or in front of courthouses to make a statement against the incarceration of brown kids who have been separated from family or who crossed into the U.S. alone. Continue reading The trouble with borders

A prairie writer

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

When I was 10 or so, I discovered a row of books in the Jefferson library that I’d never seen, or I’d skipped by them. Or maybe I’d wandered into the adult section. For some time, I’d been waylaid by the “Silhouette Series,” biographies of the heroes of America – Betsy Ross, Daniel Boone, Kit Carson, Clara Barton — until the day I picked up a novel by the midwestern writer Willa Cather. I fell in love with each of her books in turn. O Pioneers! and Death Comes for the Archbishop kept me up late, but it was My Antonia that I read several times. And recently read again, three score years later. Continue reading A prairie writer

Doomed to repeat?

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

We are taught that if we don’t learn our history, we’re doomed to repeat it. To the dismay of lots of us, it’s happening; and quicker than we thought possible. After what I was taught as a schoolgirl in the ‘50s and ‘60s of the fascist Axis countries that brought the world to its knees in the ‘30s and ‘40s, I just knew it could never happen again. My youth and inexperience sipped from a cup full of hope; I did not know the cup had a hole in it till years later. Continue reading Doomed to repeat?

Who uplifts their neighbors?

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

A couple of years ago, I wrote a “What if” about Jefferson being attacked by an enemy, and what I would do if I lived through the attack and into the occupancy by a hostile army.
Would I go along because of fear of torture, imprisonment, death? Or the threat of any of these to my loved ones? Despite consequences, would I join the resistance, set up a printing press in my basement and bomb Eureka Bridge as a convoy crossed it? Continue reading Who uplifts their neighbors?

Jack Bucklin explains ‘protest sign’ in parade

“Somebody’s got to do something!” That’s what I said to a friend who told me “Oh, Jack, don’t do it” after I told her what I was about to do, carry a war protest sign in the Bell Tower parade.

I was feeling it, though, feeling it especially hard when I saw the news that the US was moving a carrier group into position in the Persian Gulf and doubling down with a B52 bomber squadron moving to Qatar, a military move to put pressure on Iran.– Why? For what reason? Continue reading Jack Bucklin explains ‘protest sign’ in parade

One more holiday?

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

June nineteenth is a ceremonial holiday (meaning you don’t get off work) in several states in the U.S.; it has never been declared a national holiday.

Juneteenth, sometimes called Freedom Day, sometimes called Emancipation Day, is an American holiday celebrated by African Americans because they were freed from enslavement. It grew out of the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America. Continue reading One more holiday?

Letter to the editor – David Weaver

To the editor,

I am writing in support of Darren Jackson, who is running for Jefferson city council.

I met Darren in 2018 after announcing my candidacy for the Iowa House. I was attending the Inaugural BOOST Bash when Darren introduced himself to me. He was polite and professional but also curious about why I had put my name on the ballot and skillful in asking questions about why I was running for office. Continue reading Letter to the editor – David Weaver