Letter the editor – Brian Phillips

Challenges and Successes

The challenges that any young person faces today are far different than ever before.  There are many variables:  desensitization to overwhelming violence, acceptance of profanity as the norm, exposure to crippling family dysfunctions, vulnerability to unsettling TV programs, subjection to questionable music lyrics, and the list goes on and on.  These are not isolated to Greene County, nor any other part of Iowa or the United States.  This is the new regular.  This is our current state of affairs in our country and many parts of the world to boot.   Continue reading Letter the editor – Brian Phillips

Letter to the editor – Adrienne Smith

To the editor regarding animal shelter

Dear editor,

I was not going to get involved in this, but I can’t walk away from it. It involves something near and dear to me.

There’s a saying that a person can be judged on their character by how they treat animals. I am very disappointed in the lack of interest that the city has in taking care of its homeless animals. That is the city’s responsibility. It’s a sad state of affairs, when building a new humane animal shelter is more controversial than building a casino. Continue reading Letter to the editor – Adrienne Smith

Branstad’s opening statement to Senate foreign relations committee

Gov Terry Branstad | GCNO file photo

(DES MOINES) – Today, Gov. Terry Branstad released his opening statement to the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding the Ambassadorship to China.  Gov. Branstad’s opening statement, as prepared for delivery, is as follows:

Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, and Members of the Committee,

It is an honor to appear before you today as President Trump’s nominee to be the United States Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that a boy from a small farm in Leland, Iowa, would one day have the opportunity to become, with your consent, the Ambassador to one of the world’s most influential countries and one of America’s largest trading partners. I am thankful to President Trump for his confidence and trust in me to take on this important diplomatic role. Continue reading Branstad’s opening statement to Senate foreign relations committee

The time of her life

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

With a life’s worth of degrees — BA in music education and therapy, Masters in social work, MBA in international business – that could make her an excellent living financially, 62-year-old Michiganian Lorrie Douglas found her passion as a volunteer in her areas of study. Continue reading The time of her life

Branstad reflects on 2017 legislative session

Gov Terry Branstad

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad released a statement April 22 on the close of the 2017 legislative session:

“As a former legislator, former lt. governor and chief executive of the state, I’ve worked with the Legislature for 33 years. When you look at the volume and diversity of policy issues that were addressed this year, I am proud to say this has been one of the most significant and productive sessions in our history,” said Branstad. “We have given Iowa taxpayers and families a balanced budget under difficult circumstances, prioritized K-12 education funding while building a computer science foundation for our schools, provided money for family planning clinics that don’t provide abortions, protected the ballot box, strengthened our traffic safety laws, protected victims of domestic abuse and violence, solidified Iowans’ Constitutional 2nd Amendment rights, and most importantly, made Iowa more competitive for attracting business and industry. Continue reading Branstad reflects on 2017 legislative session

Northey praises funding for water quality

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey issued the following statement following the closing of the 2017 legislative session.  Northey’s statement follows here:

“Iowa is recognized as a national leader for its collaborative, research-based efforts to improve water quality and we are proud of all the work that is being done on our farms and in communities across the state. Continue reading Northey praises funding for water quality

Lt Gov Reynolds reflects on 2017 legislative session

DES MOINES – On Saturday, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds released a statement on the close of the 2017 legislative session: 

I’m proud of the progress we made this year in making Iowa an even greater place to live, work and raise a family.  We saw legislators from both rural and urban areas come together and address many of the priorities the governor laid out in his 2017 Condition of the State Address.  Continue reading Lt Gov Reynolds reflects on 2017 legislative session

Williams, Clouse discuss ‘stand your ground’ gun law

Greene County sheriff Jack Williams and Jefferson police chief Mark Clouse agree that new gun legislation signed into law by Governor Branstad last week could hinder their efforts in schools. They disagree on the impact the “stand your ground” language could have in public places. Republicans, including Branstad, say the changes return the Second Amendment right to bear arms to the people. Continue reading Williams, Clouse discuss ‘stand your ground’ gun law

Talk to a Muslim

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

When interviewed by Krista Tippet on the National Public Radio Show “On Being,” Samar D. Jarrah, of the Islamic faith, said, “I have lectured to thousands of Americans. No one has ever asked me a question about science, as if all that Islam has given to humanity is a bunch of nutcase terrorists.” Continue reading Talk to a Muslim

County Republicans hold spring fundraiser

County Republicans gathered April 11 to raise funds and celebrate gaining the majority in the Iowa Senate and House and in Congress, as well as putting Republican Donald Trump in the White House. The spring fundraiser was held at the Re-Creation Center at Abundant Life Ministries in Jefferson. About 60 persons attended.

Congressman Steve King, who represents Greene County in Washington, and Lt Gov Kim Reynolds spoke, as did state auditor Mary Mosiman, Tamera Scott and Steve Sheffler, both members of the Republican National Committee, Colby DeWitt, regional political director of the Republican Party of Iowa, representatives of Personhood Iowa and the Iowa Firearms Coalition, and Greene County board of supervisors chair John Muir. Continue reading County Republicans hold spring fundraiser

The Behn Report

Sen Jerry Behn, (R) Boone

April 14, 2017
There is less than a week left before this legislative session is scheduled to end. The 100th day is April 18 which means that day is the last day legislators (and our clerks) get paid for this session. While we are still working hard to be done by this day, we have much left to do on the budget for the next fiscal year.

In addition to our work on the budget, we have been bouncing bills back and forth between the Senate and the House, and passed a couple more bills through the Senate. This week we debated:  Continue reading The Behn Report