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I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to Senator Tod Bowman and the outstanding job he did for Jackson County as your State Senator.  

Operation: New View, Community Action Agency is now taking applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for eligible households.

Cybersecurity is present in every aspect of our lives, whether it be at home, work, school, or on the go. The Department of Revenue wants to increase your awareness of cybersecurity and protect yourself online.

Operation: New View, Community Action Agency is now taking applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for eligible households.

So did anyone watch the swearing-in (interesting to use the word ‘swearing’ in relation to the whole Brett Kavanaugh debacle?)  I am guessing there was a lot of swearing done, especially when the microphones were turned off.

After reading the article in last week’s Herald Leader regarding permitting ATV/UTV vehicles and golf cart/LSVs to use city streets I have to say that I am more than concerned about the safety and enforcement issues that this would cause. I found the following information on the use of off-r…

On behalf of the wonderful people of Bellevue, we wanted to say thank you and let you know where the money went that was collected at Vacation Bible School.  During Vacation Bible School this summer the pastors presented the idea of helping the Marshalltown tornado victims and the VBS leader…

If you are voting Democrat for the future generations you are voting for Saul Alinsky ideas. Remember Hillary and Obama believed in his ideas and the Democrats have been following them for a long time.

I have been hearing a lot of political ads including for our local county offices such as Recorder, Treasurer, and Supervisors.  I would like to encourage everyone who can vote to do so. You can do so by  voting in person at the Auditor’s office or going to the polls on November 6th. With so…

Do we realize that making a family is such a phenomenal experience that, to start with, it takes three persons, one man, one woman, and God.

After watching many political commercials, I felt compelled to write about one that has meaning for Maquoketa and Jackson County. I have watched Senator Bowman come up with ways to attack and discredit his opponent.

Since Rotary International and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication initiative nearly 30 ears ago, the incidence of Polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 cases in 2016.  So far in 2017, the data suggests only 5 cases!

I read the article, in the latest Bellevue Herald-Leader, concerning the possible addition of a City ordinance to allow ATVs and golf carts on city streets with some restrictions.  After checking with the Police Department, I was told that ATVs are already allowed on the snowmobile trails wi…

If you are looking for someone to work hard in the Iowa Senate for better schools, look no further than Senator Tod Bowman.

The school year is well underway with a variety of classroom activities designed for learning, along with multiple student activities which take place outside of the classroom. From Fall athletics to fine arts, students are busy at all ages.

I read with interest Jim Budde’s letter of September 27, 2018: Capitalism and Socialism; What do these terms mean?  I have no interest in disputing the content of Jim’s letter.  My only intent is to extend the definition of the two economic systems and not extol their virtues. Jim found, in …

It has been a difficult few weeks as Senator Grassley and fellow Republicans rammed through the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. But we put up a good fight by contacting our Senators to oppose Kavanaugh. But among all the reports I have seen I would like to share comments from Senator Cory B…

  Over the last several months, I have spent a lot of time talking and listening to people around my district.  One topic that has come up again and again is IPERS (Iowa Public Employee Retirement System), the pension system for public employees here in Iowa.  Folks are worried about what mi…

Contrary to claims by my opponent, I have supported legislation that would crack down on welfare and Medicaid fraud. I also support efforts by the state and federal government to crack down on illegal immigration.

When Judge Kavanaugh first got nominated  for the U.S. Supreme Court in July, the Democrats said they would try and stop him at all costs because he is a too far right extremist to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.  

Hey everyone, did you know there’s this new thing out there called the internet?

It has been a while since I had a column printed in the Bellevue paper.  Everything I come up with seems to cause controversy...except maybe recipes... and I haven't made anything in the last year that I would consider worth sharing.

In last week’s front page story about the new radium treatment facility in Bellevue, it was incorrectly stated that water and sewer rates for all customers were increased to help defray costs for the project.

After reading former Bellevue City Administrator Loras Herrig’s letter to the editor last week, On Election Costs and Healing in Bellevue, I felt compelled to offer some insight as to why the Jackson County Jail Advisory Committee (JCJAC) and the Jackson County Board of Supervisors (BOS) pro…

First off, I want to thank everyone who voted. Whether it was a yes or a no vote, I am glad at the turnout. Of course I wanted it to be a different outcome, but now we regroup and do what’s best.

Now that we have survived two special elections for bond referendums, I wanted to share some thoughts.  I offer no comments on the merits of the issue but found the following interesting.

Visitors to the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park’s Fort Clatsop, frankly, are sometimes underwhelmed by it, as were the indigenous natives for which it was named.

Thank you Tom Meyer and the facilities committee for hosting the August 1 informational meeting on our Bellevue grade school building project. It was a good process of sharing information and feedback. 

Once again, on September 11, we are being asked to approve a $9.95 million bond issue for Easton Valley Schools. And again, I feel a no vote is proper. The school has over $1 million per year coming in from other taxes already.

I love this town. This town is my home, in a way no other place on earth could be. I love the way the caretakers who came before us have taken so much pride in making it this wonderful home. The generations before us who said, “You buy the highest quality you can afford, because it needs to last.”

By now everyone is aware of the inadequacy of the Elementary School facility and the need for improvement.  The question being, is that improvement best accomplished by adding on and refurbishing the current facility or to build new.  Personally, I prefer updating the present facility for co…

I am writing this letter to exhibit some important input from our community’s youth concerning the upcoming Bellevue Elementary School Bond Referendum. Most of my peers cannot vote yet; however we feel that our generation should have a voice to support provision for Bellevue’s future. Some r…

In regard to the proposed elementary school building, I have heard many comments and read multiple posts both on line and in the paper. Almost everyone agrees that the current elementary building does need to be replaced but some have an issue with the rendering of the potential school that …

Many in the community have been talking about why a new Bellevue Elementary school is needed (or not needed). Meetings in regard to the elementary have been ongoing for many years, including during my time as Superintendent approximately four years ago. These meetings have allowed me to hear…