“It is our No. 1 trails project and I think we should finish it,” Johnson County Supervisor Janelle Rettig said in reference to completing phase two of the Dubuque Street Trail despite having a budget shortfall of $43,000.
Wish list item (not a true need): Dubuque Street Trail
Estimated cost for phase two of trail construction according to the county: $470,000
Money the county has on hand in its trails fund: $427,000 (Did you know the county has taken that much taxpayer money - your money - for trails?)
Budget shortfall: $43,000
This isn't the only trails project on the books folks, and you have been giving the county your hard-earned money for trails since fiscal year 2008. Did you know you so much money was being dedicated to trails and at the sacrifice of true needs? Meanwhile, they raise your taxes for pay raises and government land grabs! Isn't that nice?
Instead of making some real budget cuts during lean economic times and dwindling pools of state/federal funding due to fiscal mismanagement, county officials have identified the Dubuque Street Trail as the county’s No. 1 priority for trails projects. Apparently they'll tax you even more to get it done by this fall.
Damn the true needs, we want that bike trail!
"Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure." -- Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, 1823
The following quote from Abraham Lincoln is one of my favorite quotes, from one of the greatist presidents this country has ever had. I've posted it before and it deems repeating because not enough people are listening. And if you don't think this quote applies to what Obama and his cohorts are trying to do to us (pull down the house of another), then you are a fool. ~ Mike Thayer
"Property is the fruit of labor...property is desirable...is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built." ~ Abraham Lincoln
John and Drew, both age 9, trained hard for testing and demonstrated the necessary skills to get to the next belt level. John was promoted to Brown High and Drew achieved Red belt status.
A complete list of the Coralville academy members getting promoted is as follows:
|Name||New belt level|
|Max Collins||Deputy Black Belt|
|Eric Rothman||Red High|
|John Thayer||Brown High|
|Kalen McCain||Blue High|
|Miriam (Mimie) Fauchier||Yellow|
|Name||New belt level|
|Kelly Oelmann||Blue High|
Specializing in Taekwondo and Kum Do Martial arts training, Kang’s Academy is located at 2421 James St. in Coralville. Located directly across from the Coral Ridge Mall and close to IHop, Kang’s is open from 4:45pm into the evening hours Monday through Thursday. A second school is located in Marion. For more information check out the Kang’s Martial Arts website at http://www.uskmaa.com or call 319-338-2264.
"The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust." -- James Madison, Federalist No. 57