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February 2011

Iowa Rep. Paulsen: Issues statement on Regents appointments

Kraig-Paulsen DES MOINES, IA. -- House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) issued the following statement on the appointment of three additions to the Board of Regents:

“I applaud Governor Branstad on his recent appointments to the Board of Regents.

“Bruce Rastetter’s background in business and agriculture will serve the Regents institutions extremely well. He also brings a commitment to quality education and balances that with his care for Iowa taxpayers.

“I have had the opportunity to work directly with Linn-Mar Superintendent Katie Mulholland and I know she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board. She’s shown great dedication to educating Iowa’s children. I’m confident she will continue to serve students, parents and families well in this new capacity.

“Nicole Carroll’s experience and diverse background will bring an additional valuable perspective to the Board of Regents.”

Iowa City's Water Division Flushing Fire Hydrants

During March, April and May, the Iowa City Water Division will be flushing fire hydrants. Fire hydrants are flushed in the spring and fall as part of a regularly scheduled maintenance program to ensure that they are in good working order. This work will be performed during the weekdays from 7:00a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

You can determine when hydrant flushing is being performed in your neighborhood by going to the Iowa City website at ICGOV.ORG/WATER, check the maroon box with the heading "Hydrant Flushing Schedule". The box will be visible and updated daily and throughout the day as needed when hydrants are being flushed.

When hydrant flushing is being performed in your neighborhood, you may notice rusty colored water in your home. The water is safe, but this discoloration may be a problem if you are washing laundry.

Here are some precautions you may take:

• If you notice discolored water coming from your faucet, let it run until the color clears.
• Wash laundry in the evenings or on the weekend, not during the times flushes are being performed.
• If by accident you do wash a load and rusty looking streaks appear on your laundry, do not use bleach to clean the articles as this will set them permanently. A product called "Iron Out" may be purchased at some hardware and grocery stores and has a successful track record in removing reddish iron stains from fabrics.

Weather permitting, the fire hydrant flushes will be performed for approximately two to three months. If you have questions or need further information, please call the Water Division at 356-5166.

The new 'American Dream' - socialists behind protests

Protests were held around the country over the weekend - including places like Seattle where anarchists attacked 'pigs' because they are the 'enemy' keeping them from 'dismantling' the entire system. Van Jones showed up in Washington D.C. with (allegedly) regular average American folk - but who filed the permit for this particular 'American Dream' rally? Glenn Beck gave us the answer on radio today.

The unrest spreads...

  • Protesters still loitering in Wisconsin - DETAILS
  •  FNC reporter hit by Wisconsin mob (VIDEO
  •  Seattle anarchists go after police - DETAILS
  •  Union thugs in Georgia shove counter-protester into iron fence (VIDEO)

Gas prices are up, food prices are climbing, unemployment remains high

Are the current events taking place abroad and here at home motivating you to be prepared for the worst? If they aren’t, they should be. Gasoline prices are rising fast and predicted to climb much higher. There is rioting going on in foreign countries and senseless protests taking place here in the U.S. There are federal, state and city budget shortfalls everywhere you look. Unemployment remains at alarming levels with no end in sight and food prices are starting to soar.

Are you ready for things to get worse?

Are you buying extra food? Are you planning a garden? Do you know how much food storage you need for your family? Are you familiar with all the possible resources in making preparations?

The Coralville Courier is one such source, we’re the only information local source around covering this issue.

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Where's the Outrage?

Steve_rathje Gasoline prices increased by $0.13 p/gal. over the weekend. Where’s the outrage? Or do we merely accept high gasoline prices as a fact of life? Everything we drive, eat, drink and wear, as well as where we choose to go on vacation is directly affected by the cost of getting there, or the cost of bringing it to market. Is this what America really wants? Do we want the government indirectly mandating how we live our lives? Isn’t this a direct threat to the freedoms and liberties that we would without question fight and if necessary die for? Isn’t depending upon a foreign country for vital resources a threat to our national security? Defending the people from enemies both foreign and domestic is the responsibility of our elected officials, and isn’t a threat such as this just as much an enemy of the state as that of a foreign army? If you don’t think it is, think again! Then maybe then, you’ll feel the outrage?

Steven R Rathje Founder/CEO
International Procurement Services, Inc.
and The Genesis Group, Inc.

McNutt to miss spring practice

Marvin_mcnutt The Sporting News has reported that Iowa Hawkeye star receiver Marvin McNutt will miss spring practice after recently undergoing surgery on a thumb and shoulder.  

McNutt, a senior, led the Hawkeye receiving corps last season with 53 catches for 861 yards.

Enviro Poll: Global Warming Overblown


In a  survey conducted for Colorado College's State of the Rockies project -- one in which most questions were designed to produce environmentalism-friendly results (of the "Do you favor clean air?" "Do you favor clean water?" nature) -- most respondents in five Mountain states ranked global warming as a low priority and overblown as a problem.

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