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Commentary: U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley

Saturday, May, 24 2014

I’m blessed to be spending part of my holiday weekend with my family and I hope many Iowans are able to do the same.

But no matter what we’re all doing, each of us is exercising the freedoms that generations of America’s veterans have fought to provide us.

I know all Iowans will join me in remembering those heroes who have given their lives in the past year—and all veterans who have served throughout America’s history.

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Commentary: Iowa Senator Bill Dotzler

Friday, May, 23 2014

May 26 is Memorial Day — the day our nation remembers the men and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces.  Our service members make big sacrifices for us. In return, we must honor our responsibilities to them.

In the Legislature, Republicans and Democrats have worked together to make Iowa a national leader in state support for veterans, service members and their families.  Our efforts have helped Iowa become one of the first All-Star Vet States, an initiative that highlights opportunities, services and support that states offer to attract military families.  In particular, All-Star Vet States are dedicated to employing our veterans.  In recent months, Iowa businesses have committed to hiring 2,900 veterans and that number is growing.

Part of what earned us the All-Star Vets designation is our state's Home Base Iowa effort, which helps veterans find jobs, explore career paths and make a smooth transition to civilian life in Iowa.  Home Base Iowa is also a hub for employers and communities that want to do more to attract military families.  Companies are becoming Home Base Iowa Businesses by pledging jobs specifically for veterans, and Iowa towns are offering incentives to welcome veterans to Home Base Iowa Communities.

Iowa is also expanding educational opportunities for military families by offering in-state tuition at our community colleges and state universities.  In addition, a work group is expected to make recommendations on a more consistent approach for awarding credit to veterans for their military training and experience, on strategies to recruit veterans to our colleges and universities, and on promoting the educational benefits provided to veterans.

This Memorial Day, as we say "thank you," we can be proud of the many innovative things Iowa is doing to ensure our state is the best place for veterans to live, learn and work.

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Congratulations Toby Olson!

Tuesday, May, 20 2014

KXEL congratulates Toby Olson of Waterloo for winning the grand prize of the Meyers Nursery Dream Yard!

On Monday, May 19th, Toby's name was drawn among the qualifiers who had a chance at winning a $1,500 gift certificate from Meyers Nursery in Waterloo.

Hey, Toby!  Send before and after pictures because we'd love to see what $1,500 can buy as you create your dream yard!

Congratulations, Toby!  Thanks to all to call in or signed up at Meyers Nursery!  And thank you for listening to News/Talk 1540 KXEL!

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Help Wanted

Monday, May, 5 2014

Would you like to learn more about the radio broadcasting industry?  Do you have an interest in sports?  If yes – we may have an opportunity for you!

Woodward Radio Group, located in downtown Waterloo, is in search of a board operator to work live play-by-play sporting events on KWLO and KXEL.  Sporting events that are broadcast on our stations include the Waterloo Bucks and University of Northern Iowa football, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball.  KXEL also airs a weekly coaches call-in show for football and men’s basketball.  This part-time position and the hours and days of work will vary depending on need.  To be considered you must have good voice quality, be dependable, able to work unsupervised, and have an interest in learning more about radio.  Prior experience is not necessary.  We will train the right candidate.  A high school diploma/GED is required.

Also, KXEL is looking for a part-time announcer for the news department.  This person would anchor the morning newscasts on the KXEL Morning Show.  Qualified applicants will have at least one-year of on-air experience, a high school diploma/GED, good voice quality, solid writing skills and the skills to properly execute broadcast equipment.  The most qualified candidates will be contacted at a later time for MP3 air checks.

KWLO-AM and KXEL-AM are operated as two of four radio stations in Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa by employee-owned Woodward Communications, Inc.  Woodward Communications is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring, training or promotion of employees by reason of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.  We are engaged in a continuing effort to seek our prospective applicants for employment with our company.

For consideration, apply online at www.wcinet.com/careers.

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Commentary: U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley

Saturday, May, 3 2014

Dream Big, Class of 2014

The Class of 2014 will graduate from high school on the heels of welcome news that fewer of their peers are dropping out of school.  Recently released data from the U.S. Department of Education show America hit its highest-ever high school graduation rate when the Class of 2012 topped 80 percent.  Even more impressively, Iowa ranked highest in the nation with an 88 percent success rate at keeping kids in school through graduation.

This is good news.  It shows a commitment by parents and educators to give the next generation a strong start to become productive contributors of society.  America’s posterity will be shaped by the choices Millennials make to embrace and protect the blessings of economic freedom and individual liberty as they come of age in the 21st century.

Friends and family look forward to celebrating this milestone with the Class of 2014 in communities across Iowa.  Parents have plenty to celebrate. Since 1960, the USDA has compiled data on what it costs to raise a child in the United States. Child-rearing costs have seen an average annual increase of 4.4 percent.  The USDA’s most recent report projects parents would spend $241,080 to raise a child born in 2012 from birth to age 17.

If only sticker shock stopped on graduation day.  Some students may already have a taste of debt with monthly car payments.  Others may have hefty tuition bills on their horizon.  A growing share of college-bound students takes out financial aid and graduates with an average $27,000 debt.  Today the nation’s student loan portfolio is a whopping $1 trillion and many predict a likelihood of significant default, putting taxpayers on the hook yet again.

This spring I introduced bipartisan legislation to help families comparison shop for colleges.  The bill would update and standardize requirements for colleges to make available a net price calculator, an online tool to make it easier for students to better estimate and compare what they would pay at schools they are interested in attending.

Even without student loans, the Class of 2014 enters the “real world” already saddled with debt, their portion of the federal debt.  The $17.5 trillion federal IOU boils down to nearly $55,000 for every man, woman and child in America.  Before landing their first job after high school, these graduates have inherited an expensive tab.

However, the debt burden is not the only reason this generation will struggle to get a foothold in the economy.

Economic growth hasn’t kept pace and the result is shrinking opportunities and dreams for would-be entrepreneurs, job creators and workers struggling to find full-time employment.  The labor force participation rate is the worst in four decades and entry-level job applicants find themselves competing with over-qualified candidates for work.

Tax, spend and borrow policies in Washington are driving up debt instead of recharging what drives U.S. economic growth.  Rather than giving the green light to job-creating policies, such as simplifying the tax code, making the corporate tax burden more competitive in the global economy, fighting for trade promotion authority, approving the Keystone XL pipeline and going after homegrown energy whole hog, allies of Big Government support forcing small businesses to give raises they can’t afford, controlling the delivery of health care in America and dictating regulatory burdens that make it harder for businesses to grow, hire, expand and invest.

Overpromising, overreaching and overspending occur at the expense of future generations.  Policies that push wealth redistribution and unsustainable entitlements are unraveling the merits of America’s success story handed down for generations:  that big dreams, hard work, sacrifice and ambition would be rewarded with unlimited opportunity.  The heavy-handed levers of government-knows-best are uprooting America’s “sky’s the limit” mindset.  Fostering a culture of dependence and entitlement instead of self-sufficiency and hard work goes against America’s grain.

So, I challenge the Class of 2014 to help put America back on track.  Whether choosing to enter the workforce, obtain vocational training, pursue higher education, volunteer, or serve one’s country, it’s more important than ever for our youngest generations to dream big and understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

That’s why I make it a priority to foster robust representative government and strengthen civics education.  That includes visiting regularly with students in their schools.  I want to hear what’s on their minds and challenge them to get involved and tune in to current events.  Recently I cosponsored a bipartisan resolution that affirms the importance of teaching civics education in our schools.  It puts the U.S. Senate on record that we must reinforce the principles of self-government so future generations will understand how to hold government to account.

Research shows an erosion of basic knowledge about our constitutional government, such as the natural rights set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the functions of the three branches of government.  And growing cynicism about the institutions of government and public service reflect a growing disconnect between “we the people” and the healthy functioning of self- governance.  Apathy is damaging to the crop of new graduates who will sow the seeds of America’s prosperity for posterity.

Dream big, Class of 2014.  As farmers working the fields this spring have known for generations, you will reap what you sow.

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