• We used to celebrate a federal holiday on February 22nd in recognition of the country's first president, George Washington. The "Washington's Birthday" holiday was moved to the third Monday of February in 1971, part of the effort to give federal workers three day weekends...that's how Columbus Day and Memorial Day, among others, were moved from fixed dates on the calendar.
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  • Regardless of your stand on the issue, you have to hand it to the Republicans in the majority of the Iowa legislature...they're efficient.
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  • The last I knew, name calling was a bad thing. In fact, when done by children, we now label them bullies. And when the name calling is done in an on-line way, we call it cyber-bullying, and it's been identified as a problem in public schools.
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  • Much has been made over a statement made by Candidate Donald Trump, and repeated in President Donald Trump's inaugural address just 18 days ago--America First.
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  • Yesterday's news that Cedar Rapids mayor Ron Corbett would not run for re-election in 2017 was the result in part to a few dominoes falling on the state level...and in turn, led to dominoes falling on the local level.
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  • Colleges and universities in the area have completed final exams and are starting to shut down for the holidays. Seems only appropriate, then, that another college rises to the top of our attention today...a college that only meets once every four years, and then remotely.
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  • During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump was asked where he got information, and who served as his advisers. He answered that he watched the cable news shows and admired those who offered analysis.
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  • In the first one-on-one interview he has granted since announcing he would accept nomination as the next U.S. Ambassador to China, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad told me in Waverly Wednesday that he meant it when he said previously he was not interested in the position. His name had been floated for months as a possible U.S. ag secretary, and as ambassador to China.
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  • During this last presidential campaign, Donald Trump made a big deal about saying he would put together a government with successful business people, dropping names of some of the better known CEOs and billionaires. A lot of what he was pitching was a more subtle version of the "it's time to run government like a business" line that Republicans had used for some time, including cutting back the function of certain governmental agencies.
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  • Here's a help wanted ad that might get your attention...wanted...new leadership for established American brand. Must be committed to developing and executing a national strategy, have an established track record of organization and fund-raising, and possess the ability to work with others,
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