No more for us

December 6, 2017

Imagine our surprise when the wife stopped to buy a Wednesday
edition of our local paper and was told it now cost $4! Last
week it was $1.50. We realize costs go up and some increases
in price is needed but decided the ads aren’t worth it
anymore.

Last Sunday I stopped to get a Sunday paper and was told it
was now $4. That wasn’t hard to take as it was $3 before the
increase. Both newspapers are thick, but when you extract the
advertisements it thins down to what the weekday paper used to
be.

First customer service went to hell in a handbasket and now
the price jump? No thanks. We will no longer be purchasing the
paper on Wednesday and Sunday either. It just isn’t worth the
effort and money.

Since shopping isn’t one of our hobbies we’ll just get the
same ads, for free, at the places we do shop. The paper used to
be handy for checking the obituaries before making plans, but I’m
at an age now that I don’t even check the expiration date on
perishibles.

I remember delivering this same paper when the daily was a
dime, the Sunday edition a quarter, and customer service
mattered. At the prices being charged today I don’t think we’ll
miss the paper, or attitude.

Enjoy our Wednesday as I know we will. Now I need more coffee
and a waffle.
Comments are always welcome.

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Think people

November 28, 2017

After witnessing the beauty of last nights sunset my calm was
shattered with the news that our juvenile car theft epidemic
is still going strong. And according to the talking heads, most
can be prevented.

Seems people still leave their cars running with the car
unlocked or leave a key hidden in the vehicle. While this may
make things easier for the owner it is an opportunity for the
thieves among us.

Take all the keys out of your vehicle and lock it. Don’t
unlock it unless you are ready to use it. For the kids running
around trying door handles, and open one is an invitation to
jump in and see what they can find.

As someone who always locks the car and takes the key I cannot
understand those who don’t. One has to remember that the vast
majority of the kids who steal the cars aren’t even old enough
to drive. They’ll probably wreck it and you will be the one to
pay the bill.

I feel the laws giving more loopholes in favor of the
juveniles is going in the wrong direction. The politically
correct bull we’ve been hearing has to stop. Yes, there are
bad kids out there. And no, more love and compassion won’t
fix the problem.

It is time for some tough love. Put the fear of God into them
and let them know they won’t be getting a free ride for their
crimes. What’s the attitude going to be when these thrill
seeking idiots kill a pedestrian? Or an innocent driver is
severely injured due to the inability of these kids to drive
responsibly?

We need to take the cuffs off the police and put them on
the judges who won’t follow the rule of law but instead
listen to the politically correct interpretation of the law.

Perhaps a few days in jail now would work better than a safe
space. Why aren’t these juveniles financially responsible when
they wreck someone else s car? It’s time for the adults in the
room to say ENOUGH! 600 vehicles since the start of the year
have been stolen which makes me wonder how high the number
has to be for people to be demanding answers.

Enjoy our Monday, it’s looking to be a good one. Now I need
more coffee and a leftover pizza is calling to me.
Comments are always welcome.


What happened?

November 22, 2017

Since we’ve had an explosion in the number of car thefts here
on the east coast of Iowa, and because almost all are being
committed by juveniles and none of them see jail time, we have
to wonder what happened.

Back in the day we had juvenile homes, repeat offender laws,
and in the worst cases banishment from the city. Now we have
politicians and others telling us the culprits brains aren’t
fully developed and they’re not responsible for the crimes
they commit. This always breaks the needle on my Bull meter.

The owners of the stolen, often wrecked and trashed
vehicles are left holding the bag for damages. So we would like
to know what the hell happened that people are no longer
responsible for the crimes they commit?

And aren’t you tired of hearing about our overcrowded prison
system too? Perhaps the reason for said overcrowding is that
the current policies aren’t working. When convicted aren’t the
guilty supposed to serve a sentence and not be on vacation?

Now that I’ve said that, I don’t want a 12 year old kid to go
to prison for stealing a car. I have a novel idea. Make the
criminals responsible for their actions and not the victims!
Put the offending kids in pastel coveralls, hand them a trash
bag, and make them pick up litter if not in school and after
school if they are.

Make the parents liable for the damages and I bet things would
change. There has to be a way for this to work as the current
polices are not. Don’t know what the answers are, but until we
make the criminals responsible for their crimes I fear nothing
will change.

Enjoy our Wednesday as it means Thanksgiving is tomorrow.
Happy Thanksgiving! Now I need more coffee and another
doughnut.
Comments are always welcome.


It’s official

November 14, 2017

The circus is here is to stay and the politicians are still
running the big top. After seeing an article by Barbara
Rodriguez of the Associated Press (AP) about the internal
investigation of sexual harassment in the Senate Republican
caucus of Iowa, I thought perhaps I was wrong about the drive
by media and perhaps they do hard hitting, fact filled news.

But I was wrong. No offense against the author of the article,
it is well written. But when the first paragraph is “An
investigation into alleged sexual harassment within the Senate
Republican caucus of the Iowa Legislature is complete,
according to a top official within the office, but there will
be no report about it and no information will be shared with
the public.”, I admit to being skeptical.

The senior aide to the Senate Majority Leader said “additional
information cannot be shared because it’s a personnel issue”.
Well, that’s comforting. The article later states that a woman
complained of sexual harassment in 2013, was fired hours later,
and went on to win a lawsuit against the state and a $1.75
million settlement.

So a state with 3.1 million residents pays almost $2 million
to a victim and it’s none of said residents business? I will
admit to being confused. The article has more to say, but this
was what got my goat. It looks like this transparent government
is working well, for the politicians.

If you wish to read the entire article, this one in US News,
go here.

Yeah, the old we’ve got nothing to hide but we can’t tell you
what happened. It’s just the same old bull being shipped on a
different day.

Enjoy our Tuesday, it means we survived Monday the 13th. Now
I need to get more coffee and count my pizzas in the freezer.
Comments are always welcome.


The circus continues

November 9, 2017

This past July one of our city’s fire chiefs was fired by our
city administrator. Details were sketchy then, other than that
the chief didn’t attend a pre-disiplinary hearing. Being old
school I wondered what, exactly, a pre-disciplinary hearing was.

Does that come after a verbal dressing down and written
warning? Don’t believe it was ever addressed. With our more
transparent city government we citizens were told the reason
for the firing was not our business.

So now the civil service commission heard the case and
decided the chief was eligible to return to civil service at
a rank equal to that when she was fired . And of course the
city is considering an appeal to a higher court.

All that being said, I have never been a a fire fighter and
had limited training in boot camp. I learned just enough to
be dangerous. But I do have some thoughts on the subject.

Since we taxpayers will probably never know the why, it is hard
to form an opinion. My feelings in the matter are that if the
commission said she should get her job back, she should. For all
we could see she was doing her job.

Since we don’t know the specifics, and I’m stuck in the 60s
according to the lady who follows me around, that’s what I
think. But, if someone could do something about the rising
cost of living, medicine, insurance, gas, and groceries, it
would be appreciated.

Enjoy our Thursday as that means the weekend will be gone
before we know it. Now I need more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


The never ending circus

November 8, 2017

The election is over and we don’t think that anyone is
surprised with outcome. Here we had a low turnout as it seems
more and more people are getting tired of politics as usual.

The campaigns promise the winning politicians only have us
voters in mind and after being sworn in it will be business as
usual and we won’t count. In Washington nothing will get done
as the two parties are too busy doing interviews about issues
that aren’t problems, or trying to stop the other party from
getting anything done.

One thing that does amaze us is the sheer number of people
who get their facts from the media and still speak out against
bills they know nothing about while ignoring the real problems
that could be helped. Like more gun laws.

If they don’t strictly enforce the ones we have, how would
adding more restrictions that don’t get enforced help? If one
looks back on the recent mass shootings, they have two things
in common. A gun, or it wouldn’t be a shooting, and a person
who is crazier than an outhouse rat.

Even Illinois has admitted the jails are over run with people
who should be in a mental health facility. So instead of
addressing the issue of all these crimes being committed by
mentally ill people, it must be easier to blame the weapon.

We don’t have an answer but do know it doesn’t involve more
gun laws. People are dying while the politicians dance around
the issue.

We hope you will enjoy our Wednesday as much as I know we will.
Comments are always welcome.


Election day thoughts

November 7, 2017

Our condolences to the family, friends, and neighbors of the
victims of the recent church shooting in Texas. We haven’t
mentioned it before as we feel it has turned into a political
agenga. Once again something that should spark a serious debate
about mental health, and government not enforcing current gun
laws, has been turned into a gun control issue.

As you know, today is election day. Please go to polls and
exercise your right to vote. Locally there are some contested
seats and others with just the incumbent running. We have no
recommendations this cycle as we haven’t been following the
process as closely as usually do.

The lines shouldn’t be long, it doesn’t take much time to vote,
and when you’re done you can get a sticker that states “I voted”
to make your no-voting friends jealous. It’s a win-win situation.

And we have the upswing of news stories concerning the firing of
employees who post something rash online getting fired for
doing so. For some jobs and depending on the content of the
material put online, we can understand it.

I didn’t realize firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics could be
terminated for saying what they think after work hours. To a
point. With all things read on social media, unless death
threats are expressed, should one incident result in getting
fired?

7 firefighters and paramedics from South Carolina were fired
for statements made about Black Lives Matter a while ago. We
agree it was dumb to post you would run over protesters that
blocked the highway if they were there when you went home. But
is it a firing offense?

If you’d like to learn more about this incident, go here.

Enjoy our Tuesday and vote if you can. Right now I just need
more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.