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Perceptions of Poverty...National Salvation Army Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Friday, 18 May 2012 13:53


Report Highlights Importance of Giving Back During 59th Annual National Salvation Army Week

(Alexandria, VA) May 16, 2012 – The American public is largely sympathetic to people in need, but drastically misunderstands the causes of poverty, according to a new report, “Perceptions of Poverty: The Salvation Army’s Report to America,” released today by The Salvation Army. Among other eye-opening statistics, the report showed that while 38 percent of Americans have received assistance from a charitable group in their lifetime, another 27 percent of Americans believe that laziness is a root cause of poverty. Still, an overwhelming majority continues to donate to charities to help others in need.

The report was based on a survey of more than 1,000 Americans, conducted in February 2012 by a third-party research firm in advance of the 59th annual National Salvation Army Week, celebrated this year from May 14-20.

“This report highlights the critical issue of poverty at a time when many Americans are struggling to get by,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “It is more important than ever to raise awareness of not only the public’s perception of poverty, but also the programs available to those in need. With the public’s support, The Salvation Army will continue to provide assistance.”

According to the survey commissioned by The Salvation Army and conducted on Vision Critical's Springboard America panel, nearly 40 percent of Americans have requested help, including housing, food, financial and other assistance, from charitable organizations at some point in their lives. In particular, Americans with lower household incomes are much more likely to have experienced a lack of shelter, or a need to request assistance from a charitable group.

Thirty-eight percent of Americans have received assistance from a charitable group, including food from food banks or financial assistance/housing support.

Thirteen percent of Americans reported having spent a night in a shelter or on the street due to a loss of housing.

Additionally, a majority of Americans believe people living in poverty deserve a helping hand, and sympathize with the challenges that people living in poverty face on a daily basis.

  • Eighty-eight percent of Americans believe people living in poverty deserve a helping hand.
  • Eighty-four percent of Americans believe it is almost impossible to survive on your own on minimum wage.
  • Seventy-five percent of Americans believe helping poor families sets up children from those families for success.
  • Sixty percent of Americans believe it is difficult to escape poverty once becoming poor.
  • However, there are a significant minority of Americans who are skeptical of the realities and reasons for poverty.
  • Notably, the further a person is from poverty, the less common he or she believes poverty is in society.
  • Forty-nine percent of Americans believe a good work ethic is all a person needs to escape poverty.
  • Forty-three percent of Americans believe people living in poverty can always find a job if they really want to work, with twenty-seven percent of Americans reporting that people are poor because they are lazy.
  • Twenty-nine percent of Americans believe poor people usually have lower moral values.

In total, Americans believe approximately thirty-four percent of the general population is living in poverty. However, Americans who earn less than $25,000 a year believe forty percent of the population lives in poverty, while Americans who earn at least $50,000 a year believe twenty-seven percent live in poverty.

The Perceptions of Poverty report, which can be viewed on The Salvation Army’s website at, comes as The Salvation Army celebrates the 59th annual National Salvation Army Week with a variety of events and activities to honor donors, supporters and beneficiaries of Salvation Army programs. President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the first National Salvation Army Week in 1954, proclaiming, “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of all.”

“We are proud to celebrate our donors, volunteers and supporters, not only during National Salvation Army Week but every day throughout the year,” said Major Hood. “As President Eisenhower recognized nearly sixty years ago, The Salvation Army is dedicated to serving our neighbors, families and friends in communities throughout America, and we want to take this time to give thanks to each person who makes this possible.”

Since The Salvation Army began its social service work in the United States in 1880, the organization has grown into one of the largest social service providers in the country. Each year, The Salvation Army directly supports 30 million Americans through a variety of programs including transitional and family shelters, feeding programs, senior centers, adult rehabilitation, education, athletic programs for kids and more.

Though the dates have changed since the first National Salvation Army Week, the work of The Salvation Army has not. The Salvation Army is calling upon all Americans to consider donating money or volunteering time to charities and organizations fighting poverty in local communities. Donors and volunteers can learn more about The Salvation Army, including further information regarding the Perceptions of Poverty report and National Salvation Army Week, by visiting

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used Wednesday, May 16, 2012 to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to


A public service announcement from Davenport Parks and Recreation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ron Summers   
Friday, 18 May 2012 13:44
Due to roof construction at Vander Veer conservatory, the conservatory and store will be closed through Tuesday, May 22.  Vander Veer Park will remain open, but the conservatory and store will be closed due to the construction.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Both the conservatory and store will reopen at 10am on Tuesday, May 22.

NASA asked to respond to allegations over Ames Research Center, Moffett Federal Airfield PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 08:41

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is asking the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to respond to allegations from whistleblowers regarding the agency’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Federal Airfield in Santa Clara County, California.

The allegations involve whether the Google corporation leases space at the federal airfield at a rate below market value to house its corporate airplanes and whether the company has purchased jet fuel from the government at a discounted price, allegedly well below the market price due to tax treatment.  Last month, Grassley asked the NASA Administrator to respond to allegations that the Ames Research Center allows foreign nationals to access sensitive materials contrary to International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

“The allegations are substantive,” Grassley said.  “NASA should address the allegations in the interest of public accountability.”

Whistleblowers sought out Grassley with their concerns because of his reputation of receptiveness to whistleblowers.

Grassley wrote to NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr. on April 18, seeking an agency briefing on the allegations involving foreign nationals and the director of the Ames Research Center.  His office has not received a briefing from NASA officials, despite repeated follow-up inquiries.

Grassley wrote to Bolden on May 14 regarding the Google allegations.

The text of Grassley’s May 14 letter is available here.

The text of Grassley’s April 18 letter is available here.


Iowa Supreme Court Requests for Further Review PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:34


May 1, 2012








Wuebker v. Heenan Agency, Inc.


Black Hawk

State v. Gaddeh



State v. Weidemann


Lee (South)

State v. Rose



In re Marriage of Dietz


Black Hawk

State v. Pfaltzgraff



State v. Jackson


Black Hawk

State v. Gaddeh



State v. Jones


Cerro Gordo

Prairie Ridge v. Jackson



Kinnel v. Gardner


Palo Alto

In re Estate of Thompson



Elliott v. Hughbis & The Kernel



State v. Lard



State v. Geist


Des Moines

In re Marriage of Hake



In re K.W. and K.K.



In re N.T.J.



In re C.E. and J.V.Z.










State v. Velez



Jack v. P & A Farms



Sallee v. Stewart

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National Dog Bite Prevention Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeKisha Franklin   
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:26
National Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 20th – 26th. This is a great time to help stop the many dog bites that happen every year.

“Veterinarians recognize, while there are 72 million good dogs in the United States, any dog can bite if it is frightened of feels threatened, even the family pet. Unfortunately, children are most often the victims,” say Dr. Larry M. Kornegay, AVMA Immediate Past President.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) provides resources to spread the word that dog attacks are preventable. Children, especially, should be taught the right and the wrong way to interact with dogs. These resources can be found at:

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