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Iowa faith leaders to call for immigration reform PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen McQuillen   
Friday, 21 June 2013 13:33
WHAT:   Faith in Action - A Call for Immigration Reform

WHEN:   June 27; 7:00 PM

WHERE: Trinity United Methodist Church, 8th & College Ave., Des Moines

DES MOINES – The Network for Immigration Reform, a coalition of 20 organizations in Central Iowa rallying for immigration reform legislation, presents Faith in Action - A Call to Action for Immigration Reform. Trinity United Methodist Church, at 8th and College in Des Moines, will host this event on Thursday, June 27 at 7:00 PM.

Organizers believe now is the time to push Congress to make laws that keep Iowa’s cities and towns a welcoming place for immigrants, while allowing families to stay together and creating a clear path to citizenship.

“The faith community has long spoken of ‘welcoming our neighbors,’ and we are coming together now to send this message to our elected officials,” said Naomi Sea Young Wittstruck of the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. “Speaking from our faith traditions, we urge passage this summer of humane immigration reform legislation.”

Speakers will include:
•       Rabbi Steven Edelman-Blank, Tifereth Israel Synagogue
•       Bishop Alan Scarfe, Episcopal Diocese of Iowa
•       Bishop Julius Trimble, Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
•       Baljit Singh Virdi, Iowa Sikh Temple

Immigrants will share their stories of adjustment, celebration, and continuing challenges in their new communities.

This event follows on the heels of a June 15 march in which 300 people walked through the streets of Des Moines to demonstrate support for immigration reform.

Future events include a July film showing of  “The Dream is Now” (date TBD)

Rally for Immigration Reform – July 27; 2 – 4 pm, Iowa Capitol grounds

Contact: Kathleen McQuillen/AFSC, 515-274-4851, ext: 22
Paul Turner, AMOS 515-554-3433

Iowa Supreme Court Opinions June 21, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judical Branch   
Friday, 21 June 2013 13:18
Notice: The opinions posted on this site are slip opinions only. Under the Rules of Appellate Procedure a party has a limited number of days to request a rehearing after the filing of an opinion. Also, all slip opinions are subject to modification or correction by the court. Therefore, opinions on this site are not to be considered the final decisions of the court. The official published opinions of the Iowa Supreme Court are those published in the North Western Reporter published by West Group.

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No. 11–0935

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF LOIS L. HORD, Deceased. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ IN THE MATTER OF THE CARL R. HORD TRUST ANNE T. WALSH, KATHRYN TRABERT, GARY R. SHUCK, DONALD C. SHUCK, WILLIS E. SHUCK, and JOHN DALY vs. LARRY WAUGH, Executor of the LOIS HORD ESTATE and Trustee of the CARL R. HORD TRUST

No. 12–0442


No. 12–0794

LEEANN MITCHELL, Individually, and on Behalf of D.E., her Minor Child vs. CEDAR RAPIDS COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Grassley works for IRS accountability PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 21 June 2013 10:31

Grassley Seeks IRS Answers on Potential $70 Million in Union Bonuses

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is pressing for answers from the IRS about why the agency is apparently on track to give $70 million in discretionary bonuses to union members contrary to guidance from the White House Office of Management and Budget and despite providing the union written notice on March 25, 2013, that it intended to eliminate the bonuses.

“The IRS says it’s legally obligated to comply with its bargaining agreement,” Grassley said.  “But the bargaining agreement says award funding is granted ‘within applicable budget limitations’ and can be changed with 60 days’ notice.  If the IRS thinks it has to pay the bonuses, then why did it give notice in March that it was eliminating the awards?  The IRS needs explain that notice and make it available to the public.”

Grassley said he received insight from a person with knowledge of IRS budgetary procedures alleging the agency is failing to take all legal steps to stop the bonuses to union members.

This information follows a revelation several weeks ago that the IRS has paid out more than $92 million in bonuses during the Obama administration.  Lois Lerner is the director of the IRS division that targeted political groups for scrutiny.  She pled the Fifth to avoid answering questions from Congress and is currently on paid administrative leave.  But, since 2009, she received more than $42,000 in bonuses.  Joseph Grant, the former head of the agency’s tax exemption division, received $84,000.  Former Acting Commissioner Steven Miller received approximately $100,000 in bonuses since 2009.

An April 4, 2013, directive from the Office of Management and Budget instructs agencies to cease all discretionary bonuses during sequestration.  Grassley wrote to the acting IRS Commissioner this week to seek information about the status of the situation.  His letter is available here.

“The public deserves a full explanation, and I’m working to get it from the IRS,” Grassley said.


4th Recall Since March due to Salmonella Issued by Natura Pet Products PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Judge   
Friday, 21 June 2013 10:25

CHICAGO – Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are urging people to stop using and return or discard certain Natura Pet Products food and treats after the company issued another recall due to potential Salmonella contamination Tuesday.

On March 18, the company issued a voluntary recall due to the presence of salmonella being found during routine testing performed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture.

On March 29, the company issued an expansion of their original recall citing the same reason as before and adding that the Georgia Department of Agriculture had also confirmed the presence of Salmonella.

On April 19, the company issued a further expansion of the original recall stating the same reasons as before and adding that this was being done out of an abundance of caution.

Most recently, on Tuesday, Natura Pet Products issued a press release recalling specific lots of dry pet food citing the potential for the food to be contaminated with Salmonella, after routine testing performed by the Food and Drug Administration tested positive for Salmonella.

The most current release states, “Natura is voluntarily recalling all products with expiration dates prior to June 10, 2014.”
According to the release, the affected products are sold in bags through veterinary clinics, select pet specialty retailers, and online in the United States and Canada. No canned wet food is affected by this announcement.
People who have the potentially contaminated product should discard it immediately and stop handling it as it poses a risk to humans as well.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Common symptoms of salmonella in pets include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, lethargy, fever and abdominal discomfort.

“Any time you notice your pet is not acting right, you should take him or her to your family veterinarian as soon as possible,” said Dr. Neil Shaw, chief medical officer of BluePearl. “If it is an after-hours emergency, we would be glad to help at any one of our locations.”

The affected products are:

Innova Dry dog and cat food and biscuits/bars/treats    All Lot Codes, All UPC's, All package sizes     All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014

EVO dry dog, cat and ferret food and biscuits/bars/treats       All Lot Codes, All UPC's, All package sizes     All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014

California Natural dry dog and cat foods and biscuits/bars/treats       All Lot Codes, All UPC's, All package sizes     All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014

Healthwise dry dog and cat foods        All Lot Codes, All UPC's, All package sizes     All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
Karma dry dog foods     All Lot Codes, All UPC's, All package sizes     All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014

Mother Nature biscuits/bars/treats      All Lot Codes, All UPC's, All package sizes     All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
Natura Pet Products also said in their release that consumers looking for additional information, product replacement or a refund should call Natura toll-free at 800-224-6123. (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM CST).

BluePearl Veterinary Partners does not carry any of the recalled products.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
Formed in 2008, BluePearl Veterinary Partners is headquartered in Tampa, Fla., and employs more than 1,200 people including approximately 250 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals are referral-only and don’t provide primary care. Most BluePearl hospitals offer 24-hour emergency care services. BluePearl is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship educational programs. BluePearl also participates in and conducts clinical trials to study the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments, which give clients access to cutting-edge medicine not yet commercially available and improves the quality of care delivered to our patients.

Will Your Beneficiaries Beat the Odds? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 21 June 2013 09:56
Tips for Helping Your Family Survive
the ‘3 Generations’ Rule

Two-thirds of baby boomers will inherit a total $7.6 trillion in their lifetimes, according to the Boston College Center for Retirement Research -- that’s $1.7 trillion more than China’s 2012 GDP.

But they’ll lose 70 percent of that legacy, and not because of taxes. By the end of their children’s lives -- the third generation -- nine of 10 family fortunes will be gone.

“The third-generation rule is so true, it’s enshrined in Chinese proverb: ‘Wealth never survives three generations,’ ” says John Hartog of Hartog & Baer Trust and Estate Law, ( “The American version of that is ‘shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations.”

There are a number of reasons that happens, and most of them are preventable say Hartog; CPA Jim Kohles, chairman of RINA accountancy corporation, (; and wealth management expert Haitham “Hutch” Ashoo, CEO of Pillar Wealth Management, (

How can the current generation of matriarchs, patriarchs and their beneficiaries beat the odds? All three financial experts say the solutions involve honest conversations – the ones families often avoid because they can be painful – along with passing along family values and teaching children from a young age how to manage money.

• “Give them some money now and see how they handle it.” Many of the “wealth builders,” the first generation who worked so hard to build the family fortune, teach their children social responsibility; to take care of their health; to drive safely. “But they don’t teach them financial responsibility; they think they’ll get it by osmosis,” says estate lawyer Hartog.

If those children are now middle-aged, it’s probably too late for that. But the first generation can see what their offspring will do with a sudden windfall of millions by giving them a substantial sum now – without telling them why.

“I had a client who gave both children $500,000. After 18 months, one child had blown through the money and the other had turned it into $750, 000,” Hartog says.

Child A will get his inheritance in a restricted-access trust.

• “Be willing to relinquish some control.” Whether it’s preparing one or more of their children to take over the family business, or diverting some pre-inheritance wealth to them, the first generation often errs by retaining too much control, says CPA Kohles.

“We don’t give our successor the freedom to fail,” Kohles says. “If they don’t fail, they don’t learn, so they’re not prepared to step up when the time comes.”

In the family business, future successors need to be able to make some decisions that don’t require the approval of the first generation, Kohles says. With money, especially for 1st-generation couples with more than $10 million (the first $5 million of inheritance from each parent is not subject to the estate tax), parents need to plan for giving away some of their wealth before they die. That not only allows the beneficiaries to avoid a 40 percent estate tax, it helps them learn to manage the money.

• “Give your beneficiaries the opportunity to build wealth, and hold family wealth meetings.” The first generation works and sacrifices to make the family fortune, so often the second generation doesn’t have to and the third generation is even further removed from that experience, says wealth manager Ashoo.

“The best way they’re going to be able to help preserve the wealth is if they understand what goes into creating it and managing it – not only the work, but the values and the risks,” Ashoo says.

The first generation should allocate seed money to the second generation for business, real estate or some other potentially profitable venture, he says.

Holding ongoing family wealth meetings with your advisors is critical to educating beneficiaries, as well as passing along family and wealth values, Ashoo says. It also builds trust between the family and the primary advisors.

Ashoo tells of a recent experience chatting with two deca-millionaires aboard a yacht in the Bahamas.

“They both built major businesses and sold them,” Ashoo says. “At this point, it’s no longer about what their money will do for them -- it’s about what the next generations will do with their money.”

About John Hartog, Jim Kohles & Haitham “Hutch” Ashoo

John Hartog is a partner at Hartog & Baer Trust and Estate Law. He is a certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law, and taxation law. Jim Kohles is chairman of the board of RINA accountancy corporation. He is a certified public accountant specializing in business consulting, succession and retirement planning, and insurance. Haitham “Hutch” Ashoo is the CEO of Pillar Wealth Management, LLC, specializing in client-centered wealth management. All three are based in Walnut Creek, Calif., and advise ultra affluent families.

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