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Will Iowa’s Congressional delegation Protect Iowa Seniors? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Sinovic   
Friday, 24 August 2012 11:04

Local organizations launch petition drive at

DES MOINES, IOWA -- Iowans are petitioning their members of Congress today to ask: will you protect Iowa seniors? The petition drive was launched at by the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, Progress Iowa, and Protect Your Care. The petition calls for Iowa’s delegation to reject the Romney/Ryan budget and support the reforms made in Obamacare.

“Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are the most anti-senior ticket in history,” said Jan Laue, President of the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans. “Their ticket and the Romney/Ryan budget pose unprecedented threats to all Iowans, particularly Iowa seniors. We are calling on Iowa’s Congressional delegation to reject the Romney/Ryan budget, and protect the programs that benefit our seniors.”

The Romney/Ryan budget ends Medicare as we know it for more than 500,000 Iowans through privatization, replacing the current payment system with a fixed-cost voucher program. The budget also forces more than 60,000 Iowa seniors back into the prescription drug “donut hole” and raises the amount they have to pay for medicine. Iowa’s Congressional delegation has twice voted on the Romney/Ryan budget. Congressmen Dave Loebsack, Bruce Braley, and Leonard Boswell have all opposed the budget. Congressmen Tom Latham and Steve King have supported the budget.

“Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security have provided a strong foundation for Iowa seniors,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “And the new reforms in Obamacare only strengthen the care seniors receive. We are now asking Iowa’s congressional delegation: will you protect Iowa seniors by standing up for the reforms we’ve fought for, and by rejecting the Romney/Ryan budget?”

Since Obamacare became law, Iowa seniors have saved more than $32 million on prescription drugs, and more than 400,000 Iowa seniors have received free preventive care. In addition, the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund is extended by reducing overpayments to insurance companies and cracking down on waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare.

To learn more about the petition and issues facing Iowa seniors, visit


4 Reasons More U.S. Churches Should Sanction Same-Sex Relationships PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 24 August 2012 08:49
Exclusionary Policies Run Counter to Christ’s Example,
Author Says

An evergreen tender spot on the religious-political landscape is homosexuality and gay marriage. When a politician, pundit or gadfly wants to gin up his or her base, an easy tactic is to make a statement about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, says media analyst Paul Hartman.

“It’s one of those issues where everyone has an opinion, one way or another,” says Hartman, a retired PBS/NPR station executive and author of “The Kairos,” ( a five-star-rated suspense novel that imagines Jesus Christ as gay.

“One of the many roles that Jesus modeled for us was that of social reformer. He championed the equality of outcasts – prostitutes, beggars, widows, orphans, lepers.  He ignored their ‘pre-existing conditions’ and just loved ‘em. You don’t have to be a well-educated liberal today to be on the right side of history, you just have to follow Christ’s example.”

Currently, there are three American Christian denominations that officially accept homosexuality in their clergy: Episcopalians, Lutherans and Presbyterians. In July, the Episcopalian Church became the largest U.S. denomination to officially sanction same-sex unions by authorizing a “blessings” ceremony.

Hartman cites four reasons why American churches should accept homosexuality and gay marriage:

• In support of family and monogamy: The current estimate of U.S. citizens who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) is 12 million. Due to lingering stigmas, that self-reported number is likely only a fraction of the actual. Even 12 million is a significant portion of the population who have been forced to live on the sidelines and denied the rights and responsibilities that other Americans enjoy, including marriage, and the adoption of needy children. Such denial of freedoms for sexual minorities runs counter to the Christian belief in family values.  Indeed, there are many theologians who argue homosexuality is one of God’s diverse gifts in His creation of families.

• Avoiding hypocrisy and elitism: Like so many topics in the Bible, its few brief references to same-sex relations beg for intelligent interpretation. The original Bible writings, Hartman argues, never used the word “homosexual.” Translators introduced that term.  In context, biblical “clobber passages” condemn “unnatural relations,” meaning God finds it an abomination when straight persons ignore their nature and have sex with partners of their own sex.  Logically, people whose natural orientation is toward their own gender would have “unnatural relations” if they’re intimate with opposite sex partners.  Another example is when people parrot what they’ve heard about the sin of Sodom being same-sex relations.  They don’t realize that the Bible itself repeatedly and clearly defines that city’s wicked sins as inhospitality and unloving acts toward others.  That’s a charge some make against churches which discriminate against members of the GLBT community.  “When will we learn?” Hartman asks.  “Christ’s message is inclusive, not exclusive.”

• Already accepted in three denominations: Episcopalians, Lutherans and Presbyterians – none of them wildly radical sects of Christians – now ordain openly gay as well as openly straight clergy. While it’s nothing new for denominations to disagree, it should be noteworthy that three mainstream Christian churches have accepted and embraced gay people.

• Most importantly, “Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves.” Modern-day Pharisees love to emulate God’s role as judge more than Christ’s model of loving caregiver to the littlest, the lowest, the last and the least.

About Paul Hartman

Paul Hartman is a retired PBS/NPR station executive with a passion for biblical history. He is a Presbyterian elder, a lay preacher and a Dead Sea Scrolls aficionado. A father and grandfather, Hartman says he wrote “The Kairos” after serious Bible study revealed two repeatedly-quoted words from God as the answer to his lifelong battle with fear.

UUCQC Adds 2nd Service PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Margaret Thomas   
Friday, 24 August 2012 08:36

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities

3703 Eastern Ave

Davenport, IA 52807

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities announces a change in its Sunday services schedule.  Beginning September 9, 2012, there will be two services every Sunday to better serve the needs of our Congregation. The first service will begin at 9:00 A.M., followed by coffee and socializing in the Social Hall at 10.00. At 10:15 each week there will be a Forum in the Community Room with a speaker on a topic of interest to the community. Look for the announcement of the topics on our website, The second Service will begin at 11:15 A.M., with the Religious Education program running concurrent with that service.

With these changes, we will be able to offer greater flexibility in using our beautiful worship space surrounded by windows looking over our wooded campus. We have hired a second pianist to provide the music for the early service. Her name is Zoe Pinter, and she will begin on September 16. Sheila Doak, our Music Director, will provide the music for both services on September 9.

All are invited to come join our celebration, with our Minister Jay Wolin, starting his second full year with us, and our choir in our geothermal conditioned worship space and Social Hall.  For more information, call the congregation office at 563 359 0816.

Governor Quinn Attends Muslim Eid PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Monday, 20 August 2012 14:58

Governor Renounces Attacks on Houses of Worship, Signs New Law to Foster Religious Tolerance

BRIDGEVIEW, IL – Governor Pat Quinn today joined the Muslim community to observe the completion of the Holy Month of Ramadan at the Eid-ul-Fitr prayer service in Bridgeview. During the occasion, the governor renounced recent incidences of violence against Muslim places of worship and signed a new law to foster religious tolerance.

“To the more than 400,000 Muslims across our state, ‘Eid Mubarak!’” Governor Quinn said. “Ramadan is a time of fasting, sacrifice and self-reflection. We honor your commitment to your faith and will vigorously protect your right to practice it without fear of intimidation.”

Ramadan is observed during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is considered the holiest month of the year in the Islamic faith. During Ramadan, Muslims fast each day from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan ends with a three-day festival known as “Eid”, which means “the feast of the breaking/to break the fast”.

Following the recent massacre at the Sikh temple near Milwaukee, gunfire at a Morton Grove mosque, a bomb thrown at a Lombard Islamic school and the desecration of a Muslim gravesite at Evergreen Cemetery, Governor Quinn issued a call for respect, tolerance and harmony. In addition, he signed Senate Bill 2949, to protect college students who miss a class or exam due to their observance of a religious holiday.

“No student should be disciplined, penalized or fined for observing a sacred day,” Governor Quinn said. “This new law celebrates our nation’s basic principle of ‘freedom of religion, as well as the notion that diversity makes us stronger.”

The new law, sponsored by Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) and Rep. Sidney Mathias (R-Arlington Heights), passed both chambers unanimously with the support of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities (FIICU). The law is effective Jan 1, 2013.


FFA State Fair Horse Show Results PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 20 August 2012 08:16

DES MOINES, IA (08/17/2012)(readMedia)-- Mikayla Pfab of Granger was named Champion High Point Exhibitor in the FFA Horse Show held Wednesday, August 8, and Thursday, August 9, as part of the 2012 Iowa State Fair.

Jane Hoffman of Deloit was Reserve Champion High Point Exhibitor.

Pfab competed with 129 exhibitors from 62 FFA chapters who showed a total of 175 animals.

Complete results below:


Aged Horses

1) Kim Blackford, New Virginia


Draft Showmanship

1) Kim Blackford, New Virginia

2) Ethan Bair, Keswick


Champion High Point Horse – Mikayla Pfab, Granger

Champion Hight Point Exhibitor – Mikayla Pfab, Granger

Reserve Champion Hight Point Exhibitor – Jane Hoffmann, Deloit


Aged Mules

1) Arion Schnabel, Sheffield

Champion Mule – Arion Schnabel, Sheffield


1, 2 and 3-Year-Olds

1) Dustin Bigler, Decorah

Aged Horses

1) Leslie Marvin, Bellevue

2) Rachel Ostrem, Radcliffe

3) Morgan Franzen, Decorah

4) Dalton Frana, Decorah


1) Dustin Bigler, Decorah

Champion Other Light Breed – Leslie Marvin, Bellevue

Reserve Champion Other Light Breed – Dustin Bigler, Decorah


2 to 5-Year-Old Walk/Trot

1) Shania Roush, Newton

2) Caitlin Kuehn, Durant

3) Leah Paulson, Grinnell

4) Russell Seekins, Hudson

5) Tayler Foster, Riverside


1) Rebecca Ness, Muscatine

2) Kourtney Smith, Cresco

3) Russell Seekins, Hudson

4) Abbey Smith, Adel

5) Micki Dunkin, Bussey

Draft Horse Single Pleasure Driving

1) Kim Blackford, New Virginia

Light Horse/Pony Pleasure Driving

1) Micki Dunkin, Bussey

2) Rachel Ostrem, Radcliffe

Pony Western Pleasure

1) Makayla Johnston, Baxter

2) Larissa Volz, Norway

3) Alexandra Cleverley, Newton

4) Roger Kyte, Eldora

5) Sierra Kubik, Traer

English Pleasure

1) Crystal McGarry, Muscatine

2) Mikayla Pfab, Granger

3) Kim Wilson, Muscatine

4) Amy Turner, Knoxville

5) Meredith Puls, Jewell

English Equitation

1) Jane Hoffmann, Deloit

2) Mikayla Pfab, Granger

3) Britnni Wyma, Malcom

4) Meredith Puls, Jewell

5) Kayla Wyma, Malcom

Hunter Hack

1) Katelyn De Haan, Otley

2) Amy Turner, Knoxville

3) Rachel Ostrem, Radcliffe

4) Katey Havens, Greenfield

5) Jessica Hanrahan, Prole

Heavy Hitch Draft Team

1) Ethan Bair, Keswick

2/3-Year-Old Junior Horse Western Pleasure

1) Mikayla Pfab, Granger

2) Jane Hoffmann, Deloit

3) Caitlin Kuehn, Durant

4) Kaedon Volz, Norway

5) Jessica Hanrahan, Prole

4/5-Year-Old Junior Horse Western Pleasure

1) Derek Heitland, Sheffield

2) Ceara Hudnut, Deep River

3) Bailey Collins, Ames

4) Britnni Wyma, Malcom

5) Deven Heitland, Sheffield

Senior Western Pleasure

1) Kourtney Smith, Cresco

2) Rebecca Ness, Muscatine

3) Kim Wilson, Muscatine

4) Crystal McGarry, Muscatine

5) Meredith Puls, Jewell

Ranch Horse Pleasure

1) Brady Angstman, Dumont

2) Kirk Hatfield, Leon

3) Morgan Quick, Redding

4) Kaedon Volz, Norway

5) Arion Schnabel, Sheffield

Western Equitation

1) Amy Turner, Knoxville

2) Mikayla Pfab, Granger

3) Kourtney Smith, Cresco

4) Jane Hoffmann, Deloit

5) Rebecca Ness, Muscatine


1) Derek Heitland, Sheffild

2) Amy Turner, Knoxville

3) Katey Havens, Greenfield

4) Shelby Kinman, Clarinda

5) Katelyn De Haan, Otley

Bareback Pleasure

1) Mikayla Pfab, Granger

2) Kim Wilson, Muscatine

3) Ceara Hudnut, Deep River

4) Rebecca Ness, Muscatine

5) Krista McKusker, Marengo


1, 2 and 3-Year-Olds

1) Jane Hoffmann, Deloit

2) Dalton Frana, Decorah

3) Jane Hoffmann, Deloit

4) Jannell Huebbe, Maquoketa

Small Aged Ponies

1) Micki Dunkin, Bussey

2) Jannell Huebbe, Maquoketa

Large Aged Ponies

1) Taylor Jacobs, Runnells

2) Makayla Johnston, Baxter

3) Jane Hoffmann, Deloit

4) Larissa Volz, Norway

5) Amy Turner, Knoxville

Champion Pony Breed – Jane Hoffmann, Deloit

Reserve Champion Pony Breed – Makayla Johnston, Baxter



1) Taylor Jacobs, Runnells

2) Kim Wilson, Muscatine

3) Amy Turner, Knoxville

4) Brittany Nicholson, Ellsworth

5) Rebecca Ness, Muscatine


Barrel Racing

1) Morgan Quick, Redding

2) Madison Waldo, Whittemore

3) Adam Drain, Danville

4) Jannell Huebbe, Maquoketa

5) Hunter McCullough, Knoxville

Flag Race

1) Adam Drain, Danville

2) Hunter McCullough, Knoxville

3) Victoria Eckley, Hedrick

4) Jessica Hanrahan, Prole

5) Russell Seekins, Hudson

Pole Bending

1) Adam Drain, Danville

2) Jannell Huebbe, Maquoketa

3) Kelsey Knoblock, Larchwood

4) Jessica Hanrahan, Prole

5) Emma Pullen, Clarinda



1) Madison Wood, Rudd

2) Kim Wilson, Muscatine

3) Katey Havens, Greenfield


1) Larissa Volz, Norway

2) Caitlin Kuehn, Durant

3) Liz Beatty, Creston

4) Ashtyn Dove, Dike

5) Shelby Keyes, Van Wert


1) Danielle Nemmers, Earlham

2) Kaedon Volz, Norway

3) Mikayla Pfab, Granger

4) Jessica Hanrahan, Prole

5) Shania Roush, Newton

Aged Mares

1) Madison Wood, Rudd

2) Katelyn De Haan, Otley

3) Amy Turner, Knoxville

4) Lauren Stewart, Marengo

5) Danielle Fulsaas, Decorah

Aged Geldings

1) None Awarded

2 tie) Taylor Springer, Iowa Falls

2 tie) Kim Wilson, Muscatine

3) Katey Havens, Greenfield

4) Julie Long, Belle Plaine

5) Rebecca Ness, Muscatine

Champion Western – Madison Wood, Rudd

Reserve Champion Western – Taylor Springer, Iowa Falls

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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