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The Ignorance of Booing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 06 August 2012 14:40
‘These Kids Sometimes Suffer Lifelong Damage,’
Says Ex-Wife of College Football Coach

Every college football fan has asked, “What was the coach thinking?” at some point or other. That’s OK,  says Kathy (Currey) Kronick, author of Mrs. Coach: Life in Major College Football (, sometimes I wish they would bottle their “BOOs.”

As college teams and their fans prepare for the kickoff of another contentious season, Kronick offers insights from her unique perspective as a longtime “Mrs. Coach.”

“I have been in stadiums where I’ve thought to myself, ‘This must be what it was like in ancient Rome,’ ” says Kronick, whose book recounts her years married to Coach Dave Currey. “Some fans get so caught up in the heat of the moment that they forget these players are just kids who may be dealing with injuries or personal problems.”

There are many factors that feed into a coach’s decision regarding players, plays and clock management, she says. Last-minute decisions may be influenced by events and observations that go back to Pop Warner, or even earlier.

“A football coach’s work is never done,” she says. “When they’re not on the field, in the weight room or at meetings, a head coach’s mind is still on football. It was frustrating for me to know all that was behind a decision when fans started booing.”

She says fans should remember the following realities in college football:

• Student athletes: It’s very difficult to earn a slot on a major college team’s roster from high school, and only 2.4 percent of these young players ever make it to the next level. “These are kids just out of high school who have devoted their lives to the game. Most will not become millionaires, or even go pro, so I wish fans would give them a break,” Kronick says. “They are also full-time students, too, with all the added pressures of academia.”

• Injuries: Some of the most egregious booing comes from fans who think a player isn’t tough enough when injured. “The charge is ‘lack of heart’ when an important player is out of a game due to a ‘borderline’ injury, which cannot be diagnosed by a doctor or seen in an x-ray,” she says. “Many of these student-athletes incur injuries that may affect them if they try to go pro. Even if they don’t continue in football, they may carry the limp of the game for the rest of their lives. No athlete should ever be forced to play with an injury.”

• Coach knows best: It’s the coach’s job to obsess over every detail that will help the team win. They do that 24/7, 11 months of the year. (They’re off the month of  July, when they attempt to make up for all the family time they’ve missed, but even then, they’re still thinking about the team, Kronick says.) “Their lives revolve around winning – and not making mistakes. A bad call is only so labeled if a play doesn’t work,” she says. “Couch-surfing coaches and Monday-morning quarterbacks should be aware of that before criticizing.”

Coaches always say that if fans buy tickets, they have the right to boo, Kronick says.

“But coaches’ wives say, ‘Please don’t boo around us.’ ”

About Kathy (Currey) Kronick

Kathy (Currey) Kronick was married to Dave Currey from 1974 to 1989. He was an assistant coach at Stanford University when they met and married, and later moved on to Long Beach State (Calif.), the University of Cincinnati and UCLA. They divorced in 1996. Kronick, who has a bachelor’s in education of the deaf and a master’s in counseling, is the mother of two children and is happily remarried.

Maria Bribriesco Announces Next Health & Wellness Series Topic PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sandra Travino   
Monday, 06 August 2012 14:29
Local Podiatrist Dr. Mark Lucas on Running Down Common Foot Problems
JULY 26, 2012 BETTENDORF, IA – Maria Bribriesco, candidate for Iowa House of Representatives (District 94) and Bettendorf resident, has announced the third in a five-part
Health & Wellness series “"Taming Your 'Achy Breaky' Foot - The Foot Doc is In" with podiatrist Dr. Mark Lucas, D.P.M.. This presentation will be at the Bettendorf Public Library
August 14, 2012 at 6:30 PM.  Dr. Lucas will deliver a short presentation followed by a Q&A. This event is free to the public. “We don't often think of our feet until they're hurting.”
Maria said recently. “When you have aching feet, it can have a negative effect on other areas of your body. This presentation will point out ways to prevent foot problems before they start.”
Dr. Mark Lucas, a graduate of the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, is a board-certified physician and a member of the American Council of Certified Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons.
Mark is currently a practing physician with Genesis Health Systems, a member of the Cornbelt Running Club, and the recipient of the 2010 Road Runners Club of America Excellence in
Journalism Award.
About Maria Bribriesco
Maria Bribriesco, a long-time resident of Bettendorf and graduate from the University of Iowa College of Law, is candidate from the Iowa House of Representatives, District 94. After 27 years
working for the U.S. Army at the Rock Island Arsenal, Maria retired as a Supervisory Attorney-Adviser in July 2011.  Maria is married to local attorney William J. Bribriesco and is the proud
mother of attorneys Anthony and Andrew Bribriesco and Dr. Alejandro Bribriesco.

In Iowa's Interest: Powering Healthier Communities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Monday, 06 August 2012 08:48
By Senator Tom Harkin

Beginning August 5th, communities across the country and in Iowa will celebrate National Health Center Week.  This week is meant to raise awareness of the crucial role that Community Health Centers – or CHCs – play in providing health care to millions of Americans.  These clinics serve everyone, regardless of ability to pay, and have become a lifeline to Iowans who may have lost a job or are suffering in this economic downturn.

This year’s theme is: “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Powering Healthier Communities,” which is intended to showcase the multitude of ways these health centers are strengthening communities.

And helping local communities is exactly what these centers do.  CHCs serve some of the nation’s most vulnerable – individuals who even if insured would nonetheless remain isolated from traditional forms of medical care because of where they live, who they are, the language they speak, and their higher levels of complex health care needs.

Last year alone, more than 170,000 Iowans chose CHCs for their healthcare, accessing medical, dental, and behavioral health services.  Today, Iowa’s health centers provide care to nearly 123,000 Iowans living in poverty, which is more than one-third of the state’s total population living in poverty.

Similarly, individuals and families in Iowa who do not have health insurance have also continued to grow, with many of them seeking care at CHCs.  In 2010, Iowa’s health centers served more than 66,000 uninsured patients, which is one-quarter of the state’s total uninsured population.  Taken together, uninsured, Medicaid, and Medicare patients make up more than three-quarters of CHC patients in Iowa.

As chair of the Senate’s health committee and the Appropriations subcommittee that funds health care initiatives, I have made the expansion of the Community Health Center network a major priority.  I have worked to secure a $300 million increase in funding for CHCs this year and also to ensure provisions are included in the new health reform law, the Affordable Care Act, aimed at strengthening CHCs.  These efforts will increase the nurse practitioner, hygienist, and health care workforce and has already funded 286 new sites.  In Iowa alone, the construction and renovation funding I worked to include in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Affordable Care Act have brought nearly $30 million of investment to communities across Iowa since 2009.

We are already seeing the benefits of federal CHC policy in Iowa.

In June, the Sioux Community Health Center received a designation as a federal health center, which means the Center will begin to receive an annual operating grant of $595,833 from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This week, a clinic will expand on the east side of Des Moines, having been constructed with a $2.6 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Council Bluffs recently opened a new facility with $5 million from the Affordable Care Act, and my office continues to work with the town of Clinton to find a good site to construct a clinic there with $9 million, also from the Affordable Care Act.

Across our state, community health centers are improving care, even as they strive to serve more people.  With help from the Recovery Act, they are transitioning to electronic health records that will better coordinate care, even while they work with the State of Iowa to welcome IowaCares patients into their clinics.

I am very proud of Iowa’s health centers and I encourage all Iowans to find out what our health centers are doing in your area.  To find the nearest center, please visit:  For more information about National Health Center Week, visit  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of my offices in Iowa or Washington, D.C. or visit my website at

A PDF version of the article is available by clicking here

Marriage and Family Counseling Intern to VA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by William Hiebert   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:43
Rock Island, IL, July 20, 2012 -- Mr. Robert Donohoo has completed his training at Marriage and Family Counseling Service. During his 18 month advanced residency in marriage and family therapy, he worked with William Hiebert, Executive Director and Dr. Derek Ball, Director of the Hiebert Institute, as a full-time resident staff member at Marriage and Family Counseling Service.

Mr. Donohoo remains in the community and is employed as a family therapist with the Veterans Administration in their Moline office. Mr Dohonoo is one of several hundred new family therapists that have recently been hired by the Veterans Administration as part of a new program. The Veterans Administration is employing hundreds of marriage and family therapists to deal with returning veterans and their various personal and relationship issues that service abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan have brought about. During his residency, Mr. Donohoo passed the national marriage and family therapy examination and became Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Illinois The residency program was established in 1980 for the purpose of providing specialized training in marital and family therapy for a twelve-month period.

During his internship, Mr. Donohoo received supervision by the senior staff of Marriage and Family Counseling Service and provided over 1000 hours of clinical experience working with a variety of presenting issues. Following the completion of the internship at Marriage and Family Counseling Service, residents complete the basic requirement for becoming a full clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a licensed marriage and family therapist in Illinois.

Marriage and Family Counseling Service is a community sponsored counseling and education program sponsored by the United Way of the Quad City area, fee income and gifts. The agency has served the Quad City Area for 37 years, offering high quality therapy to individuals, couples and families from Rock Island and Scott Counties and the surrounding areas. Therapy services are offered on a "sliding scale" which means that fees are based on the clients' income. Many types of insurance coverage are also accepted.

Marriage and Family Counseling Service is located at 1800 Third Avenue, Suite 512, Rock Island, with services available to all residents of the Quad City area.

The Real Legacy of Child Sexual Abuse PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:32
A ‘Stain’ for a Football Program is a Life Sentence
for Victims, Author Says

While media and collegiate officials debated how best to handle the Penn State child-rape scandal, including the systemic cover-up by university leaders, others want the public to know just how such abuse ruins lives.

“I’ve heard commentators say things like, ‘What’s done is done,’ or ‘There’s no one left to go after,’ or ‘Why punish the students and the athletes? – It’s time to heal,’ ” says child advocate Linda O’Dochartaigh, whose novel Peregrine (, details the stark aftermath of child sex abuse. “If they were the victims, or their children were, I don’t think those sports analysts would be so quick to forgive and forget.”

To hear supporters of the university’s football program is surprisingly reminiscent of those who defend abusers, she says.

Penn State’s board could do the noble thing and make it easy on themselves by self imposing the “death penalty” option – temporarily shutting down the embattled football program, she says.

“As terrible as the initial abuse is for children, the volume of lifelong negative consequences is usually worse,” O’Dochartaigh says. “Children who suffer sexual abuse often hear the voice of their abuser in their minds for the rest of their lives, telling them they’re bad, they’re ugly, they’re worthless. These children are often sentenced to a lifetime of relationships in which they are victims.”

O’Dochartaigh reviews the lasting scars of child sexual abuse:

• Trouble handling emotions: One of the surest signs of well-being is the ability to handle adversity in stride; to keep emotions in check. “For victims of sexual abuse, a lasting legacy is the opposite of well-being,” she says. Victims may have trouble expressing emotions, which are then bottled up, often leading to sporadic bouts of depression, anger and anxiety. Many turn to drugs and alcohol to numb their pain.

• A core sense of worthlessness or being damaged: The physical side of sexual abuse is just one aspect; what haunts victims is the voice of the abuser, constantly reinforcing a lack of personal value. As time passes and children mature into adults, victims often do not invest in themselves. With a deep sense of being damaged, they often feel incapable or unworthy of higher-paying jobs, for example.

• Difficulty in relationships and lack of trust: Most child abuse comes from authority figures who are close to the victim – family members, family friends, church leaders, teachers, etc. Children who cannot feel secure within their own family, the most fundamental of relationships, may develop deep-seeded trust issues. Relationships are frequently doomed because victims trash good relationships, fearing their partner will ultimately try to control or hurt them, or they’ll bond with an abusive person because they do not know what a good relationship entails.

“When I hear the ‘yeah, but’ argument from people defending those who allow sexual abuse to continue, whether its’ at Penn State or in the Catholic Church, I realize we have to do more to raise awareness about how sexual abuse can ruin lives,” says O’Dochartaigh.

About Linda O’Dochartaigh

Linda O’Dochartaigh has worked in health care is an advocate for victims of child abuse and domestic violence.  She wants survivors to know that an enriched, stable and happy life is available to them. O’Dochartaigh is the mother of three grown children and is raising four adopted grandchildren.

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