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The Old Creamery Theatre offers a special evening of entertainment July 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 09:54
Amana – The Old Creamery Theatre is offering a special evening of entertainment and
refreshments on Sunday, July 15 starting at 6 p.m. on the Main Stage in Amana.

Tom Milligan, producing director at The Old Creamery Theatre will portray Grant Wood,
Henry A. Wallace and Forrest Spaulding in three separate one-man plays written by
nationally known playwright Cynthia Mercati.

In Grant Wood: Prairie Rebel, Milligan will chat with the audience as Grant Wood and
talk about his life and how he changed the art world with his work.

In The Not So Quiet Librarian, Milligan will portray Forrest Spaulding, director of the
Des Moines Public Library and a leader in the library world. Spaulding wrote the Library
Bill of Rights, which was adopted by the American Library Council in 1938.

In American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A Wallace, Milligan will portray
the agricultural innovator and founder of Pioneer Hi-Bred seed corn who became U. S.
Secretary of Agriculture and later Vice President under Franklin Roosevelt.

Tickets are $30 and includes all three plays plus delicious hors d’oeuvres and light
desserts from Phat Daddy’s in Marengo. Call The Old Creamery Theatre box office at
800-35-AMANA or 800-352-6262 or visit the web site at www.oldcreamery.com.

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre bringing live
performances to the Midwest for 41 years.

 
Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 07:26

**Friday, May 18, 2012**

 

CHICAGO – May 18, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

 

Bill No.: SB 770

An Act Concerning: Public Aid

Changes the date that Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits can first be received, to 30 days after the application is received. Requires an employability assessment to be completed 45 days after administration of TANF benefits.

Action: Signed                        

Effective Date: July 1

 

Bill No.: SB 2450

An Act Concerning: Appropriations

Reallocates money from the General Revenue Fund of the Department of Human Services for childcare provider payments.

Action: Signed                        

Effective Date: Immediately

 

 

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Transform Medical Research and the U.S. Health-Care System by Making Cures Profitable PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 18 May 2012 14:29
By J. Thomas Shaw

Despite spending more than any other nation in the world on health care, only 15 percent of Americans believe we’ve got the world's best, according to a recent Pew Research Center and Gallup Poll.

The CIA’s “World Factbook” says the United States is ranked No. 50 for average life expectancy and the average age at death is 78.49 years – more than 11 years behind No. 1 ranked Monaco.

This is the price of a make-money-at-any-cost health-care system.

I have a three-step plan that will transform medical research and the health-care system, taking us from No. 50 to No. 1 for life expectancy by 2030 – if we act now. At the same time, it will cut our health-care spending in half and drive down insurance premiums, making coverage affordable for the vast majority of people.

Half of the country is demanding that the government stay out of health care while the other half is supporting a quasi-socialized health care system. With such vehemently opposing views, there is no chance for a consensus. Therefore, nothing will ever get done that moves us in the right direction. And this is exactly what Big Pharma wants.

Therefore, the first step is to change the debate. From Hillarycare through Obamacare, we have been debating health-care costs and health-insurance coverage. Cost and coverage are not the problems; they are symptoms of the real problems which are unidentified root causes for disease and a lack of cures.

The next step is to stop donating money to the mega health charities that take in tens of millions of dollars annually by offering hope to find a cure. They continually come up empty as a result of Big Pharma's influence over medical research. Instead, not-for-profit universities conducting medical research need to sever their ties to Big Pharma and seek funding from private citizens.

The majority of medical researchers want to be involved in discovering the causes and cures for human ailments, but they also have to live and they know who butters their bread. If private individuals fund this research, then our nation's medical researchers no longer need to be beholden to Big Pharma.

The third step is to fight fire with fire. Like any other publicly traded company, Big Pharma has a fiduciary responsibility to increase shareholder value by enacting business plans that will increase revenues and profits year over year. In the current environment, the best way to accomplish that is to get more people reliant on (addicted to) the drugs they produce.

Big Pharma's mission is not necessarily to get every single American popping their daily maintenance drugs, rather it is to make as much money as possible and selling addictive maintenance drugs is the best way to accomplish that as things stand now.

We need to change the tax code and enact legislation to make their pursuit of profits align with the greater good of the health our citizens.

This can be accomplished with a carrot and a stick. First we need to show Big Pharma the stick:

1. Institute a windfall profits tax on profits derived on any new products that are considered maintenance drugs.

2. Eliminate deductions for research and development expenses associated with maintenance drugs.

Next is the carrot:

1. Eliminate income tax paid on the profits generated by any product that cures a human ailment -- for eternity.

2. Offer permanent patent protection on any new product that offers a real cure. Expand patent protection to natural cures documented in human trials.

3. Fix pricing on drugs that cure human disease to make it as profitable to cure as it is now to maintain.

This is all about money. If we have the courage to make those changes to the tax code and enact this type of meaningful health care reform, in 15 to 20 years, we will have a cure for nearly every human disease known to man. In addition, the cost of health insurance will be affordable for almost everyone and the vast majority of us will end up living much longer and more productive and healthier lives.

About J. Thomas Shaw

J. Thomas Shaw is the author of “The RX Factor,” a fact-based thriller that pits one man against Big Pharma and the FDA. Fact-based fiction has the power to bring people from all walks of life together and focus on a single issue. Check it out at www.therxfactor.com.

 
Busybody opens May 31 at The Old Creamery Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Friday, 18 May 2012 13:47

Amana – Mrs. Piper, a cleaning woman for a suite of corporate offices, knows everything about everybody. But, when she stumbles onto a murder, she just might know TOO much! Will the murderer turn on Mrs. Piper to keep her quiet? This play will keep you laughing and guessing “who done it,” until the last scene.

Busybody was written by Jack Popplewell and is rated Theatre PG. The cast consists of Marquetta Senters of South Amana, Jeff Haffner of Cleveland, Ohio; Robert Kemp of Iowa City, Tom Milligan of West Amana, Jackie McCall of Marengo, Kay Francis of Naples, Florida; Eddie Skaggs of Cedar Rapids and Amber Snyder of Amana.

Directed by S. Joseph Nassif, Busybody will run through July 1 and is sponsored by Double Take Design, Inc. Media sponsor is KMRY. Show times are 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information or to order tickets, call The Old Creamery Theatre at 800-35-AMANA (352-6262) or visit the web site at www.oldcreamery.com

 

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company has been bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest for 41 years.

 
Mitt Romney Speaks in Iowa Today PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Corrine Williams   
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:50

Today Governor Romney will head to Iowa to discuss the deficit:

Romney returns to battleground Iowa for first time since caucuses to blast Obama on US debt

Washington Post

….Romney’s speech Tuesday afternoon in Des Moines is expected to promote spending discipline…….

 
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