Rod Sullivan, Supervisor, Johnson County, Iowa

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September 12, 2009

Sullivan’s Salvos 9/15/09

Apples! Come and get your apples! We have more than we can use. Just reply to this E-mail if you’d like to come get some.

The Johnson County Livable Community for Successful Aging Committee will be holding a community visioning meeting September 18 at 8:30 AM at First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City.

Johnson County is a real leader in creating a great place to grow old. The Livable Community initiative has been a resounding success. To learn more, see:

Johnson County will be having our annual sale of used PCs, printers and other computer related equipment on Saturday, September 19 from 9am – noon in the Health and Human Services Building, 855 S. Dubuque.

You can find the link to the equipment we have for sale at > the link is on the left side of the page.

Diversity Circles encourage dialogue to create awareness, to help develop sensitivity to and understanding of others, and to build and strengthen ourselves and our community.

The facilitator guided discussions on such issues as race, immigration, religion, and sexuality encourage participants to take action for positive change. Thursday, September 24 from 6-8 p.m. Scanlon Gymnasium/Mercer Park Aquatic Center.

Sponsored by: City of Iowa City Human Rights Division, City of Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, Johnson County Social Services, Women’s Resource & Action Center and the Iowa City Community School District.

Government is GOOD! How do I know? Because governments provide our outstanding system of roads and highways. Good luck trading with someone in Ohio without using roads! Privatized roads? They suck.

So, next time someone tells you governments cannot do anything right, ask them how they got there. Odds are good they used a road!

60% of Johnson County voters approved the Conservation Bond Issue in November of 2008. These folks were voting to authorize $20 million over 20 years to preserve woodlands and wetlands, clean up our water, create trails, and prevent flooding, among many other things.

So what has happened since? The Johnson County Conservation Board has purchased an 87-acre riparian tract along Clear Creek, south and west of Tiffin and west of Coralville.

This acquisition will improve the water quality in Clear Creek. It will preserve woodlands and wetlands. It will help prevent flooding damage in Coralville due to Clear Creek. It will be the home of a future trail from Coralville, through Tiffin, to Kent Park.

The land cost $420,280… a great price for land in the booming east end of the Clear Creek Amana school district. This is a GREAT purchase that will benefit the people of Johnson County for the next century and beyond.

Great job, voters! Great job, Conservation Board! Way to keep those campaign promises!

Remember when I quoted the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior- “Charity is no substitute for justice”? Nowhere is this more vivid than our ongoing healthcare debate.

My wife is a scientist, but also a Registered Pharmacist. She has volunteered at the Free Medical Clinic for years. Melissa never misses an opportunity to donate her time or money to that particular organization. Her charity is wonderful.

But wouldn’t justice be better? Wouldn’t it be nice if those folks had healthcare coverage? Then Melissa could put het time and money toward another good cause.

Let’s hope Congress gives the people of the US a taste of justice where healthcare is concerned.

DID YOU KNOW? Johnson County has 6,701 residents who served in the military (active duty) during wartime.

Anyone interested in learning more about County government should take a look at the County website- .

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