Rod Sullivan, Supervisor, Johnson County, Iowa

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June 16, 2010

Sullivan’s Salvos 6/8/10

In this edition:

*Happy Father’s Day
*Speaking of Fatherhood…
*North Liberty Fun Days
*No Government – Unless We Need It!
*Great Iowa River Canoe Race
*Invasive Species
*Did You Know?

*Happy Father’s Day
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. My own father has been gone a long time now, and I still miss him very much. I am SO lucky, because I can honestly say my Dad was my best friend. If your dad is still around, please spend some additional quality time. You won’t regret it.

*Speaking of Fatherhood…
My oldest daughter recently moved into her own apartment. It feels weird. Even weirder? Several of the apartments in Johnson County advertise that the kitchen and bathroom are professionally cleaned!

My daughter is paying her own rent. While I can see situations where parents might pay some rent for an adult child, I just cannot imagine paying for someone to clean a kid’s bathroom.

I knew this was going to make me feel old. I just didn’t realize why! I am becoming a grumpy old man!

Both Democrats and Republicans have primaries today. On the Democratic side, voters will choose a candidate for US Senate; no other races are being contested in Johnson County.

GOP voters will choose nominees for the Second Congressional District and Governor; local slates will likely be filled out by convention prior to the fall.

Whatever your party – get out and vote! (In a tip of the hat to early voting, I voted a month ago!)

*North Liberty Fun Days
North Liberty will be hopping this weekend as the annual Fun Days celebration takes place. For more info, look for “North Liberty Fun Days” on Facebook.

*No Government – Unless We Need It!
The tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a disaster of epic proportions. It also points out why we need a strong federal government.

For starters, had we not completely capitulated to the oil industry over the past 100 years, our government might actually say no to risky and unproven drilling techniques. Technologies such as blowout protectors would be tested prior to being put into use.

Secondly, a strong federal government would have already shut down BP’s operations due to an abysmal safety record.

I have to shake my head when I hear Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal criticize the federal government for inaction. Jindal does not WANT a strong federal government; he believes the private sector can do things better! Well, Governor – the private sector has failed your state. Blaming Washington does not change the fact that you put all your eggs in the private sector basket. Now the chickens have come home to roost, and Jindal runs crying to the federal government.

I have had the pleasure of visiting Louisiana several times, and it pains me to know what is happening there. I certainly hope the state and federal governments can work with BP to limit the damage to this important area.

*Great Iowa River Canoe Race
Register now for the Great Iowa River Canoe Race on Saturday, June 26. The 9.25 - mile race goes from Sturgis Ferry Park in Iowa City to the Hills Access. There are 16 different divisions – something for everyone! For more info, see

*Invasive Species
The Hawkeye Cooperative Weed Management Area will be hosting an Invasive Species Field Day on Thursday, June 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Monsanto Recreation Building south of Muscatine.

The event will highlight issues regarding invasive plant and insect species effecting land owners and land managers in Iowa. Each year billions of dollars are spent controlling these invaders. You may have some of these plants and/or insects sneaking onto your property right now! Attend this free educational event to learn more!

A lunch will be provided, but attendees must register prior to June 4 to ensure availability. Register by calling 645-1011 and providing your name and phone number or by sending the same information to: Learn how you can be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Register today!

*DID YOU KNOW? Johnson County is spending about $1.4 million each year to house prisoners in other counties. (That includes the cost of transportation.)

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

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