Rod Sullivan, Supervisor, Johnson County, Iowa

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July 31, 2011

Sullivan’s Salvos 8/2/11

In this edition:

*Congratulations Rachel!
*Swisher Fun Days
*Homeless Children’s Trust
*EMA Award
*Chamber Ag Tour
*Wind power
*Campaign T-shirts
*Did You Know?

*Congratulations Rachel!
I start this week with congratulations to my daughter Rachel, who has recently enlisted in the Iowa National Guard. Rachel, 19, is a 2010 graduate of City High. She will be shipping out to Fort Seale, Oklahoma for Basic Training on August 7.

If you have read my writings for any length of time, you know how I feel about the three (or more) wars in which we are currently engaged. Iraq is an illegal war, based on lies. No one can give me a good reason for staying in Afghanistan. Libya was unauthorized, and is looking like the 2011 version of the Bay of Pigs.

In other words, I am not a big fan of US military policy since 1944. One might think that this presents me with a moral dilemma, but not really.

I have always advocated for bringing our troops home. I have always supported our troops. Those two stances are not mutually exclusive. Now that I have a child who could face deployment in these areas, my feelings are only magnified.

Meanwhile, despite my concerns, I think the military lifestyle will be a positive for Rachel. Congratulations, Honey, and good luck! I am proud of you!

*Swisher Fun Days
Fun Days rocks the City of Swisher on August 5 & 6. If you get the chance, visit Swisher and have some fun with the locals – they know how to have a good time!

For a full schedule of events, see:

*Homeless Children’s Trust
The Homeless Children’s Trust is once again collecting Back To School supplies for needy children in Johnson County.

You can donate school supplies at the Little Red Schoolhouses found at several locations throughout Johnson County, including all HACAP and UI Community Credit Union locations; Walgreens in IC and Coralville; Hy Vee on Waterfront and in Coralville; Hills Bank on Gilbert; Big K Mart; Hawkeye Harley Davidson; and KCJJ. Thanks to all those great sponsors!

Schoolhouses will be out until August 12, so donate today! And, needless to say, financial contributions are welcome! For more information, contact Mary Larew at 337-2264.

*EMA Award
Congratulations to Johnson County Emergency Management, which has received the Region 7 award for outstanding efforts in emergency planning.

This is a great honor, as Region 7 covers a four state area. It is also an honor that is well deserved. Congratulations!

*Chamber Ag Tour
The Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Ag Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9th.

We will visit Scattergood Friends School, Acciona Windpower and Wilson's Orchard. The cost is $10 for Chamber members, $15 for non-members. Please RSVP by Friday, August 5.

Questions can be directed to Maggie Putman, Director of Special Events by phone at 337-9637 or e-mail:

*Wind Power
I hope you all saw the recent newspaper articles about a wind farm coming to Johnson County. (The proposal is for a relatively large farm just south and east of Solon.) I am extremely excited by the prospect of joining other Iowa counties as a clean energy producer!

Johnson County still needs to craft an ordinance to permit wind farms in the Ag zoning districts. A draft is already complete, and I am confident we can create a good ordinance. There are plenty of governments with years of familiarity in this area – we can certainly learn from their experiences.

The whole key seems to be setbacks. Pretty much every objection I have heard (sight, sound, ice, etc.) can be addressed by mandating adequate setbacks.

There are several area farmers excited about this income stream. There are green energy supporters excited about more green energy being produced locally. There are economic development folks excited by the good-paying jobs. I like all that and more! What are your thoughts on wind power?

*Campaign T-shirts
I still have a few “Sullivan for Supervisor” t-shirts that I would like to give away to a good home. Just promise me you will wear it in public, and it is yours!

I may not have all sizes available, so get yours now!

*DID YOU KNOW? The average number of people per household in the US is 2.58. (Source: US Census.)

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