Rod Sullivan, Supervisor, Johnson County, Iowa

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January 23, 2015

Sullivan’s Salvos     1/27/15

In this edition:

*Local Food Event
*Penn State
*Income Tax Cuts
*Project Prom
*Did You Know?

*Local Food Event
Join us for the second annual public forum on local food hosted by the Johnson County Food Policy Council, a volunteer council created by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

"Past, Present and Future: Local Foods at the County Farm” will be held on Saturday, February 7th, from 10 AM to 3 PM in Montgomery Hall at the Johnson County Fairgrounds— the same location as last year.

The event includes informative speakers, a locally-sourced lunch and a community visioning activity.

Our Keynote is Karen von Huene, the executive director of Community GroundWorks, a Madison, Wisconsin-based organization that connects individuals to urban agricultural and natural lands within a diverse learning community. Community GroundWorks grows wholesome and organic food for local tables, stewards urban natural areas, inspires healthful eating, and offers hands-on learning opportunities. By teaching what they practice, Community GroundWorks passes on the skills to build enduring communities.

Details are still coming together for this event. An update will be sent out once the agenda is finalized. Registration required to ensure a place at the table for lunch:

*Penn State
         You all recall the sordid story of systemic child abuse that occurred at Penn State University. Assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had been sexually abusing underage boys for decades, and using his position and Penn State facilities to assist in perpetrating the crimes.

         The fallout was tremendous. Sandusky is in jail. The University President, University Vice President, and Athletic Director all lost their jobs; each faces criminal charges for covering up complaints. Former Coach Joe Paterno, who was probably THE most popular figure in all of college athletics, was fired, and died soon afterwards. Penn State is paying restitutions, plus over $60 million to abuse prevention services.

         On the football field, Penn State was banned from bowl games for several years, faced scholarship reductions, and had 112 victories wiped from the record books.

         None of this can undo the damage that was done to all those young men. And now, Penn State has successfully litigated away all the athletic penalties. They are bowl eligible. The scholarships have been returned. The wins have been reinstated. And the Penn State faithful are partying as though they have won, well, won an athletic contest.

         But for Penn State to “win”, someone else had to lose. The victims cannot win. They lose, then lose again. Who remembers them?

         I think I am even more disgusted by this whole sordid affair now than when it first hit the news. At least then the University seemed a bit embarrassed. Now they are flaunting these decisions as “victories”. God help them. And may God be with the victims.

*Income Tax Cuts
Less than a year after selling out local governments by supporting the biggest property tax cut in Iowa history, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal has told the Iowa Taxpayers Association that he favors cuts to Iowa’s income taxes.

This man MUST go! Democrats statewide heard a lot about the importance of keeping the Senate in Democratic hands. Why? So Gronstal can gut state government?

K-12 schools need money. The court system needs money. Medicaid needs money. Human Services needs money. Our universities and community colleges need money. Public safety needs money. Public health needs money. The mental health system needs money. State government is in jeopardy of failing its citizens – particularly its most vulnerable citizens. Iowa cannot afford greater disinvestment in government!

As commodity prices have slipped, farm incomes are down. The state is not going to meet its projected income targets. And if you make this cut, it WILL BE PERMANENT! No future Legislature will ever be able to raise taxes to make it up.

There is no way to support this cut AND support our schools. There is no way to support this cut AND support the UI. There is no way to support this cut AND support AFSCME. There is no way to support this cut AND support better mental health care. This proposal HURTS IOWANS!

Mike Gronstal has chosen to put his personal love of “deal making” ahead of the needs of Iowans. He has forgotten that government is not the enemy. He has forgotten about the most vulnerable Iowans. It is time for new leadership! Gronstal must go!

*Project Prom
Project Prom encourages area residents to donate prom wear for reuse, including dresses, shoes, handbags and jewelry.

DONATE: Donations should be in good to excellent condition, with no significant spots, tears or holes. Donations can be dropped off at three locations between January 19 and February 13.
Stuff Etc Iowa City (1027 Highway 6): Monday - Friday, 9 am to 8 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm.
Stuff Etc Coralville (2818 Commerce Drive): Monday - Saturday, 9 am to 8 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm.
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore (2401 Scott Blvd SE): 9 am to 5 pm Monday - Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday.

SHOP: High school students are invited to shop for clothing and accessories on Friday, February 21 (5-8 pm) and Saturday, February 21 (9 am - 5 pm) at either Stuff Etc location. Dresses will be available for $10 each on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will need to show their high school ID. Organizers cannot offer guarantees on the availability, quality or quantity of clothing.

The first 50 shoppers in the door at either location will receive a $10 coupon off prom-related accessories, including shoes, handbags, jewelry and non-donated Stuff Etc. dresses.

Want to VOLUNTEER to help students shop on February 20 or 21? Sign up here:

*DID YOU KNOW?  The percentage of African Americans in Iowa City is just under 7%, but African Americans are subject to 29% of all arrests.

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

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