Tag Archives: Progressive Community

An Iowa Onion Trimmer

Between picture perfect onions and the compost heap lies an opportunity. A friend grows onions using organic practices as part of a Community Supported Agriculture project. Onions are harvested from the field then dried in the greenhouse for storage. Sorting, … Continue reading

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Cemeteries And Decorations

BIG GROVE TOWNSHIP, Iowa — A couple of years ago the Solon American Legion moved their annual Memorial Day commemoration from Oakland Cemetery to the new service memorial at American Legion Field. As remaining World War II veterans depart on … Continue reading

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It Takes More Than A President

It’s hard to disagree with Bernie Sanders (I-VT): a political revolution is needed to make sustained, progressive change in the U.S. political system. It takes more than a president. “No president, not the best intentioned in the world can implement … Continue reading

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Expanding The Electorate In Iowa

(Editor’s Note: Three candidates lead the presidential primary race in Iowa summer polling, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. Political action is expected to heat up toward the end of the year, especially as families gather for the Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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Julian Bond And Social Justice

On Nov. 12, 1970 I heard Julian Bond speak at the University of Iowa Field House. My memory of the event is wondering why I should care about a Georgia legislator who found his way to Iowa, other than the … Continue reading

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They Didn't Ask

They Didn’t Ask By Don Place When I returned from Vietnam, family and friends surprised me by not asking or wondering, about my nearly two year absence. These are a few things I wondered about. . How many different places … Continue reading

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Austerity Comes To Iowa

Elections matter. They have mattered for a long time. A more pertinent maxim for political life in 2015 Iowa, however, is: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” ~ George Santayana. If elections matter, understanding the … Continue reading

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Fair Booth Workers To Receive Non-violence Training

It’s a sad state of affairs when non-profits feel they must take non-violence training in preparation to staff a booth at the Johnson County Fair. PEACE Iowa, Veterans for Peace, 100Grannies for a Livable Future and Iowa Physicians for Social … Continue reading

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Coping With Iowa's Coarsening

At a convenience store in North Liberty yesterday, a young guy was fueling his large black pickup truck. A companion was riding shotgun, both clad in blue jeans and dark T-shirts. The brief moment would have passed unnoticed except for … Continue reading

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What An Iowa Progressive Reads

Most millennials I know don’t subscribe to cable television or read many books. That’s not to say they are uninformed, just that with the explosion of the Internet after the mid-1990s, there is so much to occupy one’s attention and … Continue reading

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