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Thursday, April 4, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Thirteen Don't LETTERS QUR POLICY We publish letters to the editor when they are not libelous and when they are signed by the person or persons submitting them. Opinions expressed are not necessarily the opinions of the N/Warren Town and County News staff. Letters are printed as received. We do.not correct spelling and grammatical errors. fall for the "600 obs" sales pitch. Vote No Ma' r 7th Of the many promises made tO Warren County vot- ers on why to approve gambling, perhaps the weakest is the jobs promise. Let's e~amine the facts: 1) The promise of 600 jobs is not a contract with War- ren County, it's more of a sales pitch. A casino in Indianola, Carlisle, Norwalk or wherever doesn't obli- gate the developer to build a hotel, bowling alley or to provide a single job. The referendum simply gives them the opportunity to build a casino between now and 2021. Anywhere in Warren County. 2) Casinos tend to concentrate jobs in one location, and over time other businesses lose jobs as their cus- tomers spend their money in the casino. This is called cannibalization. "Cannibalized dollars are revenues to a business that are taken from other local businesses," according to Jane Speyrer, economist at the University of New Orleans, "there's not new money falling from the heavens waiting to be spent at the casino." 3) Warren County and the State of Iowa already en- joy relatively low unemployment rates, according to the State of Iowa. However, of the 99 counties in Iowa, 3 of the 5 worst unemployment rates occur in counties with casinos. 4) There's a state law that mandates casinos must pay at least 25% higher than minimum wage. Why? Because casinos tend to hire lower-wage workers, and the state wants to protect them. 25% higher than current mini- mum wage is $9.06 per hour, and over the course of a year with full time work and two weeks off, it equals roughly $18,120. For a single parent with two kids, the poverty line in Warren County is $19,090. So let's recap, there's a sales pitch promise of 600 jobs that might pay slightly above or below the poverty line, and those jobs may cannibalize other jobs in a county with an already low unemployment rate. Not exactly the building blocks of economic development. Vote No on May 7th. (Paid for by NoCasinoWarren) I have the greatest job in the world! Several weeks ago, I was encouraged to participate in the Watchdog program at school (but in my case I would be a granddog). Since I am retired, I decided that maybe that would be something that would be interest- ing and maybe even give a little something back to the community. I contacted Oviatt Elementary and we de- cided that I would be a 'greeter'. But since greeting would involve only about thirty minutes, I asked if I could help in a classroom for another hour. Long story Short, I was assigned to Mrs. Juhl's kindergarten class, and my 'job' would be to listen to the children read. When each student comes to our reading area, one of the first things we do is to talk about what the student did over the weekend. As you might expect, I get a wide variety of answers. But one thing has become painfully obvious; I feel that those students who spend a lot of time playing video games or X-box or watching tv and etc. seem to have more difficulty with his/her reading. I think we all know how important it is to be able to read, not only for the test scores while in school but for the rest of our lives. The ability to read is critical to what-- ever we choose as a career. Our children must be able to read. With all of this being said, dad, morn, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandma and yes, grandpa, please take a few minutes to read with a youngster in your life. The lawn will get mowed and the dishes will get done. Please take ten or fifteen minutes each day to read with a child. The return is immeasurable. And thank you Mrs. Juhl for letting me interrupt your class every week, /s/Ron Karnatz, Watchdog April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Warren County joins other organizations and citizens across the country in the an- nual Pinwheels for Prevention campaign to increase awareness about child abuse and the importance of pre- vention. Why pinwheels? The pinwheel symbolizes what we want for our children - a joyful and carefre,j childhood. It represents hope for a brighter tomorrow: a future that recognizes the importance of support : parents in their efforts to raise happy and succes; C children. Here in Warren County, the Council partners with county and city government, local schools, human ser- vice and faith organizations, libraries, medical clinics and businesses as well as concerned citizens with the message that Protecting Children is Everyone's Business. In 2011, there were 11,747 Iowa children confirmed as abused. Here in Warren Count35 161 children were abused and 38.5% were under 6 years of age. Child abuse has immediate and long term consequences and ulti- mately increases costs to society. The statistics are shocking and disconcerting. We all want the children in our community to be safe and to have happy, healthy childhoods. Child development is a little like building a house. It is imlSortant to have a strong and solid foundation. Child abuse and neglect weakens this foundation and negatively affects future behavioral health and cognitive development. The underlying message.in the April campaign is that child abuse CAN be prevented. The pinwheels, banners, ribbons, signs and messages visible throughout the county remind us of the importance of a happy child- hood for all the children in our community. What can concerned community members do? If you are a parent Agenda REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING Norwalk City Hall Thursday, April 4, 2013 6:30 P.M. This is a tentative Agenda only, which is subject to change. The final City Council Agenda will be posted at the Norwalk City Hall at least 24 hours prior to commencement of the meeting. 1. Call to order at 6:30 p.m. 2. Approval of Agenda 3. Presentation - Galen Bedwell regarding Fire Ser- vice 4. Approval of Minutes - March 7, 2013 Regular Council Meeting 5. Mayor - Welcome of guests and public comment, 3 minute limit, no action 6. Consent Agenda A. Expenditures B. Tax Abatements C. Liquor license renewals -Villagio Restaurant Tacos Andreas #1 Cal's Fine Food & Spirits II D. Proclamations - NALC food drive Pay it forward day E. Monthly reports 7. Hearings, Ordinances and Resolutions A. Consideration and second reading of a pro- posed Ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Norwalk, Iowa, 2008 making changes to the Community Development fees - Second of Three read- ings B. Consideration and second reading of a pro- yourself, learn and practice positive parenting skills. Ask , posed Ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of for help in times of stress. Reach out to neighbors, friends the City of Norwalk, Iowa, 2008, Chapter 136, pertain- and family members who are parents. There are many wonderful local resources available to help and support parents and families. Learn about and show your sup- port for successful programs as advocates, volunteers and donors. Report suspected child abuse by calling 1- 800-362-2178. Protecting Children is Everyone's Business. Whether you ing to snow, ice, and accumulations from public side- walks - Second of Three readings C. Consideration and first reading of a proposed Ordinance amending Chapter 177 of the Code of Ordi- nances of the City of Norwalk, Iowa, 2008 making changes to the EMS fees D. Consideration and first reading of a pro- are a parent, teacher, retiree, minister, nurse, business posed Ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of person or librarian, we all live in the community and the City of Norwalk, Iowa, 2008, by amending Chapter interact with children, parents and families on a regu- lar basis. Each of us can make a positive difference in the life of a child. For more information about child abuse prevention programs in Warren County, visit www.cap.warren.ia.us or call 515-249-5130. Colleen Reisener, Council Coordinator Child Abuse Prevention Council of Warren County 177 pertaining to Building Department Permit Fees E. Consideration of a Resolution approving the Preliminary Plat for the Legacy Circle Villas 8. Current Business A. Outdoor storm warning notification changeg 9. Reports-Mayor; Delker, Murillo, Curtis, Leto, Sylvester; City Manager; City Clerk; Community De- velopment Director; Director of Planning & Building; Public Works Director; Police Chief; Fire Chief; Parks & Recreation Director; Library Director 10. Adjournment America's Farmers Grow Communities Drought stricken farmers and rural communities receive double funding Warren County Fair and Indianola Area Dol- lars for Scholars will now be able to better serve the community thanks to the support of local farmer, Howard Core and America's Farmers Grow Communities. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the phil- anthropic arm of Mon- santo Company, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible coun- ties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Depart- ment of Agriculture (USDA) due to drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000. Warren County was de- dared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Core the ~pportunity to choose two organizations to receive Pictured, left to right: Warren County Fair President, Dennis Judkins; Monsanto Representative, Missy Merwald; Winning farmer, Howard Core; Dollars for Schol- ars Treasurer, Gary Coleman. Photo submitted. $2,500 donations. Core se- donation to fund scholar- Grow Communities is lected the Warren County ships to Indianola Highsponsored by the Fair and Indianola Area School graduates for post- Monsanto Fund to partner Dollars for Scholars. The secondary education, with farmers in helping fair plans to put the dona- This year, the Monsantothem positively impact tion toward constructing a Fund will invest nearly $6 their communities. This new brick picture back- million in rural America program is part of the drop for all youth and through Grow Communi- Monsanto Fund's overall families to have photos Lies, which includes effort to strengthen rural taken in front of. The back- double donations for America. drop will be used during counties impacted by the For a complete fist of the Warren County Fair historic drought. Grow Communities win- and livestock shows held In Iowa $495,000 is be-ners and more program during the year. ing given across 99 coun- information, visit grow The Indianola Dollars ties. communities.com. for Scholars will use the America's Farmers