Newspaper Archive of
N. Warren Town and County News
Norwalk, Iowa
April 12, 2012     N. Warren Town and County News
PAGE 13     (13 of 16 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
PAGE 13     (13 of 16 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
April 12, 2012

Newspaper Archive of N. Warren Town and County News produced by SmallTownPapers, Inc.
Website © 2022. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal.

Thursday, April 12, 2012 N/Warren Town and County News Page Thirteen Legislative News By State Representative Julian B. Garrett j ulian.garrett@legis.state.ia.us Property Taxes The Governor and House Republicans are continuing to press for property tax reform. If we do nothing it is predicted that we will have an increase of $2.3 billion in property taxes over the next 10 years. A large part of the increase will fall on residen- tial property. Though we hopefully are nearing the end of the session, we and the Governor believe it is critical to provide property tax relief, avoiding that huge in- crease. We have passed three different bills giving relief to all classes of property, but so far the Senate has not acted on any of them. Our high commercial property taxes are an impediment to attracting new business to Iowa and to expansions of existing businesses. In addition to the bills I have referenced above, we are picking up a sub- stantial part of the cosLof mental health services, currently funded mostly by prop- erty taxes, in the mental health bill that we are close to passing. We also have fully funded property tax credits, including the homestead credit for the first time since 2000. Though the Senate leaders give lip service to property tax reform, they have done nothing substantial to address the issue. Mental Health Redesign Taking Shape It appears that the mental health reform bill is about to be finalized. This bill in- volves a major change in the way mental health services will be handled in the state. You may recall that I served on one of several "work groups" that worked on differ- ent parts of the reform package over the summer and fall. Those work groups made recommendations to the Senate and House Committees that actually drew up the package. The Senate passed its version of the reform package recently. Many of us in the House did not like some of their provisions and we will be passing a number of amendments to the Senate bill. I understand that the Senate is agreeable to our amend- ments, but we will see when our version of the bill is sent to them. There is far too much detail in the bill to even try to summarize in the space I have. The main goal is to make sure that every Iowan has access to a set of core services no matter where they live. To accomplish this goal, the state will fund more of the services to even out funding levels across the state. One of the complaints about the present county run system is that the level of service varies from county to county. I do believe our men- tal health providers in Madison, Dallas and Warren Counties are doing a good job. I have not heard complaints about them. Two of our House amendments involve changes that I pushed hard for. The first changes the requirement that all counties join up in regions for the delivery of men- tal health services. The change that we in the House are passing gives counties the option of joining in regions or continuing to deliver services as an individual county, as long as they can show that they are delivering the core services. They will con- tinue to have the ability to contract with facilities in other counties as needed to deliver services. I do not know how many counties will join up in regions but I be- lieve that should have the option to join or not join. The other change that I pushed for was in the governing boards for the regions. The Senate bill provides that each region governing board would be made up of county supervisors and three indi- viduals who utilize services or who are actively involved relatives of such individu- al. I believe it is more appropriate that the governing boards be made up of county supervisors only, since they are elected representatives of the people. The House amendment does that and provides that representatives of those providing and us- ing services.will serve on an advisory board with no vote. Forums Saturday, April 14, I will be at the Farm Bureau office in Indianola at 9:30 a.m. for a legislative forum. Everyone is welcome. As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns at julian.garrett@legis.state.ia.us or 515-281-3221. Tips To Help Sweep Away Hidden Allergens (NAPS)--If you are one of the 66 million Americans affected by nasal allergie you may want to learn more about how to locate those lurking allergens in your home. "On average, Americans spend nearly 22 hours each day indoors without realizing that indoor air can be more seri- ously polluted than outdoor air, including allergens [ani- mal dander, mold, house dust mites], making it important to know the most common places for allergens to hide," said certified indoor air qual- ity professional and "Allergen Xterminator  Jeff May. The Clean Sweep campaign at www.CleanSweepCon test.corn, sponsored by sanofi- aventis U.S., pinpoints the areas where allergens often lurk and provides you with the opportunity to submit per- sonal testimonials on how nasal allergies affect your life. Top testimonials in the spring and fall will win a signed copy of one of Jeff May&apos;s books that feature more helpful cleaning tips. Select winners will also have the opporttmity to be fea- tured on www.CleanSweep Contest.corn! Here are a few of May's tips: Around the house: Use a damp or electrostatic cloth when dusting to avoid fling- g dust into the air. ,In the bedroom: To kill .st mites, wash your sheets nd blankets using hot water at least 130 F) and put bulky quilts in the dryer on low heat once a week. In the bathroom: Clean Log on |o www.(]eanSweep(ontest(om to: .  u tome ion by Jeff u where anegem aff k demes tmw to 1 with them.  mmh0wt0be. ( y home wb an eye ' age. Submit a personal testim on how nasal alergies affect your life to win one of May's links on sweepij zy hidden olleger or replace moldy shower cur- tains and bath mats. *In the kitchen: Scrub often to remove food and mold from the sink and keep the area around the faucet dry. *Outside the house: Keepwindows closed while mowing to prevent allergens from entering your home. After cleaning: Take a shower, wash your hair, change your clothes and leave your house for a bit, because some airborne allergens can be floating around for 30 minutes before settling. Dr. Michael Blaiss, clini- cal professor of pediatrics and medicine at the Uni- versity of Tennessee Health Science Center and past president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), said, "Allergic rhinitis--or nasal allergies---is one of the most common chronic dis- eases in this country, but too often people tolerate their symptoms when they could be taking steps to better manage them. Through the Clean Sweep campaign, we are encouraging proper dis- ease management by mini- mizing exposure to allergens and recognizing the impor- tance of speaking with your doctor. With proper diagno- sis and the right treatment, nasal allergy sufferers can begin to better manage their symptoms throughout the spring nasal allergy season." Dr. Blaiss advises: About 66 million Americans suffer from allergy symptoms caused by indoor allergens, such as house dust mite droppings, animal dander, cockroach droppings and molds, so be sure to clean your house with an eye for these allergens. Four out of five peo- ple in the United States are exposed to house dust mites, and three out of five are exposed to cat or dog dander, so it is very important for those with nasal allergies to be sure they are properly managing their symptoms and correctly cleaning their house. Nasal allergy suffer- ers don't have to settle if they are not getting symp- tom relief. V'mit your physi- cian to review your current indoor and outdoor allergy management routine. Log on to www.CleanSweep Contest.corn, sponsored by sanofi-aventis U.S., to learn more helpful allergy tips from JaffMay and enter to win one of his books. r Medicine for the Funny Bone " By Dorothy Rosby Dorothy R0sby is a syndicated columnist whose humor column appears in newspapers in 11 Western and Midwestern states plus several magazines. She lives in Rapid City. SD with her husband and son. ,< / Treating your Friggatriskaidekaphobia More than 17 million Americans suffer from Friggatriskaidekaphobia, also known as Paraskevidekatriaphobia, though they seldom talk about it, because they can't pronounce it. Loosely translated, Paraskevidekatriaphobia means, "I'd like to buy a vowel, Pat." I'm joking! Paraskevidekatriaphobia actually refers to a blind, unrea- sonable fear of Friday the 13 th. Friggatriskaidekaphobia comes from Frigga, the Norse goddess for whom Friday is named, and triskaidekaphobia, which is an irrational fear of very large words. Kidding! It's a fear of the number 13. There is a word for the fear of very large words, but it is too long to use here. If you're living in a Friggatriskaidekaphobic prison of your own making, you could stay home on Friday the 13th, wrap yourself in bubble wrap and play Scrabble using the new words you've just learned. Or like me, you could go about your business, confident that Friday the 13th is actually a great day to be out and about because there are fewer people on the road. All the suspicious types stay home. Besides how can a Friday be anything but good? If it's the 13 that's bothering you, think about a "baker's dozen." You eat the extra doughnut in the car on the way home and the family doesn't even suspect because' they sent you out for a dozen. Lucky you! I've never been particularly superstitious, maybe because I stepped on a lot of cracks while I was growing up and my mother never had any back problems that I know of. So let me reassure you about a few other superstitions. Dogs howling in the dark of night howl for death before daylight. Dogs howl every night in my neighborhood and our death rate isn't any higher than anyone else's. Neither is our murder rate, which I think shows great restraint on the part of those of us listening to the dogs howl every night. Always cover your mouth when you sneeze to keep your soul from escaping. While I believe you should cover your mouth when you sneeze, it's not your soul I'm wor- ried about escaping. If you spill pepper you'll have a serious argument with your best friend. Only if you spill it on her. And then she sneezes. Salty soup is a sign that the cook is in love. Maybe so, but it may also be a sign she has high blood pressure. Rosemary planted by the doorstep keeps the witches away. I don't know about witches, but if it works on deer, we'll be on to something. A yawn is a sign that danger is near. Wrong! Ayawn is a sign that a NAP is near. And those aren't dangerous--untess you're driving. If you wish on a shooting star, your wish will come true. I can tell you from experience that this is not a superstition; it's a dirty lie. Seeing an ambulance is very unlucky unless you pinch your nose or hold your breath until you see a black or a brown dog. This is an insult to EMTs everywhere. Everyone knows the bad luck started long before the ambulance showed up. If a single woman sleeps with a piece of wedding cake unde r her pillow, she will dream of her future husband. I don't know what she'll dream about, but I do know she'll wake up with frosting in her hair. If you use the same pencil to take a test that you used while studying for it, the pencil will remember the answers. Wouldn't that be great? Especially if you're studying for a spelling test and one of the words is Friggatriskaidekaphobia. Making Breakfast Better (NAPS)--Breakfast, nutri- tionists say, is the most impor- tant meal of the day, and you can make yours even more special when you add some hummus to your eggs. Hummus is made from a blend of chickpeas, sesame paste and a variety of herbs and spice s It's high in fiber, protein and iron, low in car- bohydrates and has no trans fats or added sugar. Here, it's part of a hearty, healthy breakfast with a Mediterranean flair: Baked Eggs with Hummus, Tomatoes and Greek Olives Active time: 5 minutes Start to finish: 20 minutes Special equipment: 4 (6-oz.) ramekins reld: 4 servings cup Sabra Classic Humanus 4 extra-large eggs 1 teaspoon olive oil 2 medium tomatoes (diced) 4 olives (diced) 1 teaspoon parsley (finely chopped for garnish) Sea salt and pepper to taste Preheat ovento400" Oil each of the four Delightful for breakfast, brunch, lunch or even a light dinner, baked eggs and hummus is a good, good- for-you dish. ramekins with olive oil. Spread hummus into the ramekins, making an indentation in the middle of each. Arrange ramekins on a shallow baking dish. Crack an egg into the cen- ter, being careful not to break the yolk. Sprinkle with diced tomatoes and olives. Place in the oven for 15-18 minutes (accord- ing to desired consistency of the yolk). Remove rom oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley. Enjoy warmh Cook's Note: This can also be cooked in an ovenproof skillet all in one. Learn Mor More recipes, tips and facts can be found at http:// sabra.corn/recipes and (888) 957-2272. OOK[ NOTES I (NAPS)--A 2012 Gour- mand Award-winning cook- book author --Robyn Webb, MS, LN--has created "The American Diabetes Asso- ciation Diabetes Comfort Food Cookbook.  It's pub- lished by the American Diabetes Association--the leading publisher of books on dietes. To team more, visit www.diabetes.org/comfort bud. A new self-improvement book offers readers personal development methods that are based on self-hypnosis techniques. The book--"The Turbocharged Mind  (The Business Se_hool of Happiness) --also contains a number of techniques for creative visu- alization. To learn more, visit www.turbpcharged.us.com.