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Thursday, April 18, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Thirteen LETTERS Concluded from p. 1 residents didn't want this, Ankeny residents'didn't want this. It's not that these people are closed-minded. They knew that their communities' identity is the furthest away from a casino that they could imagine I believe those residents knew to reject the illusion of easy money. They also knew there are good ideas out there that are better for their communities Norwalk residents aren't any different We want ecomonic development that actually fits the needs and priorities of our residents. We support economic growth in our town and our county. But let's have a common sense approach to it. Not a desperate short-sighted pro- posal from wealthy casino investors who will say and promise anything. These investors are not thinking of family-friendly options that will enrich Norwalk or Warren County. These calculated casino investors have no interest in harmonizing with our family-friendly neighborhoods and our small-town character. Most residents moved here because of Norwalk's fam- ily-oriented package: friendly neighborhoods, great schools and churches. We did not move here looking for a regional entertainment location. I will bet that not even the casino's entertainment promises will become reality. We will end up with an RV lot or semi-truck parking, a bar or a buffet at best, a Johnny Cash imper- sonator and a 60-room hotel. These are all that Emmetsburg and Clinton got. This casino will not de- liver the revenue, jobs, entertainment, tax relief or char- ity promises. The only promise that will actually come true is the wealth for the casino owners. Norwalk is a great place that has more potential and a bright future. This casino needs us more than we need ft. To all Warren County residents: The vote is not whether Wild Rose will build an entertainment com- plex; the vote will not decide if it's located in Norwalk, the vote w~l not guarantee hundreds of "good jobs." The referendum will read, "Gambling games at a ca- sino to be developed in Warren County is approved." The moment the vote is cast, the citizens of our county wilt lose all control. Wild Rose or any other casino de- veloper can and will fanatically pursue a casino any- where in Warren County and they have eight years, or until 2021 to do it. If you want to guarantee a casino never comes to your town in the next eight years, you must vote NO on May ~th. Erika Isley Paid for by Erika Isley STOP MALARIA I want to share a concern that is very dose to my heart. When you think about Africa what comes to your mind? What kinds of people do you see? What kinds of hous- ing do you see? Do you think your parents and grand- parents saw a different picture of Africa from what you have today? The people of Africa have been left behind in many ,ways. I am not going into the details today. However I would like to share with you that every 60 seconds a child dies in Africa from Malaria. I am probably talking about my cousins, friend, uncles and aunts. Malaria is something that you and I can stop. Could you please join me and other people in the USA who are trying to stop this killer of the children and mothers of Africa? With $10 you can save one life. With $100 you can save 10 lives. You can also help by coming to a Pancake Breakfast that our church is spon- soring on April 27 from 7 to 11 a.m. The flyer says $5, but you can make it the most expensive breakfast you have ever eaten because of Jesus Christ. Do this for Jesus Christ. Can you imagine? Each year, more than 655,000 people die from malaria in Africa. Up to 90 percent of them are women and children. Pregnant mothers and children under the age of five are the groups most vul- nerable to the deadly disease. Thank you for helping my people! Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call me at 515-981-4251. Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko Norwalk United Methodist Church SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one ;ear subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 Letter to Citizens The citizens of our great city and county will soon once again be given one of the greatest privileges our blessed nation provides: the opportunity to let your voice be heard. On the ballot will be the referendum to allow a casino to be built in our.county. We believe ev- eryone should be allowed to vote according to their own conscience and convictions. We will do the same when we each cast our vote on May 7th. As spiritual leaders of this community we feel it is important to publicly share how we will be voting and why. We love this community and believe that to construct any kind of gambling establishment anywhere in War- ren County would be a mistake, so we will be voting No. Here's a little background as to why. Historically gambling has been around for a very long time, and universall~ the Church has taken a dim view of it. Down through history, key figures in Christianity have also held an unfavorable view of gambling Augustine said, "The devil invented gambling " Martin Luther pro- claimed, "Money won by gambling is not won without sin and self-seeking sin." John Calvin outlawed gam- bling in the city of Geneva. While The Bible does not specifically condemn gam- bling, betting, or the lottery, it does warn us, however, to stay away from the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10; Hebrews 13:5). Scripture also encourages us to stay away from attempts to "get rich quick" (Proverbs 13:11: 23.'5; Ecclesiagtes 5:10), Casinos use all sorts of marketing schemes to entice gamblers to risk as much money as possible. They often offer inexpensive or even free alcohol, which encour- ages d ,ru nkenness, and thereby a decreased ability to make wise decisions. Everything in a casino is perfectly rigged for taking money in large sums and giving noth- ing in return, except for fleeting and empty pleasures. It is for these reasons and more that we believe a ca- sino would not benefit our community but would in fact cause numerous spiritual, physical and social ills on all of us who live here whether we frequent a casino or not. We therefore ask that you consider carefu|ly what is at stake on May 7th and may Almighty God guide you as you cast your vote for the future of Norwalk and Warren County. Pastor Glen Blumer - Crossroads Church Pastor Kiboko Kiboko - Norwalk United Methodist Church Pastor Rob Jones - Fellowship Community Church Pastor Laine Wilder - Harvest Church (Cumming) Paid for by Pastors B~, KSboko, Jones and'W'flder OLD NI-IS BUILDING MEMORIES By Jerry Shepler I moved to a farm in the Norwalk area with my par- ents in the early spring of 1946. I was awe stricken on that first day of school seeing that big three story build- ing with electricity, water inside, heat coming from those hissing iron things next to the wall and bathrooms in- side. There were school buses to ride in and hot lunches in the building. Then, there were over 25 kids in my 3rd grade class. That was more than twice the students in the whole school I had just moved from which was the typical one room building known as Center School, Webster Township, Polk County. That school lot is still vacant at the southeast corner of 100 Street and Meredith Drive in Urbandale. Memories of that Norwalk school building and ac- tivities that took place grew through the next nine years. Teachers, classmates, friends, class plays, basketball, baseball, all helped to generate fond memories of that old building. In the fall of 1953, our Jr. Year, a new prim. cipal came to NHS and with his daughter, Shirley, also anllth grader. High School dates led to a permanent date in 1957 and we still hang out together. Add to this, my Mother attended this same building and graduated in 1930. She played basketball in the room that we used as a lunch room. The Old NHS building located on School Street was constructed in 1915 with a gymnasium added in 1936 and a one story kindergarten room added in the 50"s. it is now used for administrative pulpos . Reports are the general condition of the old building makes it fi- nancially questionable for continued use. Plumbing, electrical and structural conditions and their associated repair costs led to the decision of school district offi- cials to seek other facilities for administration activities. While I understand the reality of the old buildings future, it is still somewhat sad to see it fade away. If no other practical use of the building can be found, I hope some public use of the grounds can be explored. Per- haps a city "OLD WARRIORS PARK" would help this 1955 NHS grad and many others recall fond memories of school days. From the Publisher Political "Letters to the Editor" It is once again time to remind candidates, their cam- paigr, managers and supporters that all political ads must be paid in advance of publication in the N/Warren Town and County News and all other sister papers In the past, we have received Letters to the Editor supporting candidates for various offices. These will not be printed as a Letter to the Editor, but will be accepted as a paid political advertiser6ent. Our policy for politi- cal ads is they MUST be paid for in advance The ad must also carry a disclaimer with the name of the per- son paying for the letter/ad. The cost will be the same as for any of our advertising, $4.25 per column inch. Letters/ads expressing pro- or con-sentiments for ei- ther candidates or issues that the public will be voting on during an official election will fall into this category and must be paid in advance. As in all ads, we reserve the right to accept or refuse any or all advertising/let- ters. I NORWALK POLICE CHIEF ] By Ed Kuhl In 1974 Congress passed the Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Act. The Act was intended to provide sup- port to State, tribes and local governments to more ef- fectively deal with Child Abuse. Then in 1983 Congress designated the month of April is Child Abuse Preven- tion month to focus public attention on this problem. The numbers had been increasing at an alarming rate. The Justice Denied organization released national fig- ures on January3, 2013 that estimated that 40 million children were the victims of child abuse and stated that suicide was the 3rd'leading cause of death among ado- lescence. Since the invention of the internet, child ex- ploitation has had a marked increase and has become an international predator's haven. Nowhere and no one is immune to this deviate behavior. Last month our officers investigated two incidents of suspected cyber predators. We are working with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations Cyber Crimes task force on those investigations. The victims were fe- males 14 to 15 years of age and residents of our City. Parents can helpby talking to their children about cyber predators and by monitoring your child's activity and contacts on the internet. Social media has become the stalking ground for deviates from all over the worm even reaching into our community. Let's try to celebrate this month by checkingwhat our Children are doing on computers and please let us know if you need any help or have any questions. We want to continue to keep our 'hildren safe. [ 1fl 1 Not ,Av " 981-0217 I I I Saturday, April 20 Computer Class: Excel 2010,:9-10 a.m. An introduc- tion to Excel 2010 spreadsheet program (a bookkeeping or database program that helps manage finances, inven- tory or other information). Monday, April 22 Book Buddies, 6-7 p.m Monday nights through April 22, high school and elementary school students pair up for an hour of reading and crafts. High school students can. earn. up toS+ hours of volunteering credit. Registration is required. Tuesday, April 23 Pre-School Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. For 3-6 year- olds, join us for stories; finger, plays, songs and flannel boards! Parents: expect some interaction with your little ones and' some helpful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. This storytime is also a good fit for parents attending with.several children and for daycare groups. Wednesday, April 24 Wee OnesStory Time, 10:30-11 a.m For infants to 18 months, join us for lapsit stories, finger plays and songs! Parents: expect full interaction with your little ones and some helpful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. This storytime is designed for a one- one or one-two parent to child ratio: Thursday, April 25 Toddler Time, 10:30-11 a.m. Join us for stories, fin- ger plays, songs and flannel boards! Parents: expect lots of interaction with your little ones and some helpful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home.