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/" ) . Thursday, April 24, 2014 N/Warren Town and County News Page Thirteen ESSAYS Concluded from p. 12 it didn't. African Americans most likely had the hardest time finding peace in our country because white people thought black people weren't equal. Freeing the slaves helped by letting them know they are free. Most likely trying to let them fit in was the purpose of the Jim Crow laws to keep the country united and let everyone have peace. On September 23rd, Abraham Lincoln declared "...all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free..." (Lincoln, p.1). The Emancipation Proclara- tion only brought freedom, not laws against racism. And so the Reconstruction Era began. What really happened after the Emancipation Proc- lamation was not as intended at all. The relationship between whites and blacks got dimmer and dimmer every day. Children were sometimes lynched, adults were shot, and many people were burned or tarred and feathered for their African American heritage. It was a very cruel and it seemed nothing could stop the whites om injuring or killing blacks. When the Ku Klux Klan and the night riders started, it gotworse. African Ameri- cans were terrified; no one could do anything though. The police not interrogate whites after a crime because the Ku Klux Klan's white masks and the nightriders set- ting of darkness concealed their identity. Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry was a fairly accurate view of the Reconstruction Era. One example is in Mr. Barnett's store, "...Mr.Barnett again picked up T.J.'s list, but before he gotten to the next item, his wife called,'Jim Lee, these folks needing help over here, and I got my hands full.' And as if we weren't even there, he walked away" (Taylor, 110). The one thing I don't find accurate, is when R.W. and Melon befriend T.J. I was very sur- prised the brothers did not get in trouble after Mr.Simms is so strict with his youngest son, Jeremy. Most likely with all the fighting, the racism, and harsh environment, the older boys wouldn't have even looked at T.J. let alone hang out with him. Of course I know he was being used, but I find this highly unlikely. These laws and documents hold our histor our re- bellion, and our ancestor's stories of how we came to be' who we are today. We worked'to make a change and we did. Today we are considered equal after such a long struggle. After Cassie's long journey to understand, we do too. There are racist people in the world, but don't let that control you; be-free to be who you are. These bad times are in the past, not the present. Embrace who you are. Outlet Center For Altoona New England Development has announced its plans to develop a 325,000 square foot outlet center in Altoona, at the intersection of 1-80 and US-65. Featuring approxi- mately 75 of some of the best brand names irt retail Des Moines Outlets will serve the Des Moines metropolitan area and beyond. With no other outlet center located within 80 miles, this new center will meet the region's need for brand names at outlet prices. Des Moines Outlets will be an integral part of The Shoppes at Prairie Crossing, being developed by Heart of America Group, The site consists of 174 acres and over 1.4 million square feet of leasable space with plans for hotel, additional retail, office and residential uses. This summer, Johnny's Italian Steakhouse will open on the development's eight-acre lake. New England Development, one of the nation's pre- mier real estate developers with a growing portfolio of outlet centers, expressed enthusiasm about the Des Moines market and this location in particular. Douglass Karp, Executive Vice President of New England Devel- opment, commented, "The Des Moines market is well- known nationally for its dynamic growth and quality of life. The Shoppes at Prairie Crossing provides an ideal opportunity for us to be part of this market in an exciting development at a terrific location." The 32-acre Des Moines Outlets site, at exit 142 off of 1-80, is at an established destination for shopping and entertainment and just six miles from downtown Des Moines. The Shoppes at Prairie Crossing sits adjacent to Prairie Meadows Racetrack, Casino and Hotel, Adventureland Amusement Park, Bass Pro Shops and the Facebook Data Center. Currentl these established uses attract over six million visitors a year to the sur- rounding area and Des Moines Outlets will significantly add to these counts. The most-used letter in the English alphabet is "E:' and "Q" is the least used. Legislativ e N ewsl etter Stan Gustafson Iowa House Representative District 25 The Legislature is scheduled to end this Session Tues- da3 April 22, and Clerks and most of the pages will not be working past this date. Also, Legislators will cease receiving their per diem after April 22. However, it is possible that the Session will not end on the 22nd and the Legislature is working hard to get as much done as possible before that date. Tuesday night, the House ad- journed at 10:28 p.m. Most of the current focus is on the Appropriations Bills, as they need to be passed before the Legislature can adjourn. Here is the current status of the Bills: Administration & Regulation (SF2342) - Passed by the House and in the Senate. (Agreement has been reached) Agriculture & Natural Resources (HF2458) - Passed by the House and in the Senate. Economic Development (HF2460) - Passed by the House and in the Senate. (Agreement has been reached) Education (SF2347) - Passed by the House and in Con- ference Committee. Includes Tuition freeze for instate undergrad students and increased funding for the three State universities Health & Human Services (HF2463) -- Passed by the House and in the Senate. Funding for Medicaid was increased, with no increase in services, due to cut back of federal Medicaid funds. Judicial Branch (HF2449) Sent to the Governor for signature. Justice Systems (HF2450) - Passed by the House and in Conference Committee. The House version increases the number of state troopers, while the Senate version does not, but adds money for correction officers and the Attorney General's office. RIIF (Infrastructure) (SF2349) - Passed by the House and in Conference Committee. The House version re- moved $14 million in ear marks added by the Senate and shifted the funds to major and routine maintenance. Standings (HF2473) - Passed House ApproPriations Committee and in the House. Makes adjustments to General Fund standing appropriations currently in stat- ute, resulting in a decrease of $18.2 million for FY 2015. Transportation (SF2130) Sent to the Governor for sig- nature. Debt Reduction - Senate needs to start this Bill and send it to the House. When Bills are in the Conference Committee, the co- chairs of the Committee, one from the Senate and one from the House, meet to try to negotiate a settlement of the differences between the two houses of the LegMa- ture. HEALTHY IDEAS (NAPS)--Sleep apnea in- creases snoring and may make  more likely to have a car accident, says the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Fortunately, a dental device resembling an athlete's mouth guard is 70 percent  at treat ing sleep apne I_e.arn more at www.leadingdentists.com. *** Blind individuals experi- encing symptoms of Non-2A- Hour may participate in clin- ical trials led by Vanda Pharmaceuticals evaluating an investigational treatment. For more information, call (888) 389-7033, e-mail info@ non24registry.com or visit www.non24registry.com. Accerng to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, poisoning is now the leading cause of injury death, even more than motor vehicle accident fatalities. Poisoning can be prevented. For more information, call the Poison Help line at 1-800- 222-1222 or visit wwwAdson Help.hrsa.gov. *** Experts say that allergy sufferers should use dean, fresh lenses--such as 1-Day Acuvue Moist Brand Contact Lenses--each day to mini- mize the potential for the buildup of irritants and aller- gens. To learn more, visit www.acuvue.com. Senate News By State Senator Julian B. Garrett Julian.Garrett@legis.iowa.gov. i Department of Administrative Services Testimony before the Government Oversight Com- mittee has brought out more information on the sav- ings realized by the reorganization of the way state con- struction projects are handled. Most of the news media has focused on 12 employees of the Department of Ad- ministrative Services (DAS) who lost their jobs about 2 1/2 years ago and confidentiality agreements that some of them signed. I believe the more important story from the point of view of the taxpayers is the savings real- ized in state construction projects. Fewer state employ- ees now handle the work in setting up construction projects, with a reported savings of more than $700 thou- sand per year. In addition, there has been a savings re- alized because of fewer "change orders" in building projects since the reorganization. The DAS says that those savings for the last three years are about $2.5 mil- lion in projects costing about $91 million. Change op ders are changes that come up during the construction process. They cost extra money so the fewer changes you, have the lower the cost of the project. The biggest savings come from the replacing of general contractors in state construction projects with Construction Man- agers who do much of the same work but at a much lower cost, Through a competitive bid process, they hire the subcontractors who do the actual construction work. The savings reported to us for the last two fiscal years come to $6.67 million. Budget Work Continues Overall spending amounts have been agreed to but there are still differences of opinion on the details of the budget. There are several budget subcommittees work- ing on different parts of the budget. My budget sub- committee handles the Courts and the Prisons, High- way Patrol and Public Safety, the Attorney General and others. The budget for the courts and a transportation budget have been agreed to. The House and Senate have different versions of the others. The differences will have to be worked out. As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns. Did You Know? 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