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Thursday, November 22, 2012 N/Warre n Town and County News /- Page Seven i LETTERS 9.KB.gg.ldg$ 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 grammitical errors. What can we do to prevent another tragedy? As the allegations of child sexual abuse at Penn State were reported, many people began asking themselves this very question. It may feel like one individual in Warren County can't make a difference, but you can! Educate yourselfi Did you know that I in 4 girls and I in 6 boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday? More than 80% of child sexual abuse happens in one-on-one situations. Did you know that more than 90% of children who are abused know their abusers? The Warren County Child Abuse Prevention Council provides free or low-cost trainings for all types of organizations and groups. Programs can be tailored to your audience and range from 30 minutes to three hours. Be willing to talk about child sexual abuse! It's a tough topic, but one that we must have the courage to address. Parents can learn how to have age-appropriate conversations with their children that educate and protect them. Also, talk with other adults to raise awareness. Support policies at youth serving organizations that protect children. Train all adults that interact with children. Conduct background checks. Limit one-on-one contact between adults and children. Training and policies not only protect children, but may lower insurance costs. Get involved! Support the work of the Warren County Child Abuse Prevention Council with your time, talents and dollars. Or support the Council by talking about the cause. Be observant and report concerning behaviors. Suspicions of Child abuse can be reported to the Iowa Department of Human Services at 1-800-362-2178 by any con- cerned citizen. Remember, the best way to protect our children is to surround them with edu- cated, caring adults that have the courage to take action. For more information about how you can become involved, contact Colleen Reisener, Council Coordinator, at c.reisener!'mchsi.com or 962-9171. To schedule training sessions, contact Barb Ramos, Prevention Educator, at barb.ramos@simpson.edu or 961-1488. Barb Ramos Prevention Council, Warren County Child Abuse Prevention Council Legislative News By State Representative Julian B. Garrett iulian.garrett@legis.state.ia.us Coming Budget Debate Recently the newly elected House Republicans met to elect leaders for the coming session. We re-elected Kraig Paulsen as speaker and Linda Upmeyer as majority leader. We also began looking at projected budget numbers for the fiscal 2014 budget year that begins July 1, 2013. I expect that we will again work on a two-year budget as we did in 2011. When we began the 2011 session, House Republicans agreed on three budgeting principles and we will continue to adhere to those principles in the up- coming session. They are: We will spend less than the state receives in revenue. We will not spend one-time money to pay for ongoing expenses. We will not balance the budget by intentionally underfunding programs. You may recall that we ended fiscal year 2012 on June 30 of this year with a sur- plus of $688 million. We filled the "rainy day fund," made up of the state's emer- gency fund and cash reserve fund, for the first time since 2008. These funds are now at the legally required level of $622.4 million. The Taxpayers Trust Fund received the legal maximum of $60 million. The Legislative Services Agency (LSA) projects that we will need two adjustments to the 2013 budget. The first is an increase of school aid of $4.5 million because of changes in enrollment, property valuations and special education. The second is an increase of $46 million for Medicaid. Medicaid appro- priations are always an estimate and it is not uncommon to make an additional ap- propriation when the costs become clearer. With all things considered, the LSA projects that we will have another surplus when the current fiscal year ends on June 30, 2013. There are some Democrats who are advocating spending the current surplus on ongoing expenses. I prefer to return the surplus to the taxpayers in the form of tax cuts. In the House, we tried in the last session to pass a reform of the commercial property tax rates here in Iowa. Our commercial tax rates are among the highest in the nation and make it harder to do business in Iowa. Our bill also lowered the cap on increases in residential and agricultural property taxes. Property taxes are a cost of doing business and money spent on property taxes is not available for expanding a business and hiring new employees. It is also a factor in discouraging a new busi- ness from starting up in Iowa. We could not get the Senate majority to agree to mean- ingful property tax cuts last session so nothing was done. If we do nothing again, property taxes will likely continue to increase across the board. A factor that many people do not think about is the effect that an increase in fed- eral income taxes will have on Iowa's revenue. If the U.S. Congress does nothing about the scheduled federal tax increases at the beginning of 2013, Iowa revenues will go down, since federal income taxes are deductible on Iowa income tax returns. As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns at julian.garrett@legis.state.ia.us or 515-281-3221. Aphra Behn (1640-1689), the first woman in England to become a pro4usional writer, also worked as a q)y for King Charles U of England. Call 911 for emergencies ! Norwalk Easter Public Library Board of Trustees Minutes Following are the Norwalk Easter Public Li- brary Board of Trustees Minutes for the regular meeting held September 10, 2012. Roll Call-Chairperson Tom Dunn called the meet- ing to order at 6:33 p.m. Andrea Johnson, Diana Duffy, Tom Dunn and Dyann Vilez were present. Donna Kitterman and Jordyn Hill were not in at- tendance. Library Director Holly Karlen was present. Guests-There were no guests. Review and Change Agenda-Andrea Johnson made the motion to accept the agenda as written and Diana Duf seconded the motion, with the board passing it. Review Last Meetings Minutes-The August regu- lar Board minutes were ac- cepted with a motion from Andrea Johnson and a sec- ond from Laura Greiner. Director's Report-Nmn- bets: Visitors: 5,679; circu- lations: 7,391 (items withhl library); 205 (checkouts on Wilbor); 7,596 total; New Accounts: 66; Adult Pro- grams: 6 programs (58 par- ticipants); Children's Pro- grams: 6 programs (311 par- ticipants; includes pool party at end of summer read). Staffing-Wewill be hir- ing two new positions to begin October 15. One of the positions is to create a new role within the library as program assistant to help primarily with adult pro- gramming. Programming-Still try- ing to find time to develop more adult programming I am excited to see what community group says in strategic plan process Technology Update: I think we have solved all problems for now. Phone System-New sys- tem was installed on Sep- tember 11, 2012 and ap- pears to be working well. Other:. Automatic Door Update-WCPP grant is due October 1; Library Hours- Wireless Walker Counter Integration; Copiers-De- cided that it was better for us to wait on this issue un- til closer to our ending con- tract; Overdue Materials- We can discuss more after I have a chance to update policy. Family Fun Day-Sat- urda3 Oct. 13, 2012; Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Food from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.).Not a fund- raiser, however will have "free-will" donation jars around except for Bingo - will charge for that. We are good on volunteers. We have many high school stu- dents interested. Old Business-Treas- urer's Report- Budget is on schedule. Strategic Plan - First community meeting is to- morrow night at 6:30. Interlibrary Loan Policy - Tabled until more infor- mation available. Overdue Materials - Tabled until more informa- tion is available. Copiers - Tabled until -more information is avail- able: New Business-None Meeting Activity Re- cord-Motion 1: Agenda Ap- proval: Motion made by Andrea Johnson, seconded b Diana Duffy. Motion passed. Motion 2: Approval of August 13 minutes: Motion made by Andrea Johnson, seconded by Dyann Vilez. Motion passed. Motion 3: Approval of Bills to be paid: Motion made by Diana Duffy, sec- onded by Dyann Vilez. Motion 4: Adjournment: Motion made by Dyann Vilez, seconded by Andrea Johnson. Motion passed. 8-28-12 E-mail Agenda Item: Motion 1: Install New Phone System Approval: Motion made by Tom Dunn, seconded by Diana Duffy, motion passed. Adjournment-Chairper- son Tom Dunn requested a motion for adjournment. Adjourned at 6:59. Minutes approved 11/12/12 Submitted by Diana Duffy, Secretary Norwalk Easter Public Library Board of Trustees Minutes Of the Regular Meeting of October 8, 2012 Roll Call-No quorum, meeting cancelled. Submitted by Diana Duffy, Secretary ]Did You Know? 1 (NAPS)--Paying into a prepaid 529 plan can help you .save on your child's col- lege tuition. Contributions made by June 30th will buy tuition at 2012 rates as new rates take effect July ]st. For more information, visit www. )rivatecollege529.com. J, The Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve Board have ordered the Independent Foreclosure Review to determine wheth- er you were hurt financially and to provide compensation or remediation for that harm. roore at www.independ entforeclosurerevtew.com. *** The "Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments" honors sportsmanship, selflessness and responsibility in youth sports. The program is part of Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program, which supports children's success both on and off the field. To nominate a 2012 moment, visit www.Face book.com/ResponsibleSports. Winning organizations will receive a $1,000 award from Liberty Mutual Insurance. *** Since 1931, a program of the Library of Congress--the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)--has been providing reading mate- rials, free of charge, for the visually impaired and phys- ically handicapped. To learn more, visit www.loc.gov/nls. LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays (Memorial Day-Labor Day) Doffed Bliss and friends *Friday, Nov. 30th * 4pm-8pm *Saturday, Dec. 1st * 9am-3pm 2502 Hills Drive, Norwalk ALL ITEMS HANDMADE by: Deb Fairfax-Dotted Bliss bags & accessories, Becky Anthony-magnets, Angela Davtdson-jackets & accessories, Maggie HadowVogt-jeweln d, liarde Lamen-baked goods by Karde & Darcy, Mallory Metzger-jewelry, Angela Miller-little girls nectaaces, Amanda Pelzer-letter photography & vintage accessories, Wendy Smith-aprons, Vanezza Van Buskirk.button jewel, Jane Walker-hand knit scarves see our Dotted Bliss laceln page for pictures of our work tval