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PAGE 4A THE KALONA NEWS, THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017 l There are a lot of interesting people stopping by the Kalona Chamber office. The other day there was a couple from Iowa City. He had been out walk- ing in the residential area of Kalona while she shopped the Kalona stores. He was quite vocal about the lack of sidewalks through the residential area and some were not in very good shape. On my walks to downtown I too have noticed some sidewalks need repair, especially those adjoin- ing city own property. Hopeful- ly when the construction of the new Community Center-Y is fmished, the sidewalks around the Community building will be replaced as well as the area where they tore down a house for a future parking lot. One resident has their sump pump draining on the inside edge of the sidewalk instead of out onto the curb. This makes for a muddy sidewalk. He also commented on a number of residential proper- ties that are in need of paint In the past, city council members have commented on their concern for the safety of people who walk in the streets. One of the primary reasons people walk in the street is lack of sidewalks in the resi- dential area. I am fortunate that when I walk downtown, I only have to walk in the street for a half block. The only areas are one section Of the Sidewalk where it gets muddy when I cut through the Kalona Elementa- ry School property. I've pointed this section of the elementary sidewalk to school officials, but nothing has changed. Mid- Prairie really needs to address the driveway through the ele- mentary property. There are a lot of wholes and much of the paving is cracked and deterio- .... rating, ; Maybe the city council needs to look at a comprehensive sidewalk program instead of a trail around the outer limits of the city. RCS coo Several people last week commented what a beautiful town Kalona is, especially the downtown area. RCS ooo There have been a number iiliiii!iiiiiii ! iii: i: !:J !lliii i!iii i iiiiiiii!! iii of outof state visitors as iiiiii well as visi- tors through- o u t I o w a. This past month there have been visitors from Blindsid St. Louis, By Ron 51echta Mo., and East St, Louis, Ill, as well as from Utah, Arkansas, Wiscon- sin, Hawaii, Canada, Norway, and Sicily, Italy. RCS The Kalona Quilt Show and Sale was held at the Kalona Historical Village Visitors Cen- ter because the Kalona Com- munity Building was suppose to have been demolished to make way for a new $5 million Recreation Center. Both the English and Amish Quilt displays were taken down and most of the future displays were safely stored away so the Kalona Quilt Show quilts could be displayed on the walls and on new racks. It really looked great and made it easier to view the quilts. Both the KHS Village staff and Quilt Show Organizers Brenda Herington and Katie Karnes were pleased with how well it went. Historical Board staff and board members plus Kalona Rotary members volunteered to help show organizers and their families to stage the show as well as take it down. It was great to see everyone work- ing together to setup and take down the show. With the demolition of the Rec Center not yet started it is likely that the Kalona Quilt Show and Sale will again be held at the Kalona Historical Village next year. RCS With the rising cost of con- struction of the new Rec Cen- ter at its present location, should the city consider an- other location? The present center could be used for larger meeting rooms and a banquet hall, which is something the city will still lack with the rec- reation center being built at its present location. RCS Fore ! Recently I was forced to face a challenging struggle in re- gaining control of time; but, beyond that it wasn't exactly as difficult as first thought to be. Nor did I, at first, understand the significance of the prob- lems I was about to encounter the morning time "ticked me off". It came when my faithful old clock radio I'd relied on for eons--we'd moved in together from the farm 5 years ago, de- veloped an apparent sudden case of technical arthritis; and refused tO respond as expected. It clicked and it clacked and then it sat there glumly focus- ing its dark screen at me in complete opposition to repeat- ed insistence it flash a sign of recognition, In fmal signation I removed its lifeline connection with the electrical socket and wrapped the limply trailing umbilical cord around its body, reverent- ly, almost lovingly. But, then, in a sudden spate of anger over its apparent lack of apprecia- tion for the care and attention I had given it every day, during our years together, I dropped the radio to the floor, and sent it with a toe- ability. As it peered back at me kick, underfrom the nested security of its the bed, for packing box it almost seemed later dispos- to glare, challengingly. At least al. that was the feeling I got, I Realizing was sure we would never have I was now the same kind of friendship I Hi Neighbor alone desert- shared with my old one; that By I is khardt ed, and in was something that had grown need of fac- with time. ing the world by myself, no lon- And, as if to ensure the feel- ger accompanied by a chirpy ing was real it presented me (often crackling) greeting to with a thick set of instructions scatter the morning's gloom I that left me hoping the sun reviewed my choices of: sleep would wake me up in the morn- late; have someone call me ing before I had to rely on the every day; Or, ask for an early radio to announce dawn was celebratory gift? What was I to do? soon coming. Well, it's been a few days now Of course, I would have to and although we still don't feel replace it with another; and, comfortable with each other I not be overtaken by the over- whelming sense of loss cre- think, in time, we will be able ated by the mere worn-out to communicate on a more civil level. As for the old radio, still piece of cogs and buttons ap- parently showing no concern under the bed, I might be able at abandoning me. Faced with to salvage something of a com- the decision to start 'life' with radeship with the new one, by another clock radio partner, I placing the old one up where I set out to shop, andwas soon can look at it once in a while. faced with an even larger deci- Maybe the old one might sion: the need to choose an ap- pliance completely alien to me in appearance and technical even regain or regenerate some of its former ability; nah, prob- ably not, but it's worth a try. Reason ROOds to be minorities, and the poor in par- to make the changes, but how strikes, and to promote wide- Tens of thousands of Iowans ticular, many poor elderly handicapped spread prosperity and stable restored in capitol will have more trouble exercis- As a result, qualified citizens people are flying around the communities by aligning stan- Editor: ingtheirfundamentalconstitu- who would like to vote, and countryside going play golf dards of employment with re- Mercifully, the 87th Legisla- tional rights to vote under the who have taken this responsi- in Florida with the President gional and occupationaltrends. tive session for this year has controversial new vote idenfifi- bility seriously in the past, will or how many are opening new On a erage ninety-eight per- come to a close before the Re- cation law. be unable to do so. Study after checking accounts? cent Of all contracts were set- publican majority could do any Although Secretary Pate has study shows that voter ID laws Secretary Pate is fond of say- tled voluntarily. more damage to Iowa's well promised that valid identifi- do nothing to stop fraud. Stud- ing one voter fraud is too many; Nov. 6, 2018, we have the op- being and reputation as being cation will be provided at no ies also show that Iowa has one the question should be how tion and obligation to repeal a civil place to live, work, and charge to every Iowa voter who of the fairest most reliable vot- many cases of voter suppres- and replace the Republican Ma- retire, doesn't have a driver's license, ing systems in America. sion is too many? During this session we have the bill states that "providing Voter ID laws are simply a During this session the Re- jority and restore reason to the witnessed, the Republicans, voter registration cards is con- way for Republicans to prevent publican majority reduced to legislature. under .the watchful tutelage tingent upon adequate appro- people, especially people who rubble a 40-year-old collective There can be and there of the Americans for Prosper- priations." vote for Democrats from voting, bargaining law that was effec- should be political consequenc-. ity, the political right-wing The new requirements for Proponents like to say, "when tively working, es for the reckless disregard for network, funded by the billion- IDs and shortened windows for you check in at the airport you By all accounts, the sys- public good forced uPon Iowa aire Koch Brothers and their absentee and early voting cre- have to show an ID, when you tem established by the act has by this extreme legislative extreme agenda for Iowa, enact ate disproportionate hurdles open a new checking account, worked well to promote nego- agenda as enacted by the Koch voter suppression bills, and for many people: the elderly, you have to show an ID" as tiated settlements of public brothers followers. worker hurting policies, the disabled, ruralpopulations, though that's reason enough sector contracts, to prevent Harold R. 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