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October 5, 2017 The Blindside — It’s great to be back in Kalona again from abroad
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It is great being home in Kalona, Iowa, again. The last week of August, Helen and I spent in England including two days in London before we boarded a cruise ship to take us to New York City.

Spending time in a foreign country where they speak English was great, but you still really had to listen carefully to fully understand what those English people said. Their accent is sometimes extremely difficult to understand, but everything went very well.

While there are many different languages I don’t understand, there is one thing that sounds the same in any language: laughter.

Helen and I mastered switching from one train station platform to another to catch the correct train to and from London. We found the English train personnel extremely helpful to us as they could see that train travel was the most foreign part of our trip.

After settling down in our hotel in London, we were able to easily walk to Buckingham Palace our first day. The second day we caught the Hop On Hop Off bus to tour London and pick out places to visit.

Besides London, we took the trains to Bath and to see the Stonehenge. The resort we stayed at was a short distance from where we got on the Crown Princess cruise ship. Stops on the way to New York City included three ports in Iceland; St. John’s, Newfoundland; and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

We followed a route similar to the Titanic, but we fortunately didn’t encounter any icebergs. The U. S. and Canadian coast guards keep ship captains well aware of any potential icebergs, something the crew of the Titanic did not have.

Our arrival in New York City took us right past the Statue of Liberty, and we docked at the old Naval Shipyard just east of Ellis Island. The heavy fog at 5:30 a.m. made it hard to get a photo of the Statue of Liberty, but it was very impressive.

I can only imagine how my grandfather Carl Peterson felt when his ship sailed past it on its way to dock at Ellis Island. He certainly had a much more difficult sailing from Sweden than we did on the cruise ship to come to America.

RCS

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After returning home, I decided to take out nomination papers to seek a seat on the Kalona City Council. Thanks to everyone who signed the nomination papers so I could get them filed by the deadline.

I decided to seek election in order to give back to the city that has been so good to me and my family the past 25 years should I be elected. I would like to serve the community. I spent more than 50 years covering city government in a number of communities, big and small, as a newspaper reporter.

No matter who you are going to vote for, I encourage you to exercise your right to vote in the city election on Nov. 7. I have always been disappointed with the American citizens for not voting in every election. Hopefully having more candidates on the ballot will bring more people to the polls.

RCS

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Last weekend was one of the greatest weekends for the Kalona Fall Festival with a great turnout in part thanks to fantastic weather for both days. And it is all made possible by hundreds of volunteers both with the Kalona Historical Society board members staff and others.

Volunteers helped make the various concession stands, church groups and crafts.

It was a great community event. A special salute to all who worked to help make this event possible. Kalona is known for a great community of volunteers working together to have a very successful community event.

RCS

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It is too bad our senators, congressman and administration can’t take a lesson from Kalona. Instead of investigating each other wouldn’t it be great if they could work together for the benefit of our country. Isn’t that why we elected them?

RCS

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One thing I’ve enjoyed about going to sporting events is the traditional singing of our national anthem and salute to our flag at most with the exception of some schools for religious reasons.

I recognize the right of people to protest with freedom of speech. However, they should not show disrespect to the flag and all the veterans who fought to keep our freedom.

It is very disrespectful of the players as without this freedom they would not be getting their millions. And President Trump would be wise to stop commenting on it.

RCS

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We were saddened to learn my sister Phyllis Weathermon’s grandson, Edward Hillhouse, has been found after nearly a year being missing. Unfortunately his body was found under over eight feet of dirt and clay on the property of the person suspected of murdering him. That is sad news as we were holding out hope he would be found alive. The suspect is the son of a former police officer in Crawford County, Mo. That suspect has been arrested.

A memorial service was held Sunday for Edward Hillhouse. Our deepest sympathies go to my sister and her family.

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