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Johnson County wins statewide honor
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors and Grow: Johnson County were awarded the 2018 Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) Excellence in Action Award during ISAC’s annual conference.
Johnson County Historic Poor Farm and Asylum District, listed in the National Register of Historic places since September 2014, is one of the few remaining relatively intact examples of the county farm model established in the 19th century.
Grow: Johnson County utilizes 4.5 acres at the Historic Poor Farm to produce a variety of organic fruits and vegetables that are distributed freely to more than a dozen local food assistance organizations.
Grow: Johnson County is in the midst of its third growing season and is on track to produce 35,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables this year.
Grow: Johnson County also works with Johnson County Social Services through the Youth Empowered to Serve Program, which provides meaningful summer work experiences to low-income and at-risk youth.
In the summer of 2017, Grow: Johnson County provided three program participants with eight-week apprenticeships at the Historic Poor Farm.
The Excellence in Action Award program is a competitive awards program that seeks to recognize innovative county government employees, programs and projects.
Nominations were reviewed and rated based on the following seven attributes: creativity, innovation, cost savings, replication, leadership, increased efficiency, cooperation with others and perseverance.
The nomination process is over, and Brett Kavanaugh is now a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Like everyone else, I have some thoughts on the process.
This was, in essence, a job interview. But people kept referring to legal tenants. For example, had there been proof “beyond a reasonable doubt?”
This was not a legal proceeding. It was a job interview. “Beyond a reasonable doubt” need not be your standard.
If you sincerely believe that the issue was that there was no proof “beyond a reasonable doubt?” OK – I will take you at your word.
Now, don’t be a hypocrite. You cannot only defend the privileged white man who wants to be a Supreme Court justice.
“Beyond a reasonable doubt” is not typically the concern of rich white men. But poor black men deal with it every day.
I challenge you to be just as concerned the next time a black man is being charged with a crime and the evidence is not “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Will you stand up and demand justice for that black man? Will Justice Kavanaugh?
Domestic Violence Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we are blessed to be served by the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP). DVIP recently gave us several facts worth sharing:
DVIP served 1746 people this past year, 937 of those in Johnson County and 265 of those served were children. Ninety-six percent of their clients said they felt safer because of DVIP.
To donate, volunteer, or just learn more, visit www.dvipiowa.org.