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October 10, 2018 We’ve made strides but we have so far to go
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‘Sixteen Candles’

A couple of years ago, Film Scene did a rooftop showing of the 1984 comedy “Sixteen Candles.” The movie came out after I was in college, and I never saw it in the theater. But for a whole generation of folks just a bit younger than me, it is an iconic film.

Melissa and I decided to go to the Film Scene event. But we were surprised at the results.

We did not find it funny at all. It was racist, sexist and full of glorified date rape. I felt really guilty, knowing that I had laughed at it in the past.

I don’t recall when I first saw the movie; I suppose it was as a rental in the early days of VCRs. I just know that my reaction at the time was not the same as my reaction now.

Where am I going with this? The Kavanaugh hearings, of course. It surprised me, but several pundits were thinking the same things we were.

One of the most quoted people in terms of the hearings has been “Sixteen Candles” star Molly Ringwald.

Regardless of how you feel about the Kavanaugh hearings, we are doing better in terms of women’s rights than we were in the 1980s.

Things that were “funny” then are certainly not funny now. But that is small consolation. We have so far to go.

The Kavanaugh hearings put our misogyny on full display. It was sad, hurtful, embarrassing and creepy, and I know that we only scratched the surface.

It is not good enough to say, “I suppose you didn’t deserve to be raped.” Not good enough at all.

I hope that in another 34 years, people looking back at 2018 feel we have made much greater strides. We have no choice.

Big election

Do not allow election fatigue to set in. This November’s election is the most important statewide election of my lifetime. We need you to vote on or before Nov. 6!

Early voting began Oct. 8 at the auditor’s office. Take advantage of this opportunity.

Poverty summit

Johnson County invites you to participate in a public forum, “The State of Poverty” in Johnson County.

The forum will take place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12 in the Johnson County Health and Human Services Building.

More than 25,000 of your Johnson County neighbors live in poverty. Another 25,000 are struggling to make ends meet while working.

In Johnson County, 31.5 percent of children were eligible for free and reduced school lunch last year. Poverty stretches across all generations and cultures in our community.

The forum will include presentations by state and local experts, including the Child and Family Policy Center, Iowa Policy Project, Iowa Women’s Foundation, and United Way.

The event will kick off a series of action-planning meetings focused on collaboratively developing strategies to address issues of poverty in our community.

All are welcome to attend. Space is limited. RSVP at

Democratic Party barbecue

The Johnson County Democratic Party fall barbecue is Sunday, Oct. 14 from 4-7 p.m. at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.

Join the Johnson County Democrats for an afternoon of great conversation, great food catered by our own County Supervisor Kurt Friese, and getting pumped for the Blue Wave in November.

The list of speakers is outstanding, including U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Add in statewide candidates, and you have a great lineup.

Tickets are $25 per person, $50 per family, and available at the door. These are suggested donations. No one is ever turned away from Johnson County Democratic Party events for inability to pay. There will be a silent auction, so bring your checkbook.

This is the Johnson County Democrats’ biggest fundraiser of the year, a friendly environment for conversation, a good meal and a great opportunity to hear from leaders in the Democratic Party.

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