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Simply Put – January 22, 2014

By Mike Whittlesey
With a community center filled to capacity at the January 13 City Council meeting, it was clear the residents of La Porte City had something on their mind. As talk in the community focused on the topic of public safety, the question wasn’t how much money can we save by making cuts to the police department budget. The real question was how long are we willing to wait for law enforcement to arrive when we need them? The answer from residents who spoke at the meeting was clear. There isn’t a price that can be put on the safety of La Porte City’s citizens.
That being said, the issues related to our city’s infrastructure are not going away. Like other cities our size, the challenges to improve the surface of our roadways remain. Beneath some of those roads are aging sewers and water lines that, when they fail, will result in costly repairs. The sooner we develop a plan to address these needs, the better.
The sad reality in the world of government is that there is never enough money to do everything everyone wants. Ten years ago, the prevailing opinion of the community was focused on a new Family Aquatic Center. Since that time, the subsequent bonds issued for the project have reduced, to a degree, resources that could have been used elsewhere. Meanwhile, the pool has served as attraction that brings people to our community, an amenity that continues to enhance our home town. City government, unfortunately, is a series of trade-offs. Ultimately, the choices we make rely upon the priorities we set.
The events, as they have played out in La Porte City the past several weeks, illustrate how well local government can work when citizens are active participants in the process. While we elect representatives to carry out our wishes, sometimes our involvement ends on Election Day. Worse yet, sometimes our input isn’t even registered on Election Day.
Kudos to those who took the time to attend last week’s City Council meeting and share their hopes and concerns with our elected officials. It is a strong indicator of the vitality that exists in La Porte City today. And it’s a source of strength that will be needed to address the challenges we will face in the future.

Freckles’ Adopt-a-Pet – January 22, 2014

Chewie: an adult large male Labrador Retriever & Collie Mix available for adoption at the Cedar Bend Humane Society. Waterloo, IA.
My name is Chewie and I was surrendered to the shelter because my owners had no time for me. I am 4 years old and neutered. I am a large boy with a big heart! I keep my kennel very clean and I walk well on a leash. I do well with other dogs, but I don’t really like them jumping me. I would need to meet any other dog in the home before an adoption. I do fine with cats. Stop out and see me today! My adoption fee is $150.

Meditations – January 22, 2014

By Harold Martin
On the Road Again
By the time that 1/24th (two weeks) of the year has elapsed, we know that we are “on the road again.” We are poised on an unformed space/time edge, peering into a grand canyon of hopeful potential. It is a quivering moment.
As time unfolds, the future seems to flow over us, bearing our souls along on a river of spirit, creating, forming, and shaping tomorrows. Whether we consciously choose to contribute ourselves or not to this flowing stream, it carries us along its creating journey.
Only a few weeks ago people were shouting “Happy New Year” in the middle of the night.  Sometimes that joy comes to us from outside of ourselves, born of various experiences:  birthdays, wedding anniversaries, ending of education semesters, and perhaps of new ones, etc. We human beings are privileged to have a conscious awareness of time. Creation itself follows patterns of beginnings (births), shades of existence, and fadings into deaths. We see it, we know it, and we celebrate the cycles.
Those of us who live out of a faith base have a deep sense that something exists before creation, and perhaps after creation. We sense spirit from within ourselves, and also something that is there before and after ourselves. We name it—her, him, or God. Our God is experienced through creating cosmic love expressed in, through, and within Jesus of Nazareth. That Spirit is “on the road again” in, through, and within us.

Hawkins’ Happenings – January 22, 2014

By Jolene Kronschnabel
All preschoolers are invited to join us for snowy stories and activities about snow people at Story Time on Thursday, January 23, at 10:30 AM.
January is International Creativity Month, so bring a creative craft or handwork project, use this time to work on it, and enjoy chatting with others on a cold afternoon when Hawkins Handcrafters meet on Thursday, January 23, 1 to 3 PM.
Despicable Me 2 is the movie on Wednesday, January 29.  Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. The movie starts at 1:15 PM, with popcorn.
Reading about monkeys will be silly and fun at Preschool Story Time on Thursday, January 30. The library has many monkey books to amuse children.
Getting cabin fever with this cold winter weather?  Remember there is coffee every Monday morning at 8 AM, and a jigsaw puzzle out and ready for you to work on. It’s always warm and friendly at the library.
Why rent movies when you can borrow them from the library? We have nearly 1,800 titles for children, teens, and adults, available at no charge for a week.
There is a great selection of sale books by authors with last names beginning with G, H, and I on the sale shelves. They are buy one, get one free in January.
The library has a UPS battery backup system with two batteries for sale.  Please stop at the library if you are interested.
Please consider applying to fill an unexpired term on the Hawkins Memorial Library Board of Trustees.  Applicants must reside inside the city limits of La Porte City.  This Board meets on the second Monday of the month at 6:00 PM.  Contact Hawkins Memorial Library or City Hall for an application, or email lpcclerk@netins.net.  Deadline for applications is January 31, 2014.

Steven Heinen Earns Masters Degree

Congratulations to Steven Heinen on his graduation from Indiana University in December 2013. Steven graduated with his Masters in Library and Information Science, with a specialization in archives and records management. He graduated from Union High School in 2004 and then served in the U.S. Army for four years, with a one year deployment to Iraq.

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