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Fitzgerald: Win $1,000 College Savings Account at State Fair

Treasurer Fitzgerald Encourages State Fair Visitors to Register to Win a $1,000 College Savings Iowa Account
State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald wants Iowa State Fair visitors to stop by the College Savings Iowa booth and register for a chance to win a College Savings Iowa account for their child or grandchild.
“Be sure to make a stop at our booth in the Varied Industries Building and register to win $1,000 towards a college education for a special child,” Fitzgerald said.
Treasurer Fitzgerald encourages families to start saving for college as soon as possible. “Saving ahead of time may reduce a need to borrow to cover educational expenses, which can help families get through college with less debt,” Fitzgerald added. “Even a small amount of money, invested regularly over time, can grow into a substantial sum.”
College Savings Iowa is designed to provide families a tax-advantaged way to save money for their children’s higher education. It only takes $25 to open an account, and anyone – parents, grandparents, friends and relatives – can invest in College Savings Iowa on behalf of a child. Participants who are Iowa taxpayers can deduct contributions up to $3,163 per beneficiary from their 2015 adjusted gross income, and there are no income or residency restrictions.* Earnings grow tax free and investors can withdraw their investment federally and Iowa state tax-free to pay for qualified higher education expenses including tuition, books, supplies and certain room and board costs at any eligible college, university, community college or accredited technical training school in the United States or abroad.**
Saving for a child’s education is always a smart investment, and College Savings Iowa is here to help. For more information about College Savings Iowa, visit CollegeSavingsIowa.com or call 1-888-672-9116. You can also connect with the plan on Facebook and Twitter (@Iowa529Plan) to stay up to date on current giveaways and events.
For more information about the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan, call 888-672-9116 or visit www.collegesavingsiowa.com to obtain a Program Description. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information are included in the Program Description; read and consider it carefully before investing.
*Adjusted annually for inflation. If withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income.
**Earnings on non-qualified withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.

View Point: Celebrating Medicare’s 50th – August 5, 2015

By Janice Laue, President
Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans
July 30, 2015, saw the 50th birthday of Medicare, a program that is a cornerstone of retirement security in America. This landmark occasion is the perfect time to examine the legacy of the program and reflect upon the positive impact it has had on the lives and health of our nation’s retirees.
Before President Johnson signed Medicare into law in 1965, growing older often meant poverty and illness. Only half of our nation’s seniors had health insurance. While some retirees received health coverage through union contracts, millions more faced premiums as much as three times that paid by younger workers. Insurance was a luxury that many seniors simply couldn’t afford.
Older Americans were often faced with a choice between protecting their health and protecting their savings. Would they risk poverty or go without treatment altogether? An estimated one in four retirees used to go without necessary care due to cost concerns. Around one in three seniors lived out their older years in poverty. Many were forced to lean on friends and family to provide care and financial support during times of illness.
After Medicare was signed into law on July 30, 1965, retired workers, regardless of income or health history, had guaranteed health coverage for the first time. Today, seniors across the country are able to see a doctor and fill a prescription because of the Medicare program. Medicare has been so successful that today’s seniors are more likely to have health coverage than any other segment of the population.
The success of the Medicare program is clear. It has vastly improved the quality of life for millions of older Americans. It has kept millions of seniors from being thrown into poverty by the high cost of medical bills. In fact, the poverty rate for seniors has gone down by 75% since Medicare was signed into law. Medicare provides a critical lifeline that protects the health and economic security of our nation’s seniors and their families.
Today, this lifeline is under attack. Some politicians in Washington are pushing to dismantle the Medicare program and roll back the clock 50 years. They want to cut Medicare benefits for seniors, funnel money into the pockets of private insurance companies, and put an end to Medicare’s guaranteed coverage.
The Alliance for Retired Americans is celebrating Medicare’s 50th birthday by bringing attention to its great success and informing current and future seniors on threats to the program. We will educate seniors on the candidates’ positions in the 2016 elections and debunk the misinformation spread by corporate-backed lobby groups, politicians, and commentators.

On Safari in South Africa

On Safari in South Africa, Part III
By Dave Stueve
Fourth in a Series
Editor’s Note: Dave Stueve, owner and operator of La Porte City’s archery pro shop, Double Lung Archery, is a booking agent for Infinito Sarafis, located in South Africa. His partnership with Charl van Rooyen, Infinito Safaris’ owner, outfitter, as well as a professional hunter, has paved the way for dozens of area hunters to pursue the hunt of a lifetime on the other side of the globe. Last month, Stueve was joined by four clients for the hunt of a lifetime. Last week: Working well together as a team, Dave helps client Ben claim a second impala.
Day Six
I am up early even though I am not hunting today. I spend a little time out by the fire before everyone else is up. No wake up rounds for me today, as Ben and Becky are headed to Kruger National Park with Erika and the two rifle hunters. I have breakfast with David, Girard, Tanner, Isaak and Gawie and see them off for their day of hunting. Soon, Erika, Becky and Ben are ready to head out as well. I wave goodbye to them and head back in to my computer to find the wi-fi is out! Arrrrggggg! Charl left hours ago for Petoria, Chef Seeba tries to figure it out to no avail. Well, back to the old fashioned way, pen and paper, I get caught up with my writing, practice with my bow some more and take another nap (that’s two days in a row!)
About 3:30 the rifle hunters roll back into camp. Great day! Girard got his Black Wildebeest and Springbuck; David got his Blesbuck. Had a late lunch with them, Cape Buffalo burgers and chips (fries). Yummmmm! We went to the skinning shed to check out their animals as they told me about their hunt.
As darkness fell, Charl returned from his long day, seven hours drive time wrapped around a 3-4 hour meeting. Being a professional hunter and outfitter isn’t ALL fun and games. He and I get together to talk some “business.” It’s funny, sort of, that we have so much fun doing what we do and get along so well, sometimes we have to remind ourselves this is a business! We make some decisions about an additional vehicle for Charl and Erika to use while they are traveling in the USA doing the big Safari Club International shows and, of course, making their annual visit to La Porte City. They are tired of all the flights and prefer to drive. It will be cheaper in the long run as well. So I am tasked with finding the right FORD for them to drive over here. Charl already has conceded that it will have to be a FORD, not a Toyota.
Everyone turns in early, again. Girard is going home tomorrow. David is done with his hunt and can take it easy tomorrow, as he got all the animals he came for. Charl, Gawie and I are going hunting a Giraffe.
Day Seven
Okay, so this is the most controversial part of the hunt and the hardest chapter for me to write. I am going after a giraffe bull today. They are a big game animal, just like any other, but for some reason, there are people who take issue with hunting them. Personally, I do not get it, but it is what it is. To me, hunting a giraffe is no different than hunting an Elk, a Deer, a Kudu etc.; all of which, in my opinion, are much more beautiful than a giraffe. Like all game animals, they need to be managed to keep their populations in proper proportions. Giraffe are not endangered. They are quite plentiful and are excellent to eat. Yes, you can eat a giraffe and we do.
The property we will be hunting has 25-30,000 acres and it has too many bull giraffes to maintain a healthy herd environment. Of the nearly 70 giraffe on the property, there are only three bulls we are allowed to hunt, two of which need to be taken to maintain a healthy ecosystem.
FAIR WARNING: If you do not want to know about a giraffe hunt, please read no further.
Not only is the property we are hunting big, it is beautiful land, complete with a mountain range running through it. There are wide open grassy areas, narrow, rugged ravines, lots of strange short trees and TONS of animals! We arrive and pick up Ann, who is one of the Game Scouts for this property. She is going along to make positive identification of the bulls we are allowed to hunt. One of the three has already been shot, so we are trying to locate the two remaining bulls and then get close enough for a bow shot. No easy task, as I am about to find out!
We drive through the property and the second group of animals we see contains one of the bulls. He is about 80 yards from the truck, but of course, they decide to make a run for it! Giraffe, when they run, hardly look like they are trying at all but, boy, do they cover the ground quickly! We decide drive around and try to get within stalking range. About a mile away, we see them, bunched up in some trees. Charl, Gawie and I leave the truck and head out into the thick, thorny bush. We slip and slide our way through a couple deep ravines and close the distance to about 1/8 of a mile when, suddenly, a herd of Blue Wildebeest take off out of the tall grass, running right at the giraffe, spooking them. Foiled! We make the walk back to the truck to devise a new plan.
We drive to other end of the property and locate the other Bull. He is in the tall grass, about knee to waist high, among small patches of short trees we plan to use for cover. The ground is littered with big rocks, about the size of a person’s head, hiding in the grass just waiting to cause a trip and fall. Fortunately, none of us fell, but we did have to move slowly and carefully. The rocks don’t appear to hamper the giraffes any, as another stalk attempt ends when they walk away from our hiding spot under a thorny tree.
Throughout the day, we see plenty of other game animals, including Cape Buffalo. Weighing in at up to 1,800 pounds, we are definitely hoping NOT to run into any of them. Fortunately, none crossed our path, though we did see some fantastic Sable, Kudu, Tsessebe, Black Impala, Blue Wildebeest. This is a land rich with game, for sure.
We make another attempt to stalk the second bull. Through the trees we go, closing the distance yard by yard. I want to get within 30-35 yards or less. With their heads like periscopes, looking in all directions, yep, they bust us! I’m thinking I need a tree stand, about 40 feet up, to get the height advantage on these critters!
Time to take a break and head back to camp for some lunch. Chef Seeba has cheesy Kudu sausages ready for us and after we eat, we head back down the road to try to find the first bull we went after this morning.
It is hot out now. Probably about 75 degrees. Charl has a new plan! We are going to try to trick the bull into thinking another bull is invading his space. Perhaps you’ve seen people do this when hunting moose by using a canoe paddle to simulate moose horns. They waddle, holding the paddle out to the side of their head like moose antlers while making moose calls. So, we are going to use a pair of shooting sticks turned upside down and walk along, close rank, single file, while Charl makes giraffe sounds! Absolutely, the funniest thing I have ever seen in Africa! I was dying laughing inside, I think, as we got closer to the bull. I think I even heard him laugh a little! It did almost work! The bull stood there, watching us close the distance, little by little. We used the ravines to our advantage, slipping in and out of view of the bull as we worked our way toward him, all the while Charl holding the sticks above his head, pointing up like antennas. We zigged, we zagged, down a ravine, up a ravine, all while staying within inches of each other. With us walking as one, the slippery dusty soil, the rocks and me laughing inside so hard I am amazed we didn’t all end up in a pile at the bottom of each ravine we went thru! Gawie got plenty of footage of our backsides! Well, we got to about 60 yards and the jig was up. The bull just turned a little and disappeared off into the trees.
Our next plan was to try to get the truck between the bull and his cows. Several attempts later, yeah, that’s not working either. Back to stalking. We get a couple more stalks in, all with the same result, before calling it a day at about 5 PM. We drop Ann off at the main gate and head back to our camp. Chef Seeba has another great meal for us. Camp seems a little empty tonight, as Girard has gone home and Ben, Becky and Erika are at Kruger National Park. David (Grandpa) is the only client in camp! After dinner, we spend some time at the fire. Our hunt is almost done. Tomorrow is the final hunting day. Dang! It’s always over too soon. I do a little computer work and try to sleep. I check and recheck my gear, make sure my camera batteries are charged, check available space on my camera card, sleep a little. Next thing I know my alarm is going off, time to get up! Our final day in South Africa is here.
 
Next Week: In the final installment, will Dave and Charl be successful in their efforts to take a giraffe?

Classifieds – August 5, 2015

FOR SALE
Union Community School is accepting sealed bids for the sale of 1998 Ford Van 4.2L V6 –197,199 miles (approx.), newer brakes, tires, battery and starter. Sold as is and may be seen at the La Porte City Bus Barn. Bids will be accepted in the District Office located at 200 Adams, La Porte City until noon on August 10, 2015. Board may accept or deny any or all bids. Contact Michael Stanford, Transportation Director, at 319-342-3286 for any questions. 30-2-c
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Meditations – August 5, 2015

By Christopher Simon
Walk or Drive? What Would Jesus Do?
It is encouraging that fewer teenagers are learning how to drive, or are putting off learning until somewhat later, when their judgment is probably much better. Many cities and towns are making their streets safer and more convenient for walking, riding a bicycle or using public transportation. Perhaps in the future many of
us won’t need to own a car to get around.
Driving safely and cooperatively with the other people on the road says a lot about your character. I have often wondered if Jesus was around today whether he would drive a car, or perhaps ride a bike, or just stick to walking. The New Testament portrays Jesus as frequently walking, and scholars
have estimated that Jesus may have walked over 20,000 miles in his 33 years on earth. The one instance where he rides (Matthew 21) has him riding on a colt (or perhaps a donkey) into Jerusalem—a pretty humble ride for the King of Kings.
Perhaps Pope Francis is right in his choice of vehicles, a used 1984 Renault which was donated to the Vatican. No need to be driving anything too fancy.
And regardless of what kind of car we drive, we should all follow the rules of the road and be extra cautious around motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, all of whom are imperiled by careless drivers. So buckle up, keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your head out of your apps!

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