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To the Editor – Emily Blomme

To the Editor:
Did you know more Americans now die from drug overdoses than car crashes? It is a startling and deadly statistic. Of these deaths, 60 percent were due to the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs – making them more deadly than illicit drugs like cocaine and heroin.
Iowa is not immune to this trend. Improper use of prescription medicines is the fastest-growing form of substance abuse in Iowa.
During the last decade, the number of Iowans age 12 or older treated for prescription painkiller abuse has increased 250 percent, and overdoses due to pain medicines such as Oxycontin have increased 1,200 percent.
Why are Iowa teens misusing and abusing prescription drugs? According to the 2012 national PATS study, teens are more apt to abuse prescription medicines than illicit drugs for a few reasons. Only 14 percent of parents warn teens about prescription drugs when they have “the alcohol and drug talk.” And, four in 10 teens who have misused or abused prescription drugs say they took them from their parent’s medicine cabinet.
Iowa Medicine TLC is a new kind of “TLC” I encourage all parents to give their teens. Iowa Medicine TLC stands for Talk, Lock and Connect.
Talk to your teens about the dangers of prescription and over-the-counter drug misuse and abuse. Lock up these medicines and properly dispose of them. Connect with the Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center (ISAIC) at IowaMedicineTLC.org, or call 866-242-4111, to learn how you can help prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse.
Emily Blomme, Program Manager
Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Weich, Mossman Earn Junior Achievement Scholarship

Taking The Challenge – Union students who participated in the JA Titan Challenge, from left: Jade Handley, Nicole Krafka, Nick Weich and Drake Mossman. Photo by Valerie Warren.
Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa’s 4th annual  JA Titan Challenge, presented by Kinze Manufacturing, was held Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Hawkeye Community College. This day-long competition placed high school juniors and seniors in the CEO seat to help increase their understanding of business while competing for market share and in the end, college scholarships.
Scholarship winners for first place were Shane Becker and Brett Frost from Don Bosco High School. The team was mentored by Bart Schmitz of John PappaJohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Northern Iowa. Each of these students received a $1,500 scholarship for post-secondary education to the college or university of their choice. Members of the second place team were Drake Mossman and Nicholas Weich from Union High School. Each of these students received a $750 scholarship for post-secondary education. The second place team was mentored by Stasri Siravuri of Veridian Credit Union.
Teams of two spent the day using Junior Achievement’s JA Titan™simulation program to make key decisions while managing and operating their own virtual business. Companies (teams) were challenged to outperform the competition in profit, sales, and market share with the support of a volunteer mentor.
Sponsors for the event include, Regional Presenting Sponsor: Kinze Manufacturing; Scholarship Sponsors: Schumacher Elevator Company and The VGM Group; and Team Sponsor: Northwestern Mutual.
In kind sponsors included Crossroads Hy-Vee, Panera Bread, and Hawkeye Community College.
For more information on the results of this competition and to learn more about Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa, visit www.JAEasternIowa.org.

City’s Recycling Pickup to Change in December

The combination of an increase in materials recycled by the citizens of La Porte City and new recycling containers provided by the City will result in a permanent change in the schedule for curbside recycling pickup. This change goes into effect on December 1.
Residents who have garbage pickup on Mondays and Wednesdays will continue to have their recycling picked up on the first and third Thursday of each month. For the month of December, the recycling pickup days for these residents will be December 5th and December 19th.
Residents who have garbage pickup on Fridays will now have their recycling picked up on the second and fourth Thursday each month. For the month of December, recycling for these residents will be collected on December 12th and December 24th. Please note: Because of the Christmas holiday, the recycling that would normally be picked up on December 26th (fourth Thursday), will be collected two days earlier on the 24th.
Copies of the 2014 recycling schedule have been sent to all residents as part of their November utility billing.

Classifieds – November 27, 2013

Position Available: Secretary (Administrative Assistant). Dysart United Methodist Church of Dysart is seeking a part-time secretary (administrative assistant). The position is for 15-20 hours/week, working 4/5 days/week. The Secretary (Administrative Assistant) is responsible for the operation of the church office. Duties include data entry, preparation and printing of weekly bulletins and the monthly newsletter, preparing mailings, serving as receptionist for visitors to the building, answering phone calls and email, scheduling building use, providing secretarial assistance to the pastor and volunteers, and various other clerical duties.
We are a warm and welcoming congregation, and we are looking for someone who projects a positive image for our church. The Secretary (Administrative Assistant) needs to be flexible, resourceful, professional, organized and able to keep confidentiality. Applicants should have excellent writing, computer, and communication skills. Accuracy and attention to detail is required. The Secretary (Administrative Assistant) works as part of the ministry team. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid holidays, vacation, and leave days.  To apply, send a letter of application and resume along with three references to Rev. Linda M. Butler, pastor, at pastorlindabutler@gmail.com. Applications only accepted via email. If you have any questions, you may contact Rev. Butler at the same email. For  a detailed job description go to http://dysartum.squarespace.com. Applications will be reviewed after November 24 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure consideration, please submit applications before this day.
Current Openings at La Porte City Nursing & Rehab Center: Full-Time Charge Nurse. Prefer an Experienced LPN or RN with Strong Leadership Skills. RN Tuition Reimbursement, Advancement Opportunities, Pay Commensurate with Experience, Excellent Benefit Package, Strong survey history including deficiency-free in 2013, Reputation for high quality care in the Cedar Valley, Director of Nursing 20+ years of experience, 46 bed SNF/NF facility, 14 miles south of Waterloo
Certified Nursing Assistants–$300 sign on bonus, Full or Part Time. We also have the following Part-Time Positions: Activity Assistant, Dietary Aide, Laundry/Housekeeping Assistant. Get paid for your experience, Excellent Benefit Package, LPN/RN Tuition Assistance, Holiday, Vacation, & Sick Pay, All Positions include every other weekend. Apply in person at 1100 Hwy 218 North, La Porte City or online at
www.careinititiatives.org Interviews will take place on the same day you come in to apply for your convenience; call Pam or Bert at (319) 342-2125 for more information.  (AA/EOE)
Carpenters- Looking for experience in wood & metal frame, form building, drywall, and trim. Need to have a valid D/L and dependable transportation. We have multiple projects going on around the state. 515-251-4998 (INCN)
TanTara Transportation is now hiring OTR Company Flatbed Drivers and Owner Operators. Competitive Pay and Home Time. Call us @ 800-650-0292 or apply online at
www.tantara.us (INCN)
Best lease purchase in the USA, 99¢/gal. fuel program, newest tractors & trailers available anywhere.  Top pay, medical insurance program, good miles Hirschbach 888-514-6005
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Class A CDL Drivers Wanted! Iowa Based Dedicated Customer Account, Consistent Home-Time, Excellent Pay ($55-60K annually) and Benefit Package! Call 800-397-8132 or apply online
www.drivejtc.com (INCN)
Drivers: CDL-A Train and work for us! Professional, focused CDL training available. Choose Company Driver, Owner Operator, Lease Operator or Lease Trainer. (877) 369-7895
www.CentralTruckDrivingJobs.com (INCN)
“Partners in Excellence” OTR Drivers APU Equipped Pre-Pass EZ-pass passenger policy. 2012 & Newer equipment. 100% NO touch. Butler Transport 1-800-528-7825 www.butlertransport.com (INCN)
This classified spot for sale. Advertise your product or recruit an applicant in over 250 Iowa newspapers! Only $300/week. Call this paper or 800-227-7636
www.cnaads.com (INCN)

Meditations – November 27, 2013

By Christopher Simon
The Greatest Is Love
“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”    ~1 John 4:12
Whether we consider love to be a commandment or a spiritual gift, it is clear that it is to be given priority over everything else. When Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment is, he says to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22: 37-39)
Although Paul speaks of love as a spiritual gift rather than as a commandment, it is clear that he also gives priority to love: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13: 13)
It is really quite simple. Our overriding duty is to love: to love God and our fellow man. This is, however, sometimes very difficult, as people are not always lovable, and we don’t always know quite how to love God, but that is first and foremost what we are called to do. All the great men and women of history have been great lovers, people whose capacity to love was seemingly endless. So love always and everywhere and banish fear and hatred, those two great enemies of love, from your life.


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