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Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
Wind Advisory in effect until 9:00 AM CST on Thursday for Buena Vista County and 9 other counties in Iowa
Author on Buddy Holly case (01/26/15)
I am a writer/researcher who has been studying and writing about Buddy Holly's ill-fated 1959 Winter Dance Party tour for over twenty years. I have published three books on the tour on which Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and pilot Roger Peterson from Alta, Iowa were killed...Entitled "Dancing As If There's No Tomorrow," these three books have taken a hard look at the Dance Party shows sequentially by tour date. ...
Keep Buddy Holly crash investigation alive (01/26/15)
In response to your story "Could new investigation clear Buddy Holly pilot?" (www.stormlakepilottribune.com/story/2158033.html): I was the emcee of the Winter Dance Party in 1959. It was only two years ago that my wife and I were able to bring ourselves to visit the crash site... and even then we shed some tears! I agree 100% that the investigation be re-opened. AND...what could not be addressed back because no one knew enough about it to explore the possibility... "wind sheer."...
Two things missing from Raccoon River lawsuit meetings (01/22/15)
I just spent two days in Sac, BV and Calhoun counties. I attended Bill Northey's three presentations. Board members Melinda Coogan, Sara Thompson, Liz Blessington and past board member Kenny Bentsen also attended some of the sessions. Bill Northey did as good a job as could be expected. ...
Comparing Farm Bureau to KKK? (01/20/15)
Recently Tom Fiegen, a possible challenger to me for the Senate Democratic nomination, made a disturbing comment on his Facebook Page. In response to a Des Moines Register article, he said: "Farm Bureau is the environmental equivalent of the Klu (sp) Klux Klan." I have the utmost respect for the Iowa Farm Bureau, and completely renounce the comparison by Mr. Fiegen as not representative of the Democratic Party or hopefully the ultimate nominee...
Marriage and voices (01/20/15)
On Friday the Supreme Court announced it will take up same sex marriage. While marriage equality has gained attention in recent years, the movement is older than many Americans realize. During slavery, African American couples were barred from marriage. ...
Schools on wing and a prayer (01/20/15)
The Iowa State Education Association's (ISEA) priorities for Iowa students have always been clear. Every student, regardless of ZIP code is entitled to a secure, healthy and robust educational environment so they are able to learn. This means funding must be adequate, equitable and sustainable and 6 percent State Supplemental Aid (SSA) for the FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18 school years is absolutely necessary to meet this goal...