giving doesnít stop at Christmas.
People are still digging deep
to help the less fortunate in
these troubled times. The Des
Moines Salvation Armyís Red Kettle
campaign raised more than $620,000
this holiday season. The campaign
was running behind its $600,000
goal when the bells stopped ringing
on Christmas Eve, but a large
number of gifts were received
after Christmas as the direct-mail
portion of the campaign ran through
Jan. 15. All the money donated
to the local campaign is to stay
in Des Moines. The 2007 Red Kettle
campaign generated more than $681,000,
but this yearís goal was lowered
to $600,000 due to concerns with
the national economy.
Those too lazy to buy a new TV
with a digital tuner, or those
who arenít in a position financially,
may have more time to prepare
for the digital TV switch on Feb.
17 as President-elect Barack Obama
is urging Congress to postpone
the switch. The Obama administration
wants to delay the change because
the Commerce Department has run
out of money for coupons to subsidize
digital TV converter boxes for
consumers. And the new money is
coming from where?
there any way we can keep this
guy off the road? Andre Norvell
Moses was arrested last week and
charged with driving while his
license was suspended, revoked
or barred. But thatís not the
entire story. This is the fifth
time since 2005 that Moses has
been charged with the crime. Since
2005 Moses has been charged with
driving without insurance, driving
while intoxicated, driving with
an open container and failure
to obey a traffic control device,
among other charges. Police stated
Moses was driving a vehicle at
a high rate of speed when he was
apprehended. The majority of people
who get busted for O.W.I. are
required to have a breathalyzer
to start their car, so why hasnít
something been initiated to stop
this guy? When the next accident
happens and the other driver has
no license or insurance, youíll
be wondering the same question.
Maybe itís too much for people
to realize that the country is
in the midst of an economic meltdown.
State union employees are asking
Iowa taxpayers to increase their
salaries by 5 to 10 percent in
each of the next two years. Wait.
Hold on. Stop everything. Isnít
this the same state where Gov.
Chet Culver is making budget cuts
like itís his job (no pun intended),
and state departments are facing
massive shortfalls? We realize
this is all bargaining, but with
an average salary for executive
branch employees at $49,762 ó
approximately $15,000 higher than
the Iowa average salary ó state
union employees are simply out
of touch. Increases in sick and
vacation time, double salary for
overtime and adding Christmas
Eve as a paid holiday are ridiculous.
On Dec. 29, Culver said it would
be unlikely that state employees
would receive a raise this year.
We hope Culver is a man of his
word and wonít increase salaries
one penny for these greed mongers.
there is not a designated area
in town to pick up a prostitute,
people looking to get their jollies
off will always find a way. And
the Internet has become a powerful
tool. Shameeka Huber was arrested
last week at the Econo Lodge Inn
and Suites, 4755 Merle Hay Road,
after she offered to have sex
with an undercover officer for
$150. Investigators stated Huber
used an alias and advertised ďerotic
servicesĒ on the Web site, Craigslist.com.
In 2008, 56 people (42 women,
14 men) were arrested for prostitution,
10 of those were from online cases
(which doubled the number from
2007). Last February, during a
prostitution sting by Des Moines
Police, multiple charges were
filed against six men and a woman
who used all used online ads.
Even pimps seem to be out of work.
More and more jobs are disappearing,
and nobody seems immune to the
cuts. Meredith Corp. announced
last week they would be eliminating
250 jobs, with 90 of those cuts
happening in Des Moines. They
intended to cease publication
of Country Home magazine after
its March 2009 issue, due to the
bad economy and continually declining
advertising revenue. Last year,
Country Home magazine reported
a circulation of 1.2 million readers.
In October, the company cited
declining ad revenues and announced
an 8 percent drop in revenue and
a 44 percent drop in profits for
the quarter that ended on Sept.
30. Now where will all the blue
hairs get their chicken dinner
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