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April 1st

Mildred Smith

Mildred Ann Smith, 76, of Port Isabel, Texas, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Harlingen, Texas. 
“Milly” was born in Parkston, S.D. on March 22, 1938. She was born in her home to Albert and Matilda (Werning) Juhnke. Milly married Curt Smith on April 6, 1958, in Clayton, S.D., and they were married for 57 years. She attended the University of South Dakota for two years and then went on to Pierre, S.D. to nursing school. Milly was recognized as a Special House Mother at Sigma Phi Epsalon House and Beta Chapter at Iowa State University. 

Loren Siems

Loren Fredrick Siems, 75, of Fairfax, died Friday, March 20, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospital. Services took place Friday, March 27, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, followed by burial in Shueyville Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday, March 26, at Brosh Chapel. 

Mildred Campion

Mildred A. “Millie” Campion, 86, longtime resident of this area died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the Lantern Park Nursing and Rehab Center in Coralville.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 31, at Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Services in Iowa City, followed by burial at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation was Monday, March 20, at the funeral home.

Dorothy Bowman

Dorothy Gleva Bowman, 90, of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday, March 19, 2015, at the Hiawatha Care Center. Celebration of Life services took place Wednesday, March 25, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, followed by a time of fellowship in The Avacentre. Private family inurnment will be at a later date at Cedar Memorial Cemetery. 

Room for disagreement

Is there such a thing as being too civil?

Is there such a thing as being too civil?
I argue there can be too much civility when it comes to boards of government officials elected to represent a wide range of constituents.
Once, someone I highly respected told me we should value those who ask hard questions and don’t accept easy answers. (Shamefully, I can’t remember who offered this maxim, but I repeat it frequently, yet fail to attribute it. Please, if this sage advice belongs to you, come forward and let me recognize and thank you.)

April fool!

Food For Thought

My mother used the same April fool prank every year– and I always fell for it. She’d come bustling into my room, full of her usual, early-morning energy and sing out, “Time to get up. And dress warm. It snowed in the night!”
I’d struggle up out of the depths of my deep sleep, totally unaware of what day it was, and squint toward the window, seeing nothing but sky and a few bare tree branches. With the fog beginning to clear in my brain, I tried to remember if it was a school day. Did I have to get up so early, or could I just acknowledge the news and go back to sleep?