We Will Never Forget

September 11, 2001, was a day that we will all remember.  This was a day when Americans of all colors and stripes stood together in the wake of an attack on a scale not seen in our country since Pearl Harbor.  Today, we remember where we were and what we were doing on that fateful day.

Tara Vonnahme:  I was at work in Tampa, FL, a short distance away from where President Bush was visiting a local school and by the Middle Eastern hub for the US military.  My only child at the time was in preschool on the other side of the city. So it was absolute panic getting to her with fighter jets flying closely overhead.

Matt Vonnahme:  I was in my 4th week of boot camp for the Marine Corps in San Diego, CA.  We were training outside when we noticed planes stopped taking off at the airport that our base shared a fence with.  Our instructors brought us all into an auditorium, gave us a 5 minute speech of what happened, and we didn’t hear a word about it for the next 2 months.

Jacquelyn Johnson: I was walking down my stairs holding my baby when the news broke.  I was in law school getting ready to drop off my child at daycare and leave for class.  I remember being horrified at the images I was seeing and then that quickly turned into anger after it was clear this was being done on purpose.

Gretchen Cooper: I was in law school at USD.  I had just left Property class and noticed a lot of people in the lounge watching the news. When I walked up, everyone was so still they looked like statues.  Looking at the TV, I understood why.  There were no words.

Lisa Cornell: I was working at the county clerk’s office. After the news broke, we all stopped work and our eyes were glued to the television. It was hard to move as our hearts sank for all those affected.

Amber Munoz:  I was working nights at the time, so when I woke up at home, the news had already broke.  At first I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  I didn’t think something like this could happen to us.

South Dakota Still Getting Iowa Traffic Camera Tickets

2640 photo tickets have been issued to South Dakota residents since the beginning of 2015.  Last year, South Dakota lawmakers prohibited their state’s DMV from releasing information to cities looking to issue automated tickets to residents.  Sioux City is one of the cites that is continuing with it’s traffic camera citations.  The courts have been weighing in on the practice of issuing tickets via cameras.

For more information:

http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/47/4763.asp

Solveigh Stopped By To See Us Yesterday!

Solveigh, fresh off her 9 second knockout on Saturday, stopped by the office yesterday in between interviews.  She is now 2-0 in cage fights, but it’s school that she is most focused on at the moment.  She will be starting her senior year at Hinton this month where she is a honor student who made clear on KMEG last night how important her education is to her.  Solveigh is a class act and we are very happy to sponsor and support her.

For her interview with the Le Mars Daily Sentinel:

http://www.lemarssentinel.com/story/2218537.html

Should the Supreme Court Have Retention Elections?

Writs of Injunction

After some found the recent gay marriage and Obamacare rulings undesirable, there has been a new push launched to have retention votes for the Supreme Court of the United States.  This is a practice adopted by many states including Iowa.  In 2010, after the Iowa Supreme Court found that limiting marriage to heterosexuals was unconstitutional, three Justices were voted out of office.

The danger of politicizing the Judicial Branch of government is the reality that the Justices will be susceptible to public opinion instead of only relying on their judgment.  Justices will have to run for reelection.  Would Justices appointed to uphold the Constitution be in a better place to do that if they had to worry about being reelected?  It would be hard to justify it would not affect their rulings. Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed by George W. Bush, is no friend to liberals, but with his last two decisions, he’s no friend to conservatives lately either.

For more information:
http://www.texastribune.org/2015/07/02/analysis-retention-elections-supreme-court/