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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

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By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

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By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

Immigration raid continues to impact Postville

By Lynda Waddington | 03.17.09 | 1:10 pm

The City of Postville will soon have a new mayor.

Three out of the city’s five city council members voted Monday night to accept the resignation of current Mayor Bob Penrod. Penrod, who had made an emotional and seemingly off-the-cuff verbal resignation last week during a discussion about a mobile phone device, had quietly expressed that he would be willing to continue to serve as mayor if those on the council refused his resignation.

On Monday morning, hours before the council met, it looked as if Penrod would continue as mayor. At least one of those who ultimately voted against retaining Penrod Monday night had expressed a desire to keep the man on until the end of his term.

When the vote was taken, members Jeff Reinhardt, Virginia Medberry and Milo Heins accepted Penrod’s resignation. Larry Moore and Ross Malcom, who is serving as interim mayor, voted against. There were no public comments made about why certain members had a change of heart.

City officials will publish a notice in the local newspaper that candidates are being sought for the post. Council plans to appoint a person to serve instead of paying roughly $3,500 for the cost of a special election.

Postville community radio station KPVL 89.1 FM, which has been the only local information source for residents in the wake of the May 2008 immigration raid, has been in the process of a massive fund drive for the past few days. Sources close to the station have indicated that the station is in make-or-break mode. Without unprecedented listener support, the station is likely to close in the near future.

The situation, which was recently detailed by reporter Nathaniel Popper for the Columbia Journalism Review, pits the board of the community radio station against Jeff Abbas, KPVL’s station manager.

The turning point for Abbas came the week after the raid, when he read the descriptions of child labor, abusive supervisors, and dishonest management in the government’s affidavit on the slaughterhouse. Abbas was outraged. When I interviewed him months later, he became animated as he recalled his awakening. “Every time I spent more than a few minutes with that affidavit, I became more incensed,” he said. “I couldn’t help but become outspoken.”

… It was Abbas’s decision to air an interview in late May, with a woman from Texas who was angry about the way the Rubashkins[, owners of the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant,] had treated her, that cause the first blow-back from Chaim Abrahams, then the president of KPVL’s board and also an executive at Agriprocessors.

Popper’s report documents how, as the influence of Abbas and KPVL increased, revenues declined. Abbas has worked most of the past few years without a regular paycheck, a situation that has resulted in him accepting government assistance in order to survive.

The Agriprocessors plant, Postville’s largest employer and site of last year’s raid, also continues to struggle. Limited poultry production has continued under Joseph Sarachek, a Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustee, and the plant sale is scheduled for March 23.

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Comments

  • TikvaWay

    The loss of Jeff at the radio station would be a serious loss for the community. People turned to him when they needed help because the “Mayor” was off elk hunting and couldn't give a hoot. BTW, What happeded with EB? She went in front of a Grand Jury last week. Has she gone back for more face time, or is she negotiating a plea deal?

    • http://www.iowaindependent.com LyndaWaddington

      There is nothing yet official from the feds regarding EB. Frankly, I'm as curious as you are on that one.

  • wandagb

    During the rise of communism we were mocked, “Capitalists will sell us the rope to hang them with.” Today it is leadership of Mexico and the Treason Lobby in Congress: “The stupid Americans will pay our workers to colonize them.”

    Everything you need to know about immigration and what to do about it humorously told.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBw1nUlf38I

    (Roy Beck and NumbersUSA are the “gumball” heroes)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7WJeqxuOfQ

  • TikvaWay

    The loss of Jeff at the radio station would be a serious loss for the community. People turned to him when they needed help because the “Mayor” was off elk hunting and couldn't give a hoot. BTW, What happeded with EB? She went in front of a Grand Jury last week. Has she gone back for more face time, or is she negotiating a plea deal?

  • wandagb

    During the rise of communism we were mocked, “Capitalists will sell us the rope to hang them with.” Today it is leadership of Mexico and the Treason Lobby in Congress: “The stupid Americans will pay our workers to colonize them.”

    Everything you need to know about immigration and what to do about it humorously told.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBw1nUlf38I

    (Roy Beck and NumbersUSA are the “gumball” heroes)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7WJeqxuOfQ

  • http://www.iowaindependent.com LyndaWaddington

    There is nothing yet official from the feds regarding EB. Frankly, I'm as curious as you are on that one.

  • TikvaWay

    The loss of Jeff at the radio station would be a serious loss for the community. People turned to him when they needed help because the “Mayor” was off elk hunting and couldn't give a hoot. BTW, What happeded with EB? She went in front of a Grand Jury last week. Has she gone back for more face time, or is she negotiating a plea deal?

  • wandagb

    During the rise of communism we were mocked, “Capitalists will sell us the rope to hang them with.” Today it is leadership of Mexico and the Treason Lobby in Congress: “The stupid Americans will pay our workers to colonize them.”

    Everything you need to know about immigration and what to do about it humorously told.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBw1nUlf38I

    (Roy Beck and NumbersUSA are the “gumball” heroes)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7WJeqxuOfQ

  • http://www.iowaindependent.com LyndaWaddington

    There is nothing yet official from the feds regarding EB. Frankly, I'm as curious as you are on that one.

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