Democrat candidate Bill Bradley campaigned in western Iowa this weekend, talking about the upcoming World Trade Organizations meeting. Bradley says American workers who lose their jobs to cheaper labor overseas should get government-financed job training Bradley says environmental standards must be upheld in future trade negotiations. However, Bradley does favor expanded trade deals as a means to economic vitality for this country and others.Bradley campaigned in Sheldon and LeMars on Saturday and in Emmetsburg on Sunday.Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, a candidate for the Republican party’s presidential nomination, is in the state, talking trade, too. Hatch says it’s important to allow China into the World Trade Organizations. But Hatch says U-S foreign policy must be firm, particularly since the Chinese are on the verge of developing military technology which detects U-S stealth aircraftHatch has two speaking engagements this morning in Des Moines before leaving the state.
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It’s a scene from “Gulliver’s Travels” with an Iowa holiday twist — a shrunken village opens to the public today for its tenth season. Called “The Christmas Stroll,” the unusual world created by an elderly couple near the Hamilton County town of Stanhope is an intricately-detailed tiny town.Fern Carlson & her husband Varlen run the 1900s-era scale-model village and welcome visitors from all over the region to see the big dollhouses in the 15-building miniature city.The village began with one house that was a playhouse for the Carlson’s grandchildren — and continued to grow. Carlson says she feels a bit like a giant when walking through the village, which is populated by more than 100 mannequins all dressed in period winter clothing from a century ago.The village is now open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through January first. For more information, call (515) 826-4-FUN or surf to: www.countryrelicsvillage.comThe Iowa basketball team returns to action tomorrow by visiting Creighton. Iowa coach Steve Alford says Creighton is an experienced team.Alford says this will have a big game atmosphere.Alford says playing Missouri Valley teams on the road is a difficult challenge.
It’ll soon be much more dangerous to do go walking along Iowa’s roadways.This is the weekend we set our clocks back an hour, and statistics show thenumber of pedestrian fatalities will quadruple during November.Mike Erwin is spokesman for the Insurance Information Institute. He says thenumber of pedestrian deaths during daylight savings time is usually 25 orless each week nationwide, but it’s expected to hit 100 deaths a week duringstandard time. Erwin says Iowa drivers may need to use that “extra” hour of sleep they’llget Saturday night for the added edge to avoid getting in wrecks. The Iowa Fire Marshal’s Office recommends when people change their clocksback an hour to also change the batteries in their smoke detectors.
A U-S government task force has been assembled to examine Internet commerce — and whether to collect sales taxes for purchases made on-line. In a telephone conference call with Iowa reporters, Vice President Al Gore said he supports the current moratorium on charging sales tax on goods purchased on the Internet until negoitiators can come to an agreement.Gore says now’s not the time to slap a sales tax on Internet commerce.State governments collect sales taxes on purchases made in stores, but are NOT allowed to collect sales taxes from Internet retailers.
U-S Secretary of State Madeline Albright stopped in Cedar Rapids today on her way to the World Trade Organization talks in Seattle. Albright toured the Rockwell Collins plant to focus attention on the importance of trade to Iowa.Rockwell Collins does about 35-percent of its business in Foreign trade. Albright says the W-T-O is important in keeping trade doors open, although she says some will try to tell you otherwise.Albright also visited the National Czech and Slovack Museum in Cedar Rapids where she talked with farmers about their trade concerns.
Iowans may find themselves paying closer attention to where their food comes from under the “Field to Family Project.” The program is designed to build awareness of where food originates so consumers can make educated choices in the grocery aisles.Dr. Rick Foster is a vice president of the W-K Kellogg Foundation, which was set up by the cereal industry pioneer in 1930. He says the Kellogg Foundation helps fund programs like the Field to Family Project to add value to the farmer’s share of the food dollar. The project is focusing on the ready-to-eat markets of meats and vegetables by promoting meals that are all-Iowa produced. Foster, who is a Missouri Valley, Iowa native, says the menus in some establishments which offer such all-Iowa made meals list producers who grew the food and their hometowns.The Iowa Department of Economic Development is promoting “Taste of Iowa,” the state trademark being given to companies whose products are produced in the state. Sixty-five manufacturers are using the logo on their products, which has to be more than 51-percent grown, produced or manufactured in the state.
(Emmetsburg, IA) On the eve of what may be groundbreaking world trade talks, Democrat presidential candidate Bill Bradley Sunday said American workers who lose their jobs to cheaper labor in another country should get a government stipend if their new job pays less.
Bradley also supports expanded job training programs for workers thrown into unemployment by an overseas business relocation.
“So that people could learn more and therefore earn more,” Bradley said in an interview.
Bradley issued a three-page statement about the World Trade Organization and the protests of those who say expanding world trade is hurting the environment and workers. [Read more…]
The Northern Iowa women return to action tonight as they visit MIssouri-Kansas City in the U-M-K-C Thanksgiving Classic. U-N-I is 0-1 after a loss at Oklahoma State. Panther coach Tony Dicecco says the Oklahoma State game showed them things they need to work on.Butler and Arkansas State square off in the other first round game.
On this day after Thanksgiving, Most Iowans have the day off from school and work — providing a perfect opportunity for parents to talk to their kids about drugs. Today has been designated as “Talk Turkey Day” by Iowa’s Drug Czar Bruce Upchurch.Upchurch says the most important work in drug prevention doesn’t come in Congress or in the classroom, but around the dinner table.While talking about drugs isn’t a happy subject, Upchurch says parents need to make the move and open a frank discussion.Studies show kids who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are 36 percent less likely to smoke marijuana than those who didn’t have the talks. Also, most teens who rejected marijuana when offered it credit their parents for their decision over any other influence.
Today is billed as the biggest shopping day of the year and the official start of the holiday shopping season. With record low unemployment and a robust economy, one expert says Iowans will be spending more this holiday season.Iowa State University economist Ken Stone says the projected four-percent increase in sales would give Iowa retailers a 900-million dollar holiday season. Stone says big cities will benefit most.He says the picture isn’t as bright for smaller towns, which are hurting economically.Stone says a lot of you will likely buy new electronic gadgets.Stone says the holiday season has spread out a little more. He says many people already start to buy holiday items in October. He says December still remains the biggest holiday buying month.