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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 4, 2016
Candidate endorsement

Vote Barbara Kistler for extension council

Nov 04, 2016

To the editor:

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach offers research-based programming for Jefferson County, using your tax dollars to pay for the programs, salaries and overhead. In the past year, the amount of programming has decreased alarmingly.

Programs that were offered last year include: Orchid Workshop, How-to-grow-your-own-Ginger, Harvest Cookery, Master Gardener/Horticulture Programs, Pick A Better Snack, Scholarship Workshop, Bee Keeping, NEST Parenting Classes, Cooking for a Crowd, Beginning Canning, and many more.

Your tax dollars were put to good use before 2016. The ISU Extension Program Catalog has hundreds of programs available for all the people of Jefferson County, but the present council will not spend the money to facilitate these programs, unless it is a free Agriculture program. Although agriculture is the root and base of Extension, there are so many more programs that can be offered. As a former employee of Extension, my wife Barbara Kistler knows the value of the Extension organization to all citizens of Jefferson County, not just rural, but the urban community as well.

There is no longer a newsletter because the council felt it was too expensive to print/mail this material. In the past, a six-page/two-sided newsletter was mailed/emailed monthly and was full of research-based information ranging from agriculture to eating healthy to GMO research to lawn/garden information, child care and upcoming programming/registration information.

So, no programming. No newsletter. On what is the Extension Council spending your money? Barb wants to find out!

There are two incumbents vying for re-election again this year. As The Ledger reported last week, these two are Jeanette Lacey and Dan Delaney. They have had four years to steer the ship. It’s time for a new direction and more forward thinking programming. There are six others, including my wife, who want a chance to spend our tax dollars in a more responsible manner. She is the only candidate who lives in town. With her experience as a former employee, she knows what programs are available through Extension and wants to make sure the Jefferson County community utilizes all information available.

 

– Bob Kistler, Fairfield

 

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