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One of the things Iowans love most about the state is the Iowa State Fair. (Photo courtesy of Iowa State Fair)
Gary April 27, 2014 at 07:01 am
Yes, we enjoy the change in seasons and the beauty that these changes bring. Yes, this past WinterRead More was very cold with many windchills below zero, but Spring is now here and the grass is turning green, flowers and trees are starting starting to bloom. I for one think Iowa is truly an outstanding place to live. People are friendly and many have a good work ethic also.
Dan Austin April 27, 2014 at 08:43 am
Yes I agree...We have beautiful autumns and a perfect blend of every season. The cost of living isntRead More bad, and at least where I live ( Norwalk ) the crime rate is so low its hardly worth mentioning...I have friends on FaceBook that brag up the state they live in but you will never get me to live anywhere else but Iowa...My home state.....:-)
Kurt B. April 27, 2014 at 09:11 am
As one who has lived in several other states, I would say that Iowa is a great place to live.Read More However, several of the other places I have lived I would also rate as great places. Of all the places I lived, would I rate Iowa as the best ? No. It would probably be # 2. The general lack of crime here is definitely a great thing, but the schools and the tax situation are two things that I see needing attention. We always pride ourselves on the great schools here, and I agree ... they are good. But, not great. And we need to get the politicians to whittle down on the tax burden in this state. Property taxes are the highest I have experienced anywhere and income taxes are a little on the high side. Climate is not the best here, but we have so many snowbirds here that any survey would likely get pretty high ratings, since they are not even here for 3 - 5 months of winter. The other thing that we need to keep an eye on is the pollution of our water systems. To see Big Creek and other places around Iowa being closed for part of the summer due to bacteria ....... something is wrong.
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D Penta April 15, 2014 at 04:29 pm
It says Around Town but the headline is UTAH. Utah is not near Natick!! I think everyone should notRead More open an article on Patch unless they see their town's name in the headline. So If it doesn't say Natick, then we all know it is not LOCAL to the Natick Patch. The less clicks these Patch sites get, the fewer advertisers they will get and then perhaps they will realize if we want sensational news from across the country we'd go back to Patch's former owners AOL and the HuffPost! Those here from other Patch sites - I think you should do the same only click on articles that mention your community's name. No name. No click!
Steven Spiegel April 21, 2014 at 08:52 pm
The way the house looks maybe the husband found them while he was expanding his Meth Lab !!!
Mary AGB May 15, 2014 at 10:52 am
I can't even bring myself to read this. May God have these children in the palm of His hand.
Reality Bytes October 9, 2013 at 07:31 pm
Giving a rabies shot to an animal that has already contracted rabies does not cure it of rabies.Read More Anyone associated with TNR aren't adhering to the mandatory REQUIRED BY LAW SIX-MONTH QUARANTINE for any animal when harvested from the wild and intended for any sector of the pet-trade. This is why rabid cats and kittens are now being adopted direct from shelters that hand-out cats from outdoor cat-colonies. Like this one of hundreds for example, Google for: RABID KITTEN ADOPTED WAKE COUNTY. Rabies' incubation period being on average from 21 to 240 days, up to 11 months -- WITHOUT SHOWING ANY SYMPTOMS. One rare case being 6 YEARS. The ONLY other way; aside of quarantining them for this mandatory, lengthy, and costly duration; to be certain an animal is not carrying rabies is to destroy it for the rabies test. The 10-14 day quarantine for bite and scratch cases is to see if the animal dies during that time. If the cat dies then the cat was infectious at the time of the bite or scratch and the person must get rabies shots. Rabies can only be transmitted during the last 10-14 days of its incubation period in an animal. If a cat survives after this 10-14 day quarantine they can STILL be carrying rabies until it dies from it many months later, infecting humans and other animals during the 2 weeks before it finally dies. Why aren't these feral-cat-lickers paying for rabies shots, treatment costs, lost work-time, and all the suffering after THEIR feral cats bite or scratch someone? They don't carry even ONE PENNY of liability insurance to cover their criminal negligence and stupidity. They all need to be sued so hard and deep for directly violating national and international disease-containment laws that they never recover from it for the rest of their criminally-irresponsible and criminally-negligent lives. Or how about this fun one, Google for: RABIES PROMPTS CARLSBAD CAT PROGRAM SUSPENSION TNR. Rabies Outbreak Caused by TNR! 50+ Pets Euthanized. ALL Stray Cats Destroyed. All livestock destroyed. More than a dozen homeowners pay for their own $3000+ rabies shots. Google for: Rabies Outbreak in Westchester County. Google for: Rabid Kitten Jamestown Exposure. There's hundreds more like those on the net showing everyone how these phenomenally ignorant and foolish cat-lickers "help" their communities by allowing TNR CAT-HOARDERS to continue their criminally negligent behavior.
Reality Bytes October 9, 2013 at 07:37 pm
20,000 cats? According to population-growth calculus, and GREATLY underestimating by having themRead More breed only 2X's per year, not the 3X-4X's they are capable of, with only a 50% survival rate; in ONE YEAR you will have a GREATLY UNDERESTIMATED 130,500 feral cats running around. So this means that on average 307.2 cats are being born PER DAY from your present stray-cat population numbers. You MUST trap and sterilize AT LEAST 307.2 cats PER DAY just to remain at the same rate they breed, and do this INTO PERPETUITY. You MUST trap MORE THAN 307.2 cats PER DAY to start to surpass the rate at which they breed. The average cost to TNR is $120-$170 nationwide (field-work, vets, supplies, transport, etc.), so your community MUST divert resources of man-hours and costs averaging at $43,008.00 PER DAY ($15,697,920.00 per year), JUST TO MATCH THEIR BREEDING RATES. (Keeping in mind that this is a GREATLY UNDERESTIMATED number.) Those .22's on in the hunting department are starting to look pretty good at the price of $0.03-$0.05 per cat, now aren't they. Most communities realize this once they do the math. That's what I used to get rid of hundreds of their cats on my lands 4 years ago, hundreds of them all for less than the price of a couple cups of coffee. .22s on close-out sale of 5000 round for $15. Hundreds of invasive species cats all sterilized, all vaccinated against all diseases, all permanently stopped from destroying native wildlife, and all given a permanent "forever home", all for the cost of 3 cats per penny -- and I've not seen even ONE cat since. TNR-advocates' "vacuum effect" is also just another manipulative and bald-faced deception and LIE. That myth is based on one simple fact: cats attract cats. Shoot and bury every last cat on your lands and there's none there to attract more. Simple as that. For further info on how you are being deceived, manipulated, and lied to by TNR-advocates, Google for (include quotes): "The TNR Con-Game"
Reality Bytes October 9, 2013 at 07:39 pm
I'll celebrate Feral-Cat Day this year because every last one of hundreds of these man-made invasiveRead More species vermin is gone from my lands, and NONE have returned -- FOR NEARLY FOUR YEARS NOW! Much to the chagrin of those fools who bought into that manipulative TNR-LIE of the "vacuum effect". Simple reason being, cats attract cats. (The origin and source of the "vacuum effect" LIE.) Get rid of every last one and there's none there to attract more of them. Simple as that. You really can't celebrate until you've accomplished getting rid of every last feral-cat. Otherwise there's nothing to celebrate. You're just jumping around like a fool and an idiot, celebrating accomplishing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. All NATIVE wildlife on my land is now returning to normal. Nature is once again back in balance, as it was, and as it should be. Predators no longer starving to death due to cats destroying their only food sources, no prey animals being tortured to death for disemboweled twitching play-toys for cats. No longer are cats spreading their deadly diseases to all animals and humans. There's much to celebrate. On advice of the sheriff I managed to do this by shooting every last one with a good .22 outfitted with a laser-sight and good illuminated scope for precision aim, affording a humane and LEGAL kill each and every time. (Shoot-to-maim is illegal animal cruelty, and rightly so. Shoot-to-kill is perfectly legal. The cat MUST die to make it legal.) This method is as humane as it gets. One moment they are intently stalking some more defenseless animals to torture for play-toys, the next they are dead and don't even know what happened. They don't even have enough time to know they've been shot. This is even more humane than having them suffer the torment of being trapped in cages for days on end. I urge everyone to rid their land of this devastating invasive-species this way. It's the only way that can catch up to cats' breeding rates. If not, you'll be trapping them for an eternity as they continue to breed faster than your reach. Then the next generations will have learned to evade traps and won't even be able to be trapped. Don't be stupid.
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