Q: Can you print the words to the poem “First they came ...”?
A: It’s a quotation from German pastor Martin Niemoller, a foe of Adolf Hitler who spent seven years in concentration camps:
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Q: The Waterloo City Council approved the traffic cameras recently, and some members stated they are more concerned about safety than revenues. Would they consider donating said revenue to charity such as disabled American veterans?
A: This is a policy question to be addressed at budget time by council members after discussion and debate. It’s not a question that can be answered directly because there are multiple people who would have to vote after listening to public input on the best use of additional revenue.
Q: What is the name of the Chicago Cubs ball player featured in the Parade magazine about two months ago?
A: The July 2 Parade had a story about player Ben Zobrist and his family.
Q: When will the new Aldi’s grocery store reopen up in Waterloo?
A: It’s expected to open in the late fall.
Q: What is the address to write “Big Brother” on TV?
A: Send mail in care of CBS at 11800 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, or send email through the website at www.cbs.com.
Q: Do they plan on throwing something for St. Patrick’s Day similar to the Irish Fest?
A: No. But there are usually local places that offer special meals, music or events.
Q: Does Jameson’s serve a breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day?
A: They did last year.
Q: Why does the Waterloo Public Library buy five or six DVDs of the same movie?
A: Waterloo Public Library Director Steven Nielsen said staff tries to estimate the volume of requests when a new movie is released, but it is hard to know how many people are going to want to see the same movie at the same time. “We don’t want people to have to wait months to see a new release, so we buy multiple copies to limit the time people spend on our wait list,” he said.
Q: Of all the people that play golf and spend their money to play it, why can’t the city take care of the goose droppings so golfers don’t have to walk through it all day?
A: Waterloo Leisure Services staff note many of the best techniques used to keep geese away from a golf course require substantial staff time to be effective. In Waterloo, the limited staff at each course prioritizes other maintenance items, such as mowing, over geese control. The irrigation system of the tees, fairways and greens does an effective job of washing away most goose droppings.
Q: When will the Mullan Avenue bridge be reopened?
A: The Iowa Department of Transportation expects Mullan to reopen once other portions of the U.S. Highway 63 reconstruction project are completed, likely in the middle of October. Work is being done in stages to maintain through traffic.
Questions are taken on a special Courier phone line at 234-3566. Questions are answered by Courier staff and staff at the Waterloo Public Library.