Q. Why does the Hudson School District put education second to sports? The administration is assuming the majority of the kids will go to the football game Friday (state championship game Nov. 17) so they canceled school. The majority don’t even go to our home games. So how is adding a non-productive/non-educational day at the end of the year in the best interest of our children’s education?
A. Superintendent Tony Voss responds: “Decisions to delay or cancel school for any reason are always taken very seriously, and no matter the call there will always be some who disagree. This is a rare opportunity not only for our football team, but for our entire school and community. It is a chance to build school spirit, bring the community together and see our hometown shine. To deny anyone in our school system the chance to be part of that would just be wrong. Given the same set of circumstances, we would make the same decision.”
Q. Reading your editorial on the GOP tax cut plan was very informative. Why didn’t you mention the small policy buried deep in the law that says religious communities would be allowed to become more political and still retain their tax exempt status? Can you do a short blurb on that component of the GOP tax cut and how it would affect things in the religious community and our country?
A. The GOP tax reform plan proposes changes to the Johnson Amendment, a 63-year-old law that prohibits churches and other tax-exempt organizations from participating in political campaigns. Under the Republicans' proposed bill, that tax-exempt status would be protected for members of the clergy who endorse candidates from the pulpit. Many conservative leaders argue the law infringes on their freedom of speech or religion. But not all clerics agree. A group of more than 4,000 religious leaders from around the country wrote a letter in August opposing the move, saying it "would harm houses or worship, which are not identified or divided by partisan lines."
Q. On Nov. 20 KWWL’s Ally Crutcher reported the Atlanta arena was imploded at 6:30 a.m. CST and later on the "Today Show" they showed it being imploded live at 7:30 a.m. CST. How can this be?
A. According to news reports, the blast happened just after 7:30 a.m. Eastern time, or 6:30 Central. You may have seen footage of the explosion played back later on "Today."
Q. What is the address to write Lee Enterprises?
A. Write to 201 N. Harrison St, Davenport 52801.
Q. Cedar Falls mayoral candidate Jim Skaine failed to file finance disclosure forms in time for the election. Will he be fined or sent a letter from the ethics committee concerning his failure to report?
A. Skaine replies: "Tim Annee of the (Iowa) Ethics (and Campaign Disclosure) Board helped me file my disclosure report a few days after the Nov. 1 filing deadline. I have paid the $20 late filing fine. I have received from Tim Annee an admonishment letter that relates to future campaigns and not to the past one. Should I have future campaigns, I will file timely disclosure reports."
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