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Q: Is a college degree required to be president of the United States?

A: No college degree is required, although it’s been quite a few years since we had a president who hadn’t earned one.

Q: Is it OK to put shredded mail and documents in the recycle bin for office paper?

A: Waterloo’s recycling program is open to all residents for their use, but businesses are not allowed to use the sites and should contact a recycler for disposal of their waste. Homeowners can put shredded paper into the recycle bins in the proper container for paper waste.

Q: On the west side of Burton Avenue near the softball fields, there’s a sign that says “No wing here to corner.” What does that mean?

A: This sign, referring to motor grader “winging” of snow during emergency operations, was put up at the request of the property owner many years ago.

Q: In Waterloo, is it against the law to park a camper or a car in a front yard in a residential area?

A: Most likely that is a violation of city ordinance. You would need to contact Waterloo Code Enforcement, 291-3820, to discuss the situation and prompt an investigation to determine if the situation constitutes a violation.

Q: I would like to donate items to a veterans’ store where the items are resold and the money goes to the veterans. In what towns are these stores located?

A: The Disabled American Veterans is one group that runs thrift stores; proceeds go to veterans’ hospitals and disabled veterans. In Iowa, there are DAV stores at 1112 W. Kimberly Road in Davenport and at 2627 E. University Ave. in Des Moines.

Q: When contestants win trips on “Wheel of Fortune,” is the trip for two people or just one?

A: Typically, it’s for two people. It’s often specified when the prize is announced.

Q: In 1943 they made lead pennies. Is that the only year they made them? Could you print some information on that?

A: In order to save copper for use on wartime ammunition and military equipment, the U.S. Mint used zinc-coated steel to make pennies in 1943. The coins caused a number of problems — for instance, they were attracted to magnets in vending machines and would often jam them. And the edges of the coins tended to rust. From 1944 to 1946, the mint used salvaged brass shell casings mixed with a small amount of copper to make pennies. The mint later removed many of the 1943 pennies from circulation and destroyed them.

Q: What, if any, are the benefits available to a veteran who dies of a non-service cause for funeral and burial expenses?

A: There are a number of benefits under different scenarios; it’s best to check with the Veterans Administration for the details. Go to or call (800) 273-8255.

Q: If someone graduates from college with an MBA, what is that?

A: It’s a master’s degree in business administration.

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.


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