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Q: Do cities have to allow the rallies, such as white supremacists, to come to their city?

A: The First Amendment to the Constitution protects free speech, including speech that is unpopular, bigoted and hateful. It also protects the right to peacefully assemble. Charlottesville’s city government tried to move the Unite the Right rally out of downtown, but a judge’s injunction allowed it to remain. While the law distinguishes between speech and actions — a “peaceful” rally is legal — demonstrators often do not.

Q: When the skin on a banana gets black spots, is it nutritious to eat?

A: According to ISU Extension: “Yes. As a banana ripens the starch in the banana is converted from starch to sugar. This ripening shows itself on the banana as black spots. A banana is a healthy source of carbohydrate, fiber, potassium and vitamins. One medium banana has around 100 calories. The bananas with the black spots will taste sweeter because the starch has changed into sugar, but the calories will remain the same.”

Q: There’s a yellow spot on my white kitchen floor, where I had a dog feeding mat. Is there any way to lighten that spot? Can I use bleach?

A: Yellowing on vinyl flooring is often hard to remove. One suggestion we found: Wet the entire area with plain water, sprinkle baking soda over the yellowed area and allow it to set for at least 10-15 minutes, and use a soft cloth to wipe the baking soda away. It may take several applications. You might also try white vinegar or Oxy-Clean. Some sites say a solution of bleach in water is effective; others says it can further stain the floor. If you use it, try it on a small test patch first.

Q: What are the lyrics for the “Wagon Wheel” song?

A: Here they are:

Headed down south to the land of the pines

And I’m thumbin’ my way into North Caroline

Starin’ up the road

Prayin’ to God I see headlights.

I made it down the coast in 17 hours

Pickin’ me a bouquet of dogwood flowers

And I’m a hopin’ for Raleigh

So I can see my baby tonight.

Runnin’ from the cold up in New England

I was born to be a fiddler in an old-time stringband

My baby plays the guitar

I pick a banjo now.

Oh, the North country winters keep a gettin’ me now

Lost my money playin’ poker so I had to up and leave

But I ain’t a turnin’ back

To livin’ that old life no more.

Walkin’ to the south out of Roanoke

I caught a trucker out of Philly

Had a nice long toke

But he’s a headed west from the Cumberland Gap

To Johnson City, Tennessee.

And I gotta get a move on before for the sun

I hear my baby callin’ my name

And I know that she’s the only one

And if I die in Raleigh

At least I will die free.


So rock me mama like a wagon wheel

Rock me mama any way you feel

Hey mama rock me

Rock me mama like the wind and the rain

Rock me mama like a south-bound train

Hey mama rock me.”

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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