Entries Tagged as 'March 2010'

Rick Lem: Cartoon Evangelist

March 13th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Rick Lem is a cartoonist who lives in Kelley, Iowa. He founded his weekly publication Toons in 1987, which is distributed in and around Ames bearing his “Lemco Productions” business name. Since Toons began, Lem and his publication have become an important and well-recognized part of the Ames community. The Ames Progressive recently sat down [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Cover Stories · Interviews · Jerrod Jordahl · March 2010

Reviving Vinyl in Ames

March 13th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Every few days, Ben Hull descends the stairs at 303 Kellogg Avenue to toil amid sheets of drywall and piles of sawdust, renovating a tiny suite of basement rooms. Hull’s no stranger to this kind of work. He’s been a construction worker of one stripe or another for the past decade. But come April 2010, [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Cristóbal Matibag · Features · March 2010

Medical Marijuana’s Uncertain Path Forward

March 13th, 2010 · No Comments

On the afternoon of February 17, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy voted unanimously to recommend that the state Legislature revise its cannabis laws to allow for the plant’s medical use. The board’s decision was the expected end result of four public forums held across the state last fall, which convened following a lawsuit spearheaded by [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Gavin Aronsen · March 2010 · Medical Marijuana · News

From the Part the Whole, Mostly

March 13th, 2010 · No Comments

One does not attend the local gatherings of Republicans or Democrats (much less joint meetings) in hopes of witnessing or participating in actual disputation, even at the university level, where it might be reasonably expected. One is still required to observe, however, if for no other reason than to gain some measure of the parties’ [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Commentary · March 2010 · Ryan Gerdes

A fresh coat of paint

March 13th, 2010 · No Comments

On the T-Galaxy building at 206 Welch Avenue, a blank wall stands as a symbol of the area. Though it once looked out on a thriving community, it now faces a scene of empty storefronts, bars, and a strip club. Fortunately, Ames has so much more to offer than these sordid diversions. Beneath the chipped [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · March 2010 · Of Local Importance

Lifting the ban on blood donations from gay men

March 13th, 2010 · No Comments

On March 4, 18 United States senators sent the Food and Drug Administration a letter urging it to remove its longstanding ban on blood donations from gay men. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin joined 16 other Democrats and Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders in signing the letter, in which they noted that “prospective donors who have engaged [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Gavin Aronsen · March 2010 · Under the Radar

When Art Pays the Bills

March 13th, 2010 · No Comments

I lied about your friend’s paintings. They suck. And don’t think they’re actually good because I had some visceral negative reaction, and his bold work engaged my emotions on a higher level, and therefore since his work provoked something real it validates the crudity of his technique. You shouldn’t think that because that didn’t happen, [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Fiction · March 2010