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Environment Sustainability

Coralville Parade

CORALVILLE— The Peoples’ Coalition for Social, Environmental and Political Justice walked in the July 4 parade here. The photos don’t include everyone, but you can get the flavor. The Peoples’ Coalition forms once a year for the purpose of getting peace and justice people together to interact with and get our messages to everyday people in the community. The parade entry was strong, with folks from Veterans for Peace, Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility, PEACE Iowa, Yahoo Drummers, Green World Biofuels and others, all committed to peace, and social, environmental and political responsibility.

The Yahoo Drummers provided background during the entire parade route, and the group sang songs that included “We Shall Overcome,” “If I had a Hammer,” and “This Land is Your Land.” The songs were familiar and uplifting. Parade watchers joined in singing from time to time, and provided positive feedback to the group.

Contact Paul Deaton at paul.deaton@gmail.com if you would like to get involved with any of the groups, or be part of next year’s parade.

2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade. Theme was "Blast from the Past"
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade. Theme was “Blast from the Past”
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade. Veterans for Peace was present in force.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade. Veterans for Peace was present in force.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade. Theme for the parade was "Blast from the Past."
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade. Theme for the parade was “Blast from the Past.”
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade. Biodiesel powered vehicle pulled the trailer.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade. Biodiesel powered vehicle pulled the trailer.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade. Michael,  Dr. Maureen McCue and Dr. John Rachow, a nuclear family.
2013 Coralville Independence Day Parade. Michael, Dr. Maureen McCue and Dr. John Rachow, an anti-nuclear family.
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Work Life

Getting Wheels

MOUNT VERNON— While test driving a 1997 Subaru Legacy Outback along the Cedar River Road, the river looked ready to jump its banks and flood the pavement. With the ground still frozen from winter, the recent rain had nowhere to go, and a river that was near empty a few weeks ago was now flowing strong with the runoff. The soil needs moisture, but so do the arterial waterways of North America. With a sense of new hope, I bought the car.

One never knows about a used car. Will it last? Will it break down? Will parts be available? How much more should be invested in repairs when needed? My decision to buy a used car was based less on these questions— given my budget, a new car was not an option. The local car dealer web sites had little in the price range I wanted to spend, so for convenience sake, I upped the budget rather than spending time to find a cheaper alternative. The trade-in Outback was well used, but everything appeared to work, and the wagon space will prove to be useful.  The dealership delivered it to our home last night around 5 p.m.

This car is a beater. It is not intended for long trips, but for getting around the community to run errands. A reliable vehicle is essential to finding and getting to work, and easing some of the challenges of being a one-car family when both of us are still active. To the extent a car represents one’s personality, it will take me some time to getting used to a red vehicle. But I can already imagine myself as an Outback kind of guy.