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65th annual Tama County Government Day

Tama County American Legion Posts and Auxiliary Units

April 23, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

High school students from South Tama, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Green Mountain-Garwin and North Tama were on hand at the county seat in Toledo for the 65th annual Tama County Government Day.

A total of 116 students took part this year.

Students get a close-up look at the offices and functions of local, county government through visits to offices and programs presented by county officials.

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RIGHT- Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera shows items used in the booking process during Government Day at the Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, April 10. Students from South Tama, North Tama, Green Mountain-Garwin and Gladbrook Reinbeck attended the annual county Government Day.
Chronicle/Allison Graham

Tama County remains as the lone American Legion Government Day in the U.S., an event which was once a nation-wide undertaking.

The 65th annual event was co-chaired by Dick and Jolene Denbow, Gladbrook and sponsored by Tama County?American Legion Posts and Auxiliary Units including Chelsea, Clutier, Dysart, Elberon, Garwin, Gladbrook, Meskwaki Nation, Montour, Tama, Toledo and Traer.

There were 32 volunteer Legionaries and Auxiliary members assisting this year.

Students vote on current issues as a part of the activities. Here are the questions and results:

1. Should flavored E-cigarettes be taken off the market due to increased teen use and addiction? YES- 62 NO- 49

2. Do companies / tech colleges supply enough opportunities to train new graduates for blue collar job openings? YES- 58 NO?43

3. Should school staff members be trained to recognize depression problems among students to prevent school suicides? YES?99 NO?11

4. Are you aware of a meth use or addiction problem in your school? YES?21 NO 90

5. Would a southern border "wall" deter migrants from trying to illegally enter the U.S. ? YES 36 NO 72

6. Should voting rights be returned ot convicted felons who have completed their sentences??YES?68 NO?43

7. Should decisions on abortions be decided only by the mother and her doctor without government intervention? YES?80 NO?31

8. Should money spent per candidate in elections be limited? YES?82 NO 29

9. Do you think global warming caused the deadly fire in California? YES?42 NO?59



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