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January 10, 2014

Get to work, America!

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I remember very clearly my mother telling me, as pop left for work, that in America, you can do anything you want to do. I believed her. I still do today.

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. Opportunity has never been greater in America than it is right now! For heaven’s sake people, we don’t even have the death trap of health insurance tying us to a dead-end job. Get out there and get after it!

I’ll use my son as an example. He’s in his thirties, and is married with two small children, and would like to have more. He has a degree in religion, but decided not to follow pastoral paths. He was working for his father-in-law, doing contracting work, which he enjoyed. After all, Jesus was a carpenter. But he decided he wanted to bring home more payola, enough so that (OMG!) his wife wouldn’t have to work. (Where these kids get these crazy notions, I have no idea!)

He made a two-prong attack. First, being in the contracting business, he decided he might like to be a building inspector. Remember: goals are 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration. He got the self-study material, stayed up late after his family went to bed, studied his fanny off, took the state certification test and passed! He is now a state certified building inspector.

Second, he talked to me about coming into the insurance business. Gulp. So, once again, he got the self-study materials, stayed up late after saying goodnight to his family, studied his fanny off, took the state insurance exam and passed!

In one year, all on his own initiative, with no government help, he studied for and passed two state exams. He is now selling insurance and performing building inspections. He essentially created a new profession: insurance plus building inspections. He could call it, “Insurespection.”

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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