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April 1, 2014

State Sen. Ken Rozenboom Newsletter

While Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and an Iowa delegation attended the unveiling of the Norman Borlaug statue Tuesday in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol, several Republican state senators paid tribute to the Iowan at the Iowa State Capitol. Tuesday, March 25 would have been Dr. Borlaug’s 100th birthday. He died at the age of 95 in 2009.

Dr. Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. The Cresco native is considered a pioneer in the green revolution, credited for saving more than one billion people from hunger when he created a disease-resistant, high-yielding type of wheat. Dr. Borlaug introduced the “miracle wheat” in 1960 to India and Pakistan. Historians said his innovative work helped stamp out famine and starvation. This started the greatest period of food production and hunger reduction in history.

At the time of his death, Dr. Borlaug’s children said, “We would like his life to be a model for making a difference in the lives of others and to bring about efforts to end human misery for all mankind.”

Iowa lawmakers voted in 2013 to have Dr. Borlaug’s likeness replace the statue of James Harlan in Statuary Hall. Iowa has two statues on display at the U.S. Capitol. Harlan, a former senator, had been placed in the U.S. Capitol for nearly a century. The second statue honors former Iowa Gov. Samuel Kirkwood, who also served in the U.S. Senate and as U.S. Interior Secretary.

Today, Dr. Borlaug is still remembered across Iowa. The World Food Prize, which he helped create in 1986, is an international recognition to honor those making advancements in improving the quality and quantity of the food supply across the globe. The organization’s headquarters is located in Des Moines. An Iowa City elementary school bears Dr. Borlaug’s name. And now, a remarkable statue stands tall in the United States Capitol to remember a great Iowan who spent his life to make sure others could live theirs.

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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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