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Tama Co. Government Day

April 18, 2019
By John Speer Central Iowa Press , Northern-Sun Print

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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American Legion and Auxiliary officials at the 65th annual Tama County Government Day in Toledo on Wednesday April 10. The officers and post members help to carry on Government Day tradition which was once a nation-wide event but now only continues in Tama County where students from high schools are welcomed ro learn about and take a part in government activities on a local level. They include (L-R, seated) Shirley Warnke, 3rd District Auxiliary president, Mary Sebben American Legion Auxiliary Department president, Trudi Scott Gladbrook American Legion Auxiliary who is slated to chair Government Day in 2020, Jolen Denbow, Gladbrook, Tama County Government Day co-chair. (L-R, standing) Dick Denbow, Gladbrook, Tama Co. Government Day co-chair, R. Retter, Urbandale American Legion, Bob Daniel, 3rd district commander, Alan Schenck, Iowa Sons of the American Legion commander, J. Scott Moline, Iowa Department commander, Jerry D. Sebben, American Legion National Executive Committee and Ron Busch ,Tama County American Legion commander.
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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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