While I still am not a fan of the ugliness that transpired that put Bob Bynum in the mayor's seat, I have found my personal dealings with him to always be professional. When he represented my district, I found that I could go to him with any of my concerns, and, in addition, he was often the only council member to make appearances at downtown meetings, which wasn't even his district. This made an impression on me. His dedication to his duties despite his health concerns should also be commended. To Mayor Pro Tem Bynum, I say, "Good luck."


Goodbyes are hard, especially when you're not ready to say them. This week, I've watched a family near and dear to my heart say goodbye to a really great man. Myron TeStrake passed away at home Saturday morning. His death was unexpected, but the outpouring of love and support from friends and family is not.

Myron was the type of guy whose smile started at the very corner of his mouth and slowly spread across his lips with a sense of amusement. And, if you were lucky, he'd smile at you with the twinkle in his eye. He was often a man of few words, quietly hanging back and observing his surroundings. And when he spoke, his words counted. Yet, other times, he would talk for hours. Just ask anyone who wandered into "the mill" and didn't leave for a couple of hours.

Myron was part of a fourth generation, century-old business in Muscatine called TeStrake Brothers. Some remember him from the basket he made to pull the 1954 Muscatine High School basketball team ahead in a tight game that was the start of a strong finish where the team emerged as the state high school champions, a feat they haven't done since.

Myron was a sophomore that year, which was around the same time he first met his wife Shirley. They met through friends and hung out at the Wilton Candy Kitchen and Hatfield Corner. He was a good husband, father, grand-father and friend. To me, Myron represented everything I love about Iowa. His family worked hard and served the farming community for more than a century. The legacy he leaves behind is his good-natured, hard-working, well-meaning family members and they have my condolences.

Good job

Good job to the participants and course staff at the George Lohman Muscatine City Golf Tournament. It is my great pleasure to serve this tournament each year. It is anchored in tradition and the sportsmanship shown on the links this year represents the values I treasure about Muscatine.

Congratulations to John Peters who continues to demonstrate it's not always how far you can drive the ball but how quickly you get to the cup.