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A New Woodbury County Jail? Assessment Anxiety and the Morningside Poll, 05.08.19


Coming up on The Exchange, a look at how the recent assessments of Sioux City homes and commercial properties have affected one local business owner.

And the growing problem of online crime is creating an urgent need for more cybersecurity experts and the cyber economy has made things worse.


And the moral dimensions of environmentalism.  That and more on The Exchange, Wednesday at noon, and Friday at 9:00 a.m.

This is The Exchange on SPM, I’m MH.

Today we will talk with a cybersecurity expert about the need for more cyber workers in a world where hacking and identity theft are on the rise.  But first, a conversation with the chair of the Woodbury County Supervisors about the need to either fix the current jail in downtown Sioux City or create a new facility with updated features.  Keith Radig says the jail is getting to point where it is past its useful life for the county and needs some expensive repairs to remain viable.

That was Keith Radig, the chair of the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors.  Radig says the county will need to repair or replace the aging jail in the next few years. He recommends building a new facility on the outskirts of town.  The final decision won’t be made for a few months.

On May 1st the formal appeal process started for property owners in Sioux City concerned about an increase in the assessed values of their property.  Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer takes a closer look at the issue in a special report.

If you haven’t filed an appeal on your property assessment you still have time.  The deadline was pushed back until June 5th,


because Woodbury County was declared a Federal Disaster Area after flooding back in March.

You’re listening to The Exchange on SPM, I’m MH. Today, Morningside College released results of this year’s Morningside Poll.  the Colonel Bud Day Center for Civic Engagement as a part of its commitment to civic education, conducts the poll, an issue-based public opinion research initiative. It was established last year as a resource for those with an interest in Iowa politics and policies, including students, teachers, researchers, and community leaders. Valerie Hennings is an associate professor of political science at Morningside College and director of the Center for Civic Engagement. 

Henning and her students put the poll questions together.  I spoke with Hennings yesterday about the top three issues for Iowan’s as identified by the poll.

Valerie Hennings is an associate professor of political science at Morningside College and director of the Col. Bud Day Center for Civic Engagement. 

Hennings and her students put the poll questions together.  The poll results were released Wednesday morning.  For a detailed look at the poll, go to: 


The demand for cybersecurity experts has grown as people hack their way into business, government and other networks.

CyberSeek, a project funded by the U.S. Commerce Department, says nearly 4,300 are doing cybersecurity in Iowa, with openings for more than 2,400 people and nearly 4,600 people are working on cybersecurity in Nebraska and that there are openings for more than 2,000 workers. 

The Omaha World-Herald says colleges in both states have been trying to meet the need for more cyber defenders.  Bellevue University has invested $1.3 million into its new Intelligence Systems Lab, where students learn how to break into networks and then make them more secure.

The university is among the few honored for a strong academic cybersecurity program by being named a center of academic excellence by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Iowa State University holds that distinction in Iowa, and it was one of the first seven schools in the nation to win that designation, in 1999, according to Doug Jacobson, director of the Information Assurance Center there. Jacobson explains what it means to be a center of excellence and why attracting more people to cybersecurity fields is so vital.

That was Doug Jacobson, the director of the Information Assurance Center at Iowa State University.  ISU is the only college in Iowa to be endorsed by the Department of Homeland. Security as a center of excellence.  The endorsement means that a college has put the necessary resources and expertise into offering up-to-date cybersecurity classes.

You’re listening to The Exchange on SPM, I’m MH.  Climate change has become a serious issue for everyone, with scientists concerned about the effects on the environment and economists concerned with the long-term effects on the way we live and work.  However, Roger Gottlieb, a professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute says the moral implications of our reaction to climate change are just as important in his book, “Morality and the Environmental Crisis.”  The book takes an in-depth look at how we react to climate change.  He says our apathy, in this case, is not really different from American apathy in earlier crises.

That was Roger Gottlieb’s professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His book is called, “Morality and the Environmental Crisis.”  

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