Since his start in radio news, Trent has won awards from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, the Nebraska Associated Press, and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice also serves as the 2009-2010 President of the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice is a native of Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He and his wife Solveig have been married since 2000. They live in Ames where he enjoys golf, reading, movies, music college football, and the heartbreak that comes from being a Minnesota Vikings fan. Trent and Solveig have twin daughters Annika and Kaija and a son, Erik, who shares the same birthday as his sisters, just five years later.
Here's the Des Moines Register editorial about members of the House nitpciking the SNAP program. Among the many legitimate points raised by the writer, there's one that resonates with me.
"The push by some lawmakers to allow 47 million Americans to purchase only what is included on a defined list of thousands of foods in this country is not borne from a desire to make people healthier. It’s another attempt to punish people for being poor."
Put another way: if you take government assitance, there are people who will presume to tell you how to live your life. Be ready for the heap of scorn that comes your way if, for even a second, you live life outside those parameters. Please note that those same lawmakers won't assign the same "guidelines" for corporations who get big handouts from the government. Here's a cool example of businesses and industries that got $205 billion in government funds in the 2013 bill that pulled us back from the edge of the so-called fiscal cliff.
So, what's the takeaway? If you're poor and have to feed your family with the help of a $78 billion government program, we get to tell you what brand of macaroni and cheese you can buy. Take a $205 billion handout, and we'll tell you what kind of caviar to buy. Oh wait...no we won't.
We talked about this week about people who have world views that mandate news events fall into a certain narrative, and even in the face of facts that disprove that that narrative, it must be maintained.
When it comes to the Ames police officer involved shooting on the ISU campus, there is a narrative that says "cops are bad." Show these folks the dashcam video of Monday's chase that clearly justifies Adam McPherson's use of deadly force, and they cling to that "cops are bad" narrative. Need proof? Here's an email I got toward the end of today's show. I haven't edited this...
I believe if the Ames & ISU police would have disengaged the chase after the Ames cop was rammed on beach, this whole thing could have been prevented. Lets face it, the cops around this town have very little to do, and when there's any action at all, they want to play 1 Adam 12. There actions endangered a lot of innocent people, I think a more reasonable response would have been to stand down and bust the kid when he cooled off, who knows, maybe he brings the truck back to his Dad and we ain't talking about this. I really think we need to change the policy on chases, I would rather let the kid steal a car than run over another kid on campus. Maybe the police need to pause and think of there actions, instead of just reacting, and making things way worse than what they were. I am not down on the individual officer, just the old stupid way of doing things.
See you Monday.
Here's a clearer cut of the dashboard camera video of the Ames police chase that ended with Ofc. Adam McPherson's shooting of Tyler Comstock. Even without the ruling from the Story County Attorney's office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, I don't see how there can be any question whether McPherson was justified in his action.
Some observations from Tuesday’s Ames City Council elections:
Raising lots of money doesn’t guarantee success. Justin Dodge, Chris Nelson, and Anne Kinzel raised the most money of the six candidates in contested races. Nelson is the only one who was elected. In fact, Dodge brought in more than $8,000 to get beaten by Gloria Betcher by 14 percent.
Whichever side of the “development issue” a candidate was perceived to be on didn’t mean he or she was going to be elected…or not elected. If you believe that Amber Corrieri, Justin Dodge, and Chris Nelson represented the “pro-development” faction, and Anne Kinze, Gloria Betcher, and Victoria Szopinski were “anti-development” (something that still bothers me as I don’t think anyone could be elected by proudly proclaiming themselves to be anti-development), then you have to take a look at what was gained and lost in after Tuesday’s election. Here’s a handy breakdown:
Tom Wacha –PRO
Jami Larson –PRO
Jeremy Davis –PRO
Victoria Szopinski –ANTI
Peter Orazem –PRO
Matthew Goodman –ANTI
As you can see, “PRO” takes the day, 4-2. Now, check this out:
Gloria Betcher –ANTI
Tim Gartin –PRO
Peter Orazem –PRO
Chris Nelson –PRO
Amber Corrieri –PRO
Matthew Goodman –ANTI
For all the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments we get…”PRO” holding the day, 4-2. What changed? The names and places. What else? Nothing. But, be warned.... Sometimes the perception that a council member will hold only to one side or the other in this matter is or any other matter is, in no way, a guarantee of anything. And we should be grateful for this. Former 3rd Ward council member Ryan Doll knows what I’m talking about.
So, what measure should we use to neatly and easily gauge who will win a local election? Sorry, but I can’t give you something that is either “neat” or “easy.” What I have is this…
The best way to win a local election doesn’t come from raising the most money, or aligning yourself on the “right” side of an issue. It comes from working hard to build the broadest base of support across the city. Business, development, education, human services, non-profit, etc., etc., etc. It’s just that easy…or entirely that hard.
I'm going to ask you for something you don't want to give me.
A break from all the armchair quarterbacks and know-it-alls who make presumptions about what should, or should not, have been done in the officer-involved shooting Monday morning on the ISU campus. You don't know all the facts. I don't know all the facts. Together, we only know what's being reported. Everything else is guesswork, opinion, and assumption. And we know what happens when we assume, right?
I blame a lot of this on social media, and the total lack of consequence it breeds. Half-baked, all-wingnut comments on Facebook or our local newspaper's website is the order of the day. It's like pulling the pin on a hand grenade, throwing it into a crowded room, and running the other way. Not a lot of bravery there. The "logic" says "I don't care who the shrapnel hits, as long as it's not me."
Again, we don't know all of what went on Monday morning. We may NEVER know all of what went on. But, until we know a whole hell of a lot more than we do RIGHT NOW, we should all remember that that it's better to remain silent and be thought an idiot than to open our mouths and remove all doubt.
Thanks to Rep. Steve King (R-IA 4) for joining us on the show this afternoon to talk about a proposed 2013 Farm Bill. I thought his frankness was interesting the the cuts in SNAP funding will be somewhere between $4 billion and $40 billion dollars.
Also, thanks to Story County Auditor and Election Commissioner Lucy Martin for taking time our her preparations for tomorrow's city elections. A reminder that polls will be open from 7:00am until 8:00pm. KASI will have election results after the polls close and votes are tallied.
One quick thing about the now fatal police shooting on the ISU campus after this morning's high speed chase. I know the case will be investigated by state and local officials, and will also get it's day in the court of public opinion. Just remember that today there is an Ames Police officer who will live the rest of his life knowing that he took another person's life in the line of duty. Before you judge, ask yourself if you could do the job if put in a similar situation. I know my answer.