“Mouse Wars” My husband Peter is now at war with the mice.
• 6.7 acres of land up in flame. • 200,000 dead (and counting) as a result of an ignored global pandemic. • 350 killed, plus more injured, from mass shootings that even a global pandemic cannot slow.
Recovering from and restarting individual lives and the country after a pandemic is hard work.
Dear Editor, Harvest is a busy time in our rural communities, as farmers get out in the field to harvest the year’s crops. Harvest also means combines and large farm eqiupment will be sharing the road with daily commuters.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed? We all have at some point in our lives, especially when we’re faced with the unknown, something we can’t control, or a season of life when our to-do list seems never ending. Wait, isn’t that every season?
Q: What USDA assistance is available for crops damaged by the derecho?

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Q: Why is the U.S. Census so important? A: Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution requires an enumeration of the population every 10 years, and the U.S. Census helps deliver good government. Our system of self-government “of, by and for the people” must be held accountable to and serve the...
Dear Editor, Constitution Week is the commemoration of America’s most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of Sept. 17-23. The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms, and...
“Gladiolas” Yesterday, I bought gladiolas. They are nearly three feet tall and bright fuchsia. It is safe to say, they are the most exciting thing to appear at my desk in ages. When I walked in the front door my husband, Peter, said, “Oh my gosh.” Translated, that means: “You have gone overboard...
It would be very easy for me to take another mental break from delving into the recurring and incessant issues that grip our nation . . . And I was tempted, I won’t lie. However, while I am—without question—an advocate for stepping back, taking a breath, and just letting tumultuous thoughts settle...
To all the students, parents, and educators we serve, welcome back. Having students “back” in school (whether virtually or in person) provides some of the normalcy and structure we all need right now. The teachers and school administrators I talk with have truly missed having kids in their...
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the American economy like nothing else since the Great Depression. The unprecedented pandemic required an extraordinary response—and the President, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Treasury, and Congress stepped up to save America’s small businesses and...
To the Editor, There is an old saying that says, “Oh, they are just old and don’t know anything.” We old just laugh at it. I was born before WWII was over, so guess I’m considered old. That was a scary time for Americans. I remember my parents saying we need to turn all lights off at night (we...
“The Bear” The two women told me about the bear when I was on my hike. They were on trail bikes and saw the bear in the direction I was headed. “It was scary!” one of the women said. We were all a little nervous. There had been a bear attack just a few weeks earlier up on the ski hill. A couple...
The eery accuracy behind the suggestion that history repeats itself—often in the worst ways—never cease to dishearten me. Whether the repetition is a daily occurrence—”another deadly clash in the streets of the United States today”—or the reemergence of powerful, hateful rhetoric from decades and...
Q: Does the United States Postal Service (USPS) need financial help? A: The U.S Postal Service touches every household and business in the nation. Benjamin Franklin served as the first postmaster general, leading the mission to build a trusted network of public infrastructure and connect people...

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