“Hummingbird Curfew”
As often as I seem to repeat myself of late, it may be difficult to believe that I do not enjoy doing so; but rather, it seems unavoidable given the repetitiveness day-to-day life has taken these past four to five months in isolation.
Q: Looking back three decades, how has the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) impacted society?
“Birthday Blow-Out” It’s my birthday this week.
Numbers have always had a tendency to frustrate me, as many a past mathematics teacher could probably tell you, and these days our nation has come to be defined solely by numbers: Coronavirus cases, Coronavirus deaths, people in detention camps at
“New Slippers” I’ve worn out a pair of slippers.

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by steve corbin prof. emeritus of marketing, uni President Trump’s tariff trade deployment with China started on Jan. 22, 2018 and a phase one trade agreement was reached on Dec. 13, 2019. Was this 23-month isolationist trade war experiment successful or not? Since we live in an agriculture-...
Dear Editor: As educational leaders in the NIACC region, we know firsthand the positive economic impact North Iowa Area Community College has in our communities  each year. NIACC has been an integral part of the community since it opened in 1918 and now it’s our turn to be there for them. NIACC...
“Mouse Vomit” Last week I started doing something I’ve never done before. I started writing fiction. I realize this does not sound shocking since I’m writing every week. My husband, Peter, says I write fiction all the time—every time I write about him. But the truth is, I have not written a word...
I wasn’t expecting to talk about this this week, but after Sunday night’s football event, I noticed a surprising controversy arise . . . over the concert. The halftime show was, admittedly, one of the only segments of the evening that I actually more than glanced at. I’ve always appreciated...
Q: Why is a population count taken every ten years in the United States? A: Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution empowers Congress to carry out a census of the U.S. population every decade. Starting with the nation’s first census in 1790 following the American Revolution, the federal...
Several international agreements are prominent in the news, and will continue to be as long as Trump is president. NAFTA, the Iran nuclear agreement, the Paris Climate Accord are examples that President Trump rejected early in his presidency. His goal was to start over and make them more effective...
Dear Editor: As Executive Director of Winn-Worth Betco, I have seen firsthand the positive economic impact North Iowa Area Community College has in Winnebago and Worth Counties each year. NIACC has been an intrinsic part of the community since it opened in 1918. The ability to afford NIACC’s...
“Learning to Whistle” My sister learned to whistle at age two. She was precocious in other ways as well. She knew how to read by the time she started kindergarten. She demonstrated a physical dexterity I never did. She was much more talented at the piano. But, it was the whistling that really got...
The Iowa caucuses are next week already (finally), and the volunteers for every presidential candidate are out in full force. And with each representative that comes to the door, I am reminded of the daunting task ahead, and apprehensive about its outcome. Last week I discussed why Iowa was first—...
Local Democrats will be holding their caucuses Monday evening, Feb. 3. Whether you have caucused before or not, you are encouraged to participate in this important democratic process. Although it can seem intimidating, a caucus is not all that complicated. Here are answers to a few questions you...

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