“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: What’s in the CARES Act to help Iowans who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic A: The sacrifices and efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus have shut down the U.S. economy and life as we know it. As factories and businesses of all sizes adjust operations, many employers have been...
“Waiting for the Sun” An enormous box arrives at our house. It is filled with food and cleaning supplies and, yes, toilet paper. I feel guilty. But the truth is, these supplies were ordered months ago. My husband, Peter, was a hoarder long before hoarding was in fashion. “Here you go!” Peter says...
The world changes significantly in a matter of minutes these days, and with our attention turned in every direction, it’s easy to lose focus and get lost in the amalgamation of social media. Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to cope however we can in this crisis and find comfort in the simple...
Steve Corbin, Professor Emeritus of Marketing University of Northern Iowa Discerning citizens ask this question when voting in any presidential election: which candidate is best enabled to handle a crisis? Thirteen facts clearly reveal what candidate was not prepared in 2016 or now. For example...
Dear Editor, The Coronavirus epidemic is not the only serious disease our country has experienced. A number of severe illnesses, forgotten by much of today’s population, were brought under control by the discovery of vaccines. My husband’s maternal grandmother lost four young siblings who died of...
This may be a subject that I have touched on in various ways throughout the past 21 months, but with the spread of the coronavirus and my previous columns touching on my thoughts in regards to that—as well as the plethora of misinformation surrounding the mystifying concept of Medicare for All....
Take time to heal and to learn Dear Dave, I went through a divorce a couple of months ago, and I’m not sure what to do next. I received custody of our kids, ages 13 and 15, plus I have a good job and I got the house in the settlement. It’s a nice, simple home, but it’s paid for and worth about $...
 Have you started planning your summer vacation yet? It’ll be sipping-lemonade-by-the-pool season before you know it. I love vacations, but here’s what I don’t love: Nearly 40 percent of millennials are willing to go into debt for their trips. Coming back home to credit card bills makes the end of...
“In Defense of Pollyanna” I think Pollyanna might have gotten a bum rap. More than once in my life I’ve been accused of having a “Pollyanna attitude.” I didn’t actually know what this meant, except that it was not a good thing. Being “a Pollyanna” implied having an unrealistically sunny view of...
Many issues were debated this week, and much progress was made on issues that have been “in the works” for a long time. On Tuesday, the House and Senate finally came to an agreement on K-12 school funding. We will be designating almost $100 million in new funding for schools. This will include $7....

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