Q: Has Operation Warp Speed accelerated the development of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and treatments?
“Working at Gratitude”
I have never been a superstitious person, generally speaking, but 2020 has certainly made me (if possible) even more cautious.
As the holiday season gets underway, shopping may look a lot different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. When choosing retail stores to visit, Dr.
“Freshly Baked Bread” “I’m going to bake bread!” my husband, Peter, announced. Inwardly, I said, “Oh, no.”
This will not be a new statement from me—not even in this column—but it is one that has remained frustratingly relevant throughout the course of a virulent 2020: COVID-19 is not the only virus we are failing to fight in this country.

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Q: Is there a plan in Congress to defund Social Security? A: No. Every few years, almost like clockwork, there are claims that there are serious proposals to destroy the Social Security program that so many of our seniors and workers on disability have invested in and depend on to make ends meet....
Populations of all pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, and monarch butterflies, could more than triple on solar project sites with investments in native vegetation, according to a new report from the Center for Rural Affairs. Released as part one of a series, “Amplifying Clean Energy...
For those who have served in the military, agriculture can be a rewarding next move. Veterans who have gotten involved with farming after retiring from the military have found possibilities they hadn’t previously imagined. Caring for plants, animals, and the land can be an antidote to PTSD, an...
by Chris Orestis On Nov. 3, 2020 Americans will cast their votes in what may be one of the most pivotal elections in American history. The outcome will determine the future of healthcare in this country for decades. The Trump administration and Senate allies have made clear their intent to...
We are all doing our best to navigate living in the midst of a pandemic. We are being pulled in many directions, not always knowing where we are going, why we are going there, and once there, realizing that we are expected to be everything to everyone. Can you relate? This is overwhelming and can...
Jump in Dear Dave, I recently received my master’s degree in finance, and for the last four years I’ve had a job as a social worker. I love my job and have a decent income, but I know I could make more money and come closer to reaching my full potential in the finance industry. I’m on Baby Step 2...
“Scary Stories” It’s the season for all things scary and I found myself wondering how many people are actually looking for more things to frighten them this year. There is a new horror movie about Zoom that is supposed to be terrific . . . and I won’t be watching it. I’ve never been a fan of...
I’ve spoken before about my frustration with lost/wasted time. With time that is stolen from me, rather than time I actively decide to waste, myself (which is, admittedly, is also too abundant, thanks in equal parts to depression, COVID-related isolation, and laziness). Time with my father when he...
Q: How has COVID-19 intensified the need to bridge the digital divide in rural America? A: There’s no question the pandemic has lent even greater urgency for expanded access to affordable, reliable and comprehensive high-speed internet services for communities across Iowa. As households adjust to...
Had the Iowa Legislature passed the proposed Invest in Iowa Act during the 2020 legislative session, more than $1.37 billion would have been available for natural resources and outdoor recreation initiatives by 2029, according to a report released today by the Center for Rural Affairs. “A decade...

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