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?
“Being Blue” Blue had been through a rough patch. He was adopted from the shelter and then returned for unspecified reasons. That’s when Bill met him.
The year 2016 simultaneously seems further away and closer than ever in recent months.
Q: Why is the U.S. Census so important?
Dear Editor, Constitution Week is the commemoration of America’s most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of Sept. 17-23.

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“It’s the economy, stupid” was the catch phrase of the 1992 presidential campaign. Does the phrase still hold true today? The Pew Research Center’s July 27-Aug. 2 survey of U.S. adults revealed the economy is the top issue—out of 12—for the 2020 election. Voters feel Donald Trump (Rep.) leads Joe...
“Black Lives Matter.” True, but apparently, that mantra doesn’t apply to black babies who make up the highest percentage of all U.S. abortions. According to the Guttmacher Institute study of abortions from 2000-2014, black women accounted for 35 percent of reported abortions, yet they only make up...
As human beings, emotions drive a lot of our financial decisions. And you know what we’re spending a lot of time with during the quarantine? Our emotions.    If you’ve had a rough day and you’re feeling angry or sad, you might buy a new outfit because—dang it—you deserve it. If you’re feeling...
“More Dog Stories” It seems I have acquired a reputation. I have been handing out dog treats for three months. Every day, I take the same trail, and every day, I meet many of the same customers. Dogs have an amazing memory when it comes to getting a treat—particularly from a stranger. One dog is...
The unprecedented resistance to change that we see today in our nation is born from the seeds of delusion: the delusion that, at some point in our history, our nation was once “great.” A story of epic proportions spun to the masses that made entire generations believe that our country was the...
Q: What kinds of cybersecurity problems are cropping up for teleworking and online learning? A: As schools and businesses transition their workforces and students online due to the pandemic, Iowans need to take internet security measures seriously. Be aware that home networks are vulnerable to...
Often someone asks a question that sticks in my memory—one that has no immediate or easy answer. That happened to me recently. A friend asked me about racial tension and what’s happening now around the country. His words: “What bothers you the most about all of this racial turmoil?” I fumbled...
To the Editor, To all the people who hate this country so much, those who want socialism, marxism, or communism, why don’t you move to a country that has that? You certainly have lots of choices. Millions have risked their lives to flee to this country for freedom. If you do not respect our flag...
“Summer Storm” I was headed out for my daily hike. There was thunder in the distance. “It’s getting lighter,” my husband, Peter, said. “I don’t think we’re going to get any rain.” The air smelled like a storm to me, but what do I know? If my dog, Milo, were still alive I would have asked him....
Q: What’s the latest red flag with regard to China’s efforts to steal U.S. research? A: The theft of American ingenuity and know-how by foreign agents is a tale as old as the republic. However, in the global race to find treatments and cures for COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is...

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