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Here’s a question: When was the last time at least half of Americans said the government in Washington could be trusted to do the right thing all or most of the time? It was right after 9/11, according to the Pew Research Center, and that was really just a blip. Before that, you’d have to go back...
Most people have memorized their Social Security number, cell phone number, anniversary, birthday and the 911 emergency medical, fire and police protection services number. On July 16, the number “988” became an easy-to-remember crisis hotline number we should log into our memory bank. Dialing or...
Q: Are you concerned about food insecurity in 2022 and beyond? A: During the COVID-19 pandemic, more Americans experienced food insecurity as unemployment and empty store shelves produced uncertainty around kitchen tables in households across the country. Moms and Dads struggled to put food on the...
“The Package” The package arrived last week and, I have to admit, I was surprised. I knew what was in it, of course. It was a painting that my friends Angel, Nora and I co-own. I had it for one year 11 years ago. Then I brought it to Paris, where Angel was living. But Angel had no time to hang...
The pollution surrounding the topic of religion—and specifically Christianity—has poisoned more than politics. While religion influencing law is a monumental issue in itself, the roots of corruption that led to this point, are also important to address. Many like to tout the values of freedom and...
Many years ago, I was in the audience when the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the legendary civil rights activist and election mobilizer, gave a speech. He often used the catchphrase, “Keep hope alive!” when he spoke, and he did so that time. The audience picked it up as a chant. “Keep hope alive!” they...
Letter to the Editor: “You can do many things with bayonets, but it is rather uncomfortable to sit on them.” The quote is attributed to Prince Talleyrand of 17th century France to Napoleon Bonaparte. The quote seems to me to be analogous to the American gun culture of the 21st century i.e., you...
“The Perfect Pet” My mother has found the perfect pet. She just doesn’t realize it yet. A clever little red squirrel has been trying to get my mother’s attention for months. “He’s such a pest!” my mother complains. But the squirrel does not give up. He has become quite tame, hanging out below...
During my time in South Africa, I mentioned that it seemed like every day I would wake up to bad news—namely, mass shootings that were occurring back home. As sickening as it is to say, that hasn’t changed since I’ve been back. Now, however, my “good morning” news notifications have started to...
Q: What is 988?  A: President Trump signed into law a nationwide three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to simplify access to this life-saving resource. Starting July 16, Iowans experiencing a mental health emergency may dial 9-8-8 to reach a trained crisis counselor for...

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