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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Tuesday, Sept. 15, was National Online Learning Day, and while this newsletter will be coming out later than that day, the issues National Online Learning Day recognize are important, and even more so as more and more students are learning online. Over the last several years, we have not only...
Q: What is the Senate’s role to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court? A: Article 2, Section 2, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution says the President, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall nominate judges to the U.S. Supreme Court. That means the president has the...
“Mouse Wars” My husband Peter is now at war with the mice. The mice (possibly with the assistance of a rat or two) have eaten the electrical wiring in our car, causing extensive damage. The coating on the wires is apparently tasty. I don’t know any automobile engineers personally but, if I did, I...
• 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. • 660 (and counting) slaughtered unjustly in the streets at the hands of police. • Thousands...
Recovering from and restarting individual lives and the country after a pandemic is hard work. There’s no instruction manual and it’s complicated by the fact that every issue seems to occur at the intersection of both health and economic concerns. And we’ve experienced some of the hazards of...
Q: What action did the Trump administration take to boost biofuels? A: Federal law requires the U.S. fuel supply to contain a minimum volume of renewable fuel, which helps petroleum fuels burn more cleanly and replaces a petroleum-based substance that was used for that purpose but was found to...
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. The Winnebago County Farm Bureau would like to remind you to keep a...
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? Let’s be honest, 2020 has made most of us feel overwhelmed on...
Q: What USDA assistance is available for crops damaged by the derecho? A: The USDA has authority under federal law to issue a natural disaster designation for crop acres that meet certain thresholds of production losses. Following the historic derecho that swept across Iowa on Aug. 10, flattening...
“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. Blue is an Italian mastiff—which means he is massive, just not quite as massive as an ordinary mastiff. I don’t know exactly what attracted Bill...

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