“The Blue Tarp” I noticed my wrists were sticking to my desk.
As it turns out, Regular Readers, a week without “inspiration,” is always preferable to one with “inspiration.” At least when it comes to this column.
I have decided it is time to speak up. Too many things have been happening and so many of us are remaining silent. Granted, the death of George Floyd was horrific.
“Hummingbird Curfew”
As often as I seem to repeat myself of late, it may be difficult to believe that I do not enjoy doing so; but rather, it seems unavoidable given the repetitiveness day-to-day life has taken these past four to five months in isolation.
Q: Looking back three decades, how has the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) impacted society?

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Black Friday brings out almost as much crazy as a full moon. The day after Thanksgiving has practically become a national holiday with the hype it generates. Stores of all types hold special discount sales and promotions intended to get everyone excited about the Christmas season kickoff and get...
One hot topic that will soon become even hotter is economic inequality, its causes, and possible solutions. I’ve been thinking about the policy of Obama’s Administration which, during most of his tenure, has been persistently opposed to permitting interest rates to “seek their own natural level.”...
In case you have not heard the news yet, Donald Trump will be our next president. Yes, that Donald Trump, who spent the entire campaign shaming and slamming any minority group or woman within shouting range. Someone who championed xenophobia, homophobia and pretty much any other phobia of which...
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Over the last two years, we’ve worked extensively on efforts to ensure victims are safe from their abusers. This year, Iowa started a “Safe at Home” program for victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, stalking and human trafficking. Dozens of Iowans are now participating in this address...
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It seems like every year, the Hoiday season (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years) seems to get its start earlier and earlier and earlier. This year, I saw my first Christmas advertisement in early October. I understand that this is a big time of year for retailers, and that a repetive message,...
The candidates have spilled millions of words this election season. How many address your concerns?  How many speak to the heart of the fact that our economy, and our country, have left millions of low-wage workers behind? Rather than advancing, they’re watching their wages stagnate and decline,...
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It’s an issue that I personally have struggled with since I started with the paper almost nine years ago—What is news? I thought of it again last week, as we heard of the passing of former Mayor and local businessman, Dave Steffens. In many papers, this would have been a front page story, due to...

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