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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“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...
For two weeks this July, we crisscrossed our state, carrying forward a tradition started by Senator Grassley 40 years ago to meet with Iowans in every county, every year. On this road trip, we each reached Iowans in 29 counties. Like Iowa students who are eager to return to their classrooms and...
There are many perpetual delusions permeating the social sphere of the United States, and the supposed “greatness” of America is perhaps the most historied fairytale that we as a country continue, ignorantly, to put stock in. As I alluded to last week, in no uncertain terms, the history of America—...
To the Editor, I am working on a project to remember Yesterday’s High School Sports Heroes from Lake Mills and other North Iowa high schools from 1970-2000. Here are some that I either saw play when we lived in Lake Mills and Mason City or heard about:   Mike and Maynard Stensrud were...

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