Author Archives: Paul Deaton

Primary Picks

I’m picking Democrats in the June 5 primary election. My main political goal before early voting begins May 7 is to door knock my precinct until I make contact with everyone who might vote. It’s a tricky business this cycle. … Continue reading

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Earth Day Weekend 2018

Earth Day is and will always be about this photo taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts on the first manned mission to the moon. “The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there … Continue reading

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Letter to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors

Dear Lisa, Mike, Kurt, Janelle and Rod, It’s funny how when one gets all the information the picture looks different. Since I complained about the purchase of Dick Schwab and Katherine Burford’s property using conservation bond money after partial information … Continue reading

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Layered with Sadness

In our neighborhood a preteen found his father collapsed in the yard and ran for help. Despite best efforts by his partner of 30 years, emergency responders, and staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, he died Sunday. … Continue reading

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Iowa Governor’s Race – Down to Two?

The winner of the June 6 Democratic gubernatorial primary will face Governor Kim Reynolds in the Nov. 6 general election. A popular Democratic view is expressed in the following email received from a neighbor who is usually politically quiet: I … Continue reading

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Soft Landing

It’s been 30 days since retirement and I’m up to my old tricks. Like a hungry dog, I see things and want to be a part of them. “I’ll do this,” I say to myself and others. I run the … Continue reading

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Heads in the Sand by Matthew Yglesias

Heads in the Sand: How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats by Matthew Yglesias My rating: 4 of 5 stars Yglesias’ book was a timely read in the context of the Trump administration’s … Continue reading

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