Author Archives: Paul Deaton

Fall Work Session

Continuous daily work shifts since July 31 have taken their toll. It’s  been challenging to find time for mowing, cleaning, repairs and household chores. It’s also been hard to get enough sleep. And to write. I need time to take … Continue reading

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Letter to Iowa Senators on Graham Cassidy

I do not support Graham Cassidy and hope you will ask your senate colleagues to gather more information about the impact of the bill on Iowa populations before scheduling a vote. More specifically, 1. CBO score: Delay holding a vote … Continue reading

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Apples Toward Autumn

Apples exercise hegemony over everything of late. Yesterday our orchard’s chief apple officer cut a slice of Kidd’s Orange Red to sample and it’s been hard to think of anything else. A cross between Delicious and Cox’s Orange Pippin, developed … Continue reading

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September Has Been a Pisser

Last week was stressful as Hurricane Irma passed through central Florida over our daughter’s home. They boarded the windows, sandbagged the doors and laid in water and shelf stable food for when the electricity went out. “The whole house has … Continue reading

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Weathering Irma

Friends and family in the path of Hurricane Irma are well-informed of its danger and preparing for the worst this weekend. Walt Disney World, where our daughter works, closes tonight at 9 p.m. until sometime Monday,  presumably Irma’s schedule as … Continue reading

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Hand on the Button

What do U.S. nuclear abolitionists do when the administration has no plans other than vaguely stated goals of “modernizing the nuclear complex” and spending money on a missile defense system that has never been proven to work? Focus on a … Continue reading

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How Will Beginning Farmers Get Out of the Poor Farm?

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors disagrees on how to use the property known as the “Poor Farm” and that’s okay. There’s no surprise something will be done with the property, especially to those paying attention. Supervisors recently decided what … Continue reading

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