Author Archives: Paul Deaton

Julián Castro in Solon

SOLON, Iowa — A group of local, Democratic activists met with former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro on Jan. 7 at the Solon Community Center. Castro was staffed by long-time political operative and former Iowa Democratic Party chair … Continue reading

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Gathering on a Farm

A lone bald eagle soared over Rapid Creek north of Wild Woods Farm. We were pulling plastic over the new high tunnel. The eagle lofted in the wind as if it were summer. We would rather the wind died down … Continue reading

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Working for Women

I ran into my supervisor from the orchard at the home, farm and auto supply store. She stopped to buy dog food. At the end of our conversation she asked me to consider returning to work in the fall. She … Continue reading

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Toward the 2020 Iowa Caucuses

I didn’t vote in the 1976 general election where the choice for president was between incumbent Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter of Georgia. 1976 was the first election in which new Democratic National Committee rules were in effect to change … Continue reading

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So It Begins

The holiday season is over and today I return for a shift at the home, farm and auto supply store. I’m fine… I’ll be fine. Since the orchard closed for the season it has been two months of reading, writing … Continue reading

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Nuclear Disarmament in Trump World

Elimination of nuclear weapons remains a priority for many of us who followed disarmament progress through the years. Our work hasn’t ended. What should be our priorities in Trump World? To a large extent, society answered that question in the … Continue reading

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Winter Soup to Relieve Punk Times

The end of year has been punk times without relief. Some blame it on social media. Social media users post they need a break. They want to cleanse their mind of the drivel, hostility and tumult often found in feeds … Continue reading

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