Category Archives: Social Commentary

Brief Respite and T.V. Culture

The farmer sent a long text message. We delayed soil blocking because the forecast is cold overnight temperatures for the next week. The seedlings we might have planted would be at risk. Lambing at the farm added a complication. Her … Continue reading

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This is not France

We see a lot of customers wearing yellow safety jackets at the home, farm and auto supply store. Mostly they seek something to complete a project. Road crews, construction workers, and tradesmen of every kind stop in wearing the bright, … Continue reading

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Christmas is Coming

It’s been seven weeks since the end of apple season, now two weeks until Christmas. The glow has come off holiday seasons. It’s not that I’ve become all grinchy, hidden away in a darkened lair while neighbors illuminate their homes … Continue reading

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What I Like About the County Seat

There are things I like and dislike about nearby Iowa City which is the seat of Johnson County government. Here’s a post about what I like in no particular order. Parking at the Administration Building The primary reason I travel … Continue reading

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Newspapers Are Working – So Subscribe

Despite significant decreases in staff and other expenses, many newspapers crank out stories relevant to our daily lives. For example, Jason Clayworth and Brianne Pfannenstiel published a full-page article about Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell’s tenure at Younkers in the … Continue reading

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Late Summer in Iowa

A pall fell on Iowa as the family prepares for tomorrow’s funeral of Mollie Tibbetts, the 20 year-old college student who was murdered near Brooklyn, Iowa. Many of us feel a connection to her whether we knew her or not. … Continue reading

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Public Health Approach to Gun Violence

On page A5 of Tuesday’s Cedar Rapids Gazette was the headline “75 shot in Chicago last weekend.” From 3 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday 12 people were killed and 63 wounded, mostly on the south and west sides of … Continue reading

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