Category Archives: Social Commentary

Summer Weekend

Dan and I visited the Ciha Fen Preserve across the Cedar River in Johnson County on Saturday. “The Ciha Fen Preserve is a sand prairie/savanna complex on a wind-deposited sand ridge,” according to mycountyparks.com. “It contains the Ciha Fen, which … Continue reading

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Defining Community

Each of us defines community through our engagement in society. Whether participation is passive, active, or in between, our lives and how we live them contribute in a meaningful way to how we live with others in a community. Not … Continue reading

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Living in the United States

All at once the United States is coming together and the convergence is upsetting. While members of the white privileged class engaged in the seventh game of baseball’s World Series, a black church was burned in Greenville, Mississippi. While members … Continue reading

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Can Hipsters Live With Congolese Cobalt?

The lithium ion battery is becoming ubiquitous. These rechargeable, portable batteries power our mobile phones, tablets, laptops and cars, providing longer battery life, low self-discharge, better recharge life and comparatively low weight. Many of us take these benefits for granted, … Continue reading

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Protect Environment; Stop Nuclear Weapons

(Editor’s Note: When this guest column ran in the Cedar Rapids Gazette on Wednesday, Sept. 21, its abstract nature became real as heavy precipitation events pummeled Butler County and other parts of northeastern Iowa, disrupting lives there and downstream. Living … Continue reading

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August Is No Recess When Working Poor

School is out for Iowans who work yet remain on the margins of society. There is no recess from the constant demand to secure basic needs of food, shelter and clothing. The add-on expenses of transportation, health care, interest on … Continue reading

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Opioids: A Conjured Crisis

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack scolded the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine about opioid abuse on Friday. The institution is not doing enough to train its soon-to-be health professionals on an opioid abuse epidemic that claims thousands of … Continue reading

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