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In three weeks of avoiding contact with anyone since returning from Washington, I have been off the farm just twice. I briefly went to get fuel in Andrew. There is no kibitizing with friends at the convenience store. No one is there save the staff, and we transact business at arm’s length in the full meaning of the term. more
As we all work to adjust during this difficult time, Iowans all across the state have been stepping up to help their neighbors and communities. Stories of people making homemade face masks for their friends, families, neighbors, or donating them to local hospitals are told daily. We have also seen local restaurants contribute food to health care providers, and Iowans purposefully supporting these local restaurants with takeout orders in an effort to keep those places in business. more
When the COVID-19 pandemic reached Iowa, the Legislature responded by suspending the session, ensuring the stabilization of the state budget, and providing Gov. Reynolds with the tools she needed to respond to this public health emergency. more
"Mr. Croken is apparently under the mistaken belief he still lives on the East Coast, rubbing elbows with millions of people each day on the subway ..." more
"An individual who is unwilling to accept any responsibility for a national crisis of the sort we are experiencing is not the kind of person who I want leading my country ..." more
“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.” — Charles Schulz more
I heard three Easter sermons Sunday. more
If you’re hunkered down at home waiting for the virus to pass, what are you doing with your time? more
April 15, 1980: The Eldridge City Council voted to purchase a computer system to handle city billing and bookkeeping. more
I’m writing this on a rainy Easter Sunday afternoon when it would be easy to focus on what was missing. more
One of the questions we consistently hear is whether a stay-at-home or a shelter-in-place order should be implemented. Many point out that Iowa is one of a few states that hasn’t issued a similar order to combat the spread of COVID-19. The reality is, Iowa is already doing a number of things, and in some instances implementing more closures, than states with a shelter-in-place order. more
"The past administrations have worked to set up our response in case things like this happen! He’s dismantled what has been done in the past ..." more
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