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As if things weren’t hard enough for Iowa’s small businesses, news comes that the administration plans to claw back a chunk of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds legitimate businesses have used as a lifeline to keep their employees on the payroll. When Congress passed PPP, the legislation...
88th General Assembly: A big topic on the minds of everyone right now, especially parents, teachers and children, is going back to school. Amid all the uncertainty, everybody is doing their best in trying to provide some stability and certainty for students and their education. While things may...
Prior to ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920 and its formal certification on Aug. 26, 1920, many small steps eventually led to suffrage (women’s right to vote).  It all started on June 12, 1840, when Lucreita Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lady Byron tried to attend the World...
Echoes from the Loafers' Club Meeting You're eating your tomato soup with a fork. I know. Why are you doing that? I don't like tomato soup. Driving by Bruce's drive I have a wonderful neighbor, named Bruce. Whenever I pass his drive, thoughts occur to me, such as: It rained hard enough for...
As America celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage this month, it’s worth remembering how narrowly the movement succeeded. Congress passed the 19th Amendment in 1919 before sending it to the states for ratification. Thirty-six states needed to approve it before it could become law,...
Echoes from the Loafers' Club Meeting A sweater I bought was filled with static electricity, so I returned it to the store. Did you get a different sweater? Yes, they gave me one free of charge. Driving by Bruce's drive I have a wonderful neighbor named Bruce. Whenever I pass his drive,...
The 19th century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) maintained that we all have free will. At issue, he says, is who or what shaped that will. “Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” In other words, perception becomes our reality. What...
Echoes from the Loafers' Club Meeting I put cow manure on my strawberries this year. I've heard that's a good thing to do. Maybe so, but I'm going back to whipped cream next year. Driving by Bruce's drive I have a wonderful neighbor named Bruce. Whenever I pass his drive, thoughts occur to me,...
Echoes from the Loafers' Club Meeting I tried your advice on fixing my lawn mower. Did it work? No. That doesn't surprise me. It never works for me either. Driving by Bruce's drive I have a wonderful neighbor named Bruce. Whenever I pass his drive, thoughts occur to me, such as: I was driving...
During these stressful days of the coronavirus pandemic, it is healthy to create ways to calm our troubled minds and even cause a few chuckles. My suggestion is to think like an imaginative child again, enjoying a fairy tale. Seniors who live in Maple Court Independent Living Apartments in...

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