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Don’t feed the fire

Cancel culture is exploding across the country, with predictably disastrous effects. First, the statues of the Confederacy started coming down. Even among those who declared this to be justified and overdue, voices warned that it wouldn’t stop there if “removal by riot” were to become the ...

Small businesses need local support

When a tornado tore through Marshalltown in 2018, it left a wake of destruction in the historic central business district. Winds of 144 miles per hour swept through the main square, shattering windows, ripping off roofs, and reducing brick walls to piles of rubble. It was a devastating blow for ...

Donald Trump or America?

This is an emergency. Election Day is little more than four months off, voters facing their most important choice since 1860: Donald Trump or America? It’s a decision that will define the future. And millions of us wonder if we’ll get to have our say. Such is the state of things seven ...

Four ways to fight racism in your town

For weeks since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests have erupted across the globe. While demonstrations in larger cities have drawn the most attention in the U.S., smaller communities can be — and are — involved in the fight for racial justice. From Medford, Oregon ...

Chipmunk funk

Chipmunks dug up Curt and Ginnie’s bodacious sweetcorn and ate the seed. Grrrr! I did not know that chipmunks, also known as “squinneys,” can destroy a garden. They’re so cute and, I thought, harmless. Oh, they leave holes in a yard, and chase each other around like life is a lark ...

The only good people in history

Truly, we live in auspicious times. Those who have sinned will be cast down; those who are sinless will set new social standards for the rest of us. After all, we now live in the only generation ever to produce truly virtuous human beings. What else should we make of the graceless ...