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Hope is what tomorrow is for

“Tomorrow, robins will sing.” Stevie Wonder “Tomorrow there’ll be sunshine, and all this darkness past.” Bruce Springsteen “Hurry, tomorrow. Tomorrow, I need you now.” The Temptations In other words, tomorrow is the place where things will get better. Tomorrow is where ...

It’s time to rethink Iowa’s business incentives

The coronavirus crisis has exposed the financial vulnerabilities of countless Iowa businesses. Whether we like it or not, it will be touch-and-go to see how many come through this intact, how many will end up as shadows of their former selves, and how many will disappear. It’s implausible ...

After COVID, will we want what we wanted?

When Germany let smaller stores reopen, the expected didn’t happen. Officials thought that shoppers would burst out of their five-week lockdown and spend, spend, spend. They were wrong. As the manager of an espresso machine store in Berlin told the Financial Times, “No one really wants ...

The Biden double standard

This week, new evidence emerged in the sexual assault allegation by former Joe Biden staffer Tara Reade against the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. According to Business Insider, four people have stated that Reade told them contemporaneously about her accusation that Biden ...

What was good for Kavanaugh should be good for Biden

Sometimes, the world of crime and justice collides with the body politic. This is one of those times, although with all the news about the COVID-19 pandemic, this item may have escaped widespread notice. A police report, filed in Washington, D.C., in early April, accuses former Sen. and Vice ...

The youth will become the storytellers of this pandemic

At the beginning of each semester at Kent State, where I teach in the journalism school, I make a point of opening my arms wide and saying to students, “Welcome to your adulthood.” The frequency of alarmed faces affirms both my suspicions and my intentions. I teach mostly juniors and ...