Commentary

How much coronavirus testing is enough? States could learn from retailers...

As states develop plans to restart their economies, the big fear is that coronavirus cases will surge again. To keep the pandemic under control,...

Why is Reynolds trusting meatpackers with COVID mitigation?

It was snowing on Thursday, the day Gov. Kim Reynolds was trying to assure Iowans that the management of a giant meatpacking company had...

Bail out the Postal Service before cruise lines

It’s quiz time. Which arm of the federal government has the most contact with ordinary Americans, people like you and me? Is it the Internal Revenue...

Without PPE, direct care workers may face a breaking point

“I fear being infected and taking it home to my husband and kids who have asthma.” “We can’t work safely due to reduced amount of...

Nurses ‘frightened,’ confused by lack of PPE, changing policies

The year started out with energy and excitement as nurses across the country, including Iowa, engaged in planning and activities to celebrate the “Year...

I wish it hadn’t taken a pandemic to make me recognize...

I’m writing this on a rainy Easter Sunday afternoon when it would be easy to focus on what was missing. Normally, my husband and I...

Reciprocity and protectionism: Where does that leave the ‘golden rule’?

If this column were about trade agreements, it would have been titled, “Economics of Reciprocity and Protectionism.” These terms have ethical and economic meanings. The ethics...

Stuck at home with your partner? Look to retirees for how...

Across the country an unprecedented number of couples are suddenly spending every waking and sleeping hour of the day with one another. That’s what...

Amazing heroes in the fight against coronavirus

One of my memories, one that had been tucked away back where the cobwebs congregate, is from that day in 2004 when the oldest...

How coronavirus threatens the seasonal farmworkers at the heart of the...

Many Americans may find bare grocery store shelves the most worrying sign of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their food system. But, for...
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