In an unprecedented economic recovery, why are we only talking about inflation?
By Mark Copelovitch The latest jobs report shows that the U.S. economy continues its rapid recovery from the pandemic crisis. Employers added 428,000 new jobs in April, continuing a now-year-long streak of similarly strong job growth. After surging to a post-World War II high of 14.7% in 2020, unemployment is now down to 3.6%, the […]
When will our ‘pro-life’ leaders do something about gun deaths?
Aaron Salter Jr., 55, was on duty at the security job that supplemented his retirement income. Ruth Whitfield, 86, was buying groceries. Celestine Chaney, 65, stopped in for strawberries for the shortcake she and her sister were eager to enjoy. But their plans went awry Saturday afternoon. Salter’s work shift ended sooner than he expected. […]
What’s behind the U.S. infant formula shortage – and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again
By Steven A. Abrams Editor’s note: A baby formula shortage has added to the woes of American parents already confronted with the pressures of raising an infant during a pandemic in a country ranked low for family-friendly policies. Media reports have highlighted the plight of mothers, fathers and caregivers across the U.S. who have scrambled […]
Instead of making assumptions about someone’s life or religion, just ask
Passover, Ramadan and Lent all came to an end during the past few weeks and I’ve found myself thinking of the oddest thing: a cow. When I was about 5, a life-size statue of a cow appeared in our neighbor’s front yard. The Hereford stood a silent sentinel on Academy Street in Galesburg and left […]
Recent remarks from Justice Clarence Thomas, Gov. Kim Reynolds are soaked in irony
Irony has been so deep in recent days that we shouldn’t be surprised if people start walking around with their chore boots on or with the cuffs on their pants rolled up to avoid the mess. Consider: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas recently made an observation that caused some people’s eyes to bug in […]
The Supreme Court shouldn’t be shrouded in secrecy
The firestorm arising out of the recent leak of a draft of the Supreme Court opinion — purporting to eliminate constitutional abortion rights established 49 years ago in Roe v. Wade — has generated fury for different reasons from various quarters. But the consternation ought to serve another useful purpose: Highlighting the secrecy of how […]
Why should aid for families be contingent on overturning abortion rights?
The leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that signals the potential demise of constitutional abortion rights has some in the Republican Party suggesting that maybe it’s time to get on board with programs that support parents with young children. The Washington Post last week quoted several GOP senators who acknowledged new interest in […]
Considering my two moms on Mother’s Day
I’ve had two moms. To be precise, I’ve had three. I had a biological mother who gave birth to me in the summer of 1975. She gave me up for adoption. I’ve sifted through old papers and heard a few stories. I’m not really sure what happened. I know that she was a woman who […]
Annoyed: How to keep everyday irritations from wrecking your day
We live, work and learn in an increasingly aggravating environment. Robocalls rank among the top petty annoyances. We may overlook one or two, but several in a day can trigger ire. Americans receive close to 4 billion robocalls per month, on track for 47 billion robocalls by the end of the year. The content of […]
Lawsuit on judicial debt collection needs sunshine, not secrecy
The legendary U.S. Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis once observed, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” Brandeis was not talking about everyday cleaning around the home. He was concerned about the importance of transparency in rooting out or preventing corruption or abuses in the workings of a program, an organization or an […]
Two views: Should a football coach pray in public?
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Should Iowa change how we pay for electricity?
Most of us rarely think about electrical power until we flip the light switch and nothing happens. Or until we get the bill and it’s a lot higher than we were expecting. But changes are coming that affect the way we use electrical power, from the rise of electric vehicles and renewable energy sources to […]