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Opinions

Chasing Presidents for endangered species: Moulton, Sestak

For months, a couple dozen presidential candidates have been through Iowa’s Main Streets, corn boils, summer festivals, parades, house parties and other events. They’re asking for our votes. Maybe you have noticed.
Their prize, of course, is a good showing in February’s Iowa presidential caucus. Right now, with a Republican incumbent, it is sort of a Democratic free for all. Still, there are a couple GOP names floated.

Chasing Presidents for endangered species: O’Rourke, Gillibrand

Never have I warned a presidential candidate, “don’t step on the iguana,” until this summer. More on that in a minute.
As you know, a couple dozen Democrats are looking for support, ahead of Iowa’s Feb. 3 caucus. That is when Democrats– and Republicans– raise hands and voices for the woman or man they want as the 2020 presidential candidate.

Chasing Presidents: Bennet, Hickenlooper

A big Internet plus is that you can look up almost anybody; especially 2020 presidential candidates. All, obviously, have websites. Google a name, and 100 sites or articles appear in a millisecond. It takes some sifting to learn more about any of the couple dozen Democrats running.

Chasing Presidents: Biden, Inslee

For a week or so every four years, the center of the political universe sits squarely on the east side of Des Moines. That is where a steady stream of presidential candidates trek past the various food-on-a-stick booths, livestock barns, 4-H displays and displays that are the Iowa State Fair.

Chasing Presidents: Bullock, Gabbard

So, I wasn’t really kicked out; just told I would have to leave… and escorted to the door. No chance to talk to with Democratic presidential candidate Steve Bullock in Des Moines that day.
Oh, it wasn’t his fault. Perhaps I over-assumed. Following presidential candidates this summer for the Iowa Wildlife Federation and a couple other environmental organizations, I make some connections and I miss some. I am asking candidates if they will support the Endangered Species Act, if elected. Today’s “guests” are Governor Steve Bullock of Montana and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.

Wrapping It Up; Chasing Presidents with Delaney, Steyer

As the marathon continues for visibility in the February Iowa caucus, a couple runners have dropped off the pace. Another has joined the race. This week, though, closes my look at the 2020 Presidential candidates.
I caught up with 14 Democrats over the last couple months, asking their support for the federal Endangered Species Act if elected. A dozen answered. Their thoughts– and a few other views on the environment and climate change– have been shown in the last five weeks.

The shift in make-shift

Food For Thought

A recent luncheon with some of my old school friends, several of whom I first met in kindergarten, brought to mind the toys and activities we enjoyed during the late 1930s and early ‘40s. Looking back, I suppose I had more toys than the average child from a family of comparable means, because of my dad’s belief a child’s business was playing, and the tools for that business were toys.

Ho-hum in the kitchen

Food For Thought

Can’t think of anything to fix for supper? Tired of the same-old, same-old in the lunch bag? What to take for that family reunion potluck? Having trouble even making out a grocery list? Join the club. After 65 years of keeping house and putting meals on the table, there seems to be nothing new or tempting left to try. And then, a strange thing happens and cooking becomes an adventure once again.

Color me blue

Walkin'

I’ve been feeling a little blue this week.
It all started when I came across a video posted on Facebook that really set me off. The clip was taken by an anonymous bystander in a store of what is presumably a mother and her 4-year-old. The preschooler is acting horribly, throwing a foul-mouthed tantrum because she wants something she can’t have. A store employee or manager steps in to intervenes and keeps the child from grabbing what it wants. The woman and child are black. A sloppily-dressed bystander is also black. The man intervening is white.

Peanut butter and WHAT?

Food For Thought

I could hardly believe my ears. Right there on national television, on the 5:30 p.m. news, someone was ranting about a strange new sandwich that had become popular. A woman, who apparently just sampled it expressed disgust, saying it definitely was not for her. This purportedly latest addition to that convenient innovation was age-old news to me.

Anniversaries and Goldilocks

Walkin'

Mom and Dad recently celebrated their 71st anniversary without any fanfare. Actually, they were going to do nothing at all, but a late morning doctor appointment found them driving home, Mom sitting on her pillows so she could see over the steering wheel, past Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant on a Tuesday. They like the food, service and price at Pepe’s in general, and they specifically like Taco Tuesday, when they both can get a large lunch, chips and salsa included, for under $6 each.

On being a gardener

Food For Thought

The seed catalogs have been thumbed through, pages have corners turned down, order blanks have a few tentative lines filled in, but the past six weeks or so have not been encouraging. We have put off starting those first seedlings in the greenhouse, sun porch, or under plant lights in the basement. Not long ago, we looked out the window at the patch of earth we’d hoped to have already tilled and partially planted and what did we see? Snow. Not in piles, granted, but lurking in chilly little patches where the meager sun seldom reaches.