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COVID-19 is reality, not science fiction

I have always been a big fan of science fiction books and movies. A common theme among many of these novels and movies is when a virus strikes the world and causes a pandemic. Some movies focus on … more

COVID-19 vs. you; are you ready?

When your body encounters the coronavirus, how will it respond? Will it struggle against the invasion, or will it kick the virus out with a strong immune response? In sport and in health, we need … more

Gardening and games keep family busy

Today was such a beautiful sunny day with the temperature around 60 degrees. Everyone is home due to the coronavirus precautions. It seems so different to not set an alarm. Of course, we sleep later … more

State of Iowa responding to COVID-19

The state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak is quickly evolving, with decisions being made and changes implemented by the hour. The most important updates for Iowans will come from the … more

Johnson County locks down county buildings

I have been extremely busy with the coronavirus outbreak. It is scary, and there are a lot of things we simply do not know. Things will change daily; perhaps hourly. I know it is difficult, but we … more

State report on child abuse heartbreaking

If we want to protect Iowa kids from abuse, neglect and potential death, it’s time to provide adequate funding for the Iowa Department of Human Services. That is the No. 1 takeaway from a … more

Highland project bids good news for district

Passing a bond issue is a lot of work and takes dedicated residents to a school district to distribute information, campaign and the ability to answer questions. There is both a sigh of relief, a … more

Tax help program is economic development

This appeared in Salvos several times over the years, but it bears repeating. What if I told you we could bring in 60 full-time jobs that would pay $15 per hour? So what if I told you the … more

Optimist tenderloin dinner Thursday

The Kalona Optimist will be serving its annual tenderloin meal starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall. This freewill offering meal features a huge … more

A freshly painted room and a pot of chili create warmth in the cold days of winter

The ground has about three more inches of snow this morning. Son Benjamin, 20, and a friend of his went ice fishing last night. After they came home, we had just finished eating supper, so I set the … more

Let’s not hurt Iowans with a tax shift

Iowans deserve a tax system that works for all of us. Unfortunately, many Iowans believe the current system is rigged against them. The proposed tax changes floated in the Condition of the State … more

My not so brief caucus history

I have a long caucus history. And the more I share it with people, the more I realize that I was witness to a great deal of history. My father always attended the caucuses. He was a business agent … more

Victories mark start of new year

As we start off the new year, I’m wasting no time in getting straight back to work and delivering big wins for Iowa. After only a couple of weeks, I’m excited to have two key victories in … more

Winter chores and celebrations abound

Son Kevin just left for school. Our driveway is really icy and slippery. I’m always afraid he will fall going out to the bus when its icy like this. One morning I saw him fall and was glad he … more

Eicher family celebrates a winter birthday with chocolate fudge cake with two candles

Diary of Jan. 15, 2020 3 a.m. Alarm rings. Time to start a new day. My husband Joe and son Benjamin, 20, get ready for work. They refuel both coal stoves for the day while I pack their lunches and … more

Great start to year with new granddaughter

This is the final day of 2019. A new year lies before us. What does it hold in store for you and me? Only God knows the answer. May he be our guide as we enter the new year in 2020. He has bestowed … more

Legislature needs to ask more questions this year

Socrates (469-399 B.C.), the founding father of Western philosophy, believed only through the process of continual questioning could a person discover truth. According to Socrates, questions are the … more

Flood insurance reform needed now

With a year of unprecedented flooding in Iowa nearly behind us and our nation witnessing the horrific devastation of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and southern states, it’s clearer now, more … more

Gifts, games, and food highlight gathering

Christmas Day is tomorrow. Son Joseph just left for work and the rest of the family is still sleeping. Our family Christmas is over for this year. We will still get together with my sisters for a … more

Family life rooted in unconditional love

One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the gift of family, and family life is rooted in the unconditional love of God. Nowhere is this witnessed any greater than in the Holy Family of Mary, … more
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