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Smart Reader March 11, 2021


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March 11, 2021
Volume 19 - #5

After A Storied Career The End
Is Near For Kenosha County Executive

Jim Kreuser

Who Would You Like To See As His

Successor? ...Turn To Page 2

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City, county leaders
paving way for next

Kenosha's county and city Executive to have adequate "Even though the sheriff plays a
government is in the midst of a time to decide and to discuss major role in what happens, if
major shift as many of the men with the people of this great you get the right people in
who hold the most influential county what their vision is for there, who help him do it, it'll
positions have stepped down or the future." continue smoothly. And you'll
announced they will over the have new ideas and maybe
next couple of years. Kreuser's announcement things that I wasn't very flexible
comes in the wake of three on."
Kenosha County Executive other high-profile city and
Jim Kreuser became the most county leaders saying the time It was a tough summer for
recent leader to announce he's had come for them to step law enforcement in the city and
leaving his post, saying May 7 away, as well. county. The officer-involved
that he will not seek re-election shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black
when his current term ends Kenosha Police Chief Daniel man, in August, touched off
next year. Miskinis is retiring at the end of several nights of protest and
April. He said he had given unrest. The nation's attention
"For nearly 35 years, it has Mayor John Antaramian a five- was focused on the city, and the
been my honor to work in year commitment when he American Civil Liberties Union
service to our community," took the job and that the time called for the resignations of
Kreuser said in an email to the "rapidly passed." both Miskinis and Beth. An
Kenosha News. "My career investigation later cleared the
began in Kenosha County "The Kenosha Police officer who shot Blake at the
government, led me to Department is full of dedicated, scene of a domestic disturbance
represent this area in the state talented, and service-minded call of wrongdoing.
Legislature and circled back to people," he said when he
be your Kenosha County announced his decision to Fire Chief Charles Leipzig,
executive. leave. "It is a department that who had served as chief the
has been my home for nearly 25 past four years, left the
"Serving as Kenosha County years of my law enforcement department at the end of last
executive has been the most career that began in the '80s. It year. He said he was taking with
fulfilling job of my career. It has is a department to be proud of him many positive memories.
been an honor to work with so and one I will miss."
many highly qualified and quality "It's been a really, really
people during my 13-year Kenosha County's top law- rewarding and great career," he
tenure. Many best practices enforcement officer, Sheriff said. "There's nothing negative
have been instituted and many David Beth, has also indicated about it. People are asking why.
fine projects have been he will not seek reelection to It's just time to go.
completed by our county another term. He will leave
team." office in January 2023. The city has named Chris
Bigley acting chief and is in the
Kreuser never faced During a recent appearance process of taking applications
opposition for the county's top on Happenings Q&A Radio on for a permanent replacement.
elected position. He said the WLIP, Beth said after 40 years in According to the job posting,
timing of his announcement is law enforcement the time is which also will be part of a
designed to give potential right to step aside. nationwide search, the position
successors enough time to put pays between $110,988 and
their plans in place. "I can feel it," he said, adding $142,692 a year. Whoever is
that the department will selected will serve on an acting
"I believe it is important to continue on with excellent appointment for up to one year.
announce now," he said, "in service to the community.
order to allow interested
candidates for Kenosha County "Our department will be in
very, very good hands," he said.

Who Would You Like To See As Our
Next Kenosha County Executive?

Last Sunday’s front page headline broke the news that Kenosha County Executive Jim
Kreuser had made the decision not to run for another term. The fact he never faced an
opponent is quite impressive. Many would consider it a mandate or an affirmation of his
performance as head of the county.

However, that all changes now that Kreuser has made the decision to step aside. We can
safely assume there are now a number of individuals, who just a few weeks ago, would have
not entertained the thought of running.

With that in mind, we shouldn’t be surprised to see more than one name on the ballot for
County Executive when we go to the polls next year.

Which brings us to our question of the day: who From top Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser, Kenosha Chief of Police
would you like to see as our next County Executive? Daniel Miskinis, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth, and Kenosha Fire Chief
We ask that you take a moment and go online to and tell us who you would like to see Charles Lepis are a few of the local leaders who have chosen not to
as Jim Kreuser’s successor. continue in their positions in the near future.

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March 11, 2021 - Volume 19 Number 5


How to prepare for an increasingly
multiracial America? Pay attention.

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and politicians have been Thrive,” shows that young time that a Fortune 500
asking a profound question Black female and Latina company has replaced one
of late. Are we living at a workers are well educated, Black CEO with another.
hinge of history, a moment of ambitious, mission-driven,
tremendous change that will and extraordinarily Advice from the next
influence the future of innovative. As a result, we Black female Fortune 500
democracy in the United argue, inclusive leaders who CEO
States as well as the fate of tap into the capabilities and
our species? potential of workers of color In a wide-ranging
will reap the economic
Myriad technological benefits of activating conversation with the
advances, a massive diversity as a competitive
pandemic, climate change, advantage. president of her alma mater,
and racialized politics in the
U.S. and elsewhere are all Spelman College, Ms. Brewer
evidence of this hinge.
Speaking to the United described her career journey
Nations Human Rights
Council last week, Secretary- and offered tips for thriving
General António Guterres
described the intersection of By all indications, however, as an African American
these forces. Reuters the workplace is not ready
reported his warning that for a more multicultural female executive. She
“white supremacy and neo- workforce. Recently released
Nazi movements are data from LinkedIn’s survey conceded that
becoming a ‘transnational of 2,000 Black professionals
threat’ and have exploited in the U.S. confirms our microaggressions are real,
the coronavirus pandemic to findings about Black women
boost their support.” He (described in an earlier that she has felt a chill when
also raised alarms about the column) regarding the
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data on digital platforms. and on the job that Black
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A new stage in the pandemic:
Cautious optimism

Like many Americans, coming closer to control of Patrons enjoy lunch indoors at Gibsons Italia restaurant in Chicago on January 27, 2021. Many states are beginning to ease
Anthony Kellum is ready for the pandemic following a coronavirus restrictions amid a drop in caseloads.
the pandemic to be over.The bleak winter, they say. But
Detroit-area real estate many experts warn that a vaccine rollout. That’s a health authorities have a Parents in Santa Clarita, a But there are many
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– attend baseball games, visit country as a whole. facilities have a better excited that in-person of infections will fade. Dr.
movie theaters, go out to “I think we are at the understanding of the virus school resumed this week at Benjamin notes that America
dinner. beginning of the end, but not Finally, the sheer number and treatments. The Mountainview Elementary. is not an island. Many low-
the end that everybody’s of Americans who have percentage of the population The school is on a hybrid income countries have not
And he’s increasingly hoping for,” says Kenneth already had COVID-19 may that has been vaccinated is schedule, and is bringing in started vaccinating yet, and
confident the usual may be Bernard, an epidemiologist be reducing the ability of the quickly increasing. different grades over the their relatively higher
within sight. Some extended who ran the office on global virus to spread in the general next two weeks. number of new cases could
family members, whom he health threats in the Clinton population, says Dr. “Everything that we’re increase the chances of a
largely hasn’t visited over the and second Bush White Benjamin.While vaccinations doing is finally working and “I can feel we have turned dangerous variant of the
past year, have been Houses. have, as of late February, kicking in,” Dr. Benjamin says. a corner,” says Mandy Meeks disease emerging.
vaccinated. He’s eager to be reached nearly 13% of the from her black Jeep
vaccinated himself, and he The raw numbers have U.S. population, a much This late-winter Cherokee, after dropping off “We all want it to be over.
and his wife, Doreen, are undergone a remarkable larger number of Americans, turnaround has produced her second grader, Jamison. And I think the news looks
optimistic enough that turnaround.According to the upwards of 35%, is estimated shoots of hope, which have School is one sign. Business good,” says Dr. Bernard. “But
they’ve tentatively planned a U.S. Centers for Disease to have caught the virus at been especially welcome in is another, she says. As a news changes and I think we
summer family vacation. Control and Prevention some point and developed regions that have had severe restaurant manager, Ms. need to be careful.”
(CDC), the daily number of resistance to a new infection. outbreaks, such as Los Meeks anticipates limited
“I just want to get back to new COVID-19 cases in the Angeles. indoor dining will soon be No pandemic end is in
normal,” he says. country peaked in early Over the past year, added to outdoor dining. sight, if “over” means
January at about 250,000 per America’s experience with In California, all the trend forgotten. The coronavirus
But not everyone is sure day. As of late February, the the coronavirus has been like lines are moving in the right Given current trends, has been an overarching
the country has reached a rolling average had dropped a roller coaster: spikes in direction, according to some when will the pandemic be presence in a year that ranks
COVID-19 inflection point. to around 54,000 cases per caseloads, followed by health officials. “We’ve come over? In the context of the as among the most
Vaccines aren’t yet available day – its lowest level since plummets amid a tightening to the other side of this coronavirus, what does the tumultuous in American
to everyone. Case counts mid-October. of restrictions. Then, as terrible surge,” declared Los word “over” even mean? social and political history. It
have dived before, only to restrictions have eased, Angeles County health will be inextricably linked in
rise again. New variants are a Deaths, which typically lag another rise. director Barbara Ferrer this If “over” is defined as the memory with the protests of
possible danger. cases, have not fallen as fast. week. date when vaccines will be the Black Lives Matter
The seven-day rolling That could happen again. so widely available that movement, the stark
The U.S. recently passed average of U.S. deaths was America has a tendency to Ms. Ferrer is cautiously anyone who wants one will partisanship of the 2020
the grim milestone of over about 2,000 in late February, ease restrictions too soon, optimistic about the future. have easy access, the time is presidential election, and the
500,000 total deaths. And down from January’s peak of and shouldn’t repeat that Los Angeles County is lifting fast approaching – perhaps Jan. 6 storming of the U.S.
damage to the economy has about 3,400, according to mistake, says Dr. Benjamin. restrictions on youth sports faster than many people Capitol by a mob seeking to
taken a personal toll. the CDC. and elementary schools, as think. White House adviser overturn that vote.
Raemecca Evans lost her But the more likely coronavirus cases have fallen Dr. Anthony Fauci has said
Cincinnati restaurant job A number of interrelated scenario is that the country below the cutoff limits set in that time could be mid-to- By Peter Grier
early in the pandemic. She’s factors have likely caused is seeing the light at the end state health and safety late May, or early June.
been unemployed since. this decline, says Georges of the tunnel, he says. Public guidelines.
“Normal” will mean going Benjamin, executive director
back to work, she says. of the American Public
Health Association.
“I mean, it’s gotten better,”
says Ms. Evans of the One is the passing of the
pandemic. But “it’s kind of holiday spikes caused by
touch-and-go, to me.” gatherings over Thanksgiving,
Christmas, and New Year’s.
Nearly one year after Another is a possible
much of the nation abruptly increase in wearing masks
shut down due to a little- and adhering to social
understood virus, turning distancing, driven by the
face masks into common public’s realization that cases
attire and dousing the fires had risen to a very high level.
of the world’s largest
economy, something new is Since late December, the
emerging in America: a sense number of new cases among
of cautious optimism. nursing home residents has
fallen by 80%, coinciding with
The U.S. appears to be

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A world without combat the feeling, I am
email drawn to checking and
trashing messages far too
with Jill Schlesinger often than I would like to
Cal Newport hooked me this one. I begin by blocking Jill Schlesinger, CFP, is a CBS — and are imprisoned by That kind of attention
with the title “A World out the time of day for my News business analyst. A fragmented workdays. switching between tasks is The solutions that
Without Email: Reimagining deep work, then I turn off all former options trader and CIO not how human brains are Newport offers are not easy,
Work in an Age of notifications, and like magic, I of an investment advisory firm, I am old enough to wired to function. In fact, as especially if you are not part
Communication Overload.” grind out the work that is she welcomes comments and we move from working on a of a larger management
If that concept seemed required. remember when you could presentation, to checking effort to stop the email
dreamy a year ago, it now questions at email, to texting, to going reliance and the madness
feels like those of us lucky Newport followed up [email protected]. Check get away with checking email back to the presentation, and anxiety that the reliance
enough to be working from “Deep Work” with “Digital our cognitive performance brings. Start your journey by
home are yearning for the Minimalism: Choosing a her website at once a day and be just fine. slumps. And yet, because thinking about how you
salvation that Newport is Focused Life in a Noisy many organizations require work and what processes
suggesting. World,” which encouraged Twenty-five years after email that we do check, we might be more efficient than
me to identify aspects of my them — and I most certainly continue the dance. Sadly, the blunt, but easy, email. Go
I first encountered digital world that impeded did not miss the nastiness went mainstream, we have when we try to avoid the back in time and think about
Newport, a computer my professional progress that seemed to be growing constant checking, we the old task board, which
science professor at and endeavors — and more on them. become slaves to the so- experience “the psychology helped thousands of teams
Georgetown University and importantly, caused me great of an inbox that fills up faster work toward a unified goal
author, when I read “Deep unhappiness. After I In the new book, Newport called “productivity miracle.” than we can empty it.” I have and broke down the work in
Work,” a treatise on how we interviewed Newport for my is tackling the most felt this firsthand. When I one, easy to view location.
can focus without podcast, I immediately pernicious aspect of the Newport highlights allow my inbox to pile up The bad news is that the
distraction on cognitively deleted all social media apps early digital age — email. conference room where
demanding tasks. The advice from my phone and created “Email is a productivity gut behavioral data that revealed those white boards lived are
proffered in that book was a system where I stopped punch,” he told me in our not in use right now. The
invaluable to me and obsessively checking the most recent interview.As he HALF of workers are good news is that there are
changed the way that I platforms. The result was explained, when we bounce virtual versions (Asana,
address writing articles like magical: I didn’t miss any of between doing our real “checking communication Basecamp, ClickUp, and
work and checking our Trello) that are accessible by
email/Slack/instant applications like email and workers all over the globe.
messenger/texts, we create Oh, and buy Cal’s book.
Slack every six minutes or

less” and more than a third

check their inboxes “every

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Welcome to the That is impressive.” wage workers ($30- was before the pandemic hit, will likely rise this year, he
roaring '20s? because they have been able said that if things overheat,
The economy recovering $50K/year), who have jobs to telecommute. the Fed has “the tools to
with Jill Schlesinger lost ground does not mean deal with it.”
all is well for everyone. like administrative assistants, The suffering for lower
Research from the Federal wage earners should be Naroff asks, “Which
Reserve Bank of New York hairdressers, carpenters, and addressed with the new mistake would you prefer
underscores that fact. round of stimulus. But there making, spending too little
Lower-wage workers (those truck drivers, and upper- is some concern that the and having a substandard
that earn less than $30,000 size of the package may be economy or spending too
annually) and are employed middle-wage workers more than the economy much and possibly creating
as food servers, cashiers, actually needs — and as a higher than desired
Economists, often referred Chief Economist Diane home health aides and child ($50K-$85K), who are often result, we could see prices inflation?” In his view, the
Swonk, “is that stimulus care workers “have borne rise. In his testimony before Fed can control inflation,
to as “the dismal scientists,” checks are extremely quick much more of the brunt of teachers, police officers, Congress in February, “but as we saw during the
to hit consumer wallets, job losses during the Federal Reserve Chair 2010s, too little stimulus
are teetering on ebullience which is important in getting pandemic than higher-wage accountants and financial Jerome Powell did not seem leads to growth that doesn’t
money to those who need it workers.” particularly worried. While make many households feel
about the future.The upbeat most.” It also shows that the managers, have seen jobs acknowledging that prices very good.”
economy is still in need of Meanwhile lower-middle-
assessments come with the assistance.Without the $900 vanish since COVID.
billion that Congress voted
usual abundance of caveats on in December, “the Compare that with
economy would be limping
(“the economic path will be along,” according to employment among high-
economist Joel Naroff.
determined by the ability to wage workers (over $85K),
Just a month ago, the
quell the virus,” “not every consensus estimate for US like software developers,
growth was more than 4%
sector will be back on its this year, which would be the engineers, lawyers and
strongest pace in two
feet by the summer”), but decades. With a good chunk business executives, which is
of the Biden plan likely to
the combination of pass through the budget now slightly above where it
reconciliation process, many
accelerated vaccine are now looking for growth
to jump by 6-7% this year,
distribution, trillions of which would be the best
rate since the mid 1980 s.
dollars of emergency federal
Naroff adds that the
spending, warm weather, totality of emergency rescue
and Federal Reserve asset
pent-up demand, and low purchases has been able to
“overcome the negative
interest rates equals a new impacts of the pandemic. By
sometime during the
roaring twenties for the US summer, we should have
wiped out all of the
economy. economic decline and GDP
will have returned to where
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Pentagon report calls sleep deprivation a
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Department report called deprivation due to restricted monitoring of caffeine intake
sleep deprivation a serious The accidents killed 17 opportunity for sleep." and a decrease of
detriment to readiness, Navy personnel. environmental disruption in
adding that most service The report also cited sleep areas.
members lack adequate "Sleep may be the most prior relevant scientific
sleep, and backs up earlier important biological factor studies, one noting that 64 It also recommended that
moves made by the Pentagon that determines service percent of service members the Pentagon should
to improve both quantity and member health and combat lack adequate sleep, establish a culture which
quality of sleep for military readiness," says the 69-page compared to 28 to 37 prioritizes sleep, suggesting
personnel. report, first reported by percent of the civilian U.S. "tactical naps" of about 20
Stars & Stripes and USNI population. minutes and scheduled about
The "Study on Effects of News. two-thirds through a period
Sleep Deprivation on A U.S. Army soldier takes a nap -- which the Pentagon now After the 2017 incidents of being awake.
Readiness of Members in the recommends to combat sleep deprivation -- while another "U.S. military personnel involving the USS Fitzgerald
Armed Forces" was holds position on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Photo by across settings tend to self- and the USS John C. McCain, It follows publication of a
published last week, report significantly higher the Navy changed its policy U.S. Army field manual in
following a demand from Spc. Ken Scar/U.S. Army rates of sleep deprivation regarding duty schedules -- October 2020 that officially
Congress after sleep than the general national but Adm.William Moran told embraces midday naps to
deprivation was determined population," the report says. Congress in 2019 that the help improve performance.
to be a factor in two "Between 27 and 38 percent revisions were not always
separate collisions in 2017 of service members indicate followed. The new guide focused on
between U.S. Navy vessels that the length of the duty individual wellness rather
day and the overall pace of The report said that risk than the health of whole
24-hour-per-day military units, and was an update of
mitigation should include the Army's health and fitness
recommendations for the
military commanders' first time since 2012.

insistence that duty

schedules include adequate

periods of sleep and

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my turn often say you should or
should not do such and
What happened such, or you ought to say,
or not say certain things. In
to boundaries? Readers may email Cal this, he says, they are
Thomas at appealing to a standard
with Cal Thomas outside of themselves.
[email protected].
Every sport has its House passage of a bill Look for Cal Thomas’ new the bench, we are watering marriage in 2015 (the vote Here is how Lewis puts
boundaries. Rules for disingenuously dubbed the book “America’s Expiration down, or eliminating, it: “Now what interests me
playing the game may “Equality Act,” which, Date:The Fall of Empires and cultural laws and mores at was 5-4). Who will say, “no, about all of these remarks
occasionally change, but the according to the Human Superpowers and the Future warp speed. is that the man who makes
boundaries remain. In Rights Campaign, “would this is too far”? On what them is not merely saying
baseball, a ball hit outside provide consistent and of the United States” that the other man’s
the foul line is out of play. In explicit anti-discrimination would such an assertion be behavior does not happen
football, a catch made protections for LGBTQ Conservatives eschew to please him. He is
outside the sidelines is people across key areas of liberalism in all its forms. What are the based? The Constitution? appealing to some kind of
ruled incomplete.All games life, including employment, Most, citing a deep-rooted consequences to a society standard of behavior which
must be played within housing, credit, education, connection to their that embraces an “anything The Bible? Not likely when he expects the other man
boundaries. No one would public spaces and services, Christian faith. Some of goes” mentality? Who to know about…”
think of erasing them. If federally funded programs, these conservatives believe among us wants to publicly both sources of law and
they did, how could they and jury service, targets that granting special rights oppose anything for fear of Today’s “other man” may
ever expect an orderly what few boundaries for what they regard as being labeled a bigot? The faith-based teaching have know about such
contest? remain about human chosen behavior means standard for what is standards, but he is likely
behavior. Passage in the there will be no stopping acceptable and what is not been diluted to the point of afraid to speak of them lest
Boundaries are rapidly Senate is less certain as 60 claims from other groups is now subjectively he be ostracized from what
being erased in American votes are required, but the demanding similar federal determined. being unrecognizable in used to be called polite
culture. It seems everything fact the bill is a favorite protections. society.
has been sacrificed to among most Democrats much of modern and
opinion polls, campaign should tell us something Polygamist groups, for So, please, tell me if you
contributions from certain about that party and the example, demand their increasingly secular can: do any standards exist
advocacy groups and cultural direction of the “rights.” Why not? Who is and if they do, based on
editorial support from country. to say “no” and based on America. Both are now what? If you believe they
major newspapers. what? Just as liberal judges don’t, on what is this belief
often make new laws from simply ignored or based.

considered open to Denying a standard is in
itself a standard, is it not?
Polygamists groups began individual interpretation.

campaigning for the In his classic book,“Mere
Christianity,” C.S. Lewis,
legalization of their writes about moral claims
people make on one
relationships soon after the another. He notes they

Supreme Court narrowly

approved same-sex

Yes, in many has an openly gay Cabinet protect vulnerable children, People don’t understand
states, people can usually little girls. Little girls gender dysphoria, which is
still be fired for member, but Secretary of who want to use a girls’ the emotional distress of a
being gay only bathroom, no trans person whose gender
Transportation Pete girls allowed. Little girls identity doesn’t conform
with Mary Sanchez who want to run track or with the sex they were
Buttigieg and his husband play high school volleyball, assigned at birth, usually
again, no trans girls allowed. determined by a doctor’s
could be fired or denied a assessment of external
house in many states.

The Equality Act would
end that.

The Equality Act passed Admittedly, many
in the House on February
Religious conservatives deserving of societal Readers can reach Mary 25, 224-206. But in the straight, cisgender people
are clearly confused and recognition and certainly Sanchez at Senate, gaining enough
agitated. unfit for marriage, those votes to override a may be honestly Underline this part: the
battles have largely been [email protected] filibuster is threatened. The confusion is not coming
After all, they gave it their lost.Thank God. and follow her on Twitter Act would amend the 1964 confounded by the debate from those born with
best effort, endlessly @msanchezcolumn. Civil Rights to include gender dysphoria.
admonishing about “Adam Now, they’re circling back sexual orientation and surrounding trans people.
and Eve, not Adam and to old tropes, dismissing states, LGBTQ people can gender identity along with
Steve.” They were insistent science yet again and lose employment, or be the categories of race, Nonbinary and transgender
that love is only love when doubling down on a new denied an apartment, or the religion, national origin, etc.
it occurs between a man target — transgender right to be in a public space, issues and rights may be The muddy waters
and a woman. people — in a new attempt due to their sexual identity
to torpedo the Equality Act. or gender orientation. But something many don’t or A lot of the push back is
But despite decades of they’d need a state-by-state framed around protecting
political campaigns, pulpit What is the Equality Act? guidebook to know where would rather not girl’s participation in sports.
pounding and other fervent they have rights, what sort
attempts to portray gays A mishmash of state laws and where they don’t. contemplate. It may be
and lesbians as less currently governs LGBTQ
deserving of God’s love, less protections. The result is It’s astounding.The nation because they assume that
that in about half of the protects gay marriage and
the issue is primarily about Unfortunately, that

The stall tactic sex acts and genitalia, argument is further stirred

bedrooms and bathrooms, by some high-profile

The current attempt to instead of just human athletes who weighed in via
gut the legislation and
muddy the waters is for beings who are equally a campaign that sought to
statehouses to proclaim
that their efforts are to deserving of rights and protect Title IX, the federal

respect. law that has been used to

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my turn

Texas winter Dr Harlan Ullman is UPI's
Arnaud deBorchgrave
storm exposed Distinguished Columnist.  His
next book due out in 2021 is
massive risks for The Fifth Horseman and the
New MAD:The Tragic History
disruption of How Massive Attacks of
Disruption Are Endangering,
with Harlan Ullman Infecting, Engulfing and
Disuniting a 51% Nation.
The symptoms are concept argued that if both
unmistakable yet hidden in Harlan Ullman joins
plain sight. The massive the United States and USSR Happenings Q&A on
disruption of Texas and Thu., March 25th at
what turned out to be a maintained sufficient 2:30 on AM1050 WLIP.
highly vulnerable power
grid to a super snow and nuclear weaponry after
ice storm last week should
have been no surprise. Nor absorbing a "first strike" to
should the COVID-19
pandemic and the massive destroy the other, both
cyber intrusion of the Solar
Winds software have been would be mutually
entirely unpredictable.
Many more of these
disruptions are coming, The new MAD is Massive People wait to get propane tanks filled outside Dallas on February 16. Record cold temperatures, along with snow and
whether acts of man or Attacks of Disruption. ice, blanketed Texas and spurred a failure of the power grid. Photo by Ian Halperin/UPI
nature. But will Unlike the old MAD, the
governments and elected new MAD cannot be what can be done to corral Archduke Ferdinand in not confined to small Without international
leaders recognize these deterred. And containing it and MAD? groups. At some stage, the action, climate change will
massive dangers and threats the new MAD must Sarajevo in June 1914 nation's debt will become never be addressed.
and take preventive action? become central to the crippling when interest
Or will the thinking of the nation's security. Ironically, the igniting World War I -- rates rise. And as guns kill
past century, when state people, imagine how more
and non-state actors combination of these societal dangerous drones can be as Changes in strategy,
constituted the basis for they are easily and cheaply
the assessments driving globalization and the vulnerabilities and global bought or built in garages policy and government
national security and safety and armed with explosives
continue, much as China, diffusion of power were the links have asymptotically or electronics devices. The organization will be
Russia and violent use of drones in battle as
extremism are? Consider one example. unlikely parents. As increased as have the used in Syria, Ukraine, needed. And perhaps most
More than half a million Nagorno-Karabakh are
Here is breaking, Americans have died of societies modernized, new number of potential outside illustrative and transferable frighteningly, the major
unreported, news: The COVID-19, more than to non-military groups
greatest looming threat to were lost in World Wars I vulnerabilities were disruptors. seeking to disrupt. danger of MAD may well be
mankind has arrived in the and II and approaching the
form of a fifth horseman of number killed in America's created. Standards of living Today, beyond pandemics, What can be done? First, to the U.S. Constitution if
the apocalypse, armed with Civil War. Today, the nation seven major disruptors greater understanding and
a 21st century variant of is spending about $740 rose and people became should be of primary acknowledgement of the broken government cannot
the Cold War Mutual billion on defense in which, concern if MAD is to be consequences of MAD are
Assured Destruction. That thankfully, few service more dependent on contained or prevented. essential. Second, the be repaired. The
personnel are dying in The most existential are concept of national security
action. How much are we sustaining those levels. The climate change and failed must be expanded to Declaration of
spending on COVID-19? and failing government. include MAD beyond other
Internet and cellphone are Texas reinforced the first. traditional dangers. Third, Independence makes this
The Jan. 6 riots on Capitol MAD is also an argument
two cases of massive Hill sadly mirror the for more international clear.
second. cooperation. Virtually all
societal dependencies. states are vulnerable. "When government
becomes destructive, it is
Suppose both were the right of the people to
alter it and establish a new
disrupted for extended one." That was tried in
miniature on Jan. 6. But
periods. what happens if MAD
imposes such lasting
If the disruption of Texas' Further, globalization and The remaining MAD destruction on society, the
power grid and the the diffusion of power agents include: cyber, social public has no option? If we
cyberattacks on Solar ended the centuries-old media, terror, debt and do not start now, we will
Winds were combined, Westphalian system of drones. The first three are never have the answer to
how much damage would politics dominated by made more dangerous that question.
that do? The prospect is states.While individuals and when linked: using cyber,
one of the nation's worst non-state actors always had social media and terror to
nightmares. How did the the capacity for generating disrupt society. And each is
fifth horseman arise and major disruption -- Gavrilo
Princip assassinating the

Sanchez can lurk and attack girls in

continued from page 7 Religious conservatives,
just like religious liberals,
guarantee equal access to The push back came can believe whatever they
sports for girls and women. swiftly, with advocates wish to uphold under the
saying that acceptance, not banner of faith.
The Women’s Sports sliding scales to determine
Policy Working Group hormone limits are best for They can decry that their
supported the Equality Act, the health of children.
but with asterisks to God disdains
reaffirm Title IX. Others
argue that the distinctions homosexuality, or
they made are completely
unnecessary. Nevertheless, the conversely that God’s love

The group proposed controversy only fueled is all encompassing. They
standards that would ask
schools to differentiate other, less well-meaning can claim that trans people
between youth who had
reached the onset of campaigns. States are are simply “confused,” or
puberty and those who
hadn’t or were using considering bills that would and gender. to catch up and not be on girls’ sports teams. The accept what science and
hormone therapy, while still misled by politicians or NCAA and the
advocating for trans youth’s completely ban trans It’s a lot of effort to fight religious leaders spouting organizations governing medical professionals say.
participation in competitive what science and the bad science. international competitions
sports. children from sports other medical profession knows have standards to monitor No one should be able to
about gender dysphoria: It’s Trans athletes don’t have for fairness.
than their assigned-at-birth real and society can inflict a lock on outperforming discriminate against
suffering by pretending cisgender athletes. There is And criminals like
gender, would limit the type otherwise. no rush of boys claiming to pedophiles are not someone in a public space
be trans, just so that they swarming to claim
of medical attention they Time to catch up can swoop in and dominate transgender status so they and call it their faith, their

could gain as minors, The general public needs religious right to do so.

criminalize doctors who The Equality Act simply
seeks to codify this fairness
offered it and prohibit into law.

people from updating their

birth certificates by name


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social security
and you

Decline in Social If you have a Social
Security staff equals Security question,Tom
decline in Social Margenau has the answer.
Security service
Contact him at
with Tom Margenau thomas.margenau@comcast.
net.To find out more about
Imagine that you Social Security Tom Margenau and to read
owned a successful
business that was gaining Administration. In each past columns and see
10,000 new customers features from other Creators
every single day. And all of the last eight years,
the market projections Syndicate writers and
said that trend would around 10,000 people a cartoonists, visit the Creators
continue for many more
years. Would you be day have been retiring Syndicate website at
hiring new staff and
opening new outlets to
keep up with the and signing up for Social Obama years, well, you one penny goes toward in-a-lifetime experience potential SSA customer,
demand? Or would you simply are wrong. Let's for the customer I was
be cutting back on Security benefits. And just use the SSA as an running the agency that dealing with. I tried, and can "work smarter, not
employees, reducing example. Between 2010 maybe more importantly,
office hours and closing that is expected to and 2016, the agency's maintains earnings I was given the harder" by using the
facilities? budget dropped by more opportunity, to make
continue for another than 10%. During that records for almost every sure it was as pleasant as agency's website,
If you were in the same period, its possible.
private sector, I dozen years or more. In beneficiary base went up American and pays https://www.socialsecurit
guarantee you would be by 12%, and its fixed Unfortunately, now it's
doing the former. But in other words, SSA costs increased by about monthly benefits to 1 out a different world and a, to conduct much of
the wacky world of $300 million each year. different SSA. Those
government funding and workloads are booming! of every 6 Americans.You 82,000 employees I your Social Security
operations, the latter is worked with in the '70s
the norm. So, what has been our would be very hard- and '80s have been business.)
government leader's trimmed down to about
Take, as an example, my response to that? Budget pressed to find one single 60,000. Of course, the There are other SSA
former employer: the and staffing cuts. During catchphrase for staff
the last four years, the successful business in the reductions is "work workloads that are also
Trump administration smarter, not harder."
ordered a 15% across- private sector that works Well, catchphrases can suffering. For example,
the-board cut in only go so far.
government staffing, with a 1% overhead the disability story is a
including the SSA. With reduced staff and
And if you also think When I started resources, it's all about pretty bleak tale. It takes
numbers, efficiency and
that the SSA, just like any working for the SSA in time management. the SSA almost three
Walking in off the street
other government the early 1970s, I was to visit a pleasant local months to process a
Social Security office to
agency, has a bloated one of about 82,000 ask some questions and claim for disability
possibly file for benefits
administrative budget relatively happy and while having a little chat benefits. About 65% of
with a happy employee is
And if you think that that could stand some proud employees a pipe dream. Today, you those first-time claims
the Trump cuts were must call the SSA's toll-
merely reversing all the trimming, well, think working for one of the free number and wait on are denied, and that
growth in government hold for a long time
that happened during the again. Out of every dollar best-run agencies in all of (some readers have told means there are
me an hour or more) to
collected in Social government. The SSA make an appointment. hundreds of thousands of
And then you will
Security taxes, less than consistently won awards probably wait weeks, or people who file appeals.
even a month or more,
for public service and for that appointment. In fact, there are
Then, when you finally
administrative get to the office, it's "take currently over 1 million
a number, and sit down,
responsibility. I liked the and wait until you are people waiting for a
called." And sadly, the
phrase one of my co- SSA rep you finally get to disability hearing in front
talk to has not had the
workers always used: training I had and does of an SSA judge. The
not have the time that I
"The SSA is an honorable had and probably does average wait time for
not have the esprit de
institution engaged in a corps that I had. that hearing is more than

noble public purpose." (Let me quickly note 600 days.Those numbers
here that you, as a
Local Social Security keep getting worse as

offices were well-run, SSA's budget and

clean and efficient. I workforce are

worked in several of continually reduced.

those offices in small And of course, all the
problems I've highlighted
towns and medium-sized here about staffing cuts
have only been
cities across the country. exacerbated by the
COVID-19 crisis --
They were pleasant making it even more
difficult to get through
places to work and on the phone and almost
impossible to get into a
pleasant places to visit. I local Social Security
office. That crisis is going
enjoyed the time I had to to eventually end. But the
SSA's funding crisis will
sit down with the people probably not end
anytime soon. As long as
who came in to file for people keep clamoring
for smaller government
any of the various kinds and less government
spending -- well, they are
of Social Security just going to have to live
with the consequence.
benefits. I was able to not

only explain all the often-

complicated Social

Security rules that

applied to them but also

simply chat with them

and ask them how their

day was going. I always

kept in the back of my

mind that even though

this was just an everyday

job for me, it was a once-

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different demographics. In
Massachusetts, a multitiered In West Virginia, health
priority list and inconsistent officials made it a matter of
guidance has sown confusion service and duty for many
and a political backlash. In frontline workers to forgo
Tennessee, the county that their shots so the state’s
encompasses Memphis oldest residents could go
recently ruined thousands of first, particularly when doses
shots after changing state were limited.
protocols to favor local
teachers. “Einstein said genius is
taking the complex and
In many states, the rollout making it simple, which also
of COVID-19 vaccines has makes it easy to make the
faced multiple head winds in simple complex,” says Dr.
terms of supply and demand. Clay Marsh, the state’s
Some blame political and COVID-19 czar. “For us, it
social agendas that dictate wasn’t about a thousand
who should go first. things. It was about one
thing: saving lives.”

In Florida, the message is At times, West Virginia’s People line up for COVID-19 vaccines at the newly opened drive-up at a Wal-Mart in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida last month.
simpler: If you’re 65 or older, vaccination rate has led the More than three million Floridians have had at least one dose, a higher rate than in other populous states.
step right up. nation. Lately it has also seen
a sharp drop in COVID-19 successes, built on an tightening of rules to exclude service orientation, and The federal government is
In church basements, pop- caseloads, something which nonresidents. being “scrappy.”
Dr. Marsh, vice president for understanding that opening four mass
up clinics, and grocery health sciences at West Now Mr. Smith has to wait Until this week Florida
Virginia University, credits to government works best until at least April, when he was one of only four states vaccination sites in Florida,
stores, state programs are the vaccine rollout. returns to Michigan, a delay that, after deciding who goes
when it reflects communal that he sees as another first, hadn’t begun vaccinating including one here at
prioritizing a vulnerable age example of politics other designated groups,
touchstones. hampering the effort. such as teachers and police Gateway Mall, a past-its-
group that, not officers.
“This is a free state,” If the goal is saving prime retail plaza on
coincidentally, is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis people’s lives, he says, “It would be nice to have
said recently, after launching “What’s political about some idea of who the Jacksonville’s primarily Black
overrepresented in the a critique of “lockdowner” that?” priority populations are
“I understand that each states. He has also hailed his going to be ... because people north side. And starting on
Sunshine State, a political state has a unique strategy,” decision to keep schools For Mr. DeSantis, the want to know where they
says Dr. Marsh. “But our open, pointing to low relative success of Florida’s stand, where they are in Wednesday, police,
battleground. Frontline strategy – to call on our infection rates among vaccine rollout certainly line,” says University of
better angels and a sense of students in Florida compared packs a political punch, and Florida epidemiologist Cindy firefighters, and teachers
health workers and nursing service to prioritize this with other states. Those he is not shy about calling Prins, who has volunteered
group of highly vulnerable comparisons appear to be out critics or feeding red at several smaller sites. ages 50 and up will be eligible
home staff were also eligible people over themselves – flawed: Governor DeSantis, a meat to his conservative
has given us a special sense Republican and staunch ally base. In doing so, the She points out that while for appointments at the mass
in the first phase. of pride.” of former President Donald governor has tapped into vaccinating older Florida
Trump, reportedly omitted what makes Florida, well, residents is effective in saving sites.
data on students ages 15-18, Florida, says veteran GOP lives, infection rates are
Florida is one of only two Overall, states with unlike other states, making pollster Whit Ayres, who has generally much higher among For Danny Gooden, a
states – the other is West smaller rural populations Florida look better than it is. worked with Mr. DeSantis on younger people who are Jacksonville retiree who just
Virginia – that chose not to have vaccinated residents COVID-19 messaging. lowest on the priority list.As got vaccinated, culture and
give its first shots to relatively quickly. One state That said, spread-out a result, “we may not see a values are fine, but what he
teachers, police, and that recently surpassed West housing and living “Every good governor full effect [on community sees lacking is better
firefighters. It’s a throw-it-to- Virginia in per capita arrangements and a warm tries to lift up the values of immunity] until we can get communication to Black
the-wind response that vaccinations is Alaska, where climate are all X factors that their state,” says Mr. Ayres. into 20-somethings and even residents about the efficacy
seems to be working, dog sleds have helped cover may have contributed to “And in fact, the ones who teenagers and get those and necessity of the shot.
compared with other similar a vast territory. Another Florida’s ability to weather have been most successful people vaccinated,” she says. Given past testing of
large states: Florida ranks in factor appears to be that the pandemic while keeping [addressing COVID-19] controversial therapies on
the middle of the pack in per states with effective its economy more or less on seem to be the ones doing Black people, many are wary
capita vaccinations. More vaccination programs set track. so within the values that of vaccination. Vaccine
than 3 million residents here simple rules and adjusted dominate their state.” hesitancy is highest among
have received at least one them as they went along. Black Americans under 40,
dose. “States are trying to be agile, In the case of West according to national survey
flexible, and learn and not be Virginia, the state opted not data.
Its vaccination strategy, afraid to implement and to work with national
coupled with its drive to measure rapidly. We are “Florida is its own special pharmacy chains, instead “This shouldn’t be about
reopen for business and learning to fail fast and fail mess,” says Diane Roberts, a going direct to independent individuals, or who is who,”
education, could yet be forward,” says Dr. Marsh. professor of English at pharmacies whose local says Mr. Gooden. “It should
undone by various Florida State University and networks were able to find be about all of us.”
unknowns. And political longtime observer of its and vaccinate the most
leaders also face accusations Florida’s pandemic politics. “But it’s real vulnerable residents. It also
of steering more vaccines to interesting. DeSantis is staffed its own telephone
wealthier white communities response has not always carrying on as if this [relative hotline and chose not to
than to minority residents; a success] is his doing, and outsource online booking of
recent pop-up vaccination gotten good press. Indeed, its some of it might well be.” appointments.
hub in wealthy Manatee
County, near Sarasota, was lax approach to vacationers To West Virginians like Dr.
lambasted as a favor to Marsh, this approach reflects
political donors. was blamed last spring for a culture of self-reliance,

seeding COVID-19 As he readies to make his
annual pilgrimage back home
Yet Florida’s less- outbreaks across the to Michigan’s Upper
prescriptive approach to Peninsula, snowbird retiree
distribution appears to have country during the first Larry Smith is concerned
had some success. At a time that politics has played into
when states are all trying to wave. Florida’s vaccine strategy. He
apply their values, complex had hoped to get vaccinated
distribution schemes such as Decisions to reopen here, but complaints about
those in California and beaches this year and host “vaccine tourism” led to a
Massachusetts speak to a spectators at the Super Bowl
in Tampa were also criticized,
but were framed here by
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ago was able to return the photo to the family
thanks to social media.

Victoria Johnson said she bought a book from 
a used bookstore in Manhattan, about 15 years
ago, and found a photo of what appeared to be a
family of four pressed between the pages.

Johnson said she recently decided to try to find
the family from the photo, which appeared to
already be decades old by the time it came into
her possession.

She posted the picture  to Twitter, asking if
anyone recognized the people -- a man, a woman
and two young girls -- and 48 hours later she
received a response from Carol Howlett of
Hudson, Ohio, who recognized the man as her
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books The winds of change blow through
the best books of March

This month’s selections freedom – for herself and on human beings. The island in Madagascar.Told in
sweep across the literary for her people – truly looks Vietnamese immigrant linked stories, “Red Island
landscape with fervor and like. narrator cleans toilets and House” offers a captivating
imagination, illuminating runs drugs in Paris, not take on colonialism,
aspects of the human Klara and the Sun by because he wants to, but privilege, race, and heritage.
condition and celebrating Kazuo Ishiguro because this is what the
the desire for subjugation of his country
transformation. In his first novel since has brought him to. The A Most Remarkable
novel is not for the faint of Creature by Jonathan
winning the Nobel Prize in heart, but it speaks with Meiburg
The Phone Booth at 2017, Kazuo Ishiguro
the Edge of the World by Red Island House by
Laura Imai Messina explores questions about Andrea Lee Jonathan Meiburg’s

what makes humans Andrea Lee traces an superb book begins as the
African American scholar’s
irreplaceable. This parable marriage to a wealthy story of a bird and ends
Italian businessman and her
In a coastal garden in about a society in which uneasy relationship with having marshaled natural
northeast Japan sits the the pleasure palace he’s
Wind Phone, which offers science has been taken to built on an impoverished history, travelogue,
visitors a place of grace for
their sorrow. This quiet ethically questionable levels biography, and memoir to
novel follows grieving Yui
Tried and tested book and Takeshi as they form a is, thanks to its narrator – a conjure people and places
recommendations friendship of shared
experience – and navigate kind, smart, sympathetic, both known (Darwin) and
New releases are exciting, but books that have stood the the trickier shoals of a
test of time can be even better. Here's a roundup of deeper relationship – in solar-powered Artificial not (the South America of
recommendations that are sure to deliver satisfaction and lyrical, unrushed prose.
edification. Friend – a surprisingly the glyptodonts). Along the

Fiction warm morality tale about way he shows how

love, hope, and empathy inaccurately we understand

that subverts our our species’ place in the

expectations about world.

dystopian fiction. Plunder by Menachem
I just finished The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish. It is Libertie by Kaitlyn The Committed by Viet
the story of a young Jewish woman in the 17th century, Greenidge Thanh Nguyen A master storyteller
embarks on a journey to
Ester Velasquez, who yearned for intellectual discourse “Libertie” follows a Black In this sequel to his 2016 learn about his grandfather
with the great minds of her day. Restricted by both gender girl born free in the Pulitzer Prize-winning and to reclaim an
and the shadow of persecution, she assumes various male Reconstruction era. Her novel, “The Sympathizer,” apartment building that was
pseudonyms to engage in clandestine correspondence. mother is a doctor who Viet Thanh Nguyen drives stolen during the
Interwoven with Ester’s story is that of a modern-day wants nothing more than home the brutal – and Holocaust. The odyssey is
historian, Helen Watt, who is researching those letters. for Libertie to follow in her often horrifyingly absurd – fascinating and thought-
Helen experiences self-discovery and strength through the footsteps, but Libertie has effects of colonialism and provoking.
bond with this kindred soul who lived centuries earlier. - different ideas of what every other kind of “ism”
Richard Boatman. Pleasant Hill, Iowa

In The Deagon Deviation, Rob Cramb portrays a Hillary Clinton and Mystery Writer
fictional research institute in Brisbane, Australia, Louise Penny to Publish Political
threatened by an algorithm-driven management scheme. Thriller Together
Cramb, who is a professor at the University of
Queensland, writes with authority and dry humor. This "What Happened," attacks throws the global
work will especially resonate with readers who have order into disarray, and the
experienced institutional dynamics. All the parts of the Hillary Clinton wrote that Secretary is tasked with
story fit smoothly together into a finely crafted, rewarding assembling a team to
read. - Richard Montgomery. Gig Harbor,Washington in the aftermath of her loss unravel the deadly
conspiracy, a scheme
I’m currently reading and enjoying The Midnight to Donald Trump, she took carefully designed to take
Library, a magical realism novel by Matt Haig that advantage of an American
explores the idea of considering what our lives would be solace in watching HGTV -- government dangerously
like if we had chosen various different paths. - Cindy La out of touch and out of
Ferle. Royal Oak, Michigan and reading the mystery power in the places where
it counts the most."
Nonfiction novels of Canadian writer
Penny is a prolific
I revisited The Voyage of the Cormorant by Christian Louise Penny. Shortly after mystery writer, releasing
Beamish, in which he tells about building a boat in his her Armand Gamache
garage and sailing the coastal waters of the Pacific. that, Penny began including novels -- there have been
Beamish, who signed up for the U.S. Navy two weeks after 16 in total -- at a clip of
graduating from high school, is a writer for Surfer the Clinton family in the once per year. Set in Three
magazine. His book offers refreshing writing about real-life Pines, a cozy village on the
experiences. - Martha Barkley. Charleston, South Carolina acknowledgments of her border of Quebec and
Vermont, idyllic but for all
Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to books. And now the two the murder, Penny
Conservation That Starts in Your Yard by naturalist published the first book in
Douglas W. Tallamy is the more practical sequel to his are collaborating on a the series, "Still Life," in
earlier book “Bringing Nature Home.” It’s more practical 2005. The books have
because his area of concern has increased to the Midwest. thriller, "State of Terror," to become bestsellers.
It’s more interesting because it includes more photos of
caterpillars. - John Bell. Manchester, Missouri be released on Oct. 12, "When it was suggested Former U.S. President Bill Clinton arrives with former Secretary of State
my friend Hillary and I Hillary Clinton to the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the
Although quite scholarly, The Long Public Life of a 2021. write a political thriller
Short Private Poem: Reading and Remembering together, I could not say yes West Front of the U.S. Capitol for the 59th presidential inauguration in
Thomas Wyatt by Peter Murphy is delightfully The book will be fast enough," Penny said in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021
accessible. Murphy chronicles the cultural life of the nearly published in an unusual the press release. "What an
500-year-old poem “They Flee From Me” and uses it as a collaboration between St. incredible experience, to mind of the Secretary of first appears."
scaffolding to investigate the evolution of poetry across Martin's Press and Simon get inside the State State as high stake crises
the centuries. - Julie Naslund. Bend, Oregon & Schuster. Department. Inside the explode. Before we started, Bill Clinton has also
White House. Inside the we talked about her time as gotten into the thriller
Andrea Wulf’s The Invention of Nature follows According to the press Secretary of State. What game, collaborating with
explorer Alexander von Humboldt. For anyone who has release from Simon & was her worst nightmare? James Patterson on the
traveled in South America, or wants to go there, this is a Schuster, the plot of "State 'State of Terror' is the 2018 novel "The President
must-read. His five years tramping through the jungle of Terror" appears to be answer." Is Missing," as well as a
collecting specimens is a page turner. - Muriel Horacek. inspired by Clinton's time forthcoming one called
Altadena, California as President Barack Hillary Clinton added, "The President's Daughter."
Obama's Secretary of State: "Writing a thriller with "The President Is Missing"
"The story follows a novice Louise is a dream come was acquired by Showtime
Secretary of State who has true. I've relished every one after a pre-publication
joined the administration of of her books and their bidding war. But in October,
her rival, a president characters as well as her Showtime killed the
inaugurated after four years friendship. Now we're project, which had already
of American leadership that joining our experiences to begun filming, because of
shrank from the world explore the complex world the coronavirus pandemic.
stage. A series of terrorist of high stakes diplomacy e benefit if we can return.
and treachery.All is not as it
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The Enlightenment stressed not only
reason, but also empathy

At the start of his deeply Enlightenment’s beginning.
impressive new book, “The
Enlightenment: The Pursuit (Robertson looks also to Publisher pulls six
of Happiness, 1680-1790,” Dr. Seuss books over
University of Oxford John Locke’s 1689 “An Essay racist portrayals
history professor Ritchie
Robertson refers to Concerning Human
something the late Eric
Hobsbawm wrote 30 years Understanding.”) The key in
ago, describing the
Enlightenment as “the only all cases is a pronounced
foundation for all the
aspirations to build change in the very Six Dr. Seuss books –
societies fit for all human including “And to Think That
beings to live in anywhere fundamentals of thinking. I Saw It on Mulberry Street”
on this earth, and for the and “If I Ran the Zoo” – will
assertion and defense of Robertson quotes stop being published
their human rights as because of racist and
persons.” Immanuel Kant’s famous insensitive imagery, the
business that preserves and
rallying call, “Have the protects the author’s legacy
courage to use your own
“These books portray
intellect!” But he stresses people in ways that are
hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss
the inaccuracy of putting all Enterprises told The
Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the
the emphasis on the late author and illustrator’s birthday

“intellect” part and none on “Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our
commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss
the “courage” part. Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all
communities and families,” it said.
“Enlightenment reason is
The other books affected are “McElligot’s Pool,” “On
not calculation but Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s
Quizzer.” The decision to cease publication and sales of the
If you’re detecting a slight argument; it is pursued not books was made last year after months of discussion, the
company told AP.
note of defensiveness in by solitary thinkers armed
Books by Dr. Seuss – who was born Theodor Seuss
Hobsbawm’s comment, with slide-rules, but by Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904 –
have been translated into dozens of languages as well as in
you’re not mistaken. Even in groups whose members Braille and are sold in more than 100 countries. He died in
his own day, Hobsbawm often differ in their views
He remains popular, earning an estimated $33 million
could sense lurking and who meet in the before taxes in 2020, up from just $9.5 million five years
ago, the company said. Forbes listed him No. 2 on its
objections to the basic settings of Enlightenment highest-paid dead celebrities of 2020, behind only the late
pop star Michael Jackson. As adored as Dr. Seuss is by
ideas of the Enlightenment sociability,” he writes. millions around the world for the positive values in many
of his works, including environmentalism and tolerance,
– the great outpouring of “Reason is only one of the there has been increasing criticism in recent years over the
way Black people,Asians, and others are drawn in some of
reason, empiricism, and Enlightenment’s core his most beloved children’s books, as well as in his earlier
advertising and propaganda illustrations.
egalitarian values that attributes, alongside the
The National Education Association, which founded
kicked off in the late 17th passions sentiment and criticism of Max the world, empathy, the Read Across America Day in 1998 and deliberately aligned
dethroning of dogma – are it with Mr. Geisel’s birthday, has for several years
century. Over the course of empathy.” Horkheimer and Theodor in constant need of deemphasized Dr. Seuss and encouraged a more diverse
defending against the reading list for children.
a century and more, the The whole spectrum of Adorno (which Robertson revanchist forces that seek
to empower the few
intellectual forces of the those passions is characterizes as products of through the ignorance of
the many.At the moment of
Enlightenment flooded marvelously represented in misunderstandings of the book’s appearance,
Robertson notes, liberal
Europe and beyond, these pages (which, Enlightenment philosophy) ideals are under threat in
some of the very places
challenging assumptions and charmingly, are illustrated or in elaborations by later where they were first
broadening humanist throughout with the writers like Isaiah Berlin
Diderot and his fellow
perspectives. These frontispieces of seminal (which Robertson valiant thinkers might not
have liked the idea that
challenges prompted Enlightenment works, attributes to a skewed reason, sympathy, and
equality are so constantly
resistance, and as rather than tired understanding of an vulnerable – but they’d have
applauded such a big and
Robertson goes about the stereotypical paintings of unreliable source). “The optimistic book as this.

task of telling a sweeping, Catherine the Great’s appeal of pessimism,” By Steve Donoghue

bracingly eloquent narrative drawing room and such). Robertson writes by way of

of what’s considered the Robertson has written a summation,“lies not least in

“long 18th century,” he’s big, enthusiastic book about the pleasing sense of

consistently addressing the other books, from Locke’s superiority it confers on its

misunderstandings that give “Two Treatises of proponents.”

rise to that resistance. Government,” the primer “The Enlightenment”
ends as it begins: with a
The Enlightenment, which of empiricism, to David detailed rationalization that
Robertson calls a “sea the Enlightenment ideals –
change in sensibility,” had Hume’s 1739 “A Treatise of liberty, personal fulfillment,
deep roots in the Scientific scientific understanding of
Revolution of the 17th Human Nature,” about
century, but even so, the
world’s ideologies were which Robertson writes: “If
comfortably fixed as the
story opens. Monarchies any philosophical work can
are the rule rather than the
exception, species are convey to lay readers some
viewed as divinely created
and immutable, education is of the excitement of doing NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLERS
all but unknown for the
general populace, and philosophy, this surely can.”
organized religions hold a
social and moral power that And of course he spends
had been growing steadily
for a thousand years. time with Denis Diderot

and his great

“Encyclopédie,” which

caused controversy from

the appearance of its first

volumes in 1751, described

here quite rightly as a

landmark in the


knowledge.” 1. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster (Gates) 1. The Four Winds (Hannah)
2. Think Again (Grant) 2. Firefly Lane (Hannah)
The essential dramatic Robertson notes that 3. Greenlights (McConaughey) 3. The Kaiser’s Web (Berry)
appeal of the Enlightenment thinkers of the Romantic 4. Caste (Wilkerson) 4. A Court of Silver Flames (Maas)
is how suddenly it took era “denounced the 5. Walk in My Combat Boots (Patterson) 5. The Duke and I (Quinn)
hold – almost overnight, it Enlightenment in retrospect 6. Just As I Am (Tyson/Burford) 6. The Midnight Library(Haig)
often seems. Isaac Newton’s as the apotheosis of hyper- 7. The Sum of Us (McGhee) 7. Kingdom of Shadow and Light (Marie)
“Philosophiæ Naturalis rational calculation.” And he 8. A Promised Land (B.Obama) 8. The Viscount Who Loved Me (Quinn)
Principia Mathematica” argues that those 9. Untamed (Doyle) 9. The Santatorium (Pearse)
appeared in 1687 and is denunciations have unjustly 10. Nomadland (Bruder) 10. The Vanishing Half (Bennett)
typically seen as an easy continued ever since,
signpost of the whether through the social

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Pet World animals

with Cathy Rosenthal in the news

Adopter says she was told
her dog 'did not bark,' but...

Dear Cathy, I adopted a Then give her something to do As well as being a recuring
10-year-old Chihuahua mix or ask her to sit on the couch guest on Happenings Q&A,
earlier this year. I was told she with you or follow you into
"did not bark." When she first the kitchen. Be consistent with Cathy M. Rosenthal is a
arrived, she did not bark very your training, and you should longtime animal advocate,
much, but now she doesn't see a reduction in this author, columnist and pet
stop. We live on a somewhat behavior in a few months. expert who has more than
busy street. She barks at
everything and everyone. I You also can block outside 30 years in the animal
have tried using noise spray noise with a white noise welfare field. Send your pet
cans, telling her to be quiet, machine. When you leave the questions, stories and tips to
shaking cans of coins and anti- house, turn on the TV or music
bark machines. I had the for her as well. Blocking the [email protected].
opportunity to move into a noise will help reduce her
senior housing complex but need to alert you. Cathy Rosenthal joins Missing cat turns up appeared to be the same dog. Rocky is
refused because one of their Happenings Q&A on four years later in now living comfortably back at home
rules is no barking dogs. Dear Cathy, Where did Thu. March 25th at Pittsburgh with her family.
this crazy idea of crating dogs 1:30 on AM1050 WLIP.
I thought she may be bored, originate? Whatever happened Family's missing
but she does not play with toys to old-fashion training? A cat that went missing from her French bulldog found
or chew on them because she Laziness is the term that 600 miles away
only has five teeth. This is her comes to mind. I find crating New Jersey home four years ago was
third home. I do not want her abusive. How would you feel A French bulldog that went missing
to go through any more confined? This is not training. supervision and other training. reunited with her owner when she from his family's home in California's
trauma, but she needs to stop It's engaging in cruelty. I turned up at a Pittsburgh shelter four Bay Area was found four weeks later
the incessant barking. I am at wouldn't seek your advice So, what does humane years later. The Animal Friends shelter after being purchased by a man 600
my wit's end. Any other regarding any animal. -- Rita, via crate-training look like? Use in Pittsburgh said the cat, named Nova, miles away in Mexico. Debbie Campbell
suggestions? -- Regla, New email the crate sparingly, like when went missing from her owner's home said Brody, her emotional support dog,
York, New York you have to leave the house in New Jersey just before Christmas went missing from her San Lorenzo
Dear Rita, for short periods of time or 2016, and despite numerous searches home Feb. 3, and despite searches of
Dear Regla, No adopting during housetraining. When of the area and posted flyers, the feline the area and photos posted by her
agency should tell you that a For my readers, please note home, leave the crate door could not be located. Animal Friends family  to social media, weeks past
dog won't bark or make much that Rita is referring to a open and feed your dog his said Nova recently turned up on the without any news of her lost pet.
noise. All dogs bark or make recent column where I gave meal and special treats inside Pittsburgh doorstep of a volunteer Campbell said she was shocked to
some sort of vocal noise like housetraining advice to a the crate, so he learns his crate named Diane. Diane brought Nova to receive a phone call last week from
yowling. I am sorry you were family with a small dog who is a special place where good the shelter, where she was scanned for Benjamin Gonzalez, a man who said he
misled to think otherwise. kept having accidents in the things happen. Once a dog is a microchip. The chip allowed staff to bought a dog matching Brody's
home. They had a crate, so I housetrained, leave the crate contact Nova's owner, who now lives description from a man on the street in
For centuries, we have discussed ways they could use door open when you leave in Massachusetts. The owner visited downtown Tijuana, 600 miles from the
trained dogs to alert us to the crate to housetrain their home, so your dog can go in the shelter this week to take Nova to Bay Area. Gonzalez said family
potential threats or intruders. dog. While proper crate and out. You will be surprised her new home. members who live in the Bay Area told
This works well if you live in training is a humane way to at how much time your dog him the dog he purchased looked like
rural areas and want to know train dogs, there is one caveat: wants to sleep in his crate, Lost dog reunited photos of a lost dog they had seen on
if someone is approaching Dogs are not meant to be social media. Gonzalez sent Campbell a
your home from a half a mile closed up in their crates all the especially if there is a comfy with family after photo of Brody's identifying tattoo,
away. In suburbia or the city, time or for long periods of three years confirming the canine's identity.
however, a dog is bombarded time, and I believe this is what bed inside. Gonzalez, 37, said he had lived in the
by noise and likely to alert you Rita felt I neglected to say. So, Bay Area since he was a baby, but was
all day long. I need to rectify that oversight. I used crate-training to A Texas family whose dog went deported from the United States two
years ago and has lived alone in Tijuana
The things you have tried so Keeping a dog in a crate all housetrain three of my five missing in April 2018 was reunited with ever since. "He's from the Bay. I'm from
far are intended to interrupt the time would be cruel. They the Bay. It was just weird,"
the barking, which is great, but wouldn't get enough exercise dogs. The crates are not their pet nearly three years later when Gonzalez  told KGO-TV. "I guess he
you must ask her to do and could become anxious, was just meant to go back."
something else afterward to destructive or depressed. One hidden but in the main living he turned up at a local shelter. Eileen
distract her. When using should never use a crate to Cat reunited with
interrupting techniques, call punish a dog or to put a dog in area so they can enjoy their Russell said her dog, Rocky, owner after 15 years
her to you, ask her to sit and while you go to work for eight
then give her some treats. hours. It's a training tool and crates whenever they want disappeared after a day of wandering A stray cat found on a California
should not be used in place of resident's porch was scanned for a
while still hanging out with the her property in Waco with the family's microchip and reunited with her
owner -- 15 years after she went
family. For more information, other dog. Russell posted photos of missing. Officer Luis Leal responded to
a call recently about  an injured stray
the Humane Society of the Rocky to Facebook and the family kept cat on a resident's front porch, and Leal
brought the feline to the Palmdale
United States has a step-by- up the search for their missing canine, Animal Care Center. The cat was
treated for the unspecified injury and
step guide on how to crate- but they eventually came to the found to be in overall good health.
Officials scanned the feline for a
train a dog. conclusion that Rocky had likely met microchip and found the information
for an owner named Charles. The
his end with the local coyote department contacted Charles and
was surprised to learn the cat, named
population. The woman said she was Brandy, had been missing for 15 years.
Charles visited the Palmdale facility,
shocked nearly three years later when where he was  reunited with his long-
lost pet.
she chanced on a Facebook post from

the Humane Society of Central Texas

that bore photos of an elderly dog she

recognized as Rocky. The Humane

Society said a woman had found the

15-year-old dog lying on the side of a

street a few weeks ago and brought

him to the shelter, where veterinarians

determined he was ill and having

trouble standing up. Rocky was initially

believed to not have much time left, but

officials were surprised when the dog's

condition began to improve and he

recovered from his illness.The Humane

Society posted about the dog's

recovery  on Facebook,  where he was

spotted by Russell. Russell sent some

photos of Rocky and officials agreed it

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Evolutionary reducing their antioxidants.
Furthermore, the chemicals
Choices that you may be consuming
with these non-organic
with Louie Arecco products do not show
many bad results short
When you were a child, generations become more Louie Arecco has been (how they should be there are thousands of term, but over time they
were you ever told to eat and more at risk. If we stay in the industry of Health functioning), we require a benefits of eating fruits and compound and are able to
your vegetables? You with the path of and Fitness for 15 years load of different nutritional veggies, there are some that get to the level of
probably were. What about nutritionally starving our components. Without this solve some of our greatest producing deadly diseases
today? Do you still have bodies, what impact do you with a passion and wide variety of nutrition, modern day problems. One that kill people. While your
somebody in your life that think that makes on our challenge of helping his our cells will not function at main problem solved is that intentions could be to eat
tells you to eat greens as society? What about our clients maintain a fitness their best, also shrinking eating healthy means you healthy, you could be
much as you can? Most kids? What about our lifestyle at Anytime Fitness your telomeres faster and are less likely to develop harming yourself. Would
likely not. The majority of healthcare costs? What in Downtown Kenosha. your body will begin to fail diseases like cancer, you rather spend extra
us do not have our parents about your ability to enjoy you. Do you have back pain diabetes, heart disease, and money on organic food
or friends texting us at and participate in life? Now, actually thousands of or trouble sleeping? This more. now or spend it on hospital
every meal to ask if we're the point of this article isn't different nutrients that we could heavily be impacted bills in 10-20 years?
eating healthy. Some people to tell you that you've been consume when eating by the nutrition you are Eating fresh is clearly
may ask, "Why is it that eating wrong, because the vegetables and fruits. It is getting and aren't getting. important, but why is it All in all, a simple fix to
Americans have so many media will tell you that you still not possible with Of course, we have not important to buy organic make you less prone to
health problems?" My are doing fine. Instead I modern day technology to even spoken about food? Organic food is diseases and able to be
thought is, we care about want to bring to your perfectly replicate what you exercising, which we will grown without the use of more active with your
our health, but many of us attention that pizza isn't a can gain from a strawberry leave for another article. chemicals nor other friends and family is to
just do not know that what vegetable, and perhaps I can into a simple antioxidant Now, to actually be able to artificial agents. Non- consume a wide-variety of
we eat, and don't eat, hurts share some unbiased pill every morning. While obtain all of these nutrition organic vegetables lose fresh, organic fruits,
our health. Mainstream solutions or tweaks that humans do survive off of necessities, try to eat a their nutrients because the vegetables, beans, grains,
media advertises that food you can implement to be calories and water, if we wide variety of nutrients chemicals used to protect seeds, and nuts. Meat is
that is artificial, smells good, able to be a healthier want our cells to thrive (this will also keep you them take the responsibility okay for you to consume in
smothered with cheese, person. from getting bored with from the plants to protect small amounts. Staying
dipped in ranch is perfectly your everyday meals).While themselves which means healthy prepares you for a
fine for us to eat. As we Here's when I tell you life where you are the
progress further into a that you should be eating protagonist of the story, a
society where everyone is vegetables and fruits. I life where you play the
bombarded with biased know you already knew sport, where you chase the
messages about how to eat this, but what is the kids, a life with less visits to
healthy, our future importance? Most people the doctor and more tight
don't realize that there are jeans.

Mayo Clinic — has become common. For through their chemotherapy A recent study found that make it a habit. Please
many people, that includes fewer than 5% of Americans consider contacting your
avoiding public spaces. It also treatments. Receiving who are eligible to donate local blood donation center
has led to cancellation of blood actually are donors. today to make an
Blood shortage due to lack community blood drives that donated blood may be the That low number has always appointment to give blood.
of blood donors during many blood banks rely on. been a concern. But it’s even By doing so, you could save a
COVID-19 pandemic difference between life and more worrisome now life. — Justin Kreuter, M.D.,
because some long-term Transfusion Medicine, Mayo
death for some of these blood donors fall into high- Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
risk categories for COVID-
people. 19 due to their age or E-mail a question to
underlying health concerns, MayoClinicQ&[email protected].
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more donors at this time? adult who is not quarantined, circumstances, health care encouraged to make an donating. Other people will
How will that help care you can help by making an appointment to donate have to step up. To meet the
providers take care of appointment with your local organizations typically keep a blood. Giving blood by need, it likely will require a Tune in to Happenings
people with COVID-19? blood collector to donate. If appointment, rather than as a massive turnout from people Q&A on Thursday,
you cannot donate, you can one- to two-week supply of walk-in, enables donor who have not donated
ANSWER: At this time, help by sharing messages centers to follow social before or those who have March 25th at 12:30
the blood shortage is not from your local blood bank. blood and other blood distancing best practices. A not donated for a long time. when Dr. Dan Waxman,
due to an unusually high new sterile collection set,
demand for blood products. COVID-19 is a respiratory products. Due to the including the needle, is used To successfully get past Vice President of
The problem is a lack of illness that leads to for each donor. That means this shortage and through Transfusion Medicine
supply. Most people who symptoms such as fever, disruption caused by there is no risk of getting a the summer months ahead, and Senior Director of
have COVID-19 don’t cough, shortness of breath disease by donating blood. when the blood supply is
require blood transfusions. and difficulty breathing. COVID-19, the blood And only healthy people historically low, it’s crucial Versiti, joins the
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is triggering critical blood from mild to severe. Due to inventory will continue to be donor center. Be assured consider donating blood and AM1050/WLIP
shortages across the country the nature of the COVID-19 that blood collection centers
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frequently requires multiple
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rfoecoidpe&s Overnight Apple-
Raisin Oatmeal
Nutrition News
with Charlyn Fargo Servings: 6 (serving size: 1 cup oatmeal and about 1/4 cup
Nutrition Fact or Fiction?
3 3/4 cups water
Ever wonder how many 2 1/4 cups 1% milk
1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
carbohydrates you should be 3/4 cup golden raisins (or dried cranberries)
1/2 cup maple syrup
eating? Or if a detox diet really 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
works? Or how often to 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
snack? 2 large apples, cut into 1/4-inch slices

A Google search can give a Charlyn Fargo is a consumed when true hunger Do detox diets rid the body Combine the water, milk, oats, raisins, maple syrup, vanilla,
variety of answers, but how do registered dietitian with SIU strikes and helps bridge the of toxins? There is little cinnamon and salt in a heatproof glass bowl. Set bowl in a
you know what the truth is? Med School in Springfield, gap between meals to ensure evidence to support that 6-quart slow cooker; add cold water to slow cooker, filling
Make sure the site is reputable you don't overeat later. Avoid detox or cleansing diets
-- ending in ".org" or from a Ill. For comments or chips, candy and sweets that eliminate toxins. The body has until water comes 3/4 of the way up outside of bowl.
registered dietitian. Here are questions, contact her at have empty calories and added its own detox system in place Cover slow cooker; cook on low 8 hours or until oats are
answers you can trust. sugars that will make you feel with the liver and kidneys,
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Do carbs make you gain or follow her on Twitter to remove waste from the medium-high heat.Add apples; cook 3 minutes or until
Can certain foods burn body. browned, stirring occasionally. Stir oats; spoon into bowls.
weight? Carbohydrates are @NutritionRd. calories? Not really. Caffeine
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Happenings Q&A on metabolism, but not enough Per serving: 370 calories; 10 grams protein; 75 grams
weight-gain devil. They're not. Tue. March 23rd at for significant calorie burn or Q and A carbohydrates; 6.5 grams fat; 12 milligrams cholesterol; 7
2:30 on AM1050 WLIP. weight loss. The best way to
You just want to make sure lose weight is to choose Q: Are smoothies beneficial grams fiber; 211 milligrams sodium.
Is healthy foods in the right for weight loss and overall
you're eating complex snacking throughout the day portions and exercise health? Corned Beef and
bad for my health? Not consistently. Cabbage Hash
carbohydrates instead of necessarily. Six smaller meals
work for a lot of people. Are fat-free or low-fat Serves 4 to 6
simple carbs. Complex carbs Snacking on nutrient-rich versions of foods healthier? 1 pound russet potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1/2-inch dice
foods such as fruits, vegetables, When a product claims it 12 ounces cooked corned beef brisket, cut into 1/2-inch
are important for energy, brain whole grains and protein can contains low or no fat, be sure A:To have a healthy and safe
help increase your intake of to look at the label for its dice
function and even weight loss. vitamins and minerals. A smart sugar content. Sometimes, weight loss, the goal is to 3 cups shredded green cabbage
snack is one that is planned, manufacturers replace fat with
Complex carbohydrates sugar to make it more maintain satiety (feeling full 1 cup thinly sliced onion
palatable, because fat provides 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice (1/2 cup)
include whole grains, beans and food with flavor. In addition, after eating) and prevent loss
some fat in our salad dressings 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
vegetables, which are rich in helps with absorption of fat- of muscle while maximizing fat 2 garlic cloves, sliced thin
soluble vitamins (A, D, E and 2 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh thyme
fiber and make you feel full. K). loss. Satiety can be achieved by
2 teaspoons pepper
Simple carbs are those high- consuming proteins, high-fiber 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard

sugar foods and processed and high-volume foods. So, yes, 1 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
grains, which lead to smoothies can be a great way 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 16 pieces

unsatisfying meals, causing us to increase satiety by boosting Toss potatoes, beef, cabbage, onion, carrots, oil, garlic,
thyme, pepper, mustard, salt and allspice together in a large
to overindulge later. Keep in fiber intake and can be a bowl.Transfer mixture to a 12-inch nonstick skillet and set

mind any food you eat in wonderful substitution for over medium heat (skillet will be very full, but contents
will cook down). Cover and cook until potatoes are
excess will cause you to gain highly processed
tender, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
weight and eliminating any one carbohydrates. Just be sure to
Remove skillet from heat and, using a potato masher, mash
of the major food groups is include protein (such as Greek ingredients into a coarse, cohesive mass. Spread corned
beef mixture into an even layer and place butter pieces
detrimental. You need all the yogurt or milk) and veggies along the sides of the skillet all around the hash. Return to
medium heat and cook, uncovered and undisturbed, until
macros -- carbohydrates, fat (such as spinach or kale) as
well browned on the bottom, 5 to 7 minutes.
and protein. well as fresh or frozen fruit.
Flip spatula-size portions of hash and lightly repack in the
America’s Test Kitchen skillet. Cook until browned on the second side, about 2
minutes. Flip again and brown the bottom once more,
Bring this diner staple home for St.
about 2 minutes. Serve.
Patrick's Day
Recipe notes: Corned beef is sold both raw and fully
We wanted a recipe for this After adding little nubs of cooked. Purchase fully cooked corned beef from the deli
diner staple that was easy to butter all around the sides, we counter -- ask the butcher to slice it 1/2-inch thick.You
make in every home kitchen. In returned the skillet to the heat can also use cooked corned beef left over from a boiled
a large bowl we tossed to brown the hash. Flipping the dinner.About one-quarter of a head of green cabbage will
together 1/2-inch cubes of hash in sections with a spatula
cooked corned beef from the gave us control over how yield 3 cups. Serve with hot sauce and a fried egg, if
deli counter, unpeeled russet much browning was achieved desired.
potatoes and carrots, which and allowed browning on both
offered pretty pops of color. sides. The finished hash was
We also added shredded bound by creamy potatoes and
cabbage and sliced onion and woven in a web of cabbage,
combined the entire mixture with salty, tender corned beef
with garlic, thyme, a few spices and subtly sweet carrots in
and vegetable oil. every bite.

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Down at the Lake then (and then) and now

with Meryl Strichartz Looking north on Seventh Avenue at 58th Street

I bet you didn’t even bundle yourself up and get Meryl Strichartz is a 1920
know this. out there and look at our Kenosha resident and
Kenosha night sky. Better active board member of When this photo above was taken in 1920 (credited to R.S.Newell), the streets then were
My dad liked to play yet, take someone you love the Kenosha Community known as Wisconsin (58th) Street and Church (Seventh Avenue) Street. On the left corner,
cards, so growing up on the outside to look at the stars Sailing Center. She is also an old brick foundry with a gable roof was located before the Alford Building. The building
coast of Southern with you (and don’t even a member of the Kenosha
California we would get me going about our Yacht Club and ally to on the right, commonly known as the Barden, was built nine years prior in 1911.
sometimes drive to Las unbelievable moon rises many Kenosha harbor Photo courtesy of the Kenosha History Center.
Vegas so he could play over the lake).
blackjack and poker. While businesses and 1999
my dad played cards (which As promised, I told you environmental groups. She
was never referred to as is the owner of Lakeshore In 1999, Kenosha was on the cusp of a new century, and with it, a rebirth in Kenosha.
gambling), my mother took that I would let you know At this time, this intersection was full of memories, but no more action. The Bardens
us to buffets, swimming Pedal Tour and Career Department Store vacated the building in 1985. Throughout the years, the Barden has
pools, and shows. At night about some incredible Coaches of Wisconsin. been home to Party Animals family entertainment center and The Omega Candle Factory.
she would sometimes take She has her MBA from
us outside where my things going on down at the UW-Parkside and has Photo - Jason Hedman.
brother and I could marvel been involved with many
at the sizzling heat of the lake. One hidden treasure is Kenosha and Racine
night air and the stars. She
knew we liked stars, the Carthage College’s nonprofits.
moon and all things having
to do with space. It Professor Brian Schwartz
seemed like everyone liked
space then. Just looking up and the Griffin
at the sky filled you with
patriotic pride, a sense of Observatory at the
adventure and mysterious
imaginings. The stars were Kemper Center. He hasn’t
dazzling and even the lights
on the Strip and the jewels been able to hold public
on Elvis’s jumpsuits didn’t
compare to the night sky. viewings this year because

Then the years passed of COVID, but he is still
and the suburban skyglow
grew greater than the stars. hosting small groups upon
I read somewhere that 80%
of Americans can no longer request. One of Professor making summer plans.
see the Milky Way because
of light pollution. I bring this Schwartz’s greatest joys is
up because the other night
I got out of my car and to share his love of • The Kenosha
looked up at the Kenosha Community Sailing Center’s
sky and saw stars. Not as astronomy with others. To course registration is open.
many as out in the desert, Sign up today at
but enough to stop and schedule a free tour, event
stare. I stood on my
driveway feeling like I was or stargazing session, email
holding an ace and a jack; I
knew I was lucky to see Professor Brian Schwartz at
[email protected] • The Kenosha Yacht Club
If you have a chance and
the clouds blow away, or call 262-551-6042. racers are finalizing their

Honestly, I don’t know 2021 race schedule and
that much about stars, and
as a sailor, if my GPS went educational offerings.
out, there is no way I could
navigate by them as they Become a member at
did in days of yore. All I
know is that they are
beautiful when they glisten
in the sky and it’s my good • The Kenosha
fortune to live where I can
still look up and see them Sportfishing &
at night or drive myself just
a few miles to gaze at them Conservation members are
with an expert.
planning an April 5 member

meeting to plan their

community events and to

celebrate the good news

that in 2021 they will be

receiving Chinook salmon

fingerlings from the WDNR

This month we will for their rearing pond.
celebrate the spring
equinox, St. Paddy’s Day and Learn more at
day light savings. These are
all indicators that spring is
here and it’s time to start
See you down at the lake


FOR ADVERTISING RATES CALL 262-564-8800 The Alford building (on the left) was built in 1930 and is the former home of J.C. Penny,
Montgomery Ward, and even Barden’s Department Store relocated there in 1985.

Currently, it has been vacant for over 20 years and has extensive water damage inside.
But just last month, The BluePaint Development group proposed a 42-unit apartment

complex for the location. On the right, the Barden’s building has seen a glorious
renaissance. It is now the beautiful home to Public Craft Brewing Company.
Photo - Donny Stancato.

SMART READER March 11, 2021 19

Baskets spread joy throughout Kenosha area

Q&A with Danielle Rasmussen

What is the Baskets of How and where can bake cookies to donate to
Joy program? people donate and help Arnetta Griffin’s Christmas
out? dinner in 2017 and we got
The Baskets of Joy together to decorate them
People can donate at our at Daily Dose. In 2018, I did
Project was founded in drop off locations. Or via Easter cookies for Baskets
amazon gift registry. Find us of Joy and then I did the
2009 by Quinn Gasparo. It on Facebook by searching cookie project for Grace
“Baskets of Joy Project” for Welcome Center that
is an initiative that provides all the details. Donations raised 13K and
can be shipped to The subsequently they were
Easter baskets to children Baskets of Joy Project, 314 able to build their pantry.
7th Street, Kenosha, WI.
in need in the Kenosha and 53140

Racine communities It is a What is this Dancing
Bunny I keep hearing
project for the community about?

by the community! Our all- There will be a
distribution event at the
ability Easter egg hunt Moose Lodge in Kenosha
on Sunday, March 28th
strengthens our from 4pm to 7pm - drive- I also did my first haircuts
through style. Anyone in
community by providing a need is welcome. Simply for the holiday event when
write down how many girl
free and fun event for or a boy baskets you need we gave over 60 local
on a piece of paper, hold it
everyone up to your window, pop foster children free
your trunk and we will
How did you get drop them in.There will be haircuts. In 2018, I also
involved with this great a dancing Easter bunny that
project? you referred to along with volunteered at Grace
Mary Modder who will be
our DJ. It’s going to be LIT. Welcome Center cutting

In 2018, I baked over 600 past? Can you tell our hair as well. In 2019, I did People that have helped me favorite thing about my job
giant egg shaped sugar readers a little about accomplish every single is connecting with the
cookies to put in the This year we cannot hold yourself and some of the Baskets of Joy, opened my thing I’ve set out to do. I guest and making them feel
baskets and that year we other great volunteer love those people - they’re great about themselves.
had an event at the Daily our egg filling, basket work you have done in own small business and did amazing.
Dose Cafe to decorate the past? Funniest story while
them. We had a good time assembly, or egg hunts due haircutting events for a What’s next for working?
that year. I am a beautician, mom, Danielle Rasmussen?
to the restrictions.We also activist and lifelong back-to-school and Funniest story happened
resident of Kenosha. I’ve Next up? I’m not sure. in beauty school. I was
cannot use the 501C3 that done a lot of things for my Christmas. In 2020, I raised Empowering guests in my trying to wax my husband’s
community.The first events chair to feel good about nose hair and a popsicle
normally sponsors us due I did with cookie events. I 150K for Hanah Gittings themselves. Empowering stick won’t come out of his
my peeps on social media nostril, but I kept trying.
to Covid funding, so (Anthony Huber’s girlfriend to love and feel good about Period. He was crying by
themselves. Holiday haircut the end. I felt bad. I
corporate donations of who was with him the night events, Baskets of Joy, should’ve of laughed but it
growing the business, was so funny. I had to get a
What are the goals of candy aren’t going to be he was killed), marched chasing the things that teacher. Poor Paul
Baskets of Joy? make me happy, and
possible. We are also not with Jessie Jackson, which following my heart. What do you like to do
for fun when you’re not
Promote community collecting plastic eggs this was pretty awesome, he Can you tell us about working or helping our
your business - Wild great community?
engagement and year due to the fact that did a lot of online activism. Heart Salon?
One of my favorite
volunteerism, educate the we cannot host a separate This year I’m currently I’m located at 6920 activities is going for walks
Green Bay Rd. in Kenosha by the lake and taking
public on the shelters/ event to fill them. It makes working on the Baskets of Wisconsin. I have been photos with my phone.
doing hair for five years. My
outreach organizations that it a little more difficult but Joy and hoping to do

serve our community, And we are finding ways around another haircutting event

to provide Easter baskets that. I have teams of for the holidays.

to children in need that volunteers already What is it that you love
about this community?
promote creativity, assembled to put baskets

physical/outdoor play, together and distribute I love Kenosha because I
have lived here all my life
boost self esteem and them safely following CDC and the community is
always willing to help those
strengthen our community guidelines donations have in need. It’s still a small
town to me. I know a lot of
by holding a free all ability to be quarantine for one really great people here.

Easter egg hunt. week - so our deadline for

How is this years a drop off this year is also a
project different from the
bit early, March 21st.

Think spring – and Golf Course and Brighton Lakeshore Pedal Tours, 31.  Taste of Wisconsin and in Kenosha County - you
which will debut in June. the Kenosha Classic may be interested in the
summer – in Dale  Links. A fishing This is a multi-passenger, Cruise-In Car Show are a Wisconsin Friends Explore
open-air, pedal-powered, few of the other events that Challenge 2021. The
Kenosha  excursion with the Kenosha memorable rolling party, have announced their 2021 Challenge begins on the
with its home base at the dates so far.   Spring Equinox, March 20,
with Meridith Charter Boat Association. Kenosha Yacht Club.     and ends on the
Jumisko Fall  Equinox,  September
Ziplining through the trees 22. There are 22
challenges in 11 categories
at Boundless Adventures. including hiking, camping,
photography, community
Enjoying live music at the Perhaps you plan to take service at parks, paddle
sports, and many others.
Petrifying Springs We are seeing event a day trip or vacation within

Biergarten.  The races at planners beginning to Wisconsin in the coming

It's March!  As we  leave Wilmot Raceway. Concerts schedule their events. As of months. Let us help you!
winter in the rearview
mirror, what  local in the parks.  now, the City of Kenosha The I-94 Visitor Information
activities  are you looking
forward to the most this Warmer weather will anticipates hosting Center carries brochures
spring and summer?  Here bring out the patio tables
are just a few ideas to get and chairs for outdoor signature annual events and travel guides for
you thinking about how  to dining.The rooftop bars will
Be A Tourist  In  Your Own see life once again. Flowers, such as  Outta  Site Kite destinations throughout the
Town  in the coming vegetables, fruits,  dairy
months.  products,  prepared foods, Flight, Kenosha Civic state. It's located at I-94/41 Learn more about the
and much more will  be
One of the first signs of Meridith Jumisko is available at outdoor farmer Veterans Parade, Celebrate and Hwy. 165 East (Exit local attractions,
spring in Kenosha is when Public Relations Director markets soon, too. 
Big Star Drive-In re-opens. America with the 4th of July 347). The Kenosha Area restaurants, and shops to
Guess what? Big Star is now at the Kenosha Area
open! If you've been craving Convention & Visitors fireworks, and the Peanut Convention & support in-person or online
that Quarter Pounder with Bureau. Contact her at
Cheese and Grilled Onions, [email protected] or Butter & Jam Concert Visitors  Bureau staffs the at our website
a side of Cheese Fries,
topped off with a shake ... drop her a tweet Series. center  November through Please
what are you waiting @MJ_Kenosha
for? Another sign of spring The Wisconsin Marathon March, Tuesday through remember your mask and
is May 1, with modifications
You'll be able to rent a for participant safety. It will Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 maintain social distancing
kayak, fishing kayak, or stand be a half marathon with
up  paddle board or even staggered starts.  Following p.m. and  April through when in public; be
take sailing lessons from the an abbreviated 2020
is when you see boats Kenosha Community Sailing schedule, the Kenosha October, seven days a week respectful of the safety
Center. New this year: Kingfish will return to
traveling through pedal duck boat rentals will playing 72 regular season from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  guidelines that individual
be available as well! games in 2021. Opening day
Downtown Kenosha on Reservations are open now at Simmons Field is May If you look forward to venues are setting; be
for another new activity: exploring Wisconsin's
their way to the marinas!   parks, trails, forests, and patient. All events and
recreation areas – including
Richard Bong State activities are subject to
Recreation Area right here
There's so much  to look change. 
forward to ... the return of
golf at Petrifying Springs

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Kenosha’s Teen


by Joe Campolo, Jr.

Many  Kenoshans who the  owners)  Young people Joe Campolo Jr. is an In 1961 Gerald Rasmussen was only 18 when he purchased the original 8-stool bar and
came of age during the from Illinois and Milwaukee award winning author, cheese shop from his parents.
sixties and seventies well also flocked to poet and public speaker.
remember the old Kenosha Rasmussen’s, it was a He is known for his three find their way home. adventures,  and have it, one day during a
teen bars. The teen bars pretty generic crowd. The award winning books The storm,  strong  winds  blew
were taverns that Brat Stop is still in business Kansas NCO, Back to the Rasmussen’s, Dick’s, The misadventures as well. the huge Mars Cheese
allowed  eighteen-year-olds today,  offering food, World, and his most Chaparral and Earls were Castle sign  down, and it
to drink beer, at a time beverages and cheese recent publication Three probably the most Now there’s a few other landed right on top of The
when the legal drinking age packages. After two Wars. A United States Air popular  of the  eighteen- bars that I remember, but Thirsty Eye. No one was
was twenty-one. significant fires, it  has the year-old  beer joints. don’t recall if they were in  it at the time,
feel of  a roller-dome with Force Vietnam War Another  teen bar  I teen bars or not.  Shakey’s fortunately, as it was totally
Hearing tales about the it’s  mostly  cement and veteran, Joe belongs to the remember was called  The Pizza  on Highway 31, flattened. The local
teen bars from early on, we steel make up. VFW,The American Legion, Pit  and was further out in where Baker’s Street now authorities took it as a
couldn’t wait to turn the Kenosha Area Vietnam the county. Further out in sits, served eighteen–year– good omen and never
eighteen and tear out there Just down the road from Vets (KAVV), and Vietnam the county meant more gas olds  beer, I believe. allowed The Thirsty Eye to
ourselves. Most of the teen Rasmussen’s was Dick’s money and  more Another  bar,  ill-fated be rebuilt.
bars were located out in bar. Dick Dibble, an old Vets of America (VVA). chances of a pile up coming though it was, was called
the county, I guess they Kenosha tavern owner, and going, so it wasn’t on The Thirsty Eye  and was We had a pretty good
didn’t want us hooligans ran the small establishment For more from Joe, visit our weekly hit list. What I right next to Mars Cheese time at those teen bars,
terrorizing the inner city just off the frontage road, his website remember most about The Castle on I-94. The Thirsty back in the day.  I don’t
with our antics. about a mile south  of Pit, it always seemed to be Eye was a pretty know how we survived all
highway 50.  Dick’s was wall to wall dancing  (nice rough  joint, and a those  crazy  rides home,
As memory serves me, known as a “collegiate” chick hangout).  The frequent target of our local but most of us are
there were about six active hang out, quieter and more Now closer to town, just Klondike  was another bar law enforcement agencies, still around to talk about it.
teen bars during their subdued than most of  the off of Highway 50 and out in the county, where who had to visit it on a
heyday. Some were around other teen bars. (Which Highway C, sat  Earl’s our group had a few nightly basis to quell
for many  years, while rarely saw subdued in their Club.  Earls  transitioned problems. As fate would
others  lasted  just  a  few. descriptions)  Dick’s Bar is into a “regular” bar
Although most of us hit all long gone. and  was  still around  up
of them at one time or until about twenty years
another, each one catered About two miles south of ago. Earl’s was another bar
to a different crowd and Dick’s, also on the frontage where you could get into a
we all had our favorites. road,  was  The “dust-up” pretty easily. My
Chaparral. “The Chap” had friend Carl’s uncle,  Earl
The Brat Stop was one of a country and western O’Hare,  was  the
the most popular teen flavor and was probably proprietor, so we always
bars. A larger facility which number two or three on got good service there.
served food as well as the “rowdy” list. They Being the closest to town,
beverages,  it  boasts  an occasionally featured live it was the most convenient
excellent location on music, again, usually C & W and probably had the
highway 50 right off of I-94. or rockabilly.  The fewest pile ups by alcohol
Back then, everyone called Chaparral closed down fueled teenagers  trying to
it Rasmussen’s.  (After long ago.

Coming up on a
year with Carolyn Serpe

March 13, 2020 is when knows how long. That they
wouldn't be able to see
our world came to a halt. their extended family and
friends in person.
We received the dreaded
This flipped their worlds
email from our school, upside down. But, Chris
and I saw first hand, just
SJCA, stating that they how resilient children can
were closing the doors,
Let me tell you, these
due to the pandemic, Teachers, ALL TEACHERS, Carolyn Serpe is a
truly stepped up for our Kenosha native whose
immediately. I remember children. In the drop of a family owns The Lettering
dime, they had to change Machine in Downtown
EXACTLY where I was and everything they knew and Kenosha. She has been
try to navigate uncharted manager at the shop since
what I was doing when I waters. They even had to her parents purchased it
put their own children from the previous owners
received this message, very aside at times to make sure back in 2002. Carolyn is a
that ours were taken care mom to 3 beautiful girls
much like how I remember of. They tried to keep as asked for a better school needed to do, focused on a small, non-essential and a wife for 10 years to
much normalcy as they to be a part of during this the kids and truly business, they were shut her handsome husband
9/11. My heart sank and could. From 3K-12th grade historical time. dominated! Both of these down. Not knowing how Chris. Carolyn welcomes all
SJCA, specifically, rocked teachers are very high risk long this was going to last, to her crazy journey in life
fear set in. I had to pull my virtual teaching! Yes, there I would not do this blog for COVID, but that didn't they got creative. While and about how she tries to
were some hiccups, but justice without citing the 2 stop them from delivering Josh took to
"mom van" over to they put their hearts and most important teachers in school supplies to families' commissioning his drawing balance it all.
souls into making this the my life. My sister, Jessica doorsteps and keeping talent, Sammy thought of
compose myself. I must best experience they Bednarek (Kindergarten themselves safe so they the idea of "Quarantine this past year, and I hope to
could. We could not have Teacher at Berlin could be there for their Photo Sessions" and we share more with you in the
state, that I am an Elementary-Berlin,WI), and students. I couldn't be were her guinea pigs! future. But for now, how
my Aunt, Kelly Maack prouder to call them family. Getting to document a did you handle the
extremely emotional (Second grade Teacher at time that is bound for pandemic? How did your
Jane Vernon-Kenosha,WI). I The first person our history books, was very kids take the news? Did
person to start with. They saw first hand how difficult kiddos got to see in cool, and we couldn't thank you do anything special to
this past year has been for person, outside of Chris her enough for capturing document the historic
do say that motherhood teachers and how they and I, was their Aunt how that point in time times?
took it with grace and Sammy. She, and her looked for us. There is so
can make you that way, but understanding. They dove Husband Josh Vaughn, own much more to the story of
right in, learned what they Bird of Paradox Studios. As
honestly, I think it just

boosted an emotion

factory that was already in

overdrive! I called my

husband in tears as we

tried to figure out how on

Earth we were going to

explain to an 8 and 6 year

old that they were going to

be in lockdown for God

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Lifelong technology enhancements

by Kenosha Unified School District Staff

When the COVID-19 knowledge that will be to help their children
pandemic closed our navigate online learning,
schools, we soon realized needed to thrive and grow and showcased staff videos
education would be forever to show what Tremper staff
changed. One of the biggest in our constantly changing were doing to keep healthy,
changes included the stay safe, continue learning,
implementation of virtual society,” Tremper and be active during their
options for teaching, time apart.
learning and collaborating. Instructional Technology

Teacher Jeff Wirch said.

This access and newly Topel also found himself
enhanced life skills also
KUSD quickly moved to allows students to offering more brief
a dedicated 1:1 technology advocate for themselves by
program for students, contacting staff if they are coaching supports to focus
which provides every having difficulty with
student with an assigned technology or school work on the in-the-moment
device for educational and staying organized
purposes. Additionally, through a Google technology needs of
students have the option to Classroom platform, among
request a mobile wireless other things, Tremper students and teachers, and
hot spot if they do not have Library Media Teacher
internet at home. This plan Lorena Danielson said. The providing support to
transformed the options digital platform also allows
and access available to students to review a substitutes in the building.
teachers and students. previously recorded lesson
for better understanding, Much of this is done using
ask questions in a chat they
may not feel comfortable Google Classroom A student at Reuther High School puts a special touch on their comic-strip inspired art
asking in front of a class piece. Photo: Kenosha Unified School District
and work at their own effectively, managing the
technology structures with everyone doing their before. Promethean board, let
part to support each other, alone launch a virtual
available to provide whether it's collaborating “The pandemic and the meeting, and yet, here we
on curriculum, sharing new move to synchronous are, doing just that period
seamless instructions for all tech knowledge or education has validated the by period and day by day as
covering classes. importance of the library’s though that is the way it
students in the hybrid digital literacy, information has always been,” Topel
literacy, and internet safety said. “That is an impressive
“The district’s move to environment, and principles taught to all positive.”
students at Tremper,”
1:1 devices has helped to supporting teachers in Danielson said. “We Teachers also are
continue to discuss and integrating more and more
break down some of the implementing new “It truly has taken every practice having a positive tech skills into their
person in our building to digital footprint and online curriculum, which is
artificial barriers that had platforms. go above and beyond,” identity as schools and important for students’
Wirch said. “Our planning businesses move to online futures, Wirch said. While
existed previously,” “The biggest challenge team has tried to stay environments.” being a 1:1 district doesn’t
has been predicting what ahead and be innovative to solely increase learning,
Tremper High School For Danielson, her role teachers will need to know come up with the best plan Educators across the how we integrate our
and be able to do so that for a road we have never district, and likely across technology with our
Instructional Coach Blake moved quickly into a successful teaching and traveled before.” the world, have come to curriculum does have a
learning is happening,” cringe at the word “pivot” powerful impact over time.
Topel said. “Now students professional development Topel said. “We have met this school year, but they
this challenge through have become masters at “Equitable access to
can make requests of role as she found herself cohesive teamwork.” adjusting and evolving to technology has forever
whatever it is they need to changed the way we teach
teachers and receive the teaming up with Wirch to do to successfully reach and learn,” Topel said.
their students, despite what “Think back to your first
feedback they desire in real provide bi-weekly lessons their comfort zone may cellphone – could you have
have previously allowed. imagined how a cellphone
time.” on tools teachers could use While spaces like the They have propelled would change the way you
forward in their knowledge interact with the world as
In turn, it also enhances in their virtual classrooms library don’t currently and confidence in using it does today? Now that
technology to effectively students and teachers have
each teacher’s ability to to help successfully deliver The level of support for serve as comfortable, teach. the ready access to the
staff, students and families tools they need, these tools
proactively communicate instruction. She also found alongside tech integration calming physical spaces “There were those who will be used in ways that we
with the synchronous had neither used Google as of yet cannot imagine.”
reminders and clarifications herself assisting in teaching approach at the students use for studying, Classroom nor a
high school level included a
to all students without the providing important lot of planning meetings. books, makerspace
This meant more than just
need to wait for the next information and motivation classroom instruction. activities, lessons and more,

class session, Topel said. to students and parents via Danielson strives to still

Additionally, it provides Tremper’s social media provide as much as possible

teachers with the ability to presence. in a virtual way – students

provide differentiated “It was and is important can check out books
for us to still provide as
instruction, meet different much as we could to “The learning curve to through holds, explore an
students during this very pull this off has been steep,
learning styles and provides challenging, unknown but I’m so proud of our extensive audio and ebook
period,” Danielson said. staff ’s positive demeanor,”
more equitable Wirch said.“The amount of collection via Overdrive
technological growth each
opportunities for all of them has made is off the and have access to 24/7
students’ learning. online databases for

“With every student For example, the team research and classwork.
having access to a device in found ways to feature
school or at home, it has senior shoutouts on social Additionally, important
empowered students and media, create virtual
teachers with new paths to convocation programs, digital literacy lessons are
academic and technological provided tools for parents
At Tremper, it has no still being taught and may
doubt been a team effort,
arguably be more

important than ever

Look to the sky Jake “The Weather Guy” Hoey is a freelance meteorologist normal conditions over the
who graduated from the University of Oklahoma. As well as a next week to 10 days with
with Jake “The Weather Guy” Hoey interested in the weather, Jake is an avid traveler, having visited wetter conditions than we
have seen lately through the
With the mild above normal which is 49 of our 50 states. Jake is also a recurring guest on early part of that time frame
temperatures that Kenosha around 36 inches here. In Happenings Q&A M-F noon till 3pm. For more up to date especially. By the end of the
has been enjoying this past fact, some lakeside forecasts please visit Jake's Kenosha Area Weather Page on month, those outlooks are
week, it's starting to seem observation sites in Kenosha Facebook and follow @KenoshaWeather on Instagram.) hinting at another warm up
like spring might be close at recorded almost as much in time for April. Looking
hand. However this winter snow in February alone as have seen much less than winter/early spring weather precipitation types early ahead to the remainder of
has packed quite a punch and we had through the entire that. March of 2020 had 1 in this area. next week. I have to write spring and early summer,
we still have a lot of March duration of last winter. inch, 2019 had half an inch, this post well in advance of outlooks are flavoring warm
to go before we can safely and 2018 had 1.3 inches. Only 5 times in the past publication, so I don't have a and wet conditions possibly
put the shovels and coats So far Kenosha has not This stands in stark contrast 65 years have we failed to detailed update on that becoming drier by the
away. So far this winter the seen any snow this month, to the further preceding 3 record measurable snowfall opportunity now, but keep summertime. So, depending
Kenosha Area has recorded but it would be years which had 17, 4.4, and in March, with March of 2000 an eye on the forecast for on your preference, you can
around 40 to 45 inches of climatologically abnormal for 9.5 inches in March of 2017, being the most recent time. updates. Longer term either make the most of the
total snowfall. Even if we us to end the month without '16, and '15, respectively. This Will this month become the outlooks, which cover the waning winter weather, or
manage to avoid any more any. Normal snowfall in serves to highlight the sixth such occurrence? Well, remainder of March, do rejoice that spring is
snow this season, which is no March is a little over 5 variability of late some models have been show a likelihood of below knocking on the door!
easy feat, this puts us well inches, but the past 3 years showing a chance for mixing

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