Hot dog! July 4 tradition lives on
Steve Eighinger

Hot dog! July 4 tradition lives on

Be still my beating heart. And churning stomach. The annual Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest will go on as scheduled -- with some modifications, of course -- on its traditional July 4 date, and again be televised by ESPN. "The pandemic is just

Your Turn/Lucas Brass
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Your Turn/Lucas Brass

Lucas Brass, 38, is a soil conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in New London, Mo. Married for 15 years, Brass and his wife Betsey have two kids, Isaiah, 10, and Rozalyn, 8.

Ah, sweet summer. It is time!
Steve Eighinger

Ah, sweet summer. It is time!

The calendar says summer officially arrives on Saturday. Thank heaven. This has been a brutal spring, starting with the pandemic and all of its trappings, and punctuated with the recent civil unrest.

'I read it, and literally, I ... cried'
Steve Eighinger

'I read it, and literally, I ... cried'

Since the start of the pandemic, and more recently the nationwide protests that have centered around a greater sense of equality, this space has furloughed its "Morons of the Month" feature.

Your Turn/Belynda Allen
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Your Turn/Belynda Allen

Belynda F. Allen, 54, is executive director of Hancock County Economic Development and grandma of four beautiful children, one boy and three girls between the ages of 2 and 9.

History has an uncanny way of repeating itself
Steve Eighinger

History has an uncanny way of repeating itself

At the time, I was beginning to come to grips with the world around me. I was moving from a rather naive 14-year-old to a full-fledged teenager who was beginning to care about what was happening around me.

'When you talk to that individual, you learn to trust that individual'
Steve Eighinger

'When you talk to that individual, you learn to trust that individual'

"People say that it can't work, black and white. Well, here we make it work every day. We have our disagreements, of course, but before we reach for hate .... (we) always, always remember the Titans." – "Remember the Titans," 2000

Your Turn/Kaylee McFarland
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Your Turn/Kaylee McFarland

Kaylee McFarland, 31, grew up in Texas, but her immediate family is from Southeast Iowa and Northeast Missouri. As development officer with the Community Foundation, she helps donors and prospective donors reach their philanthropic goals and develops strategies to tell the story of the foundation, its donors and grantees.

Maybe, just maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel
Steve Eighinger

Maybe, just maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel

Maybe, just maybe this is all the beginning of something positive. There are more and more images surfacing across social and mainstream media that appear to provide some hope.

Did a new voice of hope arise during recent rioting?
Steve Eighinger

Did a new voice of hope arise during recent rioting?

What next, America? Personally, I'm emotionally drained concerning what has unfolded across our country following the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died last week while in police custody in Minneapolis.