Commentary

The time is now for COVID-19 clinical trial

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A virus is something that cannot live alone. A simple sneeze can spread as many as 20,000 droplets from an infected person to those around them. These droplets can gain access to the next person through open sores, breathing, or infected hands touching the face, especially the mouth, nose or eyes. Once the virus gains access to the next person, it attaches to that person’s cells and begins to duplicate. And the cycle continues.

Respect

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First, I’d like to apologize to the men talking at the sidelines during the football game. I generally don’t eavesdrop on conversations as there is already enough noise in my own head.

Science presents new answers to old questions

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Early in the pandemic, I had occasion to page through photo albums my mother assembled during my childhood. Some of those happy images chilled my physician heart. There I was, two months old, sleeping peacefully on my stomach, in the middle of a sheepskin rug.

Hare of the Dog

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My ten-year-old dog and I go for a run nearly every day, or to be more accurate, he runs a few miles while I drive my even older all-terrain vehicle by his side. He tends to run like a dog possessed, sniffing and sprinting to and fro, hoping to scare up a rabbit or some other small critter along his path.

LETTER

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Dear Kathy, I just read your comment in your paper about the current mail delivery. I have been disgusted with it since they started it.

Formulas

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There is a formula for success in American education. You begin by letting kids know what types of things would be good for them to learn, so that they gain an appreciation of those things people older and wiser believe would be good to know, which causes them to first spend time learning the necessary and prudent and then to begin asking for new things to learn entirely of their own direction.

LETTER

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Two benefits are currently happening simultaneously, set up by the Tour Of Kindness and Justine Kougl. The Kougl family knows all too well the sacrifices medical emergencies can put families in.

Local services matter

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The last several months continue to serve as a reminder of services critical to all Americans. Two of those services have been on the forefront of my mind recently: The United States Postal Service and local newspapers.