Half the readers I hear from accuse me of Trump Derangement Syndrome. The other half accuse me of rabid Trump fandom. In truth, I think of US President Donald J Trump in exactly the same way I think of most other politicians: He's usually wrong and often dangerous. But when he's right, he's right. He's right when he says that America needs to "open up" soon. If anything, his target date of Easter is too distant. The longer we wait to get moving again, the longer it will take to recover.

“That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn’t even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn’t even an enemy you could put your finger on.”― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 24, 2020) — With the entire world in crisis over the COVID-19 pandemic, it is natural for people to be filled with anxiety and fear over an uncertain future. This is not the time for blaming, scapegoating, and hate.

IOWA FALLS, IOWA (March 23, 2020) — The Iowa PBS and Iowa Public Radio families sadly note the passing of Dean Borg, longtime Iowa Public Radio political correspondent and former host of Iowa PBS's Iowa Press. Borg died yesterday afternoon at the age of 81 due to complications caused by pancreatic cancer. Borg's career in journalism spanned more than five decades, earning him multiple awards and a place of honor in Iowa's journalistic history.
IOWA FALLS, IOWA (March 23, 2020) — Diamond Vogel and Keep Iowa Beautiful announced the grant awards for the 2020 Paint Iowa Beautiful program. The program provides free paint to a wide variety of public service projects throughout Iowa.
As an old saying goes, it's not the fall that kills you, it's the sudden stop at the end. The world's politicians are innovating on the fly (pun intended) by trying to combine the fall — the COVID-19 epidemic — with the sudden stop, bringing life and commerce to a halt through draconian travel restrictions, business closures, etc.

WASHINGTON DC (March 20, 2020) — Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of David Wu to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Mr Wu will be assuming the role following the departure of Deputy Assistant Secretary Don Bice.

By invoking the Defense Production Act, which "authorizes the President to require acceptance and priority performance of contracts or orders and to allocate materials, services, and facilities to promote the national defense or to maximize domestic energy supplies," US president Donald Trump has declared himself America's economic dictator.

BETTENDORF, IOWA (March 19, 2020) — After activating the Quad Cities Disaster Recovery Fund six days ago as part of our community's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, applications are now being accepted to award 

PRESS RELEASE (March 18, 2020) — In partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Rock Island and Scott County Health Departments and Rock Island and Scott County Emergency Management Agencies are encouraging businesses and organizations to donate extra personal protective equipment (PPE) to assist health care providers and health care facilities responding to COVID-19.

Any type of PPE is welcomed:

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