Are we in the ‘Cruelty Age’?

Yes, boys and girls, we did not go to the internet and read reviews; we depended on references from friends and family, or maybe we responded to a compelling ad, or if we were really ambitious, we might have checked with the local chamber or the Better Business Bureau.

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  • Remember when?

    April 2nd, 2020
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    Remember when we would close most of our human exchanges with “Have a nice day.” Now we are more likely to say, “Stay safe” or “Be healthy.”

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    New vocabulary: ‘zoonotic transfer’

    March 25th, 2020
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    “Zoonotic transfer” — add that to the new phrases that have entered your vocabulary the past month, along with phrases like “social distancing” and “flattening the curve.”

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    Some still confused, uninformed about coronavirus

    March 18th, 2020
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    It’s hard to believe that only one week ago, I was perched on the hard metal chairs in the Ontario Village Hall, listening to the cross talk among those waiting for the board meeting to start.

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    Information on coronavirus constantly in flux

    March 11th, 2020
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    Fast-moving stories and weekly newspapers, I am learning to my dismay, provide plenty of opportunities for a red face.

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    An epidemic could expose shortfalls in health system

    March 4th, 2020
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    One of the disadvantages of growing old is that by the time you develop an interest in history, everyone who could tell you about it firsthand has already died!

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  • Living in a democracy comes with responsibility

    February 20th, 2020
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    Okay, my husband and I were young and not too bright when we moved here decades ago. That is my excuse for why we did not do all the things normal people do when they move into a new area.

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    ‘The Poison Squad’ recalls time of unregulated food industry

    February 13th, 2020
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    Although I appreciate organic and locally grown food, I am not a fanatic. Too often, the claims of purity seem overblown, and many of us would need to take out a second mortgage to afford all organic all the time.

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    Investment in community is crucial

    February 6th, 2020
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    I suppose it was inevitable. A few crisp lines announced that the Wilton Wood Turtle celebration would be rolled back to a one-day event this year.

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    Kickapoo Valley Farmer offers glimpse into Ontario’s past

    January 16th, 2020
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    I drove into Ontario the other day, going past the drooping and dead flowers in the giant “Welcome to Ontario” masonry planters that greet travelers at each highway entering the village.

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    Americans have short memories

    January 9th, 2020
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    Ah, here we are. A new year, a new decade, and (lucky us) another war. If it all looks familiar, that’s because it is. Americans do not seem to have very good memories.

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    My New Year’s resolution? Giving up Amazon.

    January 2nd, 2020
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    Happy New Year, and just in time for New Year resolutions. Like most folks my age, if I hadn’t already given up some of my bad habits, I would probably be dead.

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