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Iowa, and 47

The Cedar River at sunset, Waterloo, Iowa, after a child abuse prosecution training last week. The one (and perhaps only) important thing I didn’t have to learn the hard way is this:  Never fail to appreciate small moments and simple beauty. A railroad crossing, a grain elevator, a farm stand, an AME Baptist Church. At 47, …

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Bigotry Is Bad. And Bad for Business

Anti-black bigotry in the American South, persisting with political cover well into the latter half of the 20th century, was an utter disaster for an economy already struggling to overcome unindustrialized, agrarian roots. Anti-gay bigotry, led in part (again) by misplaced religiosity, will now further damage the same region, and perhaps with it parts of …

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