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Our local communities — and America as a whole — are slowly returning to a new sense of normality as more Americans are being vaccinated against Covid-19 and the positivity rates drop. However, there is still much work to do to bring our communities and country not only back to normal, but to be even better than before.

One way we as elected officials, both locally and nationally, can strengthen the American workforce and begin to rebuild our economy is to better protect and care for our workers by creating strong safety nets for them. The middle class makes up a large portion of the American workforce, and it is imperative that we have a strong foundation that allows more Americans the sense of safety they get knowing that if they have a baby who is ill, or need to care for a family member, they will be financially stable.

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SPORTS BEAT

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What the heck is going on with the U.S. Postal Service? It used to be a veritable Rock of Gibraltar among federal government agencies, or at least that was the perception. You put something in a mailbox and it was sure to get where it was sup…

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