On editorials and endorsements – Anchorage Daily News

As election season ramps up, the ADN’s opinion section gets busier. The opinion pages are what passes for the “town square” of a newspaper, where prominent figures and regular Alaskans can contribute their two cents on the issues of the day. As you’ve likely seen during the past several weeks, there are plenty of those issues under discussion now — as well as big decisions to make on candidates and ballot measures in this year’s general election. That’s why this week, we’ve expanded our Sunday opinion pages to provide more room for discussion of the most prominent choices facing Alaskans. And it’s why next week, we’ll share our endorsements on the topics that matter most to Alaskans.

Before we do that, it’s worth explaining what the opinion page is about, as well as the purpose that editorials and endorsements serve.

What’s the point of the opinion page?

In short, the

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Stressed Freshmen Missing Quintessential College Experience | California News

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

It’s a major life milestone, the first time many U.S. teens have ever been on their own. Even in normal times, freshman year in college can be a jumbled mix of anticipation, uncertainty and emotional highs and lows.

In these hardly normal times, when the quintessential college experience exists only in catalogs, freshmen are being challenged like never before.

Amid pandemic restrictions aimed at keeping students safe and healthy, colleges are scrambling to help them adjust. But many are struggling.

Social distancing requirements, mask mandates and daily temperature checks. Quarantine and isolation. Online learning glitches. Campus Black Lives Matter protests. Anxiety over whether to join partiers or hole up in dorm rooms or at home to stay safe.

This is freshman year 2020 for many college students nationwide.

“There is a lot of stress and distress among students now,” said Mary Ann Takemoto, interim

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Japan’s Unorthodox Household Goods Champion Rides a Pandemic Boom | Investing News

By Sam Nussey and Makiko Yamazaki

MIYAGI, Japan (Reuters) – Iris Ohyama, whose goods are ubiquitous in Japanese homes, has relied on its usual offbeat methods during the COVID-19 pandemic and U.S.-China trade tensions to ride the teleworking wave and bring production back from China.

Family-run, unlisted and based in the provincial city of Sendai, the quick-iterating manufacturer of everything from rice to rice cookers has become the most high-profile firm to sign up for government incentives to bring production back home.

With newly labelled “made in Japan” face masks flying off shelves alongside its other diverse products, such as office furniture and air conditioners, Iris predicts annual revenues of 700 billion yen ($6.7 billion), compared with 500 billion yen a year earlier.

Although pandemic-driven demand is propelling Japanese sales this year, the company sees overseas markets growing to provide most of its revenue, compared with about 30% now, its

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City officials approve grant, cemetery regulations | News

Woodward City Commissioners met Monday evening to discuss several high-ticket items and new cemetery regulations.

In the consent docket, the commission approved a resolution for the Woodward Police Department to dispose of surplus property of exercise equipment from the city fitness center. The board also approved a facilities use agreement with Woodward House of Bounce.

The board approved acceptance of a US Department of Commerce EDA grant award in the amount of $2 million to improve the former Weatherford Building by replacing the roof, lighting, windows, HVAC, fire suppression system, shop doors and other interior and exterior components.

“I still call it the old Fruit of the Loom building because that’s what we all knew of whenever I first went into business in the 70s. They had over 800 employees at one time,” Woodward Industrial Foundation Chairman Doug Haines said. “This particular grant is crucial to basically put into an

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The impact of COVID-19 on UC freshmen | News


The College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning building at the University of Cincinnati. 

Freshmen come to college with the idea that the next few years will be the highlight of their adulthood. They will be making lifelong friendships through various organizations and network with professors who can help get their foot in the door. A time that’s supposed to be the next chapter of their lives can be quite challenging in the middle of a pandemic. 

Everything is still possible through the power of the internet. However, experiencing freshman year under this new normal is still challenging. 

Cameron Knurek, a first-year student at the University of Cincinnati (UC), pictured his freshman year in an entirely different light before COVID-19. 

“It’s been a little more difficult with online classes,” said Knurek. “It’s not what I imagined since it’s all in my room. It’s not very

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The Waldorf Astoria was once the place to stay in New York City. Bargain hunters can visit Taunton to buy items from the hotel. – News – MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA

The two-week auction at the Silver City Galleria mall in Taunton will offer high end furniture from the historic and glamorous hotel for a fraction of its normal price.

TAUNTON — Right now, the Silver City Galleria is a bizarre and beautiful sight to behold.

Hosting the approximately 15,000 pieces of furniture and other items from New York City’s famously ritzy Waldorf Astoria hotel while they are up for auction, the mall is a strange tribute to 20th century America.

Where once was a Champs Sports, elegant furniture from a suite where 16 American presidents stayed fills the space. Where once was a Radio Shack, there sits the custom-ordered furniture used by Gen. Douglas MacArthur for decades.

In a whirlwind of assorted furniture from different cultures and eras, the luxury and glamour of the mid-1900s meets the now-dying mall culture of the 1990s, covering the entire first floor of the

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Biz Buzz: Dubuque business plans closure; Galena attraction featured on game show; new flooring showroom in Bellevue | Tri-state News

Business tidbits from around the tri-state area. This week, we highlight developments in Dubuque and Bellevue, Iowa, and Galena, Ill.

A business in the Central Avenue corridor in Dubuque plans to close its physical location before year’s end, a decision that was prompted by the pandemic and its economic ripple effects.

Upcycle Dubuque’s last day of business will be Dec. 12.

Owner Kristina Beytien said the shop’s income during the pandemic has been about one-third of the same time period the prior year.

“Before (the pandemic), things were going in the right direction,” she said. “Then, COVID hit, and it has all gone away. We’re not getting enough income to pay our bills.”

Kristina and her husband, Craig Beytien, opened Upcycle Dubuque in November 2018. The business sells furniture, decor and other items created through “upcycling,” a practice that involves using materials that would have been ticketed for a landfill

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How to spice up staff meetings, Part 1 – News – MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA

Wow, there is nothing like a good weekly staff meeting to get the creative juices going and the work intensity flowing.

I bet that as your reading this column you’re thinking fondly and nostalgically about last week’s meeting and you just can’t wait for the next staff meeting coming up in just a few days. Oh boy, it will be fun, exciting, inspirational and an altogether great time!

Oh, your staff meetings are not like this. Don’t feel bad, neither are anyone else’s.

We all know that staff meetings are an important vehicle for coordinating team activities, informing your staff about critical company information, and as a way to build team cooperation and cohesiveness. So if they are so important why make them a necessary evil rather than at least a pseudo-interesting experience. The following ten ideas can help you make your staff meetings a little more tolerable and maybe

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Shipping containers in Los Angeles becoming homes for the homeless | News Headlines

(CNN) — Jonelle Kilgore tapped away at his online homework with Jasmine the puppy on his lap in their South Los Angeles home.

The 12-year-old boy and his dog sat on a couch in not just any home, but one made from four recycled shipping containers.

“I like it, I liked moving in here,” Jonelle told CNN on a recent September day. “It’s a home for us.”

Two years ago Jonelle, his father John and four siblings received the keys to their four-bedroom container apartment and it seems like a glimmer of hope in the quest to get Los Angeles County’s estimated 66,000 homeless residents off the streets.

John Kilgore said his family constantly moved from floor to floor and the couches of anyone who would take them in. That is, until he got a call from homeless advocates that he’d been approved to move into a recycled shipping container

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Big changes coming to Laramie airport | News

A visit to Laramie Regional Airport now can make you feel a little like Rip Van Winkle. Forced inactivity during this pandemic has meant that we have not been paying much attention to airline travel.

But in Laramie, that downturn coincided with a perfect opportunity for a major change — airport terminal replacement.

Overcrowded terminalAnyone who has flown out of Laramie in the past knows that a terminal expansion was sorely needed. That was evident even before the days of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inspections of all passengers and baggage.

When I first flew out of Laramie in 1966 for a job-related trip to a meeting in Seattle, the terminal was a tiny little place with a few chairs. Every passenger brought their whole family with them for a splendid send-off, it seemed, so seats were scarce. But you only needed to get to the airport maybe 10

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