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In 2020, our community of students faced unprecedented changes in learning. Junior Achievement moved quickly to remote volunteer opportunities and created digital assets to meet students where they were. These assets will continue to be used to expand learning experiences. However, in-person volunteer opportunities were missed by students.

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The Cardinals’ cattle call for pitching help found another gem with McFarland. He finished 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA in 38 appearances. He held left-handed hitters to a .167 batting average and a .496 OPS. His 62.3 percent ground-ball rate made him a popular choice to come into games with men on base. McFarland inherited 25 runners and allowed eight to score.

I was saddened when I read "The Texas Taliban" letter comparing the treatment of women by the Taliban to Texas' abortion restrictions. I am wondering when the letter writer thinks his life began. Is a heart beat not proof of life? New York state allows abortion up to the moment of full term birth. Is that morally acceptable? Abortion is the taking of human life. Is that life not as valuable as the mother's?

The Centers for Disease and Prevention death toll: 605,140. Not as bad as the Spanish Flu, but if you consider it in terms of our region, it brings home the numbers in a real way. Imagine driving through Scott, Muscatine, Clinton, Cedar, and Louisa counties in Iowa and Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Carroll, and Whiteside counties in Illinois, and there is no one there. You don’t see anyone—at all! All of those counties are totally deserted. That is how many people we have lost in the United States to COVID. It continues. Help stop the spread and get your vaccination now!

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