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‘Operation Ida’

Having served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, stationed on the East Coast all that time, my wife, Tracy, and I are very familiar with hurricanes and the damage they can do. Like our neighbors, we maintained a “hurricane closet” because there are no basements in Virginia Beach. That…

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‘I want my new EV’

I am Generation X, a product of the 1980s, and I remember when video killed the radio star. MTV launched in 1981, followed a year later by its “I want my MTV” campaign, inspiring the band Dire Straits to write the song “Money for Nothing.” MTV was an innovation in…

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‘No Deposit, No Return’ 

I grew up on a small farm in Keokuk, Iowa, at the end of a gravel road with a gravel driveway that was often filled with chickens pecking around in the dirt. As kids, my brother, Craig, and I were always looking for ways to make money, and one…

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Independence Day – Co-ops’ principles reflect nation’s values

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from Great Britain and King George III. Two days later, through the reading and adoption of the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, Independence Day was born. John Hancock signed the document that day, but it was…