Sometimes I feel like the United States was overcome by a virus long before COVID-19 hit. That virus was the “stupid virus.” In the trying days of this runaway pandemic, there are still people out there who insist it’s a hoax and are ready to believe crazy conspiracy theories instead of medi…

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I enjoy holding a newspaper in my hand. Turning the pages to find a favorite column or to check the latest in sports invites me to relax and read news over a cup of tea. Sure, I can do that on a device, but gadgets invite a different, more hurried, interaction.

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In the mid-1960s, the federal government ordered United States automobile manufacturers to install seatbelts in all new cars. In the years that followed, every state in the country, except New Hampshire, passed laws requiring passengers to wear seatbelts.

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COVID-19 has hit the nation hard. This once-in-a-generation public health crisis knows no bounds — affecting just about everyone in some way.