Author Archives: Marty Ryan

Grandma’s Garden

Ruth Huston gave me some of the best advice I could ever use.  Ruth was a dietitian.  Discussing some of the fad diets of the early 2000s, she said with a harsh voice that “the only way to lose weight … Continue reading

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Creating news

The national media received what it had requested, and now it wants to blame the Iowa Democratic Party for not having the media’s information quick enough.  For years, national and local media have yearned for raw numbers from the Iowa … Continue reading

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Bringin’ home the bacon

When I wrote about the possible dangers of having 40% fewer meat inspectors in pork slaughterhouses, I didn’t mean to cause such alarm among readers.  Just be sure to say grace before meals and everything should be okay. As I … Continue reading

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Back to the Jungle II

In the last issue of the Prairie Progressive, Back to the jungle (Fall – 2019 p.4), and in a previous Fawkes-Lee & Ryan post, Back to the Jungle, I wrote about the effect of increased line speeds on slaughterhouse workers. … Continue reading

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Challenging times

“What’s your address?”  “You can’t ask me that,” I said.  “That’s a test, or at the least, it’s a challenge.” The election official was taken aback and became defensive.  We engaged in a small discussion.  I could see that I … Continue reading

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Back to the Jungle

Less Regulation, Faster Line Speeds Could Compromise Pork Safety Posted on October 28, 2019 by Trish Nelson Reprinted with permission from the Fall 2019 issue of The Prairie Progressive, Iowa’s oldest progressive newsletter.  The PP is  funded entirely by reader subscription,  available only in hard … Continue reading

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