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    Jonathan Barnes

    Jonathan Barnes is a freelance writer in Pittsburgh.

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  • Let’s Sing “Edelweiss”

    Let’s Sing “Edelweiss”14

    Dad wore his heart on his sleeve sometimes. A born-again Christian and father of 12, he had size 13½ feet that were good for booting his eight sons into line. Dad was a hard disciplinarian, so seeing him cry surprised …

  • Laura B., V*ccine Survivor

    Laura B., V*ccine Survivor7

    It’s a Catch-22 of many people with COVID-19 vaccine adverse reactions: While tasked with monitoring adverse reactions to the vaccine, health officials also often disregard or downplay those reactions.

    Vax survivor Laura B., of Rochester, Minnesota, feels stuck in that …

  • React19 members Lobby D.C. Politicians, FDA

    React19 members Lobby D.C. Politicians, FDA3

    Sixteen advocates for people injured by COVID-19 vaccines recently took a three-day trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with a number of elected representatives and Food and Drug Administration officials. Seeking recognition of those harmed by the COVID-19 vaccines, they …

  • Standing for Truth in Scaryville

    Standing for Truth in Scaryville3

    Walking recently in the fast-gentrifying former mill-town section of Middle America in which I live, I spied yet another sign taped to a front window. “Anti-choice is NOT pro-life!” it read.

    “Yeah, pro-choice is pro-life,” I mutter under my breath …