‘I feel very dark’: All is not well in Normal America

‘I feel very dark’: All is not well in Normal America

‘I feel very dark’: All is not well in Normal America Gratitude is in short supply this Thanksgiving. Instead, the overwhelming sentiments are grumpiness and pessimism. Normal, Illinois: Illinois cheesemaker Ken Ropp has a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving holiday. When the coronavirus swept across the United States last March, Ropp’s orders collapsed as restaurants and wineries shut their doors. He feared his family dairy farm, which has passed through six generations, may not survive the downturn. “I remember telling Dad as we were milking cows, ‘I don’t think we’re going to be able to make it through this’,” Ropp says. A few weeks later he received a call from one of the state’s largest food supply companies. The federal Department of Agriculture had just announced a plan …
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