An anti-Trump billboard in Concord, Wisconsin, October 2020
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Almost every year, I make a pilgrimage to a little town on Lake Huron in northeast Michigan, where my family has vacationed since my mother was a child. Not far from the quaint, two-block downtown, with its ice cream parlors and tourist clothing shops, sits an old lighthouse marked with a terribly sad plaque. The plaque tells the story of Blanche Deckett, the daughter of a lighthouse keeper, who died a century ago during the influenza pandemic. Deckett had come from out of town to visit her father with her three young children, two of whom suddenly fell ill. The

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