That could be the rallying cry for fans of the Milwaukee Brewers (myself included), as they kept us entertained until the penultimate game of the season, wondering if they could somehow sneak into the playoffs in a rebuilding year, in which “the e
A few years ago, when I started trying to understand public policy and politics, one thing I tried to do was identify key differences between liberal and conservative thinking. I read a lot and wrote a bit.
A dozen years ago, the preface to a report on federal election reform began with these words: “Polls indicate that many Americans lack confidence in the electoral system, but the political parties are so divided that serious electoral reform is un
While no one should ever say “I know it’s real because I saw it on the internet,” everyone should be able to say, “I know it’s real. I read it in the newspaper.”
“Real Newspapers, Real News” is the theme of this year’s National Newspaper Week (Oct. 1-7.) Indeed, there’s always been lots of “real” at newspapers.
We tried to make a statement on our front page this week, to get the community—and ourselves—thinking about what life would be like without a local newspaper.

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I was recently reviewing a report from several years ago dealing with economic policy, and a part of it caught my eye. These “10 rules” appeared in the preface to the large report, “Rich States, Poor States,” which deals with the impact on states of their respective economic policies. This is an...
Back in March, two young members of Congress from Texas, Beto O’Rourke and Will Hurd, became brief internet celebrities. Unable to fly back to Washington because of a snowstorm, the two hit the road together, tweeting and livestreaming their trip north. They fielded questions along the way on...
Next week is Farm Safety Week, which coincides (roughly) with the start of harvest season. Many farmers have greatly improved on their caution level, as advances have been made in harvesting equipment and education. Thankfully, it is rare that you hear of catastrophic farming incidents, but when...
By Johnathan Hladik, johnathanh@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has provided hard-working young people and their families with a measure of stability. This policy protects individuals who came to this country as children from deportation and allows...
Much of the relationship between the people and their governments is built on trust. But that relationship is fragile—especially when government goes out of its way to keep the public in the dark. That’s occurring too often in Iowa with video recordings made by law enforcement agencies,...
We talked about hitting all three area (Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota State Fairs) in the same year, and this year we achieved that goal. So, while they are still fresh in my mind, I thought this was a good time to compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses (in my opinion) of each....
To hysterical Trump haters (sorry, but I’m using the “hate” reference without permission from the Southern Poverty Law Center), shame on you for hypocritical duplicity in your relentless bashing our President. This is particularly evident in the recent charges of being a white supremacist and Nazi...
An interesting thing keeps happening to me. Every few days, someone—an acquaintance, a colleague, even a stranger on the street—approaches me. They ask some version of the same question: What can we do to pull ourselves out of this dark period? For the many Americans who respect representative...
I have been saying it for years, and you likely have read it in this space previously—a little (or even a lot) of toilet paper does not really hurt anything, and it is a harmless way for kids to blow off steam and celebrate. I of course am talking about Homecoming week, and the extracurricular...
One reason I consider myself fortunate to have led a life in politics is that, over time, I’ve had a chance to work with nine presidents. From Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, I’ve talked policy, politics and, sometimes, the trivial details of daily life with them. I met JFK twice for brief...

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