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My feelings regarding the student debt forgiveness debate are mixed, but not because I can see both sides of the argument—I definitely agree with eliminating student debt—rather because President Biden’s current plan is a half-hearted attempt at keeping his campaign promise of canceling student...
Q: What’s your view on the Biden administration’s move to cancel student debt? A: Last year, even Speaker Pelosi said President Biden does not have the authority to unilaterally wipe away student debt. His proposal would transfer up to $20,000 in debt for individuals making up to $125,000 (or...
The Biden-Harris Administration has announced more than $65 million of investments to help the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service improve water quality, roads, trails and fish habitat nationwide. Made possible by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, today is the first...
“Coming Home” I sometimes envy people who have a family home to return to, a place where they grew up, where their parents or even their grandparents lived. The closest thing I have is the farmhouse where my mother grew up. My grandparents lived there until they died, and my mother’s older...
Q: What’s your beef with the Biden administration beefing up the IRS? A: President Biden will fatten up the IRS to the tune of $80 billion thanks to the so-called Inflation Reduction Act that squeaked through Congress on a party-line vote. The administration plans to double the size of the IRS...
Across the country, thousands of farmers grow small grains such as wheat, oats, barley, and rye. Some choose to do so for conservation benefits, while others aim to diversify their income streams, to take advantage of local markets, or meet the requirements of organic certification. But, as with...
“Piccolina” I was walking down an old street in an old part of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Brightly colored wooden doors lined the streets. There was no indication from the outside what might be within. It could be a courtyard filled with flowers and a fountain, or a small business, or...
As much as it pains me to discuss the goings on surrounding this individual now that they no longer have the power to influence the lives of every U.S. citizen, I would be remiss—as a journalist—to ignore it. The response of certain groups to the FBI raid that took place at Mar-A-Lago has been to...
It seems hard to believe the new school year is just around the corner. Teachers are heading back to get their classrooms ready and parents are gathering the school supplies their kids need to start the year. Over the last two years, educators have been working overtime under tough circumstances...
According to the most recent data from Pew Research Center, National Election Studies, Gallup, ABC/Washington Post, CBS/New York Times and CNN Polls, only 21 percent of Americans say they trust the government in Washington, DC to do what is right. The headline from Dante Chinni’s June 10 NBC News...

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