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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Many have been decrying the lack of political discourse over the past few years, and how uncivil we have become as a society. That was evident, for sure, in the past Presidential election, when rhetoric on both sides escalated to a disgusting level. It has also been evident in the actions of...
The Trump Administration, like its predecessors, has shown an apparent appetite for the use of force overseas. The “mother of all bombs” dropped on Syrian troops, saber-rattling toward North Korea, deployments of U.S. forces in 10 or more countries—all of this suggests a growing comfort with the...
I’ve spent my life in many places, with one of the longest tenures being Edina, Minnesota. We have a bold, talented, and intrepidly liberal Senator named Al Franken. Until recently, he was best known as a comedy writer, comedian, and social commentator. While I’m solidly in the “conservative”...
Whether it’s a matter of comfort, appearance or safety, there are many medical procedures that you may want or need, but your health insurance won’t cover. Laser eye surgery may fall into the want category for most people and it can be a hefty investment with each eye costing several thousand...
At the ripe old age of 26, I returned to Osceola, to be the Director of the Clarke County Office of the Iowa Department of Human Services. My office was down the hall from the offices of the treasurer, auditor, and recorder. After I left that position, Governor Kim Reynolds became Clarke County...
Moving into a place of your own for the first time is a huge step. I remember my first post-college apartment move. It was nothing special, but it was mine. It came with a few new challenges and responsibilities and all sorts of opportunities. For the first time, I was able to decide how to...
I’ve had a number of conversations recently that convince me our country is divided into two political camps separated by a deep and uncomfortably wide gap. No, I’m not talking about liberals and conservatives, or pro- and anti-Trump voters. I’m talking about people who believe in politics and our...
Center for Rural Affairs says the budget zeroes out programs that address challenges of rural communities Center for Rural Affairs Policy Associate Anna Johnson said recently that President Trump’s 2018 budget does not support rural America and its communities. The budget was released in its final...
Think about this for a moment: Two days away from a federal shutdown, Congress comes up with a stopgap measure to keep the government operating...for a week. A few days later it arrives at a bipartisan budget deal lasting a bit over four months. This, in turn, moves the President to take to Twitter...
Have you ever seen more disgraceful partisanship and “headhunting” than what’s going on in our government? Let’s set aside the cute but sophomoric proclamation that: “Hey! What’s wrong with gridlock in Washington? If they aren’t getting things done, at least they’re not spending my money!” I’m...

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