Greetings from Capitol Hill: Introduced Bills:
The items I have heard about the most from all of you are tax reform, water quality, Medicaid, and freedom of religion/speech.
Depression, anxiety, frustration: This was my reality as an undocumented young woman living in the United States. For many years the love and support of my family was the only thing that sustained me.
Dear Dave, I have cousins who are thinking about moving back to Connecticut from Virginia. They’ll be renting for a while, and I have an unoccupied rental house. Do you think renting to family is a bad idea? Katherine
Last Monday, lawmakers returned to the State Capitol for the start of the 2018 session.
Greetings from Capitol Hill Governor Reynolds Condition of the State Address

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Citizen Trump perceived an opening for a new kind of presidential candidate and rejected traditional political rules. His victory surprised most of us. He’s often crude, coarse, and undignified. He can be impetuous, petty, and cruelly sarcastic. I’ve described him as a bully and chauvinist. But he...
Do ordinary citizens still have a voice in Washington and in their state capitals? Despite the cynicism of these times, my answer is, yes, we do... But we have to exercise it. I don’t just mean going to a town hall meeting and yelling, or shooting off a letter or email. I mean making an...
Dear Editor, The citizens of Albert Lea, Minn., need your help. We are extremely concerned and upset about Mayo Clinic’s decision to remove the In-Patient Hospital stay and Baby Delivery Services from Albert Lea and transfer those services to Austin, Minn. Mayo plans to use our current hospital...
Can you feel it? Fall is right around the corner, and that means it’s back-to-school time! Hopefully, you haven’t waited until the last minute and you have most of your shopping done. If not, that’s okay! Here are a few guidelines as you get everything together for your child’s first day back in...
The Republicans have failed to make headway reforming Obamacare, but their effort isn’t over. And there will continue to be lots of politics in the “fix vs. repeal/replace” debate. Republicans won’t consider anything that’s a mere “fix,” and the Democrats won’t consider anything that smacks of “...
Are you one of the many farmers without an identified farm successor? Purdue University says that’s around 75 percent, and about half expect nonfamily members to take over. A gradual shift of responsibilities and ownership, plus an extended mentoring period, can help ensure the continued success of...
There’s no shortage of threats to our democracy. Russian meddling in elections, the vulnerability of state voting systems to hacking, politicians’ assaults on the media, and political leaders’ growing fondness for policy-making in secret—all of these pose a real challenge to our system’s viability...
I think I know who I am, after living in this skin for over 50 years now. But, recent developments have given me some pause, and shook my feeling of certainty, which has led to further questions. I am talking about a recent DNA test I took on Ancestry.com, that produced some unsettling results....
Are you packing up your car and hitting the road this summer? You’re not alone. According to a survey conducted by AAA, road trips are the most popular type of vacation for families in the U.S. in 2017. In fact, 10 percent more families are expected to take road trips this year than last. From...
It’s a Chicken or Egg Thing! Lee Hamilton’s commentary in the July 5 Graphic was an attempt to explain “Why we need to scrap the debt ceiling.” With this article I am offering a contrasting viewpoint about the debt ceiling, which I like to call our country’s “approved line of credit.” Hamilton’s...

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