The 2018 Legislature was scheduled to adjourn on Tuesday, April 17, but it won’t happen anytime soon.That’s because another week has gone by and GOP leaders who control both the House and Senate can’t agree on much of anything lately, especially o
Tax Reform and Budget:
A birthday party is a fun way to recognize important milestones in a child’s life. Family and friends are invited to join in the fun, and everyone enjoys a day of celebration.
As I write this we just survived perhaps the biggest snowstorm of the season, and are bracing for another round later this week. It is not an April Fools joke, although it is indeed the month of April.
 For me it started with Martin Luther King’s “Dream” speech in 1963 when he proclaimed: “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
For the most part, we Americans value expertise. We want our physicians to possess knowledge and experience. We want our lawyers to know the law inside out.

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Set aside for the moment, philosophical and scientific climate change arguing. Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord brought “energy and the environment” back into the news. Since that agreement has plenty for both liberals and conservatives to be unhappy with, perhaps we will eventually see at...
I hope that in 2018 we can re-focus on one of the defining characteristics of being an American: that we devote ourselves to something larger than ourselves This may seem odd, but as I look ahead to a year we all know will be momentous, you want to know what I feel most strongly? Gratitude. I’ll...
In light of the fact that I do not do New Year’s resolutions, I still wanted to commemorate the start of a new year—so I decided on wishes instead. Some are general, some more specific. Others are local, while many are worldwide. A few are silly, but most I think are both heartfelt and serious. So...
Congress will write a new farm bill in 2018. Initiatives that support conservation, beginning farmers, local and regional markets, and rural businesses are up for debate. We believe the new farm bill should: Protect and improve farm conservation programs—Stewardship of our land and water for...
Have you noticed there are some business owners who just seem to get it right every time? It seems like anything they touch turns to gold. How do they do it? What’s that magic formula that finds them so blessed, while many other entrepreneurs continue to struggle? For most successful people, it’s...
If you’re like the Hogan household, the month of December means one thing—Christmas. Decorations, parties, church, family time and lots of stocking stuffers. In the seasonal hullabaloo, it’s easy to forget one very important activity that must be on your to-do list: an end-of-year financial check-...
How can anyone be against something that has the word neutral in it, right? Neither too agressive, nor too passive, it seems like it has been just the right mix for years. In fact, the net has pretty much always been neutral, that fact was merely guaranteed and protected by the Obama...
Dear Editor, The leaves have changed color and fallen to the ground, Halloween and Thanksgiving have passed, and soon Christmas and New Year’s will be here. Any place you visit has decorations, lights, and signs of celebration. This time of year can bring both joy and stress to many of us. During...
Stocking stuffers at Christmas are kind of like cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving. It’s there every year, but it’s usually an afterthought. It’s the opening band for the big concert. But don’t you think the Christmas stocking deserves a little more love? After all, those stockings—hung delicately...
I spend many weeks doling out my opinion on issues of local, state and national interest. Like most opinions, some will hit home with many readers, while others may fall short in the eyes of many. That is the beautiful thing about opinions; we all have them and they are all different. This week—...

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