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You only need to pay attention to the dynamics of the Eighth District congressional race to understand why Republicans are worried about holding the U.S. House. The GOP’s attack machine is focused … more
Should billionaire casino magnates and oil company executives from other parts of the United States have the right to determine the Eighth District’s next congressman? That’s the question that … more
As I’m puzzling about where to put my writing attention, my mind is buzzing with questions. These days, no matter how many answers I have, there are always more questions. My biggest question this … more
It’s become almost cliché to suggest that newspapers are living on borrowed time. But like so much conventional wisdom, such a suggestion fails to recognize the pivotal role that newspapers still … more
American news outlets have bombarded us with health care horror stories. They’ve reported on the problem, emphasizing the overwhelming complexities, but not too much on real solutions. We know the … more
For nearly 20 years now, newspapers around the country, including ours, have dutifully reported what is, by most estimates, educational news that is almost entirely devoid of meaning. It’s been a … more
Over the past few months, I’ve been revisiting my youth through the 79 episodes of the one 1960s television show that I never missed— Star Trek. I was hardly alone in my fascination with the … more
With at least two, and possibly three, separate women now accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault or impropriety, Republicans would appear to be left with two choices— … more
Recently I was asked to be a companion to a woman I’ll call Joan, who had a stroke in July, so her family could go canoeing while visiting Ely. She was about my age. The language-processing part of … more
City officials in Tower would be wise not to pull the rug out from under a proposed town home project at the city’s harbor, at least for now. The city council, last month, gave the developers … more
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