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Editorial and Opinion Articles

Congressmen Need a Refresher on the 1st Amendment ... This week, amid a partial government shutdown, senators tried to sneak through a bill that would encourage states to suppress constitutionally protected political boycotts of Israel. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Tyranny or Liberty? ... A really smart friend of mine once noted, while speaking of the DOD: "You need to remember that we don't do why!" (See Page 7, January 17, 2019 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Extraplanetary Extravagance ... If you think our government’s war policy has become out-of-this world cuckoo, consider the spaciness being proposed by the cosmonauts on Spaceship Trump. (See Page 7, January 17, 2019 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
USDA Broadband Initiative Provides Hope, Ignores Major Barrier ... Rural communities are increasingly depending on hi-speed internet to complete an education and talk to their doctors. Meanwhile, connecting to broadband internet has become a necessity in today's digital economy. (See Page 7, January 17, 2019 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Do We Want the USMCA? ... Do we want the USMCA – a treaty/agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada? I have no doubt but that President Trump has America's best interests at heart. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Conversation imageThe United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal Benefits Patients ... After more than a year of negotiations, the United States recently struck a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico. The deal was well worth the wait. (See Page 7, January 10, 2019 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
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Forcing a Newspaper to Take a Political Position ... Earlier this year, letters from the state of Arkansas began drifting across my desk, demanding that our weekly newspaper, the Arkansas Times, either sign a pledge not to boycott Israel or forfeit all state advertising. (See Page 7, January 10, 2019 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
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Great Power Struggle ... People don't change, as a friend reminded me just the other day. 800 years ago the rulers of the Grand Duchy of Moscow wanted more land, buffer zones between them and "others." Kiev soon became part of the Russian "buffer zone." (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
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Get the Federal Government Out of Washington ... Americans of all political stripes distrust the federal government. For years, the name of the nation’s capital has been used as shorthand for federal overreach and bloat. (See Page 7, January 3, 2019 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
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‘Tis The Season ... Whatever happened to Christmas? No doubt my memory is colored by nostalgia, but I miss the real Christmas of old, the one that truly was magical. (See Page 7, January 3, 2019 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Don’t Let Them Take Your Post Office Away ... This spring, President Trump created an inter-agency federal task force to propose structural reforms in the U.S. Postal Service. (See Page 7, January 3, 2019 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Why We Need Christmas ... Merchants around the world depend on the Christmas season each year for twenty to fifty percent of their yearly sales. The travel industry from airlines to gasoline stations see a nice bump during the holidays. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
If You Get Mail in a Small Town or Suburb, Listen Up! ... I’ve been a postal clerk for 23 years, serving my customers in a public post office in Gresham, Oregon. As you might imagine, with the holidays fast approaching, it’s a busy time of year for us. (See Page 7, December 20, 2018 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Lost at Sea ... Since October four men, none of whom were friends of mine, but each known well by friends of mine, committed suicide. Three were in the Navy, one was a Marine. (See Page 7, December 20, 2018 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
A War on Science, Morals, and Law ... A new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists accuses Trump’s Interior Department of "relentless attacks on science ranging from suppressing and sidelining the work of the department’s scientists to systematically refusing to act on climate change.” (See Page 7, December 20, 2018 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Americans Are Beating Back Death One Discovery at a Time ... Premature deaths from diseases like lung cancer, diabetes, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma have declined over the last quarter century. The reason? (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
My Biggest Disappointment in Politics ... The other day, a friend asked what surprised me most about politics. This may seem strange, but I'd never really thought about the question. (See Page 10, December 13, 2018 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
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