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Everyone deserves a second chance

To anyone who doesn't live here, America may seem like a land of confusion. Much of what we do in the public square is riddled with contradictions. We're known as a place where law and order reign...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    October 14, 2019 

'Fall back' to putting life's small joys ahead of politics

Autumn has arrived. I can't think of a better time to put priorities back in order. You see, a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln study finds that...

 
 By LLoyd Omdahl    Opinion    October 14, 2019 

Wanted: Democratic candidate for Governor

WANTED: Gubernatorial candidate with no previous political experience to defeat a man who has been governor for four years. Any young man, resident...

 

Stamping out the stigma of mental illness

October is “Stamp Out Stigma” month being sponsored by the Association of Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW) to reduce the public stigma of...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    October 7, 2019

Make this a beautiful day in your neighborhood

Tom Hanks is right: We should be allowed to start off our days feeling good. Hanks stars as Fred "Mister" Rogers in the movie "A Beautiful Day in the...

 

Politicians: A necessary demystification

Politicians are people with jobs and with bosses. On its face that seems like a relatively uncontroversial statement, but I'm always surprised at how much time people spend looking for high principle...

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    October 7, 2019

Do you aspire to be a fly on the wall?

What can you say about the eavesdropper wannabes who sigh, "I wish I could be a fly on the wall for that conversation"? Why is becoming a disease-spreading insect their "go to" position for spying?...

 

Ole gets 300 years in clean machine

Ole Thornerson was wheezing and snorting as he stumbled up the last golden step to Pearly Gate 333. He expected a huge crowd of friends and relatives...

 

Football cliches and the Democratic Primary

Got an embarrassing admission here. I was scheduled to summarize the Democratic candidates’ debate last week, but also had a deadline about the opening of the football season, and they kind of got...

 

Remembering loved ones lost during Suicide Awareness Month

I never met my great-grandfather, although I've seen pictures of him. The one I treasure most is a family photo, similar to those images on an Ancestry.com commercial, where he is sitting with his...

 

1. Make Lists 2. Read Lists 3. Make More Lists

Here are my five favorite things about this sentence: (1) It grabs your attention, (2) It keeps you guessing, (3) It's not overly wordy, (4) It's...

 

When change calls for collaboration

Back in early August, the “Transcript” published a story regarding a piece of legislation that would alter criminal jurisdiction on the Spirit Lake Reservation. Known as S. 2159, the Spirit Lake...

 

Legislature's hostility to ethics proves the polls

By choking the effectiveness of the new Ethics Commission, the legislature proved that the negative polls were right. EMC Research of Washington, D.C....

 

Hold your applause, Congress is back

In case you haven't heard, our lawmakers have returned from their six-week summer sabbatical, ready to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. Among the agenda items for this legislative...

 

Can Scooby-Doo really be 50 years old?

Do you long for the days when the only outbursts our delicate ears had to worry about were the Z word ("Zoinks!") and the J word ("Jinkies!")? Then you might want to pop open some Scooby Snacks and...

 

How Congress spent their summer vacation

Alert! Alert! This is a test. This is only a test. A test of the Congressional Re- Arrival Warning System. Residents of the District of Colombia should remain on the lookout for male and female...

 

Prices keep rising but lives are still cheap

There is little doubt that we are seeing a universal rise in prices. Nevertheless, lives are getting cheaper as society continues to tolerate deadly...

 

Letter to the Editor: Sept. 16, 2019

Drug addiction and abuse is now being considered the largest man-made health crisis ever in recorded history. Since the late 1990’s, the drug crisis has surged forward, leaving epic devastation in i...

 

Opinion: Are you under the sway of kind influencers?

First, some disclaimers. When my son Gideon was in kindergarten and first grade, I indulged him by recording countless hours of hyperactive, unseen-outside-the-family DVDs he called The Gideon...

 

Americans Unite: The Martians are coming!

An invasion from outer space might do America some good. And maybe one's coming? In June, Politico reported a top Republican on the House Homeland...

 

Greenland Lust revives Manifest Destiny

Manifest Destiny was born in 1845 when U.S. politicians sought to justify the seizing of other countries’ territory as God’s plan for America,...

 

Disaster recover plans make good business sense

 It is a sobering fact that 25% of businesses that close because of a natural disaster never reopen. Small businesses can improve their chances of successful recovery by assessing their risks and...

 

Medical migrants head to Mexico

There's hope for price competition in healthcare, but so far only with companies that self-insure and pay for all employee's medical costs. I do my pa...

 

School Talks: Embracing Change

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! Just think, this spring we will open a new decade in education! Things are so different from when I started elementary school, almost 50 years ago. I attended a...

 

An investment in democracy

By holding this newspaper in your hands you're supporting democracy. Democracy doesn't work without an informed citizenry and informed votes. It's easy to overlook what a newspaper brings to a...

 

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