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Don't blame global warming for killer wildfires

Lots of people in politics and the media out here in California are blaming global warming for the 26 major wildfires that have killed at least 24,...

 

What Ginsburg's death means for the 2020 presidential election

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was perhaps the most consequential attorney in American history. As an advocate, she transformed the landscape for womens'...

 

Measure #2 solves nothing in higher ed.

Proposing to double the size of the Board of Higher Education, Measure #2 threatens to burden the system more than help. This November 3 ballot...

 

Putting COVID-19 deaths in perspective

Big news hit the Transcript newsroom on Monday. The North Dakota Department of Health had reported that a woman in her 80s residing in Eddy County...

 

We are responsible for political dysfunction

A few weeks back, I covered a virtual panel on ag policy featuring two-thirds of South Dakota's congressional delegation. At least, it was supposed...

 

Come on, get happy: The Patridge Family at 50

Realizing that September 25 marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of “The Partridge Family,” I am reminded that time moves more swiftly than...

 

That's life 19 years after 9/11.

As you can imagine having a birthday on 9/11, as I do, can elicit some complicated emotions. Only once in my life have I celebrated the demise of another human being, but that day in 2011 when those s...

 

The lessons of labor

Over Labor Day I spent some time thinking about the jobs I've done, skills I developed, and things I learned, including how much a body can endure. I never considered a career in bale-hauling or...

 

Minor league baseball, a vanishing American tradition

For millions of amateur and minor league baseball (MiLB) fans, the 2020 season was a bust. Not only did COVID-19 wipe out most all the scheduled...

 

Coronavirus, divisive politics have autumn optimism in short supply

I made it through the summer of COVID-19 – though I’m thankful that neither I nor any of my family have contracted the novel coronavirus. I know...

 

Reparations without prevarications

History was made on August 19, 2020 when Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) accepted the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential nomination. She is the first major party, national ticket nominee to support...

 

Will you be laboring on Labor Day?

For most of us, Labor Day will be an occasion for relaxation and contemplation. (And MORAL DILEMMAS, because our contemplation will be complicated by...

 

A moment of courage showed us a man's soul

It's rare that a simple tweet triggers in me the desire to write a column. On night three of the Republican National Convention last week, I had the...

 

Letter to the Editor: Help sought in retrieval of missing yard items

Someone ACCIDENTALLY took my large gray turtle, small straw bale with a fall color straw man holding a lantern and solar owl from my sidewalk/driveway on September 1. PLEASE bring them back or call...

 
 By Peter Roff    Opinion    August 31, 2020

Rethinking kidney dialysis in the age of COVID-19

In an election year, you can’t go a day without hearing some politician somewhere cry out for reform of the nation’s healthcare system. Even...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    August 31, 2020

Join COVID-19 home buying rush, develop common sense

American home ownership is soaring, which is good for all of us. Home sales slowed during the early months of COVID-19, as millions of Americans...

 

Cannon Hinnant's murder is not about race

I am no longer surprised at the depths to which some people will sink in these fraught and tortured moments. A friend recently posted something on her...

 

Former "Transcript" publisher took a stand

In searching through the New Rockford Transcript archives from 1914 and 1920, I encountered far more than I was expecting when it comes to women’s suffrage.   Some of the stories we informative...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    August 24, 2020

The vanishing art of empathy

Joe Biden reminded the world what grace looks like. Robert Trump, President Trump’s younger brother, died Saturday. In response, Biden tweeted:...

 

Treat Kamala Harris like a human being

I’ve been all over the place with Kamala Harris. Before Joe Biden picked her as his running mate, I was convinced that of all the possible choices,...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    August 17, 2020

The longer we're isolated, the less productive we get

COVID-19 is getting old– particularly for employees who’ve been working from home for months. That’s the finding of a Wall Street Journal...

 

Don't use 'Karen' to objectify women

I’ve been pretty lucky in the name department. With the exception of that brief period when I hated the fact that “Christine” became a symbol...

 

Everything's Going Great

Welcome to Campaign 2020! One unforeseen byproduct of the catastrophic COVID epidemic that has so far killed more than 160,000 Americans: It’s...

 

Thoughts on Homeschool

I’m no expert when it comes to homeschooling, but I do have experience. I suppose that is why from time to time, parents approach me about homeschooling. These days this is happening more and more....

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    August 10, 2020

American means freedom to them

A friend of mine can’t for the life of him understand why some Americans are clamoring to replace capitalism with socialism. Born in Vietnam, he...

 

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