Stop bad-mouthing cops

Those two words “Breaking News” instill instant dread these days. “Oh no! What now?!” we wonder, quaking, afraid to hear. It seems every day there is “Breaking News” about one atrocity after another, the next worse than the last. The latest, as of last Sunday, was the awful news of yet another mass shooting of […]


Trees, trees, long live trees!

Imagine living in a place with no trees. I’d up and move immediately; rather, I wouldn’t move there to begin with. About 10 years ago, a large dying birch tree in my side yard had to be chopped down. I still miss that tree. There are magnificent trees in this neighborhood, some of them 80 […]

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The national debt – a young person’s perspective

The general election season is upon us. Even with the start of the campaign already more than a year past, we still have much to come. The most brutal campaigning is unfortunately still ahead of us, as the crowded primaries yield to the one-on-one slugfest lasting until Election Day. Many issues have been discussed by […]


Hillary Clinton should explain contradictions – and soon

Even though presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has not been recommended for indictment by the FBI, several comments by FBI Director James Comey have the potential to be almost as damaging to her campaign as a criminal indictment itself would have been. During her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State, Clinton used at least one private […]


Juno a tad late to Jupiter – by 1 second!

It’s been 10 days and I’m still in a state of astonishment, trying to wrap my little Earth-bound brain around the stupendous fact that Juno was only one second late for its rendezvous with Jupiter — one second! After a 1.7-billion-mile journey to Jupiter that took about five years, it was only late by a […]

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I love a parade – unless …

For those of you who are too young to remember it, there is a movie about a gentleman named George M. Cohen. One of the songs from it is “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy, born on the Fourth of July.” I can relate to that song because my natal day was Memorial Day. Back then, […]


Do a good local deed; help with meal-packaging

It’s often said charity begins at home. That’s easy to forget with all the pressing needs throughout this all-too-tragic world these days. A good reminder of that adage is the upcoming “Feeding Our Communities,” a facet of the “Better Together” program of the Central Minnesota Community Coalition. From noon-8 p.m. Thursday, July 28 at Apollo […]