Dennis-icon

PolitiFact similar to lie-detector test

PolitiFact.com is just about the niftiest thing since cupcakes, especially if you happen to be a political junkie. And even if you’re not, it’s still a nifty resource in this era of the Political Liars and Truth-Tellers, too. What’s alarming – but at times almost comical – is the sheer extent some leaders go to […]

Ritzenthaler Icon

Football is back – and not a moment too soon

It’s fall, ya’ll, and that rhymes with, well you know. It’s the obligatory season of laced leather (thank you, porker) in an oblong shape and wearing a brown-pimpled jacket. Darn, never has the pig made such a momentous sacrifice as it did when it surrendered itself for football. Now, do understand, I love pork roasts […]

Dennis-icon

Trump’s a liar – and that’s no lie

Donald Trump, “the Pinocchio of politicians,” just told his biggest lie. Last week in an interview, he let loose with this whopper: “All I do is tell the truth.” I heard that doozer during breakfast, choking on my toast while laughing. It was the day after Trump informed us President Barack Hussein (Trump’s cynical emphasis) […]

photo by Connor Kockler
The U.S. Bank Stadium is the new home of the Minnesota Vikings but will host other events. U.S Bank Stadium is owned and operated by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, a local governmental unit of the State of Minnesota.

Banking on a new stadium for the Vikings

Like many others around me, I was anxious to catch a glimpse of the new U.S. Bank Stadium. Aug. 3 had come, and as a soccer fan, I was anticipating the world-class match-up that was Chelsea FC vs. AC Milan. After walking from our parking down several city blocks to the site, my father and […]

Dennis-icon

Courts start busting voting restrictions

A counter assault against restrictive voting rights is – thankfully – busting down barriers erected in sly attempts to make voting difficult if not impossible for many Americans. These victories are long overdue. Recently, a federal appeals court struck down a garden variety of voting restrictions in North Carolina, the court declaring the voting laws […]

Ritzenthaler Icon

No thugs, no drugs, no guns, no gangs

It was many decades ago when I decided (as a 17-year-old) to join a drum-and-bugle corps out of Rochester, N.Y. It was called the “Grey Knights.” I had been to several drum-corps contests and fell in love with the concept of their presentations. If you are not familiar with the overview of these performances, the […]

Dennis-icon

Hillary pulls off historic feat in Philadelphia

What a happy, historic moment it was when Hillary Rodham Clinton accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination as candidate for president of the United States last week. It was as celebratory as when Barack Obama was nominated and went on to win the presidency – twice. Hillary! The waves of joy in the Philadelphia convention center were […]

Kockler Icon

Vice president candidates balance the tickets

With the national conventions wrapped up for both major political parties, a topic highlighted more than its usual share in our political conversation are the choices for the vice president of the United States. It seems odd to me the second-highest position in the executive branch, a heartbeat away from the presidency, receives so little attention for the four […]