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Fearless Tubman bumps Jackson off bill

It’s ironic – yet appropriate – that abolitionist Harriet Tubman bumped anti-abolitionist and slave-owner Andrew Jackson off the front of the $20 bill. In fairness, Jackson was a significant president, a frontier populist, but his legacy is marred by his despicable treatment of Native Americans of the Southeast. Tubman’s legacy, on the other hand, remains […]

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There is no free stuff

Should college and university education be tuition-free? According to Bernie Sanders, it should be. Just recently, I heard of a youngster entering the workforce having just graduated from college sporting a student debt of $100,000. That, to me, is patently obscene. He’ll never be able to retire that debt. He would have been far better […]

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What is freedom of speech?

Here’s a quiz: What does the term “freedom of speech” mean? Can it be referring to anything other than just verbal expression? For example, is art freedom of speech? Is giving money to a political candidate freedom of speech? How about public demonstrations? Are they freedom of speech and are there limits on speech? It […]

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Drivers, admit guilt, change our ways

What senseless deaths! A New Prague school-bus driver walking to get his morning newspaper was killed by a woman allegedly responding to a text message. A driver sending Facebook messages ran a red light, killing a father and his young daughter in Sherburne County. A 20-year-old suspected of being distracted lost control of his vehicle […]

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VA health care is not charity but a promise

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can’t seem to go a week without being in the news. And usually it’s for bad news. The latest is denial of services to suicide-prone patients seeking help from the Phoenix facility. Very recently another VA facility made the news because its elaborate phone system constantly drops calls or […]

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Adios, El Trumpo. Hasta la vista, baby

Remember Mitt Romney? He’s that presidential wannabe who suggested “self-deportation” for undocumented Hispanic workers. Gee, what a good idea. It’s one Donald Trump should heed. Even though Trump is not an undocumented worker, self-deportation would be good for him. He won’t be president in the United States; maybe he can be president in Mexico. He […]