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Trump the Pot calls Kettle black

Show me a politician who has never told a blatant lie and I’ll show you a miracle in full-blooming glory. Politicians, after all, are mere mortals, though some act like shining gods or strutting emperors – Donald Trump for one. Never in my long life have I witnessed such a fib-flinger as Trump, who not […]

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The Fourth of July – uniquely American

As we approach the Fourth of July once again, I think we should take a look back at how the American tradition got started. This year will be the 240th occurrence of the date of the founding of our republic, and 2026 will be an even more momentous occasion with the 250th. On the date […]

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Stop lamebrain excuses against gun laws

(Note: This column was written before a June 19 deadline, so the outcome of a possible congressional vote on gun-safety proposals was not known yet. The vote was expected to happen as early as June 20.) The excuses are growing lamer by the day for not passing laws regulating the sale and access to certain […]

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Obama’s achievements abound

To hear some people tell it, President Barack Obama is the worst president in U.S. history who has done absolutely nothing to strengthen the country and much to weaken us. What kind of cave have these people been living in? Some of that willful blindness could be changing, however. In just the past five months, […]

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Free speech – let the best argument win

Too often these days, debates in political discourse have become filled with buzzwords and little substance. News outlets and television channels air their opinions, while presenting them as facts. Is it possible for us as citizens to just find fair and unbiased information from our news sources instead of other people’s prejudices being pressed upon […]

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Muhammad Ali really was ‘the greatest’

What a tragic irony that boxing, the sport that propelled Muhammad Ali to the pinnacle of fame, was the very thing that disabled him so badly. On the bright side and much to his credit, Ali endured his slow, sad decline with stoicism, dignity and good cheer, according to those closest to him. When a […]

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Help veterans with actions, not just words

I was both moved and bothered by the many speeches I heard at two Memorial Day celebrations last Monday in Sartell and Rice. The speeches were moving because what the speakers said was so true – that all veterans must be honored, respected and never forgotten. What bothered me, though, is so many people in […]