20 April 2022

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13 April 2022

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Being important in America

Being important in America


Maybe it’s the perspective a long life brings, but I find myself eyeing with some skepticism the glut of “personal brands” that assault us every...
06 April 2022

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In crisis like Ukraine, staying in close touch key

In crisis like Ukraine, staying in close touch key


When Congress returned to Capitol Hill after a recent recess, it faced a changed world from the one that existed when its members left town. Not just ...
30 March 2022

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Being engaged in a global world

Being engaged in a global world


There is something rather sick about channel surfing on a television between basketball games and an active war. The teams I back in the flurry of Mar...
23 March 2022

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Redistricting: Democracy takes it on the chin

Redistricting: Democracy takes it on the chin


Around the country, states have been taking on the task of coming up with new lines for congressional districts. And with about two-thirds of the dist...
16 March 2022

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You can at least say howdy

You can at least say howdy


“Howdy” was a common everyday word where I grew up. Raised on old Stidham, now known as Milo Road in rural Appalachia, I spent a lot of time at my...
09 March 2022

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Ongoing need for Congressional reform

Ongoing need for Congressional reform


Reforming the rules by which the House and Senate operate isn’t usually the stuff of breathless headlines. But the high-stakes maneuvering over the ...
09 February 2022

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Farmland assessment to increase taxes for ’23

Farmland assessment to increase taxes for ’23


By Larry DeBoer, Purdue University Farmland property taxes have been falling. Total property taxes paid by agricultural property owners fell 2.3% per...
02 February 2022

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Calendar offers bits of wisdom

Calendar offers bits of wisdom


I was given a calendar last Christmas, “The 365 Smartest Things Ever Said,” created by a brother and sister writing team, Ross and Kathryn Petras....

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How’s Joe Biden doing?

How’s Joe Biden doing?


It’s been about a year since Joe Biden took office as president, and, though it’s still too early to draw firm conclusions about his performance, ...