The five safe things left to talk about

These days, discussing previously acceptable subjects such as the weather or health can lead to fistfights.

  • Dec 23rd, 2016

The lessons of ‘A Christmas Carol’

Anger, greed, and self-seeking are enemies of the Christmas spirit.

  • Dec 23rd, 2016

Democrats shouldn’t be party of opposition

The problem is that the evidence for this strategy is weak.

  • Dec 21st, 2016

Tenth Amendment a reminder that people control their government

Federalism is at the core of the Bill of Rights

  • Dec 21st, 2016

Feeling like a Grinch? Remember Seuss’ message

Even after a half-century, “The Grinch” has few detractors, even when considered in a cultural context.

  • Dec 20th, 2016

Does Betsy DeVos have the answers for U.S. public schools?

How we teach our children has become a major political football for Republicans and Democrats alike.

  • Dec 19th, 2016

Ed Rendell: Time to reform the Electoral College system

This was the fifth time in United States history that a president was elected despite having lost the popular vote.

  • Dec 19th, 2016

Help Wanted

City Administrator needed in Aberdeen

  • Dec 16th, 2016

Trump’s corporate Cabinet looks like plutocracy

History has proved that what’s good for big corporations is not always good for America.

  • Dec 16th, 2016

Disaster zone: Trump’s Cabinet formula

Experience counts, and Trump has chosen a Cabinet of amateurs.

  • Dec 14th, 2016

Trump shows he doesn’t understand art of the deal in dealing with Russia

U.S. intelligence agencies agree unanimously that Russia wanted to disrupt the campaign — and succeeded.

  • Dec 14th, 2016

Will future of Democratic party be centrist/progressive?

Hillary Clinton’s lack of a coherent, compelling economic message was a big deal.

  • Dec 13th, 2016

With Trump in charge, where is history heading?

We must ask where the nontraditional politician fits in the grand flow of history.

  • Dec 13th, 2016

No sign that Congress will stand up to Trump

GOP skeptics are doing their best to give him a cheerful honeymoon.

  • Dec 12th, 2016

What Obama doesn’t get about terror

He has been unwilling to acknowledge that Islamic ideology plays a role in what motivates terrorists to strike.

  • Dec 12th, 2016

Dakota pipeline issue far from resolved

By challenging the physical flow of power, the Standing Rock tribe challenged the current economic and political power.

  • Dec 9th, 2016

Remembering John Glenn, lawmaker

The senator put together a really respectable body of public policy accomplishment.

  • Dec 9th, 2016

Texas elector who won’t vote for Trump says his conscience is clear

Christopher Suprun has been contemplating voting against Trump since August.

  • Dec 7th, 2016

Who’s to blame for fake news?

Fake news is hardly a new phenomenon.

  • Dec 7th, 2016

Doyle McManus: Why Trump needs James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis

Mattis has already disagreed with many of the foreign policy positions Trump adopted without evidence of deep study during his campaign.

  • Dec 5th, 2016