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  • Talking about Obamacare enrollment There's going to be a lot of arguing about Obamacare in the coming days and weeks -- even more so than usual, that is. Monday was the last day for people to sign up for health insurance for this year. Supporters will claim that the late surge in enro

    April 2, 2014

  • A nation's survival isn't 'racism' It may surprise some Americans to learn that almost one-quarter of the people living in Switzerland are foreigners. Even so, just over 50 percent voted last month to cap immigration, which, unchecked, could leave indigenous Swiss a minority in 50 yea

    April 2, 2014

  • GM's recall should drive auto reform Wondering why General Motors went bankrupt and needed a taxpayer bailout? Just consider the Chevrolet Cobalt. Introduced in 2004 as the vehicle that would finally make GM's small cars competitive with those from Japan, the Cobalt's mediocre performan

    April 2, 2014

  • Free money? This past week I have heard it said at least three times "that if we do not get it someone else will." They are talking about grants of money from the state. They know that with elections on the horizon that the career politicians will be doling out

    April 1, 2014

  • Data may be safe, but is that enough? The National Security Agency typically uses its vast powers for good. But like a conflicted superhero, it faces the constant temptation to put them to some darker purpose. President Obama has -- slowly, grudgingly, tentatively -- agreed to curtail on

    April 1, 2014

  • Are we heading to fall of democracy? Behind dysfunctional government, is democracy itself in decay? It took only 250 years for democracy to disintegrate in ancient Athens. A wholly new form of government was invented there in which the people ruled themselves. That constitution proved m

    April 1, 2014

  • Secret Service bad boys The U.S. Secret Service has a tough job -- protecting the president and other top federal officials -- which, by and large, it performs capably and professionally. Indeed, for many years its reputation for bravery and effectiveness has been right up

    March 29, 2014

  • Loss of a friend, servant Dear Editor: This Thursday morning, March 27, word was received of the passing of a friend Duane Harre from Washington County. We came to know Duane and Ruth from Duane's being a Tri-County Electric board member. We spent many meetings together repre

    March 29, 2014

  • Fact-finding vacation Editor: I read in a newspaper the other day, as well as seeing a TV news item of the same, a story of President Obama's family to include his mother-in-law was presently on a "fact finding" mission abroad. I remember when later in then President Clin

    March 29, 2014

  • Be shipshape in only one week! After spending a week in the Caribbean on a cruise ship, I wondered if Sue had been intentionally starving me all these years. We never have mid-morning pastries at home. She never serves a dessert with lunch. And where is our late afternoon slice of

    March 29, 2014

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