Opinion

Albion Firefighters thank you

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The Albion Firefighter’s Foundation Inc. would like to thank those who attended its annual breakfast on Oct. 13 as well as thank the businesses for their past, present and hopeful future support. Businesses of special notation include: The Spot, JBS, Theisens, Jiffy Lube, Old Timer, Taco ...

Democrats know they can always count on the media

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This week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in preparation for a 2020 presidential run, decided to fight back against President Trump’s brutal nickname for her: Pocahontas. Trump, you’ll recall, labeled her Pocahontas because for years, she has claimed Native American ancestry. Not only ...

Lady Liberty on trial under Trump

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Donald Trump’s war on immigration has focused mostly on Mexicans and other Latin-Americans illegally crossing our southern border, and on his commitment to build a huge wall to keep them out. So far it has been all talk and no action despite the advantage of a Republican-controlled ...

Midterms about future of American freedom

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According to the Pew Research Center, 66 percent of those supporting Democratic candidates and 18 percent of those supporting Republican candidates say, “If a person is rich, it is because he or she had more advantages in life than most other people.” This from a new Pew survey of ...

Refrain from containing

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After viewing a friend’s recent blog post, I was introduced to the topic of Container Baby Syndrome. A condition in which newborns and infants are left in “container” device for an extended amount of time. Such devices include a car seat, stroller, Boppy pillow, Bumbo seats, ...

Elizabeth Warren’s no ‘woman of color’

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So, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has announced she commissioned a DNA test to address her long-standing claims of having Cherokee ancestry. The Boston Globe reported that her DNA analysis “suggests she’s between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American.” The fraction 1/1,024 works out to 0.09 ...

The Khashoggi affair

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Major media are now reporting that the Saudis are “preparing” to admit that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, died in their consulate in Istanbul, as the result of an interrogation gone wrong. Odds are good that admittance will never come. The ...

The value of business partnerships

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The United States faces a significant workforce challenge as businesses grow and the employee pipeline shrinks. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the national unemployment rate is 3.7 percent, with six million individuals available for work. There are 6.9 million job openings in the ...

Don’t bother. They’re here

Columnists

All these years — 61 and counting — and not once have I been associated with a mob. Until now. This is exhilarating. “Harassing members at their homes,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told The New York Times, “crowding the halls with people acting horribly, the effort to ...

Don’t look for civility unless Democrats win in November

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“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Hillary Clinton told CNN last Tuesday. Her words cannot be taken literally, for you can be civil if you want to; they’re a statement that she doesn’t want to. That’s the bad ...

There’s “Lots 2 Love” about the School Lunch Program

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grams in United States history is the National School Lunch program — and today as we celebrate National School Lunch Week this Oct. 15-19, it’s important to reflect on the millions and millions of children who have benefited from this program over the years. This year schools will ...

The electoral college debate

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Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, seeking to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District, has called for the abolition of the Electoral College. Her argument came on the heels of the Senate’s confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. She was lamenting the fact that ...

Both sides are doing it wrong

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A certain segment of the evangelical pastoral community has decided Christians should embrace social justice. More prominent evangelicals are pushing back, saying “No.” I think both sides get it wrong. John MacArthur, one of the great theologians of our age, has pushed back against the ...

With friends like these

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Was Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and then his body cut up with a bone saw and flown to Riyadh in Gulfstream jets owned by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman? So contend the Turks, who have video from the consulate, photos of 15 Saudi ...

Timeless and wise advice

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On a Sunday morning two days before the crucial California presidential primary, hundreds of college-age volunteers crowded into their candidate’s campaign headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco to get their marching instructions for getting every registered voter the campaign had ...

Even birth control is under attack

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There was a time when Republicans and Democrats generally agreed that access to birth control was a public good. Most saw preventing unwanted pregnancies as key to making abortions rare. Those days are over. The Trump administration is indulging a religious hard right, helping it merge the ...

Stepping into someone else’s world

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A few years ago when I was teaching swim lessons, I ran into a rather unusual challenge with one of the swimmers. Typically, I had a hard time getting kids to put their faces in the water. We’re humans — we don’t have gills — it makes sense. But putting your face in is a very ...

Tuna Casserole

Columnists

When the temperatures turn cool my thoughts turn to comfort food – Tuna Hot Dish (also known as Tuna Cassserole to those of you who were not raised in Minnesota) and chili. Tuna Casserole 2 cans tuna 1 (16 oz.) can of peas 1 egg 1 can of cream of celery soup 1 can of onion ...

Build your watchtowers

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Throughout the Bible, God suggests that people who have something to protect should build watchtowers. The obvious meaning is there are things in life that need protecting. In Isaiah 5:3 God planted a vineyard (Israel) but it only produced unruly people; that’s not what he intended. This ...