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Thumbs up: to the contractor and engineer for keeping Grand Avenue open during the upcoming construction project from 24th to 30th street. Any construction project of this magnitude creates problems for residents and motorists. Keeping this busy thoroughfare o

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Balancing censorship, responsibility

After a white nationalist slaughtered 50 Muslims in New Zealand, Margaret Sullivan, media critic of The Washington Post, posed this question to the digital platforms used by the assassin to spread his murderous message: “Where are the lines between censorship

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I BET YOU'LL LAUGH

I Bet You’ll Laugh

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Hate: A matter of discernment

I don’t hate hate. I don’t know if that makes me an oddball, but it probably marks me as a member of a small minority. Hating hate, in fact, might turn out to be the one issue that can finally bridge the bitter tribal divide afflicting America these day

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Subtle distinctions disappearing

Last week I was reading a magazine article about an art exhibit at the New York City Public Library where one could borrow a small sculpture the way one might borrow a library book. I thought it was a great idea because a person can get tired of looking at the same

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Smoke rings

Surely it can’t be true that Illinois legislators care more about young people’s health than Indiana legislators. Yet, by a bipartisan, 82–31 vote, the Illinois House just passed a bill to raise the legal age for purchasing cigarettes and vaping p

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Pricing transparency could help lower America's sky-high health care costs

Imagine being able to shop for a knee-replacement surgery the way most people shop for a flight – by comparing prices on a website like Orbitz or Cheapflights.com, and understanding the full cost of exactly what you’re getting before shelling out your h

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The fading of Virginia's blackface scandal

When the stories broke six weeks ago about Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wearing blackface in the 1980s, it was pretty clear how the controversy would end: with Northam deferring to outrage and resigning. A host of presidential candidates called for their fellow Demo

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Landowner opposes plan for CFO/CAFO

Landowner opposes plan for CFO/CAFO An open letter to the citizens of Fayette County. I am writing this letter to Fayette County citizens in response to a proposed Confined Feeding Operation / Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CFO/CAFO) in Fayette County. My name

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Trump: Target of presidential harassment

President Trump often complains that he is the victim of “presidential harassment” – or, as he sometimes puts it, “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!” “After more than two years of Presidential Harassment, the only things that have been pr

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Performance evil in New Zealand

New Zealand, from an American perspective, may seem to be at the end of the Earth. But that perceived isolation doesn’t equal protection. Evil can come from anywhere and descend on anyone. The internet can speed messages of hate. On Friday, at least one gunma

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Silicon Valley targeting farmers

How’re you gonna keep them down on the farm after they’ve seen … Angus? Not the cattle breed, but the 1,000-pound “farmer of the future.” Angus is a robot, toiling away on an indoor hydroponic farm that’s soilless as well as soul

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