TOM DAVIES: The Verdict — Budget Cuts? Middle-Class Taxpayers Take It on the Chin
JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — How Long Will Trump Last? Make A Guess!
NANCY EDMONDS HANSON: After Thought — No More Ringy-Dingies
 

CLAY JENKINSON: The NEH – The Most Jeffersonian Thing In America

Thomas Jefferson would probably not have supported the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, at least in his own time. Don’t get me wrong. He loved the arts. He read in seven languages. In fact, he was reading Thucydides in ancient Greek, without a grammar or dictionary, in the 83rd … Continue reading CLAY JENKINSON: The NEH – The Most Jeffersonian Thing In America

JIM THIELMAN: What’s The ‘Rush,’ Paul Ryan?

Do we have video? “Rushed.” By ambulance? Usually “rushed” in a headline suggests dire health issues. Which, I guess, dovetails with the topic of health care. Or do you see him in more of a sprint? Capitol to White House. That’s like a 2-mile run. I think the world record for the now-defunct 2-mile run … Continue reading JIM THIELMAN: What’s The ‘Rush,’ Paul Ryan?

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Not-Quite Vegan Chili

Americans eat a lot of meat, more than any other place in the world. That’s a fact. If you were like me, meat was usually on the supper table at least four or five days a week. Perhaps living in a rural area of the country, where meat prices were lower, had something to do with … Continue reading CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Not-Quite Vegan Chili

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — My Appliances Are Against Me

I just realized my microwave popcorn is actually popping out Morse code — in Russian. If I’m translating correctly and, admittedly, my decoding skills are rusty, Pootie wants me to drop some d-CON into someone’s latte. Or maybe the word is DEFCON. I may have missed a dot or a dash. Probably no big deal. … Continue reading TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — My Appliances Are Against Me

Michael Bogert: Photo Gallery — Signs Of Spring

A good indicator that spring has arrived is the appearance of animals that have either gone south in the fall or the emergency of those that have made themselves scarce during the long winter. Canada geese are among the former and moose the latter. Bald eagles, however, can be counted in both groups. Some winter along the Red … Continue reading Michael Bogert: Photo Gallery — Signs Of Spring

DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — On The Road With Bob Dylan

I recently took a solo two-way road trip from Bloomington, Minn., to Grand Forks, N.D. It’s 323 miles each way via Interstate 94 and I-29. I celebrated my daughter Kristi’s birthday one day and headed back the next. To say this drive can be monotonous is a gross understatement. So as usual, I brought along … Continue reading DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — On The Road With Bob Dylan

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — I Want To Be The Face Of Medicaid Expansion!

I was on Medicaid. There, I admitted it.  It’s not an easy thing to do for me. Even when I was on it, and I would go to the doctor, I handed the card to the person at the admittance desk with a furtive glance around to see if anyone saw me. And every time, I … Continue reading PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot the Rapids — I Want To Be The Face Of Medicaid Expansion!

TOM DAVIES: The Verdict — Budget Cuts? Middle-Class Taxpayers Take It on the Chin

Not that this will surprise any nonbelievers, but the absolute and total lie by POTUS 45 — that President Obama ordered some sort of wiretapping or surveillance on him or his administration — has now been revealed by all the government agencies involved in security to be false. (Or as that idiot Sean Spicer, 45’s … Continue reading TOM DAVIES: The Verdict — Budget Cuts? Middle-Class Taxpayers Take It on the Chin

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — How Long Will Trump Last? Make A Guess!

OK, at first it was just a sly hint, a trickle of wishfulness, but it’s become a pretty serious subject of open discussion now, both on social media and on the street: How long do you think Trump will last as president? Some say he’s going to commit an apparently impeachable offense, and Congress will … Continue reading JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — How Long Will Trump Last? Make A Guess!

NANCY EDMONDS HANSON: After Thought — No More Ringy-Dingies

Remember the last time the sound of a ringing telephone made you smile? I think I do. I was probably still in school, pining for some fabulous high school hunk to finally call. Perhaps, for you, it had less to do with teenage hormones and more with family ties. It could have been a birthday … Continue reading NANCY EDMONDS HANSON: After Thought — No More Ringy-Dingies