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May 30, 2011
Today we celebrate Memorial Day.  The last Monday in May marks our taking time to remember those Americans killed in our nation's wars. As most national holidays it has morphed into its own unique weekend where we carry out many family and community ...
May 25, 2011
In politics, it's not always whether you win, sometimes the places you lose, and the way you lose them, can be just as informative. Democrats are celebrating their win in New York's 26th congressional district. A few months ago, their candidate Kathy Hochul was seen to be a distant also...
May 24, 2011
EAGLE, Colo. | The last few years have given people in this Rocky Mountain town good reason to be angry. While no community has escaped the toll of the great recession, Eagle has seen a fundamental change in its daily life. The city, a Boom Town that saw its population and housing market...
May 24, 2011
Sunday's tornado broke the heart of the Evangelical Ozarks. The deadliest in fifty years, its devastation continues to horrify. To be sure, Ozarkers are no strangers to severe weather. As Vance Randolph wrote way back in 1947, "There are occasional violent tornadoes or cyclones in the...
May 18, 2011
The 2012 election cometh, and as of right now the Republican field of candidates seems unsettled at best. Before it has even formed, the herd has been thinned. Witness former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's step out of the election pool on Saturday or, to a somewhat less serious extent,...
May 17, 2011
It is spring in Lincoln City and all that is blossoming is not good.
May 13, 2011
Looking at the housing market is enough to give anyone a serious dose of cognitive dissonance. Take the April foreclosure numbers. The data, just released this week from RealtyTrac, shows what could only be labeled, at first blush anyway, as a major improvement. The figures were down 9 percent...
May 11, 2011
With the 2012 presidential race in early stages and the political press looking for clues about the mood of the electorate, politics in Wisconsin has become a national story. The battles between new Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Democrats and the public sector unions have laid down markers in a...
May 3, 2011
The impromptu celebrations that broke out following news that U.S. forces had killed terrorist Osama Bin Laden, were not limited to the New York and Washington. In places as far away as Columbus, Ohio; Austin, Texas and Dearborn, Mich., people, particularly young people, took to the streets and...
April 29, 2011
Are the hopes for an economic recovery disappearing into our gas tanks? On Thursday the Commerce Department reported economic growth had slowed to an annual rate of 1.8 percent. It had been projected to be as high as 4 percent. There are many influences on that dip - from trade imbalances to...
April 26, 2011
-- By Kirsten Fruit, The University of Montana Nestled in a small residential neighborhood just north of downtown Greenville, S.C., sits Tommy’s Ham House. This basic family diner, famous for its down-home Southern cooking, has become a “must-stop” for those seeking the...
April 26, 2011
Following historic Republican victories in the House and in state legislatures throughout the country in 2010, Tea Party supporters saw a new chance to rein in government at the national and state levels. Much of the attention about this fight has been focused on the recently averted government...
April 19, 2011
From Wisconsin to Ohio to Indiana, the new Republican powers in statehouses have made clear that one of their chief targets is public sector unions. It started in Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker fought for and eventually won passage of a bill that limits the rights of public sector union...
April 15, 2011
When is good news not as good as it seems? Well, the foreclosure numbers from the first quarter of 2011 offer a good example. The news seems positive at first blush, as headlines declare declining foreclosure activity: Foreclosure filings hit three-year low. But behind the numbers, the story is...
April 13, 2011
Was it a temporary dip or a fundamental restructuring of the American economy? As the last recession dragged on and on, that was the larger question hanging over the country. And yet it remains unanswered. The debate will likely go on for months -- or even years -- as the recovery slowly works...
April 8, 2011
The political world, especially its left side, is still abuzz over Tuesday's special state Supreme Court election in Wisconsin. The race was nonpartisan, at least technically. On Thursday, the official count of the election swung back to give the lead to incumbent David Prosser, who was...
April 5, 2011
To shut down or not to shut down? As the budget battles go on in Congress, that is the question in Washington. And in recent days it seems the momentum toward a shutdown has grown. On Monday morning members of the conservative Tea Party Nation group received an email with the rather unambiguous...
March 31, 2011
What difference can a few miles make? It may be the difference between living a healthy life and struggling against a sea of health problems, according to a new study that ranks the relative health of counties. The study and website, from the University of Wisconsin and funded by the Robert...
March 28, 2011
The federal government wants you to have access to a broadband connection. Badly. The Federal Communications Commission has held dozens of workshops and filed away more than 23,000 comments on its National Broadband Plan. "High-speed wireless service is the next train station, the next off...
March 24, 2011
For as long as anyone cares to remember, Detroit has been Michigan's center of gravity. There have been challengers from time to time. Lansing is the capital. Grand Rapids is a power base in the west. But ultimately, the state was really driven by its industrial, brawny big brother in the...