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Cast Your Ballots for “Tree of Life” Candidates

November 6, 2018 The name of the Pittsburgh synagogue where an unspeakable tragedy occurred last Saturday -- “Tree of Life” – provides a criterion for voters in the mid-term election – the language they use in their... more »»

Voice of the Engaged

November 2, 2018 Thirteen countries in Latin American have compulsory voting. Roughly one-fifth of electoral democracies enforce some type of national compulsory votin. more »»


October 31, 2018 We’ve all heard the story of how Halloween came to be. It was an ancient pagan day when the veil between the living world and spirit worlds are at it’s thinnest. more »»

No Irish Need Apply

October 26, 2018 I am a fan of the Irish band The Pogues. Lead singer and lyricist Shane MacGowan’s fondness for the jar eventually led to the band’s implosion. more »»

What are Common Sense Ethics?

October 23, 2018 We’ve all heard it at one time or another “he/she doesn’t have any common sense. more »»

A Thing of Beauty

October 19, 2018 Is October baseball. I appreciate and respect I am in football country. This is not an either/or editorial. I enjoy the first Sunday morning NFL games. In California, they aired in the morning. more »»

A Day For Farmers

October 16, 2018 Last Friday, Oct. more »»


October 12, 2018 In the September 27 “Democrat,” we ran an editorial by Robert Reich. In his piece, Reich espoused faith in the millennials with regard to this upcoming election. I do not share Reich’s confidence. more »»

Photography and the Law

October 10, 2018 Photographers are stopped, harassed and even intimidated into handing over their personal property simply because they take photographs that make other people uncomfortable. more »»

All the World’s a Stage

October 5, 2018 “And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts...” Jaques to Duke Senior in “As You Like I. more »»

Six Things You May Not Know About The Gregorian Calendar

October 2, 2018 Most of us find something about history fascinating. Me, well I like to learn about things, I guess you would call – off the beaten path. I really enjoy the period from 1400 – 1600. more »»

America’s Global Leadership is Threatened

September 28, 2018 Of the 195 countries the United States interacts with, three countries are not fazed when President Trump rails against NATO, NAFTA, United Nations, World Trade Organization, climate accord, Europea... more »»


September 25, 2018 Drainage – doesn’t everyone have the right to adequate drainage. When I started at the newspaper in 2015, I thought I knew what drainage was. To me, it was burying tile in your fields and that was it. more »»

Let's Be Safe During Harvest

September 21, 2018 It's a simple fact that when it comes to fall harvest, there's a lot to do in a short amount of tim. more »»

Drained if you do, drained if you don’t

September 19, 2018 The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors will vote Wednesday whether or not to approve the Drainage District 180 improvement plan. more »»

Are You Glad You Moved Here?

September 13, 2018 Don't you miss the city? There isn't much to do around here. Nine years later, I still field these questions weekly. Am I happy I moved here? Um, yes. Have we met? I know. more »»

9/11 Lives On

September 12, 2018 September 11, 2001, it used to be another day in our lives. Do you remember where you were at 8:46 a.m. more »»

Tonic for a Cynic

September 6, 2018 I considered titling this column “I Love a Parade.” But, as a going concern, I don’t. I mention parade because last weekend was the Graettinger Labor Day Parade. As parades go, it was okay. more »»

Monarch Migration

September 5, 2018 Migration Has Begun For The Monarch Butterfly Farther north of us, an indication that the migration of the Monarch Butterfly has begun is their overnight roosting. more »»

The Death of John McCain

August 30, 2018 “I’ve often observed that I am the luckiest person on Earth. I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life. I’ve loved my life, all of it. more »»



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