Small newspapers make a big difference

Small newspapers make a big difference

Of the many factors that contribute to a community’s quality of life, one that’s often underappreciated, is the local newspaper.Small, wee...

February 7th, 2018 |  


In 2018, candidates should commit to civil, issue-based campaigns

In 2018, candidates should commit to civil, issue-based campaigns

Tolerance for opposing views has been in decline in recent years, and markedly so in the 14 months since the 2016 presidential election.Today, the atm...

January 18th, 2018 |  


Energy lessons from the recent hurricanes

Energy lessons from the recent hurricanes

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma killed dozens of Americans and caused tens of billions of dollars in property damage. But there’s one silver lining. ...

January 8th, 2018 |  


Some New Year’s resolutions for public officials

Some New Year’s resolutions for public officials

For many of us, the arrival of January 1st means more than a new calendar year. It’s an opportunity for a new chapter… a chance to get thi...

December 23rd, 2017 |  


Keeping track of government travel costs

Keeping track of government travel costs

Travel spending is one of those areas of government that can be difficult to size up. Obviously, public officials often need to travel to discharge th...

December 2nd, 2017 |  


Watchdog citizens strengthen communities

Watchdog citizens strengthen communities

They keep tabs on their public officials, often asking the tough questions and sounding the alarm when something doesn’t seem right. They attend...

November 4th, 2017 |  


Media are quiet about Russia colluding with American officials

Media are quiet about Russia colluding with American officials

Before Peter Schweizer’s book, “Clinton Cash,” was published, the New York Times ‘broke’ the story connecting Russian co...

October 25th, 2017 |  


GOP Tax Plan: Hardly “reform,” but tax cuts “cost” nothing

GOP Tax Plan: Hardly “reform,” but tax cuts “cost” nothing

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans released their grandiosely titled “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code”...

October 18th, 2017 |  


Bail not meant to enable holding political prisoners

Bail not meant to enable holding political prisoners

The US Constitution’s Eighth Amendment forbids “excessive bail” in criminal prosecutions. That prohibition seems somewhat vague. I g...

October 15th, 2017 |  


A Nobel prize for sanity?

A Nobel prize for sanity?

The Nobel Peace Prize for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a wonderful tribute to the many millions of people around th...

October 11th, 2017 |