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News not fit

September 9, 2018

“All the news that’s fit to print” Those seven words have adorned the top left corner of the New York Times since 1896. In a 2012 article for, W Joseph Campbell, a professor at the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. wrote of the phrase’s origin by then new publisher...

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“A girl in Iowa” killed by politics

August 26, 2018

A couple of miles north of Interstate 80, sandwiched between the college towns of Des Moines to the west and Cedar Falls and Iowa city to the east sits Brooklyn, Iowa. Give or take a couple hundred people up or down and a famous young denizen, Brooklyn is pretty much any small rural town...

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Press not the enemy, but not smart either.

August 19, 2018

I’m sure when she dreamed it up she thought it one of those “YES, that’ll show em!” moments. The “she” in this story is one Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor of The Boston Globe. The moment?  Put out a call to newspapers across the country to join her in a coordinated editorial event denouncing...

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My “pal” Jan

August 12, 2018

It started with a single email on a single column: “Although it’s getting harder all the time, I’ve always said as long as there are voices like yours, our country will make it. Hang in there,Geoff, & thanks. Jan Burnidge” Over the years, that single email turned into hundreds and a friendship more valued...

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Worth fighting for…..The Fallen

August 5, 2018

Insomnia is not always a curse. In the wee hours of Wednesday morning an all too often episode of workload sleeplessness led to a once in a lifetime moment. Beaming into my bedroom from Osan Air Base at Pyeongtaek, South Korea were the images of 55 boxes draped in the United Nations flag guarded...

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Trump fixing what Bush, Obama broke -or- Putin has a poodle problem

July 29, 2018

June 2001: President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in northern Slovenia. “I looked the man in the eye. I found him very straightforward and trustworthy – I was able to get a sense of his soul.” According to Condoleezza Rice’s memoir, Putin warned the Bush delegation about Saudi Arabians funding...

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