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To protect the Constitution, read it

September 16, 2018
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To protect the Constitution, read it

Tomorrow marks the passing of 231 years of history since as the National Archives website states: “the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. The National Archives and Records Administration celebrates this important day in our nation’s history..(and)..We encourage teachers and students at all...

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News not fit

September 9, 2018
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“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 bbc.com, 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
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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
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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
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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
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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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