Commentary

Wed
21
Jan

Home Country

Daybreak. Coffee. The Big Two. There’s something so satisfying about getting out of bed when the world is still dark and quiet and resting. Making the coffee gives us time to scratch and think.

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Wed
21
Jan

Time to Pass Keystone XL Legislation

One of the first items the 114th Congress is taking up is a bill that would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. A long-time supporter of the project, it was the first bill I signed onto when I took office.

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Wed
14
Jan

Becoming a Lawyer

By Roger Baron, Professor of Law, and Sarah Baron Houy, Esq.
 
Wed
14
Jan

It’s about how you feel, not how you look

By Richard P. Holm, MD
 
A 92-year-old retired college professor patient of mine, who seems significantly younger than his stated age, walks a mile and half every day. He said to me on his own one time, "When you exercise every day, you feel so much better. Why don't people do it?" I think part of the problem is that getting started hurts a little, but maybe it is also because our motives are misplaced.
 
Thu
08
Jan

Prenuptial Agreements

The law permits parties to enter into “prenuptial agreements” prior to becoming married. These agreements are also referred to as “antenuptial” or “premarital” agreements, as well as the colloquial “prenup.”
 
Thu
08
Jan

Rural mail will suffer with more plant closures

A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015. That was a good description. USPS will slow delivery officially by one day for First-Class and Periodicals mail. Many members of Congress have asked it to hold off. But USPS is plowing ahead.
 
Wed
17
Dec

Consider God’s plan for each of us

At this Christmas time, we pause to reflect upon how God breaks into our human existence, into our history, in a most powerful and amazing way. Coming first in the embrace of a baby to invite our love, and then revealing His divine power in healing and forgiving, Christ draws us into an intimate relationship with God and all creation.

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Wed
17
Dec

Keep Jesus at the center of it all

Every year Colette, Ethan, and I (and I am sure Callie and Nathanial too as soon as they are old enough to participate with us) enjoy participating in the Christmas Cantata for this community. This year, like always, the songs get stuck in our heads

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Wed
10
Dec

Domestic Abuse, Stalking

The full range of issues and harm arising out of domestic abuse and stalking is far too great to be adequately addressed in a column of this nature. Recent situations and publicity in the NFL have brought a heightened awareness to these issues. Society and law-making bodies are becoming better educated. Legislatures have been addressing these issues and they continue to explore and implement methods aimed at attempting to solve or ameliorate these phenomena
 
Wed
03
Dec

Cultivating the public’s knowledge about farming

Know the difference between a Holstein and a Hereford? You’re in rare company. According to a new survey, nearly three in four Americans admit that they know “very little or nothing” about farming. It’s a solid bet they know even less about different breeds of cattle —or the difference between the sweet corn we eat and the field corn grown on most farms
 

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