Commentary

Wed
24
Sep

Letter: Blood drive will need new local coordinator

Dear editor, Since this is the last time I’ll coordinate a blood drive, I’d like to see it be the biggest ever. Every day over 500 units of blood are needed in our area to replace that lost due to accidents, surgeries, illnesses, etc. Where does it come from? It comes from blood drives like ours in small towns as well as the more metropolitan cities
 
Wed
24
Sep

Common law marriage

A common -law marriage, or “informal” marriage, is one where the parties do not have a wedding or marriage ceremony, but the law recognizes their relationship as a “marriage” because of the parties’ conduct. Conduct that could give rise to a common-law marriage includes the parties’ introducing each other as “husband” and “wife;” filing joint tax returns; and living together for an extended period of time
 
Wed
17
Sep

When does corporal punishment go too far?

A Texas grand jury recently indicted Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on the criminal charge of reckless or negligent injury to child. The charge stems from Peterson’s admitted use of a tree branch (or, “switch”) in spanking 
his four-year -ld son. This story highlights an issue with which courts have struggled
 
Wed
17
Sep

Life’s Outakes: College students’ notes to teacher

Most of my college students are bright, fun to teach, and work hard. But each semester I get interesting letters, emails, and phone calls from a few students. I save these, and, occasionally, I compile them into a column. The last couple of years I have shared some of these, and, with school just starting, I thought I’d share a few more. I don’t think any of these comments need  any explanation, other than to say that I changed or removed any names for anonymity.
 
Wed
10
Sep

Sidebar

Court cases can take place in federal court, state court, or tribal court. Last week’s column addressed federal courts. This week’s column discusses state courts and tribal courts. State Court. The state court system serves as the primary workhorse for the administration of justice. As stated last week, federal courts serve an important function, but they are courts of limited jurisdiction
 
Wed
03
Sep

Sidebar

Court cases can take place in federal court, state court, or tribal court. This week’s column will discuss the role of federal courts. Federal courts handle only a fraction of the number of court cases that are processed by state courts
 
Wed
03
Sep

Acts of kindnesss should inspire us to do better

It’s been said that there is no such thing as a small act of kindness. The theory is that every act creates a ripple with no logical end. The other day I heard a story about a young man who went out of his way to help a stranger. He’ll have
no idea how much that act ripples out across time and space. When a 19-year-old boy saw a shoeless man sitting
at a quick stop, wearing a shirt with holes in it, the teen was spurred into doing something nice for the man
 
Wed
27
Aug

Slices of Life: Advice on the first day

It happens each year precisely on July 5. Sparklers and smoke bombs on aisle four are replaced with boxes of crayons and bargain notebooks and the back to school season officially begins. I’m never quite ready for it. I usually put off the purchase of glue sticks and number 2 pencils for as long as I can because school supplies signify the end of summer
 
Wed
27
Aug

Bipolar disorder

Years ago I lost a friend to suicide who had bipolar disorder. He was a middle aged, highly capable, caring, and sharing man who truly suffered from the psychological pain caused by this condition. He had lived his whole adult life with the low and high rollercoaster emotions of his disease
 
Wed
20
Aug

Nate Alfson: ‘It’s okay to be who you are born as...’

The phrase “in the closet” has always rubbed me the wrong way. I’m not sure if it is because I used to be “in the closet” and I was scared of coming out, or if it was because of the misconception of what it actually means to be “in the closet.” I believe most people who are openly gay would agree it is not just a dark quiet place. It’s a closet so small you literally can’t move. No turning, no bending, no squatting, nothing. Along with the pitch black atmosphere, there are sharp needles pointing at you everywhere and any time you make too big of a movement it jabs you
 

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