White-nationalist group puts up poster ignorance

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Silence can implicate us. It can make us complicit when we know something is wrong, but we do not speak up against the wrong. We all know extreme cases of that – Nazi Germany, to name one. On Jan. 17, many St. Joseph residents woke up to see “White Nationalist” posters stapled to telephone poles. Similar posters have been popping

Know the facts on government shutdown

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It’s official, for the first time in almost five years, the federal government of the United States shut down. In a last-ditch vote on Friday, Jan. 19, the Senate voted 50-49 to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government in Washington for an additional month. How did this happen, and how does this affect you? Those questions, and some

The Vikings’ beautiful, lucky win

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What just happened? That was the question that bounced around my mind after the end of the Minnesota Vikings’ playoff game against the New Orleans Saints this past Sunday night. Down 24-23 with just seconds left, my family watched breathlessly as Stefon Diggs caught the last-second pass from Case Keenum and ran it into the end zone. Minnesota goes on

Ghosts whisper at Beaver Lake cabins

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One of the pleasures of interviewing people for stories are the “small-world” coincidences that pop up during the conversation. I have often said most people do not really know one another very well, that some relationships are filled with really nifty blind connections that remain invisible. There’s a name for this mysterious phenomenon. It’s called “six degrees of separation,” which

Politicians need to cross divide

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In recent weeks, much talk has centered around the Republican tax bill that was passed into law last year. Will it lower my taxes or not? Will it spur investment and economic growth? How much does it increase the deficit? These are all questions that have flown around as the country waits to see how things will be affected. The

Tax plan contains sugar-coated poisons

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When they concocted the tax bill, Republicans were wearing rose-tinted glasses in dimly-lit, locked rooms in Washington, D.C. (aka “The Swamp.”) Should we be celebrating this “legislative triumph?” Whoa! Not so fast. We don’t even know if the deal will improve anything except for more money circulating in the rarified world of the already-rich, the politicians’ “donor class” for which