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Opinion

  •  Jon M. Bailey

    Former rural policy program director at the Center for Rural Affairs

  • Mike Littwin

    The shooter, we’re told, was a drifter, a word you rarely hear outside Hollywood westerns. But this couldn’t be a western, because in the West, they took your guns at the town limits. Or at least that’s how they did it in the movies.

  •   Nathaniel Sillin 

    Energy Information Administration


  • Jim Hightower

    How exciting: Chris Christie put his name on the Republican presidential dance card. He’s No. 14.

    The big man from New Jersey entered the race with all the chutzpah and hullabaloo that’s marked his five-and-a-half years as governor of the Garden State. In his carefully staged announcement speech, he said he’d be a truth-telling president.

  • Mike Littwin

    If you were worried that the Donald’s inevitable implosion wouldn’t be wildly spectacular, you can put your mind at ease.

    Give the guy some credit.

  • Lee H. Hamilton

    The presidential election is 16 months away, but already we’re smack in the middle of the usual media scrum of campaign coverage, prognostication, and strategizing by many of us who have nothing much to do with the real campaigns. I’ve been following the rhetoric of both parties, and there are a few points that stand out enough to tell us something about what we have to look forward to.

  • Trudy Lieberman

    Rural Health News Service

  • David A. Smith, age 56 of Henderson, passed away June 29, 2015. He was born in Paola, KS, July 10, 1958, to Wiley and Leah Smith. 

    David is survived by his beloved wife, Lynda of Henderson; his mother, Leah Smith of Osawatomie, KS. 

    He was proceeded in death by his father, Wiley Smith.

  • Dave Eckhardt

    Urge the EPA to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard — because it’s working.

    The EPA recently snubbed the Renewable Fuel Standard with a revision to the rule that would cut corn ethanol obligations by 3.75 billion gallons over three years — the equivalent to a billion and a half bushels in lost corn demand.

    We can’t help but ask, “Why?”

  • Ellie Makinster

    Ask a Therapist

     Readers are encouraged to send their mental-health-related questions to Ask A Therapist, and — space permitting — Community Reach Center therapists will answer them. Please email your questions to AskATherapist@CommunityReachCenter.org. 

     

     

  • Robert L. Nradley Jr.

    Climate activist Bill McKibben recently patted the environmental movement on the back for obstructing the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil sands from Alberta, Canada (along with U.S. supply) to the Gulf. McKibben opined, “It’s pretty amazing to see what happens when people organize.”

  • Mike Littwin

    How have the many years of a society dealing with its racist history come to this? How does this level of racist hatred still exist?

    This was a day for grieving and sorrow and reflection — and for counting the number of times Barack Obama has addressed the country after a mass shooting. There are so many that the Washington Post has published a timeline.

  •  Lee H. Hamilton

    I spend a fair amount of time talking to students and other young people about Congress and politics in general, and I’ve noticed something. It used to be that I’d regularly get asked how one runs for office. Nowadays, I rarely do.

  •  Hey, brothers and sisters, I’ve got a favor to ask of you: Can you spare some good news?

    I guess before I start asking favors, I should introduce myself. My name is Jeremy Johnson, or JJ. (Some readers might immediately think of “Jeremiah Johnson,” a movie mountain man played by Robert Redford. Feel free to ignore the mug shot above and picture me as such.)

  • Mike Littwin

    When Barack Obama was running for president in 2008 as the anti-Iraq-war candidate, it all seemed so easy.

    He’d wind down the war, pull out the troops and leave Iraqis to sort out their own country, with the help of American “advisers” — whatever that word means.

  •  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement commending the Senate’s passage of the USA Freedom Act, introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT):

  • Trudy Lieberman

    Rural Health News Service

    A few weeks ago I got an email from Judy, a reader who wanted to tell me about trouble she’s had paying her medical bills, particularly those for prescription drugs. 

  • John Crabtree

    Center for Rural Affairs

     

    A draft rule issued by USDA aims to define what it means to be ‘actively engaged’ in farming. The proposed rule makes some important changes, but those improvements are immediately undermined by two new loopholes introduced in the rule.

  • Mike Littwin

    Colorado Independent

     

  • Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, and Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.

    The Department of Veteran Affairs narrowly avoided a work stoppage last week on the partially completed VA hospital project in Aurora after legislation was passed giving a three-week extension that will allow more time to negotiate a longer-term agreement.