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A Futility Triptych

Port Angeles is a quaint town on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, in Washington State. It now sports three state-of-the-art wind turbines. Which were purchased with more than just generating electricity in mind. “They were also meant to educate folks about wind power,” City Councilwoman Sissi Bruch said recently.






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The Kettering Hope

Maybe President-Elect Donald Trump can whip Washington into shape. We can hope. And help. Especially on congressional term limits. But remember: local political fiefdoms can oppress as harshly as the Feds. So . . . who is whipping your town into shape? Well, welcome to Kettering, Ohio. Just months ago,






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Don’t Kill Colorado!

America has lots of problems. Colorado isn’t one of them. Search the Internet and confirm that the Rocky Mountain State is the fourth best state “to make a living”; sixth best for homeowners; third on CNBC’s “Top States for Business”; and even holds a coveted first place in “arts engagement.”






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Laws vs. Regulations. . .

2015 was a record-setting year for the Federal Register, according to numbers the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., released Wednesday. This year’s daily publication of the federal government’s rules, proposed rules and notices amounted to 81,611 pages as of Wednesday, higher than last year’s 77,687 pages and higher than






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Duck/Rabbit, Maiden/Crone, and Taxes

Revolution! Must we? Can’t we reform at a reasonable pace? Well, whether we change slowly or quickly, change must occur. Today’s in-place policies are not stable. But a better future itself must be stable. Or else it will not be better. And a key to successful change is change in






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America After November

Yesterday, I bemoaned the disaster that is this year’s presidential race. But big whup. As the LifeLock commercial rightly asks, “Why monitor a problem if you don’t fix it?” Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be the next president. That means we have our work cut out for us. And






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United We Disagree

This election year? Anger and angst permeate the electorate. We are united only in frustration. Which leads to some mutual distrust. Not good. Neither the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, nor the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, will receive my vote. But that doesn’t mean I don’t respect people who will vote






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Simon Newcomb

Every one who has taken the trouble to inquire into the actual state of society a few centuries ago knows that the condition of the laborer was about this: He lived in a hovel with hardly any thing which we would call a window, with the fire (if he ever






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More Common Sense from Tom Paine

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right.” Quote (from Paine’s “Common Sense”) verified here.  






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Trying Our Souls

In Common Sense, his incredible hit pamphlet of 1776, Tom Paine appealed to “the inhabitants of America”: O ye that love mankind! . . . Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. Asia, and Africa, have long expelled her. Europe






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Fatherlessness

Yesterday was Father’s Day; tomorrow, I’ll attend my father’s funeral. Ample opportunity to reflect on missing Dad . . . and dads. My father was two months shy of 85 years. He lived a long, full life with a loving wife of more than 60 years, six children he adored






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Nero’s End, Hospers’ Beginning

Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide on this day in June, 68 AD, ending Rome’s Julio-Claudian Dynasty, later written about with verve by Suetonius and Robert Graves. Also on June 9, James Oglethorpe received a charter from the British crown to start the Georgia colony (1732); William Jennings Bryan resigned his






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