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National view: It’s time to tackle conservation issues

November 24, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

Now that Congress and the Obama administration are returning to Washington, we know they’ll be looking over a fiscal cliff. But the skies above that landscape look different since we met Superstorm Sandy the week before the election.
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Petraeus had an affair, so what? So we can’t afford to lose his talent, skill

November 17, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

The sudden resignation of David Petraeus as CIA director over an affair makes me very sad and quite angry. There’s something wrong with a political system that destroys men of his talent over a very human mistake.
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Petraeus had an affair, so what? So let’s wait for judgment on security risk

November 17, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

It is tempting, oh so tempting, to unleash the snark as the script unfolds: Real Housewives of Tampa. Or is it Real Generals of Kabul?
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Petraeus had an affair, so what? So Petraeus really was an indispensible man

November 17, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

The graveyards are full of indispensable men,” it’s often said, meaning that few are genuinely indispensable. David H. Petraeus was one of the few, which is why his loss for the U.S. government, after his admission of adultery, is so tragic.
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National view: Republicans need to learn from election

November 17, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

I know it’s early, but I have a sinking feeling the Republican Party is taking all the wrong lessons from last week’s election. Short term, that’s a boon for Democrats. Long term, it’s a problem for the country.
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National view: Politicians must provide answers to deficit problems

November 3, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

With the federal government running annual deficits in excess of $1 trillion, voters must demand realistic solutions from the candidates. However we choose to do it, we need to balance spending and revenue.
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Obama hands Romney a whopper

October 20, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

Fight night at Hofstra. The two boxers, confined within a ring of spectators circling, feinting, taunting, staring each other down come several times, by my reckoning, no more than one provocation away from actual fisticuffs, of the kind that on occasion so delightfully break out in the Taiwanese parliament. Think of it: the Secret Service storming the ring, pinning Mitt Romney to the canvas as Candy Crowley administers the 10 count.
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Plagiarism panic stifles reporting

October 20, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

One of the first things I learned in my first newsroom job was how to use a thick, black pencil to transform an official news release into a news story. You crossed out the letterhead and contact information, made a few style fixes, put ## where you wanted it to end, and sent it to the typesetters.
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National view: Clinton shows class in taking responsibility for attacks

October 20, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

Once again, Hillary Clinton has demonstrated herself to be the classiest person in the room. No wonder she’s one of the most revered public figures in America.
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A clear win for Obama in second debate

October 20, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

Not a close call. President Obama won the second presidential debate as clearly and decisively as he lost the first. For anyone who disagrees, three simple words: “Please proceed, Governor.”
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