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Government subsidies make local media worse

It is an axiom and an accusation: Journalists consider the phrase “good news” an oxymoron. There is a short slide from “We don’t report the planes that land safely” to a generally jaundiced view of things, which makes consuming journalism akin to eating spinach - virtuous, but more a ...

It makes no sense to abandon Ukraine

Millions for defense, but not one cent for Ukraine. That’s the rallying cry of opponents of a new $60 billion tranche of aid for Ukraine led by Ohio’s Republican senator, J.D. Vance. Vance deserves credit for taking his perspective directly into the belly of the beast at the Munich ...

Lincoln’s life lesson on saving democracy

A towering man faced the townspeople in the morning rain and chill. His parting words from a train made the throng of one thousand weep. He was near tears. The journey ahead would be long, hard and bloody. The date: February 11, 1861. The town: Springfield, Illinois. The man: President-elect ...

JANET E. SPIGELMYRE

July 6, 1941 - Feb. 23, 2024 Janet E. Spigelmyre, 82, of Spruce, peacefully passed away Friday, Feb. 23, 2024 surrounded by her friends and family. Born July 6, 1941 to Earl and Emma L. (McCall) Pierce in Spruce, she has been a lifelong resident of the area. Janet was known for her ...

Pass Ukraine aid now to aid Trump

Donald Trump says that, if elected, he will negotiate a deal to end the Ukraine war. “I’ll have that done in 24 hours,” he has said. If Republicans want to give him the leverage to deliver on that promise, they need to approve military aid to Ukraine - and fast. Last year, thanks to ...

Assessment targeting movement gets it wrong

The Freedom Movement that took shape during the Covid-19 circus risks being spun off into other kinds of activism targeting “perceived tyranny” and “overreach” by governments. That’s the assessment of the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) in a report dated April 2023, ...