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Helsinki hath no fury like a nation scorned

Surely, now, we can concede that letting Trump be Trump has exhausted itself – even among the smugly credulous. For a year and a half, we've heard his supporters say: Watch what he does, not what he says. Sure, he's rude and crude, they said, but he's going to make ... Continued »

Don C. Brunell: Lt. Dan needs lots of helping hands

On Sunday, actor/musician Gary Sinise will again co-host the National Memorial Day Concert from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. It will be the 29th annual concert on the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day. The format is much the same as in past years. Sinise and “Criminal Minds” star ... Continued »

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Joe Heller



Criminals and gun laws

Shawn Vestal's July 8 article, "Chicago a poor rejoinder on guns," was an amazing support of the Second Amendment. Shawn painstakingly traced the "straw man" purchases of guns in Idaho to their illegitimate, violent use in the Chicago area. He aptly pointed out that every step of the journey was illegal. Continued »

Not about affordable groceries

Why would Coca Cola, Pepsi and Red Bull contribute a combined nearly $3,000,000 to fund deceptive ads in support of Initiative 1634? Hint: it's not about "affordable groceries." It's not even about affordable sugary drinks. Continued »

Assembly workers expectations

I am an industrial engineer who worked manufacturing at a Ford Assembly Plant, John Deere and Link Belt. One of our tasks was to time-study workers doing repetitive tasks - similar to pulling stock in an Amazon warehouse. Towards the end of a particular task, we would "normalize" the time by estimating whether that studied worker was working somewhere between 80 and 120 percent. 100 percent was what an average worker working an 8-hour shift could produce in an average day. 100 percent is actually a fairly leisurely pace but does require one to keep moving in an efficient manner. Administratively, there was time allowed for breaks, lunch and delays like "waiting for materials." These production times were then applied to assembly lines and piece work. Continued »

No on I-1634

Initiative 1634 has my "no" vote. I was saddened by the Guest Opinion ("Protect farmers, groceries with I-1634," Barbara Richardson and Sonja Halverson) on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, as it was misleading and predictable. Continued »


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