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The Most Important Freedom Is The Freedom Of Expression

The Most Important Freedom is the Freedom of Expression By Ralph Scharnau Freedom of expression or speech is the most fundamental right in the United States. It means citizens have the right to freely express themselves and their opinions. Although … Continue reading

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We’ve Got To Do Something

Over the weekend Erin Murphy, a Lee Enterprises Des Moines-based reporter, said it was quiet in Iowa’s congressional primary races. “Perhaps in the coming weeks and months, some of these quieter primary races will become more crowded,” Murphy wrote in … Continue reading

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Independence Day 2019

Happy Independence Day… reluctantly. I’ve not been a fan of the Independence Day holiday since military service. It’s not that I paid much attention to it previously. As a military officer I had time to reflect on the meaning of … Continue reading

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Prairie Dog’s Summer Reading List 2018

Reprinted with permission from the Summer 2018 issue of The Prairie Progressive, Iowa’s oldest progressive newsletter. The Prairie Progressive is funded entirely by reader subscription, available only in hard copy for $12/yr. Send check to PP, Box 1945, Iowa City … Continue reading

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Help For Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

A lot of pixels have been spilled over the primary election win of Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on June 26. Regardless of the methods of her election or her platform — or the buzz around beating 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in … Continue reading

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Republicans Shell The Democratic Party

“The objective is to destroy the coherence of the enemy’s defense, to fragment and isolate enemy units in the zone of attack, and to secure operationally decisive objectives.” U.S. Army Field Manual No. 3-09.22 The political battlefield changed during the … Continue reading

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Can Hipsters Live With Congolese Cobalt?

The lithium ion battery is becoming ubiquitous. These rechargeable, portable batteries power our mobile phones, tablets, laptops and cars, providing longer battery life, low self-discharge, better recharge life and comparatively low weight. Many of us take these benefits for granted, … Continue reading

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Friends and Bloggers – 2016

A goal of a writer should be to provide unique insight into contemporary society informed by life events. If what’s written is not so informed, then why bother? At the rate internet memes are cranked out and distributed in conventional … Continue reading

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Today's Republican Party Is Out Of Ideas

(Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Stevens Point Journal and is re-posted here with permission of the author). Today’s Republican Party Is Out Of Ideas By David Shorr Throughout his political career, Rep. Paul Ryan of Janesville has … Continue reading

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August Is No Recess When Working Poor

School is out for Iowans who work yet remain on the margins of society. There is no recess from the constant demand to secure basic needs of food, shelter and clothing. The add-on expenses of transportation, health care, interest on … Continue reading

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