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Congress takes time off — good!

Written August 3rd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Congress is off on a five-week vacation, and the talking heads on cable are complaining. They are wrong to complain. It’s good thing when Congress is not in session. Congress could stay on vacation for the rest of the year, and the country would be no worse off.

We elected this government

Written October 6th, 2013 by

The shutdown of parts of the federal government reminds us of an essential truth too often forgotten or ignored: Our government may seem like the most solid institution in the world, but it’s not. It is fragile and depends on not just the cooperation but the good sense of the people we put in office. Like […]

Rep. Schrader on Syria: Sort of right

Written September 12th, 2013 by

Our congressman in the 5th District, Democrat Kurt Schrader, had been quiet on what if anything the United States should do about Syria. On Sept. 12, though, he sent voters an email message that is right in one way and naive in another. He says he remains “opposed to authorizing the unilateral use of U.S. […]

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