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The midterm elections are finally over, and we can finally get on to ... no, not Thanksgiving and Christmas. We can get on to what we’ve all been waiting for — the 2020 presidential election campaign!

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On Veterans Day, Americans drape the Stars and Stripes around their neighborhoods, businesses promote U.S. flags alongside their holiday discounts, and public officials display them on government buildings.

It’s appropriate that the U.N. special rapporteur devoted to adequate housing has visited encampments in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Mumbai – and San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley.

We only really have one question for you as you read today’s editorial:


If a “blue wave” – which history, polls, Democratic fervor and piles of money tell us should sweep the land in Tuesday’s mid-term elections – turns into no more than a ripple, it’s likely that Democratic leaders, and their many media enablers, will have only themselves to blame.

All of a sudden, we’re all originalists and believers in the sagacity and inviolate handiwork of long-ago white males.

The Linear Accelerator Campaign at Mercy Clinton is nearing its goal to raise funds for replacing the present outdated machine with a new one. At this time, Clinton is limited to the types of treatments that can be done here with this machine.

A caravan of ragtag would-be immigrants is making its way through the nations of Honduras (per capita income $4,630), El Salvador (per capita income $7,540), and Guatemala (per capita income $8,000) to Mexico.

Grammarians appalled by President Donald Trump’s mangling of the English language in his tweets got a jolt even they didn’t expect.

Washington, D.C., has become too partisan and there is no better example of that than the topic of health care – a deeply personal, complex issue that affects every single one of us and one-sixth of the American economy. No one believes that the Affordable Care Act is perfect, including us, …

In Iowa, our district court judges are nominated by a commission made up of lawyers and private citizens who make their selections based on merit, not politics; the Governor then makes the final decision and appoints the “winner.” So judges aren’t elected, but they are required to “stand for…

Democrats suffered a stinging loss in the fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and have concluded that the constitutional system is to blame.

When I was a little girl I was told that when the leaves turned colors in the fall, it was because a little elf named Jack Frost flew from tree to tree on the first really cold nights of fall and painted the trees red, yellow and orange.

I never anticipated lasting more than two years at the Clinton Herald when I joined the team as an Associate Editor a decade ago.

The Hospital Medicine is a new medical phenomenon that which has taken wide acceptance throughout the world. It is a new phenomenon that has a spread throughout the United States as well. It is the fastest growing specialty in the history of medicine. There are more than 50,000 hospitalists …

Brett Kavanaugh gave high-profile testimony that very few people seem to have paid attention to in any detail.

A couple of months ago I wrote about the authenticity of online reviews of products and services. A major problem with these reviews I described was a thriving cottage industry of fake review writers who get paid by sketchy merchants to write positive reviews, which appear on various website…


Brett Kavanaugh may have saved his Supreme Court confirmation with one of the most memorable statements in modern congressional history.


I have a question for those who roll their eyes, shake their heads in disgust or give the finger, figuratively or otherwise, to President Trump’s “America First” mantra – reiterated yet again before the United Nations General Assembly last week.


The attempted political assassination of Brett Kavanaugh is bad for the country, but good for a Trumpian attitude toward American politics.

With fall at our doorsteps, complete with orange-tipped trees and cooler nights, a drive along country roads underscores the importance of the season as farmers begin picking their crops and bringing in the annual harvest.

An event now in its eighth year welcomed people from several different states earlier this month, capping off a months-long task of organizing the Clinton Half Marathon.

I've previously remarked that parenting doesn't truly start until children master doorknobs.


It has been more than a year and half since I was first appointed to the City Council in a special appointment to fill the at-large seat vacated by Clinton County Supervisor Tom Determann. Since then, I decided to run for the 3rd ward seat and won last year against a great servant of our community.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh invoked baseball to explain his judicial philosophy at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing. “A good judge,” he said, “must be an umpire – a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no litigant or policy.”

When economic development is discussed, child care accessibility likely isn’t the first thing to come to mind.

History is usually airbrushed to remove a figure who has fallen out of favor with a dictatorship, or to hide away an episode of national shame. Leave it to Hollywood to erase from a national triumph its most iconic moment.

We all do it – all the time. But we do it especially in politics.

The Battle of Michigan Avenue is finally over, and it was won by the protesters.

With all the chemical scents, sprays and air fresheners on the market, one begins to wonder what a real natural fragrance might be. Most favorable scents in nature are subtle like the fresh smell after spring rain, the earthy smell of freshly tilled soil, the smell of fall leaves and the fre…


Local Clintonians are working to educate this community about the international students from the Confucius International Education Group (CIEG), who will be arriving this fall. Every Saturday, an editorial will appear in this space, written by people who are involved in this project and/or …

Playing the woe-is-me card isn't my style with the issues currently facing the newspaper business.

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