Opinion

Book Review: The Hive

By: Travis Naughton Seldom does one encounter a book set in the Midwest that depicts its people as anything more than the hackneyed stereotypes that live in the imaginations of residents of the east and west coasts. In her new novel, The Hive, Melissa Scholes Young paints an honest and stunningly beautiful portrait of life

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Patents don’t impede patients’ access to drugs and vaccines

By: Jon Soderstrom Intellectual property rights are under assault overseas — and here at home. These attacks could prevent the creation of dozens of lifesaving medicines. That should worry every American. Consider a few of the latest threats. India and South Africa are petitioning the World Trade Organization to waive patent rights on Covid-19 vaccines,

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Higher Inflation Is Likely To Last

By: Gerald P. Dwyer, Jr. The CPI increased at a 5 percent rate over the past year, the highest rate in more than a decade. Fed officials are quick to suggest that this increase is temporary; largely a result of the economy’s post-pandemic re-opening. More likely, however, is that higher inflation rates will be with

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Perfect Plan Falls in Place, Then Falls Apart

By: Travis Naughton I didn’t get much sleep last Friday night. Like a child on Christmas Eve, I was too excited about a shiny new toy I was hoping to get the next morning. It’s been said that the difference between men and boys is the size of their toys, and I have found this

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Summertime

By: Dr. Don Kuehle “Summertime —and the livin’ is easy; Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high…” So wrote George Gershwin. I remember summertime! I grew up on a farm — and the livin’ was not easy! I remember summertime! Cultivating acres of corn. Cutting wheat with a Binder and putting the bundles of

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Hello Ashland Planning & Zoning

By: Sarah Pierce I am writing in reference to the Lakeside Ashland development, on the property at the Airport Exit/Hwy H and Hwy 63. I am a nearby resident and we are very concerned about the direction and plan of this development for several reasons. I realize that this property is part of Ashland, and

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A Naughton “Normal”

By: Travis Naughton As more and more Americans become vaccinated against the coronavirus, (or develop antibodies after being exposed to it), the United States is getting closer and closer to reaching herd immunity. Thankfully, this means that life in our great nation is finally beginning to return to normal. “Normal” for me is the return

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Teachers, We Appreciate You

By: Travis Naughton Teachers, on behalf of parents of school age children everywhere, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the extraordinary job you did to guide your students through the most challenging school year in memory. Actually, with most schools “going virtual” last March, you spent closer to one

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Devious politicians do devious things

By: Frank Burkett Devious politicians do devious things. Perhaps the Democratic politico’s of the Blue states in tandem with National Liberal politicos had these devious plans all along, when and if they control all three Branches of the Federal Government. They now do. The Democrat Party and those that bankrolled them, so as to get

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Government-funded labs don’t invent new drugs

By: Peter J. Pitts House Democrats just introduced a bill designed to lower prescription drug prices. It doesn’t. But wait, it gets worse. The Lower Drug Costs Now Act, or H.R. 3, is a reprise of a 2019 bill that passed the House but failed to gain support in the Senate. Back then, opponents criticized

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