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I hope whoever keeps the weekly tally of Tele-Talk responses doesn’t volunteer as a ballot counter in close elections. The Sept. 28 summary on the question of whether readers would support a cooperative high school alleged that 10 people replied, half of whom said they would favor one, but a…

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Here is where the Old Contrarian (me) seeks to diminish the importance of what Old Yeller (not the 1956 children's book, but the 45th president of the United States) did the other day by traveling to Iowa and proclaiming that the 2020 election was "rigged" and that Washington Democrats are t…

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Last November, Dorian Abbot, a geophysicist at the University of Chicago, posted a series of slide presentations on YouTube making a case against the use of group identity as a primary criterion in selection processes. He was immediately targeted for cancellation.

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A faction has emerged nationwide that seems to confuse free speech with a constitutional right to belligerence and verbal assault. As Rikers Island has run amok, so have school board meetings across the country. For those of you who thought our valley was just special, I'm about to burst you…

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Had this country’s major manuscript repositories not spent most of 2020 and more than half of 2021 closed, I might now be writing a book about Civil War reporters with the working title “Spinning Lincoln’s War.” In the 1860s, nearly every newspaper in this country presented the news with a b…

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PITTSBURGH — In December 1833, a young man from Chester, N.H., moved to Washington to take up a position as a clerk in the House of Representatives, spending his first day touring the city with Rep. Franklin Pierce, who later would become president and a profoundly divisive figure in the country.

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Sunday saw a nationwide demonstration against restrictions on reproductive health care as protesters gathered for rallies in cities across the country marking the latest Women's March. The protests were sandwiched between recent and imminent unthinkable setbacks in women’s rights to privacy …

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Like the vast majority of submissions from outside the Daily Sun distribution area that make the cut for publication, Thursday’s letter from Anthony McManus of Dover reflected a left-of-center political talking point. This one expressed a sentiment that I share — specifically, dislike of law…

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CONCORD — The House Special Committee on Redistricting decided Thursday not to play with fire and will leave the number of House members at 400.

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How does this all work? Is there a manual for understanding town politics, policies, procedures and life safety? There probably is. In regards to the proposed Viewpoint Hotel, the only information I can make sense of is what I read in the Daily Sun, the filed nuisance complaint publicly avai…

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I'm a little late to the game, but I was corrected this weekend when I used a term apparently frowned upon by real estate and PC factions. Fortunately, my daughter-in-law is more au courant than I. It may help that her mother is a Realtor. It may also help that she and my son live in Portlan…

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Before winter, I will make a long trip through the South, including some of the current hotbeds of Delta-variant infection. I’m told I’m not eligible for a booster shot until eight months after my second vaccination, or I would get one before I go.

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The single element that Canadians most resent about Americans' views toward their northern neighbor may be the conviction in the United States that Canadians are just like us. This week, in the wake of a Canadian national election that Americans all but ignored, it is time to turn the tables…

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The Biden administration is in mortal peril. Hemmed in by circumstances, the Democrats bet nearly their entire domestic agenda on the passage of two gigantic bills, the trillion-dollar infrastructure package and the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.