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Election administrators and judges are part of the community. We are your neighbors and co-workers, people you see at church on Sunday or in line at the grocery store. I believe I speak for all election officials when I say we are honest citizens who want to serve our community to the best of our ability.
From the commentary: Viewing t.. the Court as just another political institution staffed by the usual hacks, deprives the Court of the grandeur and dignity that an institution without an army to enforce its decisions needs to be respected. The rule of law holds force ... because of the power of our belief, both in the law and in the people enforcing it.
From the commentary: The one thing we can do is build relationships at the local level. The notion of building relationships across differences can feel quixotic. But part of the beauty of being human is that we have the capacity for empathy and kindness, and these feelings can grow even in the most painful circumstances.
From the commentary: So, the ideological, political and legal war rages on. Welcome back, justices.

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From the commentary: Given the size of the egos involved, there was never much of a chance that Gov. Ron DeSantis and former president Donald Trump would wind up sharing a ticket. But now, they might end up sharing a cell.
"I know 125 years isn't a long time in the whole scope of human history, but it's pretty impressive for this part of the world. What's more impressive to me is that the town hasn't just stayed alive but has recently found new and interesting ways to stay lively."
From the commentary: Progressives tend to blame systems, rather than individual choices, for disparities in everything from income to health. But sometimes, those choices matter more than any system.
“Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.” Say thank you to those mentors who shaped who you are today.
From the commentary: Supply chains have become an economic battlefield of the 21st century. In a jarring example, Europe faces an energy crisis for having become dependent on Russia for gas and oil.
Newspapers make political endorsements to provide voters insight and an opinion of the best candidate to govern. The final decision lies with each voter when they enter the voting booth.

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From the commentary: On the night of Nov. 8, the focus will be on whether Republicans overturn Democratic control of the House and Senate — and the resulting impact on the Biden administration and Biden’s political future. ... But those secretary of state and gubernatorial races in the six states that decided the 2020 presidential contest may ultimately have a greater impact.
Nick Stromme recently gave a beeswax candle and beehive demonstration a local 4-H meeting. Stromme increased his family's beehives from 500 to 3,500 growing the commercial honey business while he and his wife Lisa also utilize the by-products of wax and bee pollen for new products they sell locally.
From the commentary: Biden clearly never learned this lesson from history. Now would be a good time to start.

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