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“We’re under an avalanche. No one can hear us, and we can’t hear each other.” That’s my friend, David Trahan. He’s a logger in Waldoboro, Maine. He’s also a former Republican senator in the state…

The same day that US. deaths from COVID-19 passed the toll of the Spanish flu pandemic, a modern-day medicine show rolled into Lenexa. Like the entertainments of old, this medicine show boasted cure-alls, rousing oratory,…

Whenever I visit a congregation and notice that communion is part of the liturgy, I get curious about the language that welcomes people to the meal. The bulletin often includes carefully worded phrasing — a…

For all the nation’s problems — resurgent COVID-19, tragic weather extremes and the economic tolls of both — you’d think political leaders wouldn’t crash us into an easily avoidable crisis as well. Yet here we…

Sunday afternoon I was stung by a bee, and boy did it smart. I dropped the clippers and ran for the house. By the time I got inside I was woozy and dropped into a…

The billion-dollar question of who got rich from the February cold wave has been answered, despite the best efforts of the state’s regulatory commission and our largest natural gas utility to keep that information secret.…

The battle to subdue COVID-19 won’t be won until the whole world is vaccinated. So President Joe Biden’s virtual COVID-19 summit at the United Nations on Wednesday was an important step toward mobilizing wealthy nations…

Big-time, outside money has spread across Kansas elections for years but it hasn’t, until now, attempted to influence the most grassroots and least national-issue driven of all elections — the vote to choose who sits…

As a climate scientist in the deep South, I am often asked whether climate change is real. My usual response is to say, “Look out the window.” As I type this in mid-September, 5.5 inches…

The battle over Democrats’ ambitious spending plan is heating up in Congress, but one piece of the outcome is already clear: The $3.5 trillion price tag is being whittled down. That will disappoint progressives, who…