Commentary

Wed
23
Sep

Throw the dice and pray

By Donald Kaul

The stock market is down. It must be some crazy thing China has done. Those Communist countries just don’t understand how capitalism works. No, wait! The market just went up. Did China fix its capital markets already? Not really. More likely it’s that our Federal Reserve has hinted that it’s not going to raise interest rates any time soon because a bunch of economists are afraid of deflation.

Wed
16
Sep

Stop hot air about debt

by Lee Hamilton

A couple of months ago, the Congressional Budget Office issued a sobering report on the U.S. economy’s longterm prospects. Not to put too fine a point on it, we’re headed for the fiscal rocks. Federal spending accounts for about 20 percent of the nation’s GDP, the budget analysts note; if current trends continue, that will rise to fully 25 percent by 2040. Revenues will not keep up — they’ll amount to only 19 percent of GDP.

Wed
16
Sep

Purpose of I-R’s new website is to complement the newspaper

Technology has become so embedded in our lives we tend not to think about it — until someone posts a dumb comment on Facebook about us or issues a provocative Tweet that captures our attention. We did not have a website when the Ellsworth County Independent published its first edition in 1999. We’ve now been through at least four and we’re still counting. Our most recent effort went live Monday morning. At www.indyrepnews.com, you will find short summaries of city council meetings, football games and other events as soon as they happen. We also will focus more on breaking news. The beauty of a website for a weekly newspaper has always been its ability to give us immediate access to our readers. At the same time, we believe our product has value and should not be given away. If you’re interested in details, see the subscription form on Page B1 of this week’s I-R.

Thu
10
Sep

A Dodge City elopement

Marshal Jack Bridges was a man’s man. He was a legend even before he took the city marshal job at Dodge City in June of 1882. Bridges had been a deputy United States marshal during the heady days on the  
Thu
10
Sep

Deja vu all over again

By Jerry Marsh
 
Wed
02
Sep

A Shoot out on the Range

Wed
02
Sep

Voter involvement is key

Lee Hamilton
Wed
26
Aug

The Kickapoo Prophet

In our modern American society we tend to think of prophets as righteous messengers set in the Middle East bringing the word of God to a wayward people. Prophets, however, are not limited to the Judeo-Christian culture. Prophets can be found 
Wed
26
Aug

Taking the puppet pledge

By Jerry Marsh

Wed
19
Aug

The future of the presidency

by Lee Hamilton

Before the ins and outs of the 2016 presidential contest become a preoccupation for many of us, it seems a good time to step back and look at the office of the presidency for which so many candidates are vying. The presidency inherited by whoever wins next November will be substantially changed from the position his or her predecessors occupied a few decades ago. The President is now the chief — and sometimes the sole — actor in American government.

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