On the topic of decency


While waiting for my burrito, I overhear a snippet of conversation between two young men (late 20s or early 30s).“I’m a decent guy!” says one. “I...

Let’s welcome each other home


I was born in the U.S. to a mother who was born in Québec. My childhood was spent on both sides of the border. Mom and I converse in English and...

Something catches my eye after I cross a narrow bend in the Green River, with Davenport Trucking on my left. I pass a downed mammal with beautiful...

Everyday heroes


It’s not unusual to hear people say “human decency has gone the way of all good things” or “kindness doesn’t seem to matter any more.” This story...

I spend time every day with a loved one at an assisted living facility. “It’s not exactly home,” she says wistfully. She’s right: it’s Plan B...

Message sent, received


It’s become an all-too-common reality: an American citizen, upset by political news, does something rash, an act they’ll regret later. I never...

My Turn: Confronting tough issues


Local students and young people across our nation are speaking up and taking action about important issues. While some may think their protests...

My Turn: Being polite never goes out of style


It’s oddly interesting to be a parent and a teacher these days, as messages come out of Washington sending strange signals to kids (and all of us!)...

My Turn/MacDougall: Embrace our common humanity


I arose the morning of Nov. 9 knowing that some folks were thrilled, smug, or relieved, while others felt stunned, frightened, or disgusted...

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