Two Cents Archive

My country ’tis of thee: Let’s roll ...

September 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm

OK, so how do you write a last column after 14 years of writing a column nearly every week?First of all, this probably isn’t the last time you will ever hear from me. I’m too opinionated to keep quiet for long, but this is the last time I w...

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A word to the wise: Overthrow your tech overlords while you still can

September 15, 2018 at 8:42 pm

When the history of the 21st century is written, odds are that it will be the story of the slow but willing enslavement of the masses by the tech overlords.Sure we love our smartphones, but is that any reason to surrender our freedom to thi...

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‘I am part of the resistance inside the news media,’ and I’m not anonymous

September 08, 2018 at 7:55 pm

Over the years, I’ve been asked to run anonymous letters dozens of times, but I’ve never done so. The explanation is always the same: Our readers have a right to judge the validity of a submitted opinion based on who you are and whether you...

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Saying goodbye: Thirty-four years in the blink of an eye

September 01, 2018 at 7:00 pm

If you need to know the truth, I just got wore out.That’s why, on Sept. 26, after 18 years at the helm, I will step down as managing editor of the Daily Inter Lake and enter retirement. To paraphrase Mark Twain, I am sure that will please s...

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Letters are window into our world

August 18, 2018 at 3:00 am

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following column originally appeared on Sept. 16, 2007, and was written in response to a complaint about the Inter Lake publishing religiously based letters to the editor. It seems appropriate to reprint it in light of t...

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Journalists used to fight fake news; today they pretend it doesn’t exist

August 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm

How — I am sometimes asked — can a journalist like me question the ethics of a fellow journalist reporting about the White House? Shouldn’t all reporters and editors stick together?Well, no. They should stick with the truth.Consider if the ...

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The left’s love affair with doublethink

August 04, 2018 at 7:00 pm

If you have a hard time following the logic of some liberal arguments, don’t worry. It’s not you. Taking a page out of George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” our modern prog friends have mastered the art of doublethink — “the power of hold...

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Looking back at 18 years of the ‘Best of the Flathead’

July 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm

In Sunday’s edition of the Daily Inter Lake, you will find the 18th annual “Best of the Flathead” magazine. Of course, for those of us who live here “Best of the Flathead” is somewhat redundant. It might as well be called “The Best of the B...

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Democrats embrace Ayn Rand’s wary blueprint for the decline of America

July 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm

As the Democratic Party lurches, nay lunges, leftward, it is instructive to reflect on the writings of Ayn Rand, the prophet of capitalism.Rand’s 1957 masterwork, “Atlas Shrugged,” never ceases to amaze with its anticipation of the left’s m...

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Walk away? Been there, done that ...

July 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Have you heard of the #walkaway movement?This campaign was started recently by Brandon Straka, a gay New York hairstylist, who said in a viral YouTube video, “For years now, I have watched as the left has devolved into intolerant, inflexibl...

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