Sholeh Patrick

Public defenders preserve liberty

November 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

This is one of those “don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone” things. One of the many and — literally — vital blessings we Americans have is a public defender. Do we stop at taking this fundamental element of a democratic society for gra...

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Scientists issue their own global warning

November 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

They call it America’s Pledge. A growing group of states, cities, businesses and organizations both public and private, worried and angry at the president’s refusal to allow the U.S. to join international climate change agreements, are comm...

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Here’s why Charlie Brown didn’t get elected

November 09, 2017 at 5:00 am

With only 8 percent turnout, Tuesday’s local elections didn’t exactly go out with a bang. That’s too bad; city government has much more impact on voters’ daily lives than such a paltry showing suggests. Yes, some races were uncontested, but...

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Here’s why you need to vote today

November 07, 2017 at 5:00 am

Today is election day. While local elections draw far fewer voters than national races, it makes little sense. Local officials have more immediate, and it could be argued, greater impact on daily life compared with national officials. On to...

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Get ready for cold, ice, snow

November 02, 2017 at 5:00 am

It’s hard to believe we’re here already: Snow season.While some can hardly wait to snap on the skis, winter-like weather (even in fall) merits serious preparations. Icy roads may not be preventable, but we can minimize winter driving risks....

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Yes, we want to believe

October 31, 2017 at 5:00 am

Autumn Fahl’s stories about the spectral figure haunting Press photographer Loren Benoit have generated a surprising response. OK, so Loren’s been doing the haunting — following her around like a stalker in the dead of night. But I digress....

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Do you know the Great Pumpkin?

October 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

Happy Pumpkin Day. This Oct. 26 “holiday” may be unofficial — banks and schools are open — but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate this colorful cousin to cucumbers.Didn’t know they’re in the same gourd family? Here’s a pumpkin primer:&bul...

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Age 50 is the new timeless

October 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

“I” doesn’t appear often in this column, so I hope you’ll indulge this special occasion — special not because it’s mine, but because it’s a milestone for most people.I turned 50 Monday. And I’m thrilled about it (yes; a new photo is overdue...

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Where freedoms should co-exist

October 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Such few and simple words, such controversy, as Wednesday’s headlines both local (letters page) and national (latest ruling against the travel ban) would attest. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohib...

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What you need to know about Sarahah

October 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

It looks so innocuous. Type “Sarahah.com” in your browser and you’ll see a very simple page which hardly conjures the controversy of recent headlines. Nor was it meant to.Last week a local high school added security and disciplinary measure...

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