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Common Ground | Praise for a couple of smart choices

I was pleased to see that the Douglas County commissioners have decided to partner with the Foster Creek Conservation District to develop a Voluntary Stewardship Plan for environmentally critical areas in the county.

Tracy Warner | We’re pumping for the Iowa vote

Iowa insists its presidential candidates support the government requirement that we burn their corn. They say you cannot win the Iowa caucuses, just days away now, without a solemn pledge to force Americans to run corn-based ethanol through their plentiful internal combustion engines. And since a strong showing in first-in-the-nation Iowa carries such rich rewards, presidential candidates line up to take the pledge, pandering without shame, drooling over the prospect of votes so easily swayed.

George Will: China’s flawed ascent

China produces an astonishing number of astonishing numbers, including this: In the 20th century, America made automobiles mass-consumption items, requiring prodigious road building. China, however, poured more concrete for roads and other construction between 2011 and 2013 than America did in the 20th century. This fact is emblematic of China’s remarkable success. And is related to its current difficulties, including its 2015 growth rate (6.9 percent), its slowest in 25 years.

Tracy Warner | To show us, all our votes count

A republic, to enjoy longevity and respect, must have citizens know they are treated fairly. They must know their vote counts as all votes count, and that if their candidate did not win election, at least they had a chance. They have a voice. They were not ignored.
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George Will: Keep an eye on Chris Christie

Iowa and New Hampshire together have just 1.4 percent of the U.S. population, which is actually why it is fine for them to begin the presidential selection process: Small states reward an underdog’s retail politics. Chris Christie relishes such politics and has fresh evidence that voters are enjoying his enjoyment.

Smile at the plow

You might have awakened very early last week to the sound of a snowplow blade scraping pavement, or the alarming beep-beep-beep of a truck sanding an intersection or school bus route. The best reaction is to take comfort, and go back to sleep to the music of your tax dollars at work.

A community, a vision, together

We have hope, we have ideas, we have energy, and we share it all. We can see a bright future together in a community joined to build on its strengths and shared values, to focus our collective efforts to make our dreams real.

King’s dream for us

This is the weekend not just to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., not just to celebrate his message and dream, but to take it to heart and put it into action.

Tracy Warner | Did the president cut our gas price?

It is customary, even expected, for elected officials to seek credit for beneficial trends and accomplishments they did nothing to bring about. Even presidents of the United States do that from time to time. People usually applaud or nod approvingly.