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Jonah Goldberg: Can America afford to have a ceremonial president?

CLEVELAND — In normal times, the report this week that Donald Trump wanted John Kasich to be the real president would have made more of a splash.

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Mike Littwin: How Ted Cruz became the most reviled person in the room

On the third night of the Republican convention, Ted Cruz did the impossible. He replaced Hillary Clinton as the most reviled person in the room.

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U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton: Support needed to fight opioid abuse

Widespread opioid abuse is having a tragic impact on communities in Colorado and across the nation. If I were to poll the entire 3rd Congressional District, I’m sure that most people could say that they have either been personally affected or know someone who has been affected by the growing abuse of prescription painkillers and heroin in our state.

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Prather’s Pick: An enchanting book

The story is told by an unknown narrator who “knows all,” including the thoughts of a seed and what the Earth tells the seed. It all begins as a woman, known only as “the Nice Lady,” holds a seed in her hand. It is the end of summer and someone has given her the seed for next year. All that the Nice Lady knows about the seed is that it will vine and produce sweet-smelling blossoms.

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Lance Scranton: As a nation, we should do what's right

The news just seems to be getting worse as summer winds down and our nation’s disagreements ramp up.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Understanding adoption

As our agency has provided pre- and post-adoption training to birth parents and potential adoptive parents, we have heard many of the same questions about the adoption process.

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Baxter Black: Feast or Famine

The following is a poem by Baxter Black.

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From Pipi’s Pasture: Lots to laugh about

One morning this week, as I was doing chores, I got a chuckle from the interaction between Ucky’s calf and a big gray cat. (Ucky, remember, is my old cow.)

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Sasha Nelson: Conservation is a human value

I wrote my first monthly column for the Craig Daily Press in July of 2013 and boldly declared that conservation is conservative. I was wrong. Saving things isn’t partisan; it’s encoded in our human DNA. We are wired with a primitive psychological response that scientists call the “endowment effect.”

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Over a Cup of Coffee: A summer salad and yummy casserole

It’s been hot — 91 degrees according to our thermometer! It might be just the right time for a cool salad, and this column features one with some interesting ingredients. There’s a recipe for a casserole, too, and though you have to heat the oven to bake it, I think the dish might be great for a summer supper. Both of this week’s recipes were contributed by Geraldine Coleman from Craig. Thanks, Geraldine!

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Diane Prather: Are you ready for the fair?

Prepping for county fairs is a fun time of the year, and there are always items needed for any 4-H and FAA participants.

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Mike Littwin: Are we a nation in the midst of crisis — or just an election year?

The question after Dallas, after Baton Rouge, after Falcon Heights, is whether we are a nation in the midst of crisis or simply a nation in the midst of a presidential campaign.

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Janet Sheridan: Garage sale skills

In my early 20s, with a job and readily available spending money for the first time since starting college, I succumbed to my mom’s genes, and became a collector, buying inexpensive items that appealed to me.

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Lance Scranton: Fractured lens

The news coming out of Dallas, Texas was shocking but not as shocking as the speed with which comments began to appear in newspapers and social media about the mass shooting. I used to think that our Republic was sprained but in light of the tragic events unfolding this summer — I’m thinking our collective lens is fractured.

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Prather’s Pick: A book about overcoming stress

In her years of ministry, Joyce Meyer has written more than 100 inspirational books with titles such as “Look Great, Feel Great” and “Me and My Big Mouth!” According t the brief biography in this week’s book, she is “one of the world’s leading practical Bible teachers.”