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Facemask Debate Moritorium

By Michael Boyink You. Over there. In the face mask. You follow the CDC guidelines. You believe what the experts say. You want to protect others.  And you. Over there without a face mask. You don’t trust the media. You believe COVID-19 is like other viruses and we’ll get past it once herd immunity is…

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                                                        by Michael Boyink/[email protected] Gap year. Have you heard of these? It’s when a high school graduate doesn’t go straight to college, instead taking a year off between…

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                                                        by Michael Boyink/[email protected] “People are only afraid of COVID-19 because the media can’t stop talking about it.” “There’s a pandemic in Douglas County and the Herald doesn’t…

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I’ve never claimed to be a sports fan. Growing up in our house was all about camping, dune buggies, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, CB’s, ham radio, and reading. Team sports? Not so much.  I was never so glad as when I no longer had to take PE in high school. So maybe I’m missing something with…

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I hope I’m wrong. I hope Ava and other local schools reopen safely, and face to face instruction can go on. I hope band students get to play. I hope the athletes get to compete. But somehow the return to school this year feels like watching an accident in slow motion.  High schools and colleges…

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Single vehicle. Swerves from its lane. Overcorrects. Leaves the road. Overturns. Driver/occupants ejected.  Seat belts were not worn. Significant injuries or fatalities occur. It’s a familiar story here in Douglas County. I’ve been here a year and a half. I’ve already lost count of the number of times I’ve written that basic story for the…

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by Michael Boyink / [email protected] Bias. Complaints about bias in newspapers are as old as newspapers themselves.  Newspapers haven’t always aimed for objectivity.  Newspapers were created to promote the agenda of early political parties. Locally, the Herald started as a Republican paper. For a short time we had a local Democratic rival called – creatively enough…

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Over the past few weeks, Mike Boyink and I have found it difficult to find fun, uplifting, inspirational or appropriate topics for The Snoop.     Current news topics and editorial themes are depressing.  Coronavirus updates vary, and have become stagnant, as squabbling about how to move forward continues.   In addition, controversial crimes and…

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Why We Asked About Busing

by Michael Boyink / [email protected] After our School Board Candidate Q&A ran last week, some readers wanted to know why we asked the questions we did. Let me back up.  We weren’t even 100% sure we were going to do another candidate Q&A. Why? Because, historically, it doesn’t matter what questions we ask. There are always…

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