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Commentary: Evil remains outnumbered

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN As of this writing there are few answers in the tragic bombing that took place near the end of the Boston Marathon on Monday, but the painful…

Panic over a little rock ‘n roll?

By NICK NARIGON Last July, about a month and a half after I moved to Japan, I was sitting in a training class on the eight floor of a Tokyo…

Riding a bullet train to a new definition of peace

By NICK NARIGON On Thanksgiving weekend my wife Lisa and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. To make it special, Lisa took her first vacation in six months. Ever since…

Meet Zoe. She is one of us

Meet Zoe. She is one of us

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN American writer and newspaperman Finley Peter Dunne once famously said that newspapers have the ability to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Indeed, in Dunne’s era…

Want to honor our vets? How about a job?

Want to honor our vets? How about a job?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN According to a recent article by the Associated Press, an estimated 60,000 U.S. veterans sleep on the streets at night.  Veterans make up approximately 14 percent of…

We are Americans first, last, and always

We are Americans first, last, and always

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I wrote some of this as an editorial for my newspaper in Iowa in 2008.  Four years later, I feel the same message applies. Compromise has been…