Tom West

People have been complaining about the weather a lot lately, most of them with icicles hanging from their nose. However, West’s Winter Misery Index (WWMI) says those complaints are out of line. Just because you can’t see the barn from the house or your auto sounds like a hog in distress doesn’t mean this is [...]

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Politics is the process we use to come up with solutions for those issues on which we don’t have consensus. It’s always messy, never easy, and often hard to understand. Nevertheless, there have been times in this state when we elected people who disagreed on issues, fought hard for their principles but still respected one [...]

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A new year is upon us, and it’s time to get out the trusty crystal ball. The visions in the ball are crystal clear, but are still hard to read through the duct tape and Elmer’s glue that hold everything together. Nonetheless, here are a dozen things to expect in 2014: 1. Under normal circumstances, [...]

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Please buckle your seat belts, Flight 2013 will be coming in for a landing shortly. Make sure your issues are in an upright position, and remain seated until we come to a full stop. Flight 2013 began several gallons short of a full tank, and it seemed as if it might not last until the [...]

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When you talk to folks about education, be they teachers or school athletic boosters, the phrase one hears most often is, “It’s all about the kids.” But then when it comes to hashing out education policy, the only conclusion can be, “It’s all about the adults.” We have been at war with each other over [...]

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Like almost all other print publications, the Peach has a Web page and has struggled with how to make it work with what we are doing in print. Truth be known, we ink-stained wretches are going through a difficult transition because our readers are at different stages in adapting to the Internet and using a [...]

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Tens of thousands of words will be written over the next week regarding the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. I am among the 21 percent of Americans alive today who had contemporary awareness of that event. I was sitting in a high school “typing” class clackety-clacking away while thinking about basketball. [...]

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An open letter to University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill: I’ve been a Gopher fan since the days when Gopher football was the biggest athletic attraction in the state, when basketball had trouble drawing 5,000 even with the Minneapolis Lakers winning world championships, and the baseball Saints and Millers were both minor league. I [...]

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