It's fashionable to declare the death of "newspapers." And, by "newspapers" I mean those media operations that bring news of the world and your community to your doorstep and/or to the device screen of your choosing.

Six months ago, Bill Zweitzig, a 38-year-old jazz musician and glass blower, moved his family from Pennsylvania to Colorado to sell something he had experience selling: marijuana. This time, though, he's on salary and doesn't risk arrest.

What next?

Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday took the long-overdue action to order Missouri National Guard troops to Ferguson. They will try to help end the unrest and violence that followed peaceful protests in recent days over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

SeaWorld's stock took a dive last week in the backlash against its treatment of captive killer whales.

One of the remarkable aspects of the war between Israel and Hamas and other Palestinian extremist groups in Gaza has been the degree to which Israelis stood together in almost complete consensus about the rightness of their country's cause.

Looks like police in Ferguson, Missouri, took it upon themselves to suspend the First Amendment Wednesday night.

The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Thursday, Aug. 14:

Americans had spent days watching round-the-clock coverage of the escalating tensions in Ferguson, Missouri when President Obama acknowledged that we are "deeply disturbed" by the situation.

Convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or die.

Keep those umbrellas close. It's about to start pouring garbage in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race. With 12 weeks to go, a race already largely devoid of meaningful and substantive policy discussions is threatening to get intensely personal.

Of everything coming out of this year's Iowa Family Leadership Summit, the fear factor is what stayed with me.

A riot can be many things.

The following editorial appeared in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Sunday, Aug. 10:

The following editorial appeared in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Thursday, Aug. 7:

As the horrors of this summer unfold - war, disease and refugee children - we should reflect on how lucky we are. If you had been born in Central America, the Middle East or West Africa, your life would be quite different. Of course, you don't have to travel far to see bad luck. Violence, illness and homelessness occur here, too.

At this point, you really have to wonder: Is it still news when a Republican says something asinine?

Robert Sagastume is Honduran by birth, American by choice and legally stuck somewhere in between by politics. He is also the embodiment of the humanitarian problem at the heart of our border crisis.

In January I wrote a column questioning the morality of continuing to extend jobless payments to Americans looking for work.

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