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Our Views: Time to plug the foster gap

Broken families. Neglectful parents racked by poverty, addiction or poor personal decisions. Abused children denied a normal upbringing. Government agencies short on resources and personnel scrambling desperately to keep a bad situation from getting worse.

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Our Views: Are you better off? Empty pockets mean votes

If this year’s political ads sound like you’ve tapped into Nick at Nite reruns of old campaigns, you’re not imagining it. That’s because there’s little new in politics; it only seems that way sometimes when candidates repackage old ideas.

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Our Views: In the line of farce

There’s a famous quote by Hall of Fame baseball manager Casey Stengel that describes what’s going on today in our federal government. As his expansion New York Mets were going through a historically bad season, Casey lamented: “Can’t anybody here play this game?”

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Our Views: Wish lists aren’t free

Wanted: Magic money tree. Must produce massive quantities of legal tender to help pay for state’s most pressing needs and fulfill all campaign promises. Please deliver to state Capitol by January 2015.

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Our Views: Politics hijack the polls

This may seem a naive and silly question, but bear with us as we ask: When did voting itself become such a partisan issue?

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