howard lestrud

Most politicians are guilty as charged, guilty of overusing the words bipartisan and bipartisanship. During most election campaigns, whether it’s for city council, county board, state house, state senate, governor, U.S. house, U.S. senator or president of the United States, we will hear candidates calling for bipartisanship. When a politician sends out a press release […]

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It is agreed that we all want honesty in government. Whether we achieve that with all of our elected officials is subject to judgment. Gov. Mark Dayton is carrying that honesty banner these days when defending his 2014-15 budget that totals $38 billion. At this juncture, Dayton said, “I wouldn’t vote for my budget myself […]

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Abraham Lincoln is alive and well. It seems this is true, seeing the many books, periodicals, television specials and movie productions that are before us. In my new assignment as political editor for ECM Publishers, I just might try to gain an interview with America’s 16th president. I haven’t seen the movie yet but in […]

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It was like a dream come true. Every morning we awakened for two weeks, we were greeted with a slice of heaven. There’s no better way to sample a country’s culture than to be part of that country for a short time.   Judy and I recently made a trip of a lifetime, at least […]

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In this third part of a three-part series, Clicking on the Web takes a look at the presidential debates held from 1960 to 2008. The 2012 edition of the presidential debates between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney begin Oct. 3.   In the first installment, we took a look at the upcoming […]

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In a second part of a three-part series, Clicking on the Web goes back farther than the last four decades of heated presidential debates to reflect on the history of popular debates between Abraham Lincoln and his challenger, Stephen Douglas for the U.S. Senate. Lincoln lost the election for the Senate but two years later […]

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