The Presidents

Ol’ Silent Cal came to the Black Hills of South Dakota to vacation in the summer of 1927 and the magnanimous native people who considered...

The Defining Event

The author and historian Shelby Foote, his narrative history of the Civil War  – all 1.5 million words of it – remains one of the...

The Defining Moment

Of course the great and terrible American Civil War – across the country we are commemorating its 150th anniversary – eventually became a...

To Be Thankful

Looking for something to be thankful for this holiday season? Lift a glass to the memory of the 26th President of the United States. He...

Timothy Egan

Tim Egan, who writes an on line column for the New York Times website, had a marvelous piece earlier this month. He called it “My Summer...

Civilization Requires Civility

Jim Leach is on a mission. The former Republican Congressman from Iowa, now chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH),...

Collaborate or Litigate

You’ll get lots of hits: Alaska v. Babbitt or Defenders of Wildlife v. Kempthorne or Andrus v. Shell Oil Company. Much of the litigation...

Life in the West

When Bob Abbey, the director of the Bureau of Land Management, testified before Congress last year during his confirmation hearing he...

A Delicate Balance

In the old TV series, Perry Mason always wrapped up the case in the last few minutes of the show, tied a ribbon on the verdict and went...