Friday Mailbag: Vaccination choice, school dress-up days, oil pipelines, and innumeracy of the national debt debate

MINOT, N.D. — When I was a kid, I didn’t like the fall. It meant going back to school, and I much preferred the lazy days of summer.

As a grownup, fall my be my favorite season. Yes, the weather gets colder, but there’s something refreshing about that bite in the air after a sweltering summer. The cold, dark winter months are looming, but so are the holidays.

Anyway, it’s a chilly fall Friday where I’m at, and I’m hoping you’re enjoying it as much as I am.

Below is this week’s feedback from you readers. If you’d like to reach me, email Submissions may be edited for clarity and brevity.

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Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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