Friday Mailbag: What Happened to Flu Season? Also Lawmaker Pay Raises, Georgia’s Voting Laws, Medals for Cops, and the Modern Relevance of Nemiah Scudder


MINOT, N.D. — I was telling a friend recently that I probably spend at least a couple of hours every day reading and responding to correspondence from you readers, and their response was to ask me why I put so much work into it.

Part of it is that I am lucky enough to get paid to write and talk, and that’s only possible because of you folks. You’re my audience, and I have a deep respect for that. When you write me, I feel like I owe you something more than some platitudes in response. Also, I really do love talking about politics with people. Callers were my favorite part of talk radio, back when I used to host a show, and feedback from readers – negative as it can be, sometimes – is my favorite part of writing.

Most of the feedback I get doesn’t make it into this column. I try to include a representative sample of what turns up in my inbox. If your message isn’t included here doesn’t mean it wasn’t important. Also, if I don’t respond to a message, don’t assume I didn’t read it.

I almost certainly did, but sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to engage with everyone.

All that said, remember you can always reach me at Messages included in this column may be edited for clarity and brevity.

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