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Thompson’s Take: Mental health, drug addiction and a need to do more

Lately, when I consider the Observer, why I founded it and my experiences professionally and in life, I think I started on the wrong foot, quite honestly. You see, I was fresh out of corporate journalism and very much still in the mindset of followers, clicks and trying to cover the “important issues” – which … Continue reading Thompson’s Take: Mental health, drug addiction and a need to do more

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Thompson’s Take: A return to the Golden Rule concerning respect

KENOSHA ⏤ We need to, as a society, go back to sticking to the Golden Rule in an unflinching and aggressively positive way when it comes to respect.  For the uninitiated, the Golden Rule is, in a nutshell: Treat others as you want them to treat you.  Golden Rule invoked to give up on people … Continue reading Thompson’s Take: A return to the Golden Rule concerning respect

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Thompson’s Take (Opinion): A confession, a new community perspective, a new start

KENOSHA ⏤ I remember my first day covering any government meeting in any community.  In October 2012, I walked into the Kimball County Courthouse in Kimball, Neb., a 23-year-old recent college grad wearing a black fedora and whatever the hell business casual is supposed to be. I sat down, and City Clerk Cathleen Sibal, a … Continue reading Thompson’s Take (Opinion): A confession, a new community perspective, a new start

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Thompson’s Take (Opinion): ‘You’re a good kid, buddy’

Today, I had a moment that has led me down a rabbit hole of sorts.  Observer Founder Daniel Thompson I serve as a part-time elementary literacy tutor in the mornings now, and one of my students has had a tough week. And though he missed our session, I saw him standing in the doorway of … Continue reading Thompson’s Take (Opinion): ‘You’re a good kid, buddy’

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Thompson’s Take: It’s time leaders step up

When I returned to this city a few years ago, I had no intention of being a leader in it or the county. If my personality type was based heavily on any type of character, it was always the antiheroes.  This included Han Solo, the Green Power Ranger and Batman (aka rich man with mental … Continue reading Thompson’s Take: It’s time leaders step up