Not quite 20 years ago, I wrote weekly op-eds for two newspapers in rural Whitman and Latah counties. Guess I must have been too hard on George W. Bush’s preparation for the Iraq war and some Moscow business owners threatened to cancel the display ad if I was allowed to continue.

Disgusted by this brutal effort to force the publisher to abandon its “open door” policy for editorial submissions, my old friend Lu Jane Nisse ended all political submissions.

A sad state, I thought. Two other independent voices were denied on the public forum.