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Commentary: Presidents, and the soft silence of history

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Commentary: Presidents, and the soft silence of history

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WEST BRANCH, Iowa – The falling snow quiets everything. My wife and I tromp through the snow covering the Herbert Hoover presidential site. Our boots make little crunches as we walk. Winter storm warnings have prompted the National Park Service to close the white wooden buildings that recreate this little village […]

Commentary: Herbert Hoover and the kindness of failure

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Commentary: Herbert Hoover and the kindness of failure

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WEST BRANCH, Iowa – On paper, it seemed that Herbert Hoover should have been a great president, particularly in a time of crisis. Before he came to the White House, Hoover was called “the Great Humanitarian,” the man who helped feed the hungry and dispossessed in war-shattered Europe during and after […]