November 18, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes

Defend the common good!

And pickles.

Illustration by ER Stoehr.
Illustration by ER Stoehr.

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John Stoehr is the editor of the Editorial Board. He writes the daily edition. Find him @johnastoehr.

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