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Always risky to leave unattended children in vehicles

As parents or grandparents a fair number of us at some point have left young children unattended in our vehicles. The usual scenario involves us “running” into the store for 5-10 minutes while our child waits in the backseat. Maybe we get to a destination and our child is sound asleep in ...

Trumpian World of Shifting Reality

WASHINGTON — Facts aren’t facts; truth isn’t true; reality isn’t real. This is where we are. It’s no wonder that “Orwellian” is the most widely used adjective derived from the name of a writer. We are living in the most surreal of times. But Orwell’s days may be numbered ...

Self-pity is fatal shortcoming in world of politics

In polls of American historians conducted over the past 17 years by C-SPAN, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt have consistently ranked — along with George Washington — among the three best U.S. presidents. Yet President Lincoln was vilified in life, referred to in print as “the ...

Trumpty Dumpty making U.S. global laughingstock

Comandante Trump, El Jefe, the gringo strongman! That’s the image our current Commander-in-Chief seems to be cultivating. He has surrounded himself with generals, he cavalierly threatens war with all “bad hombres,” he is drastically bulking up military spending and he imperiously slaps ...

Times’ Green Baloney

The New York Times’ hostility to industry gets worse every day. Last week, the Times ran a big picture of a bay in Alaska with the headline “In Reversal, E.P.A. Eases Path for a Mine Near Alaska’s Bristol Bay.” While this was just another of their stories about how Donald Trump will ...

Remove Trump for profound stupidity

Dear Republicans: So how much more will it take? What else do you need to see? Seriously: What Rubicon must yet be crossed, what crisis must be borne, what tragedy must befall, before you stop smiling queasy, nothing-to-see-here smiles, stand like grown-up women and men and say, finally, ...

Chatter about Trump’s impeachment is premature

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s early stumbling out of the presidential gate in the judicial, legislative and diplomatic realms has already surfaced talk by wishful thinkers of invoking the constitutional route of impeachment to remove him from the Oval Office for committing “high crimes and ...

Strange Fruit, 2017

Please, somebody tell these boys it’s 2017. Last weekend, several dozen white people, most of them male and all of them loud, swarmed Lee Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest a City Council vote to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Similar protests have cropped ...

Awards have lost their meaning

Awards once meant something. There was a time not that long ago when they were given in recognition of important accomplishments. Today, we tend to value celebrity over steady achievement. Fame is paramount. It matters little how one attains it. The Kardashians are just one of many ...

Roger Ailes, one of a kind

On my first visit to Roger Ailes’ office, I half expected to find him petting an enormous white tiger, perhaps feeding it from a bowl of raw meat. After all, this was at the height of Ailes’ reputation as a kind of James Bond villain (and well before the sexual harassment scandals that ...

Anger Games: Documentary depicts new world

“Hate is a more powerful motivator than love.” According to the new Netflix documentary “Get Me Roger Stone,” that is one of the “rules” the self-described Republican “agent provocateur” has lived by. Stone, of course, is a showman. The “evil political operator” pose is to ...

Stop blaming workers — bosses made this mess

The wailing in our country about the "invasion of immigrants" has been long and loud. As one complainant put it, "Few of their children in the country learn English... The signs in our streets have inscriptions in both languages... Unless the stream of the importation could be turned they will ...

Continuing drug war is cruel, stupid

President Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions, ordered federal prosecutors to seek maximum penalties for drug-related crimes. This is both cruel and stupid. It's cruel because Session's 5,000 prosecutors must now push for long jail sentences even for people who pose no violent threat ...

White animus deeper than politics

“White people riot by voting.” Years later, I no longer recall who first shared that bit of wisdom with me, but I’ve always found it striking. Not, of course, that it is literally true. As is attested by any fair reading of the history of urban uprisings — New York City in 1863, ...

Trump has grown — from buffoon to menace

WASHINGTON — Until last week, Donald Trump appeared mostly to be a foulmouthed, narcissistic liar whose behavior and words demeaned the presidency as much as they demeaned himself. But a Washington Post report Tuesday that he revealed highly classified information on the war against the ...

#Russia

The Trump administration is foundering at breakneck speed these days, and it can feel overwhelming just trying to keep up. #Russia As I write this, less than 24 hours has passed since President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. This was a stunning development for all but a ...

Mr. President, please stop with the insults

During an interview last June in his New York office, I asked Donald Trump about his use of language that many considered insulting and divisive. “Will there be a pivot for you from the primaries to the general election campaign?” The candidate said “I agree” about the tone of the ...

Why Trump White House is so leaky

Historians will tell you that Adolf Hitler was not plagued by leakers and anonymous sources within his government. Joseph Goebbels did not routinely race to the Frankfurter Zeitung to plant embarrassing or inconvenient information about the boss. Stalin, likewise, didn’t rail against ...

Trump’s Escape From Comey Mess

President Donald Trump has obeyed the law since taking the oath of office. That is a better record than some feared. It is a better record than he himself promised many times during the campaign. In addition to expressing contempt for a sitting federal judge due to his ethnicity (which Trump ...

‘Big Picture’ Overview of Services CCISD Provides

For approximately a year-and-a-half, I have been given the privilege of writing a monthly article to inform the public about the Copper Country ISD and its functions. This article looks back across these articles to provide a “big picture” overview of all the services that the CCISD ...