Columns

Trump’s plan to neuter press corps

Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control. That’s why, according to three senior officials on the transition team, the incoming Trump administration is considering evicting the White House press corps from the press room inside the White ...

Trump’s inauguration is not without precedent

The United States has just had three consecutive eight-year presidencies, and it’s only the second time in history that that’s happened. The only other such moment came on March 4, 1825, 192 years ago. That’s a bit surprising, given the strong example George Washington’s two terms as ...

Let buyer beware when it comes to advertising tactics

Another year, another continuous battle with the people who most seriously and deviously change our lives — the ad makers. Changes in our society don’t happen overnight; they creep in slowly, from the youngest big spenders to the millennials, and on until we all succumb,  when any ...

State trying to control what you know — yet again

Earlier this week the Michigan House of Representatives began their 99th session. The first bill introduced deals with an important issue: rolling back Michigan’s income tax. The second bill introduced by Rep. Rob Verheulen, R-Walker, is a replica of the bill introduced in the last two ...

Heavyweight match: Lewis vs. Trump

WASHINGTON — A recent tweet from @realDonaldTrump: John Lewis is an American hero. I look forward to working with him in the years to come.” That, my friends, is what’s known as “fake news.” It didn’t happen. I made it up. Here’s real news: Just days before his ...

Challenge Us; Don’t Coddle Us

The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, that there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham ...

Abolish 5 bureaucracies in 1st week

Donald Trump will be busy Friday. He and Mike Pence have promised, Mother Jones magazine points out, that on Trump's first day in office he will repeal Obamacare, end the "war on coal," expel illegal immigrants, begin construction of a "beautiful Southern border wall," fix the Department of ...

Before president says farewell, there’s disappointment

For all the gooey talk about President Barack Obama’s legacy, it can probably best be described in four blunt words: Disappointment. And Donald Trump. What we can’t measure, not completely, not yet, is the inspiration he’s given to millions of people — particularly to ...

Godspeed, Mr. President

Dear Mr. President: “Barack Obama is not Jesus.” Those were the first words of the first column I ever wrote about you — a poke in the eye to Democrats who were singing rhapsodic hosannas about a certain highly regarded young senator. “Yes,” I griped, “he has great potential. ...

Dissent, tweets will not stop inauguration

WASHINGTON — On the eve of Donald Trump’s swearing-in as the 45th American president, there is nothing to stop it despite public dissent, such as Democratic Congressman John Lewis’s contention that Trump will be not be a “legitimate” president. Those many voters who cling to the ...

Call for Activists for Journalism

Well, that was quite the spectacle. In his first news conference since July, President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday likened the U.S. intelligence community to Nazi Germany, talked about himself in the third person as he described Vladimir Putin’s affection for him and attacked not one ...

Russians merely did to us what we’ve done to others

Many top U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed a secret intelligence operation for the purpose of discrediting Hillary Clinton, thereby helping Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. Hillary Clinton has done more to discredit ...

Twitter fixation could drive away allies

The political class is still coming to grips with what appears to be Donald Trump's novel management philosophy: Government by Twitter. Put aside the by-now-familiar weirdness of our president-elect's gloating over Arnold Schwarzenegger's poor "Celebrity Apprentice" ratings or swipes at Meryl ...

Goodbye to one selfie president, hello to another?

On Feb. 12, 2015, President Obama made a selfie-stick video for BuzzFeed. You may remember it — or perhaps not — because if there's one thing Barack Obama delivered during his eight years in office, it was plenty of celebration of himself. The country was treated to Obama slow-jamming the ...

The Intelligence Community, Russia and Trump

On Wednesday, in his first news conference as president-elect, Donald Trump came out swinging -- against some of the media (while praising others), against the policies and performance of the Obama administration, and against the intelligence community. He had some legitimate reasons. One was ...

SKY helps school professionals go the extra mile for students

The Copper Country Intermediate School District has many ancillary staff, such as school psychologists, speech therapists, and teacher consultants who visit local schools every day to work with students.  Back in 2010, many of the CCISD ancillary staff came to realize that there were local ...

Celebrating National Mentoring month… mentor in real life

If you take a moment and think back to when you were growing up, most of us would probably remember someone being there for us – in our corner.  Someone who was always ready to give us sound advice, support, encouragement and all the other things we needed to help us become who we are ...

Death lingers over Roof’s last act

CHARLESTON, S.C. — If Death lingers in courtroom corridors awaiting sentences, this historic city’s federal courthouse was surely a top destination. On Tuesday, the Reaper’s patience was rewarded with the jury’s return of the death penalty for Dylann Roof. Roof, who insisted on ...

For Republicans, 2017 is Year of Living Nervously

Outspent by nearly a 2-1 ratio by Hillary Clinton and conspicuously not endorsed by the two most recent Republican presidents or the two most recent Republican presidential nominees, Donald Trump was still able to capture six states Democrat Barack Obama had twice carried — Florida, Iowa, ...