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Marching to see people come together

Last Sunday, 88-year-old Lois Mickey Nash sat in church as talk swirled around her about an upcoming march through the streets of Cleveland, and she made a decision."I'm going to march," she said to herself. Not her usual thing to do.After church, she announced her plans to her 89-year-old ...

Obama’s hot-air commencement address

I didn't attend my commencement ceremony at American University in Washington, D.C. I chose instead to receive my degree in the mail. I didn't want to listen to a boring speaker, likely unaffiliated with the school or anyone in it, drone on in Washington's notorious summer heat.Too bad ...

Holy warriors are on both left and right

Mike Huckabee doesn't have a lot of prominent defenders, and I am not volunteering for the job.Huckabee has always struck me as a right-wing populist-progressive. A deeply religious - and by all accounts decent - man, Huckabee nonetheless has a view of the state that would have jibed almost ...

Obama not offended enough by anti-Semitism

What to make of President Obama's interpretation of the Iranian leadership? Challenged by The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg to account for the seeming inconsistency of relying on the rationality of a regime that holds a profoundly anti-Semitic worldview, the president denied that the "venomous ...

Economic benefit of reinventing education helps all

Senator Bernie Sanders is making waves with a big idea to reinvent education: Making public colleges and universities tuition-free.I couldn't agree more. Higher education isn't just a personal investment. It's a public good that pays off in a more competitive workforce and better-informed and ...

Colleges and universities have grown bloated and dysfunctional

American colleges and universities, long thought to be the glory of the nation, are in more than a little trouble. I've written before of their shameful practices - the racial quotas and preferences at selective schools (Harvard is being sued by Asian-American organizations), the kangaroo ...

Know your severe weather warnings

On April 16, citizens, businesses, schools and government agencies across the state conducted a voluntary statewide tornado drill during Michigan's Severe Weather Awareness Week. I would like to thank everyone who participated in the drill and took action to prepare for this year's severe ...

Don’t Go!

It's graduation time! Have we learned much? No.College has become a scam.Some students benefit: those with full scholarships and/or rich parents so they don't go deep into debt, those who love learning for its own sake and land jobs in academia and those who get jobs that require a college ...

Sidelining also-rans is bad for democracy

Because so many Republicans want to be president - or at least pretend they do - debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.Fox News, which is hosting the first televised debate Aug. 6, and CNN, host of the ...

Chris Christie’s running Perk-y noncampaign

History, just by what it selects to remember, can indeed be cruel. Consider, for example, Republican Ralph Perk, who, during the 1970s in heavily Democratic Cleveland, was elected mayor three times. But what Mayor Perk is mostly remembered for was that day in 1972 when, while using a blowtorch ...

Books to the right of college campuses

This is the season of college graduations, and many people may be wondering what kinds of gifts would be most appropriate for young people leaving the world of academia and heading out to face the challenges and opportunities of adulthood in the real world.Given the narrow range of left to far ...

Pot drives ex-soldier’s ‘suicide stuff’ away

Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide.Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep.But he found that marijuana helped. It took the anger and depression away. It took the ...

A new blame game emerges over Iraq

WASHINGTON -- Whenever America's reputation as the world's prime military power takes a hit, a partisan argument inevitably breaks out over who's to blame. From "Who lost China?" to "Who lost Korea?" and "Who lost Vietnam?" the two major parties have regularly jockeyed to assign fault to the ...

First quote Jesus; then punish the poor

Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker." - Proverbs 14:31It's not my habit to start a column with a quotation from the Bible, but this one's loaded with self-professed Christians, so why not?In the mid-1990s, during my time as a metro reporter and feature writer for The Plain Dealer in ...

Too many put their faith in false god of politics

If you visit Mount Olympus, you will see scores of crumbling statues to false gods once worshipped by ancient Greeks. The same is true in Rome, where statues of political gods, notably those named Caesar, lay in ruins.We are more sophisticated today. Moderns don't bow to Zeus. Many of us, ...

Jeb Bush can’t rerun brother’s campaign

By now everyone has had their say about Jeb Bush's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. The consensus is that Bush misheard Megyn Kelly's "knowing what we know now" question about the Iraq war. I'm not convinced.Politicians routinely answer the question they wish they were asked rather ...

Can Republican men criticize Hillary Clinton?

Carly Fiorina is articulate, thoughtful and accomplished. For those who keep track of such things, she was the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business, and she ran a credible, if unsuccessful, campaign for a U.S. senate seat from California. In the early going of the race for the Republican ...

Gov. calls for day of observance

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has called for all flags to be lowered to half-staff in the state Capitol complex in observance of Memorial Day.Snyder joined President Barack Obama's call for all U.S. flags to be lowered on Monday. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local ...

Interstate truck fire extinguished

DETROIT (AP) - The tanker truck that exploded and caught fire on a downtown Detroit interstate has been extinguished but some ramps and a stretch of freeway remains closed.Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw says crews remain where the tanker truck carrying 9,000 gallons of unleaded fuel ...

Busting myths about veterans

DETROIT (AP) - Wishing living U.S. military veterans a "Happy Memorial Day" might be well-intentioned but misses the mark on an occasion meant for remembering those who lost their lives.That and other timely reminders can be found in a new book researched and written by a Michigan State ...