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What should we do about a mentally ill president?

It's time to face up to the obvious: The President of the United States is deranged. I don't mean that he's merely idiosyncratic or pushing policies that I think are crazy, nor do I say this as just another political jab. I mean that Donald J. Trump literally is mentally ill. OK, I'm no ...

Resentment is not identity

So this driver is stopped at an intersection. A pedestrian is dawdling in the crosswalk. Driver leans out the window and yells, “Get out of the street, you damned liberal!” It’s been years since I read that in a magazine. I can’t remember if it was a true story, though I think it was. ...

Republicans act in haste on replacing Obamacare

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s biggest promise on his way to the Oval Office was to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” He not only said he would do so, but he said he would achieve both tasks “simultaneously,” and on day one of his presidency. But seven weeks into the Trump ...

Washington could learn from Oscar non-winner’s example

Hollywood’s critics, of which there has never been a shortage, have long accused that California village of being the national home office of insincerity and shallowness. Two great 20th-century American wits memorably made that case. Fred Allen wrote, “All the sincerity in Hollywood you ...

Trump’s latest rant on wiretapping

Early last Saturday morning, Donald Trump alleged in a series of tweets that former President Barack Obama orchestrated a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap Trump’s phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the election. Trump concluded that the former president is a ...

Marines disrespect their own kind

WASHINGTON — An old Marine told me that Marines guard Marines from the other side. And when one of their brothers is being threatened, the Devil Dogs (aka Marines) will “go wild on them” for eternity. Yes, but what about the sisters? Do the Devil Dogs protect them, too? What about the ...

America’s High-Risk Complacent Class

“Most Americans don’t like change very much,” writes economist and Marginal Revolution blogger Tyler Cowen, “unless it is on terms that they manage and control.” That’s just one of many provocative sentences you can mine from the riches threaded through his new book, “The ...

Primary CCISD goal is getting technology into classrooms

Five years ago, the state of Michigan implemented “Any Time, Any Place, Any Way, Any Pace” learning, which included online testing. To accomplish this, schools needed access to more computers. The state knew that schools could not afford enough new technology on their own, so the state ...

Fueling bigger dreams, building brighter futures

“If someone doesn’t put a vision in your life, or take you places you’ve never been, or show you things you’ve never seen, how can you dream any bigger?” -former little brother Beyond the research, at U.P. Kids Big Brothers Big Sisters we personally witness the positive outcomes ...

Killing Big Bird is good idea

Next week, Donald Trump releases his new budget. It's expected to cut spending on things like the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Good! Government has no business funding art. When politicians decide ...

Breakthrough in chicken-and-egg agribusiness

Those who say that we ordinary people can't have any effect on today's corporate behemoths should check out two breakthroughs last year by a group the establishment has long derided as somewhere between wacko and criminal: animal rights activists. Members of groups like the Humane Society get ...

People remember that facts matter

I’m beginning to feel like Sally Field. Remember the 1985 Academy Awards, when she was stunned by the idea of being accepted? “And I can’t deny the fact that you like me!” she gushed. “Right now! You like me!” I could give the same speech today. I am, you see, employed in an ...

The Russian plot thickens in cloud of suspicion

WASHINGTON — The cloud of suspicion over Russian interference in the American presidential election has widened, with new demands from congressional Republicans as well as Democrats for a special counsel’s investigation, akin to the Watergate inquiry that forced the 1974 resignation of ...

Speaking of Planned Parenthood

Dozens of women in Congress wore suffragist white Tuesday night for President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session. You know this had to annoy him, all those dames sticking out in that sea of dark suits, but he stayed on script anyway. That was all he had to do, apparently, to be ...

Missed boat on lakes funding reductions

News of a budget proposal that broke nationally late last week detailing that the White House wants to all but eliminate Environmental Protection Agency funding that pays for, among other things, environmental cleanup and other programs for the Great Lakes, has drawn fire from a great many ...

Trump effect sends stock market soaring past 21,000

Here are two scenarios. One: you are a retiree who in recent years has been concerned about the value of your stock portfolio. Suddenly, the value of your stocks and stock-based mutual funds surges, the Dow rising 1,000 points to record highs within weeks. You examine the monthly report your ...

Citizenship path is answer to promoting economic growth

The 1980s decade was known for the beginning of the second-longest peacetime economic expansion in our history. The gross domestic product (GDP), a barometer of economic growth, grew at an average of 3.5 percent annually. In comparison, our economy has grown at an average of a little over 2 ...

Residents need to lobby Congress against EAS cut

The Copper Country may soon lose valuable support for our transportation links to the rest of the country: the essential air service (EAS), which subsidizes the Houghton County Memorial Airport, is in danger. We still have a chance to fight for it, though. Houghton County is a long way from ...

Facts on ground moving immigration in Trump’s direction

The afternoon before President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night speech to Congress, Twitter watchers were treated to a flurry of tweets, inspired by comments at the traditional lunch with network anchors, that the president was going to endorse something very much like the “comprehensive” ...

Trump makes Dubya look like genius

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, the human ruler, as in measuring stick, is at it again, this time grading his performance as president. Appearing on Fox News recently, the president gave himself an A-plus for effort, an A for accomplishment, and a C for communication. He does seem to be ...