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Media obsesses on anti-Trump stuff

President Donald Trump drives people crazy. Especially those in the media. They hate him so much, they leap on every anti-Trump rumor. The Federalist’s Jordyn Pair points out that the press repeatedly told us that a dozen Trump administration members were about to be fired, including ...

NPR episode shows dangers of arrogant ignorance

During President Trump’s speech in Warsaw, Poland, last week, he memorialized Pope John Paul II’s momentous 1979 visit to the city. For many historians, the Polish-born pope’s mass in Victory Square, more than anything else, set in motion the events that led to the fall of the Berlin ...

Something very wrong with GOP

Dear Colleagues: We’re doing it again. Remember last year’s campaign? Remember how dogged and relentless we were in covering Hillary Clinton’s sloppy handling of her emails? Remember the comparatively free ride we gave Donald Trump despite his repeated demonstrations that he was ...

Putin gives Trump a humiliating brushoff

WASHINGTON — It certainly didn’t take long for Russian President Vladimir Putin to give the back of his hand to President Donald Trump in their much anticipated face-to-face meeting in Germany. Putin essentially told him, “Go away, kid, you bother me,” in response to the U.S. ...

Trump-media tiff goes trans-Atlantic

WASHINGTON — Many American journalists and others correctly objected to President Trump’s lambasting of the U.S. media in his speech Thursday in Poland, noting that his words were damaging to our international status and democracies around the world. Richard Haass, president of the ...

President Trump’s vision

“Where there is no vision, the people perish...” — Proverbs 29:18 In 1987 when he was contemplating a run for president, Vice President George H.W. Bush was criticized for his inability to articulate an agenda for the country. A friend suggested he spend a weekend alone at Camp David ...

CTE testimonials illustrate program’s value

Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes have helped many local students gain valuable experiences through internships in local businesses. There are plenty of examples to demonstrate this. Michael Scott of Houghton High School stated that auto tech was his favorite class. During this ...

We’ve got punch-drunk president

WASHINGTON — As the nation was preparing to celebrate its storied independence from the British crown, the president secured his place as history’s greatest jester. Or America’s first toddler president. Take your pick. Trump did so by tweeting a doctored video clip of himself from ...

Not the Most Dependable of Ferryboats

Dean Heller is a 57-year-old Mormon, husband and father of four who — because he is a U.S. senator from Nevada (having won in 2012 by a paper-thin 46-45 percent margin), a state that Barack Obama carried twice, and because he is the only GOP senator running in 2018 in a state that Hillary ...

Founders understood threat of big govt.

Did you think about the signing of the Declaration of Independence this week? The July 4 holiday is meant to honor that, not just fireworks. Ironically, government’s grown so much since 1776 that fireworks might be illegal in your town. The Declaration wasn’t about creating rules for ...

Amazon buys out Whole Foods Market

Excellent news, folks: A decade after Wall Street greed crashed our economy and crushed the working class, jobs are suddenly plentiful! As an Associated Press article joyously put it, "The U.S. job market has settled into a sweet spot of steadily solid growth." At long last, the American ...

The ‘United’ States is anything but

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead.” — Martin Luther King Jr., April 3, 1968 “But what we know — what we have seen — is that America can change.” — Barack Obama, March 18, 2008 Some of you may recognize the epigraph above from ...

A free press will not yield to president’s attacks

WASHINGTON — The nation’s capital celebrated the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with the customary glorious fireworks display over the National Mall. But it did so with uncommon division and anxiety in this city and the land with regard to the president who now ...

Health care debate rhetoric boils over

Even by Washington standards, this is a particularly dumb political moment. Earlier this month a political zealot went to a baseball practice intending to kill as many Republican congressmen as he could. As often happens after such horrible events, various politicians and media figures ...

Lessons on how you can become a better boss

In the late 1980s I began my professional career fresh out of business school. My education taught me about many different management/leadership styles, identifying your current style and the style you wanted transition to. There were servant leaders that often worked next to you as part of the ...

Nation has progressed many ways, but not in character

Americans have reason to trust in progress. By so many different yardsticks, we can gauge improvement just over the past half-century. We are indisputably more tolerant and accepting than we were in the 1960s. The percentage of American women with a college degree is five times greater today ...

What’s ailing health care reform

WASHINGTON — The Senate health care bill, which was scuttled Tuesday until after July 4, was doomed by two narratives: Republicans are mean, and poor people would be dropping like flies. Assisting the opposition was none other than President Trump, who called the earlier version passed by ...

Public schools need to stand and deliver

Every year, almost every industry improves. We get more choices — usually better choices, for less money. “But of all the products we make and the services we provide, there’s one that stands out as an exception,” according to the Cato Institute’s Andrew Coulson. “One activity ...

If Trump is so great, then why is his approval rating so puny?

What’s the matter with these people? The Trumpsters in the White House and Congress, I mean. Start with The Donald himself, a guy who can’t pass a mirror without casting an adoring eye at his own reflection. What is it about him that requires the top officials of his government to ...

Traffic stop left Ayanna Cruver terrified

A few weeks ago, a black woman driving alone in Princeton, Louisiana, was pulled over for no apparent reason. But she was not shot and killed. Or hauled from her car and body-slammed. Or even arrested for getting snippy. The officer explained that she was driving under the speed limit, ...