Columns

Trump nixes pet projects of liberal, conservative elites

It’s been a tough year for political elites, here and around the world, what with the passage of Brexit in June in Britain, the repudiation of Colombia’s Nobel Peace Prize recipient in the October FARC referendum and the defeat of America’s Nobel Peace Prize recipient’s preferred ...

Regulatory statistics distort rural hospitals’ quality of care

There has been a lot of talk lately about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obama Care”) and its future. While I am sure this topic will be covered in great detail over the coming months, I want to spend some time responding to an article ran in the Daily Mining Gazette on ...

Merry Christmas: right-wingers, red pope and Jesus

Aah, ‘tis the season for family, friends, eggnog, chipmunks singing Christmas carols — and all-out, no-mercy, blow-’em-all-to-hell war. Not war like in Afghanistan. No, no — this is the far right’s God-awful “War on Christmas.” In this season of Peace on Earth, a delusional ...

Just in it to see if he could win it

In this holiday season, a quirky source of gratitude has emerged — Donald Trump’s many campaign lies. What else can one call the promises that he now treats as alien concepts? Almost daily, he reverses himself on a campaign promise, confirming what this column predicted: He would never ...

2016 statements that wound up in history’s dust bin

For your semi-faithful correspondent, 2016 has been a 12-month exercise in humility. I apologize to you, gentle reader, for the errors — all unforced — to which I subjected you. My introduction to the 2016 campaign was to endorse the timeless wisdom of former Sen. Bill Cohen, a Republican ...

Education choice upsets public educrats

America’s socialists — I mean progressives — are enraged that President-elect Trump chose Betsy DeVos to be his secretary of education. “Not a good appointment,” yelled Al Sharpton. A “proponent of a for-profit institution! She does not believe in the public school system!” ...

Trump’s priorities raise doubts

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump and his adult children are continuing to dodge the obvious conflict of interest of running a huge for-profit business enterprise while he gets ready to run the country. Trump’s post-election promise to clarify the situation, while insisting that by law as a ...

Gratitude beats back holiday funk

The day after Thanksgiving is usually when I begin decorating for Christmas, but on Nov. 25, I turned to my husband on the verge of despair. “I don’t know,” I said. “I don’t think I have it in me.” The sound of those words, in my voice, was enough to startle me out of my funk. ...

Obamas perpetuated hopelessness

Former Sen. Alan Simpson once said that, “Those who travel the high road of humility will not be troubled by heavy traffic.” That descriptive and funny line came to mind after I heard what first lady Michelle Obama told Oprah Winfrey last week in a TV interview. Because of Donald ...

Death penalty does not heal wounds

CHARLESTON, S.C. — In the parable of the sower, a farmer sprinkles seeds upon four different types of terrain, one of which is rocky where seeds fail to thrive. As interpreted by scholars, the rock refers to the human heart that’s made of stone and therefore resistant to the seed (the ...

Practice snow courtesy to keep peace, promote safety

Winter came to the Copper Country in a fury.  We are all feeling the effects, some more than others.  For example, those living up on the north end received significant amounts of snow in a very short period.  With the significant piles of snow came a significant volume of calls related to ...

Like charity, patriotism begins at home

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., holds an office higher than the presidency. John McCain is a patriot. Like his fellow warriors, he does not talk about the horror and the pain he endured and he lived with. The memories must no doubt be too personal and too powerful. McCain, the most recent military ...

Trump will continue to hold rallies

Donald Trump has just finished the last of his nine post-election “thank-you tour” rallies. Why did he do them? And why is he planning further rallies after he becomes president? One clue is that Trump conducted them only in the states he won. And most attendees appeared to have voted for ...

Election of 2016 changed a bunch of political rules

Over the 40-some years that I have been working or closely observing the political campaign business, the rules of the game haven’t changed much. Technology has changed the business somewhat, but the people who ran campaigns in the 1970s could have (and in some cases actually have) run them ...

Trump turning swamp into spa for moneyed elites

In Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, it was his frequent, unbridled slaps at Wall Street elites and arrogant, job-busting corporate executives that gave him the “populistic” patina he needed to win. But wait a minute: Who are those guys escorting The Donald into the Oval Office? Oh, ...

Min. wage laws overpay some workers

Donald Trump is appointing good people — Andy Puzder, for example, Trump’s nominee for labor secretary. When Puzder took over Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants, they were deep in debt. Four years later, they were profitable. I bet his 70,000 workers are happy about that. “What ...

Futile reaction to Russian hacking

WASHINGTON — The public furor over U.S. intelligence reports that Russian hackers sought to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election has kicked off various efforts to reverse or cast doubts about the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s claim on the Oval Office. They start with the ...

Trump and Russian hacking claims: toxic situation

Of course Donald Trump thinks it’s “ridiculous” to claim the Russians rigged the election for him. Even if Vladimir Putin confessed to the crime on Russia Today, Trump would not believe it, because to do so is not in his nature. I do not want to shock the reader, but Trump has a very ...

Another Day, another restriction

The tan business envelope is postmarked Jan. 31, 1957. It is addressed to “MISS JANEY BEBOUT,” arriving via airmail from Annapolis, Maryland. Not to her home but to the house of a sympathetic aunt who could keep a secret, one town away in Ashtabula, Ohio. The sole content of the envelope ...

Mainstream media has faked news for decades

Mainstream media are suddenly concerned about “fake news.” It used to be that phony stories were easy to spot. They usually focused on space aliens or mysterious creatures found wandering deep in the woods. My personal favorite in this genre was a 1992 “story” in the supermarket ...