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Divorce Tips for Steve Bannon

It occurred to me this week that many of us who’ve gone through a divorce could be mighty helpful right now to Steve Bannon. We know what it feels like to experience that personal earthquake that leaves you wondering, “Did I ever mean anything to this guy? Was it all a lie?” Barely a ...

Thanks, China (maybe) for unwittingly doing big favor

"When prosperity comes, do not use all of it." — Confucius Is China about to do the United States a big favor, however unwittingly? According to Bloomberg, China is considering whether to slow, or even stop, purchases of U.S. Treasuries. At $3.14 trillion, China holds the world's largest ...

Actors have become moral guides

There’s a great scene in the wonderful 1982 movie “My Favorite Year,” which is set in 1954. Peter O’Toole plays a semi-washed-up actor named Alan Swann, famous for swashbuckling roles. For reasons too complicated to explain here, Swann tries to shimmy down the side of a building using a ...

Sofia Vergara, Frozen Embryos and Forced Procreation

The Supreme Court of Colorado will soon rule on whether a person has a constitutional right to not procreate. The dispute is between Drake Rooks and his ex-wife, Mandy Rooks. The couple were married in 2002. They had three children using in vitro fertilization, but were left with six frozen ...

Dumb but talented con man

For more than a year now, I’ve been hearing from people in the inner circles of official Washington — GOP lobbyists, Republican pundits, even a few Republican members of Congress — that Donald Trump is remarkably stupid. I figured they couldn’t be right because really stupid people ...

New book is merely an attempt to overturn election

The most disappointed people in America this past week must be those Trump execrators who opened their Amazon package only to find that the copy of “Fire and Fury” they had ordered was subtitled “The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945.” It’s a well-regarded 2009 volume by University ...

Educators have obligation to teach students to give back

We are very fortunate to live in a community that cares so much about education. Our local communities have continuously invested in our youth. I believe that it is important that we, too, teach our youth to give back to our communities. I would like to share examples of how that is ...

Mentoring effect brightens futures, strengthens community

“Deep human connection is... the purpose and the result of a meaningful life — and it will inspire the most amazing acts of love, generosity, and humanity.” — Melinda Gates Here’s a question for you. Do you remember you, before you were you? Before all the choices you made and the ...

Will truth will out this time?

WASHINGTON — I’m almost beginning to feel sorry for him. Donald Trump, that is. Having previously posited that it’s wrong to make fun of the mentally deficient, I’m reluctant to further highlight recent revelations from author Michael Wolff, whose new book, “Fire and Fury,” ...

Prophet who deserves a little honor

Anyone who cannot resist the temptation to offer public predictions about public events invites and can expect public ridicule. Even pre-eminent 20th-century American columnist and public intellectual Walter Lippmann, who was courted by presidents and prime ministers, is regularly remembered ...

How government punishes poor people

Store owner Kamal Saleh was just hit with thousands of dollars in fines. His crime? He sold three cigars for $8.89. “Too cheap!” say New York City bureaucrats. “The cigars should have cost 11 cents more.” Politicians want you to spend more for tobacco. They decided this after ...

Here’s what’s killing America’s greatest strength

It is said that the rich and poor will always be among us — but nowhere is it written that the middle class is a sure thing. Even in this country of grand egalitarian aspirations — where the common yeoman (neither rich nor poor) has been hailed from 1776 forward as America’s greatest ...

2017 to go down as year last norms fell

It really wasn’t all that bad. That, at least, was the consensus response from a dozen historians to whom Politico posed a question in the waning hours of the old year: “Was 2017 the Craziest Year in U.S. Political History?” Only one answered in the affirmative. The rest deferred to ...

Leader of free world is threat to democracy, world

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s end-of-year interview with The New York Times at his Florida golf club has kicked off 2018 in a particularly disturbing way. Beyond his repetitious insistence that there has been “no collusion” between his 2016 campaign and the Russians, it is his ...

Button, button, who’s got button?

In the early evening of Jan. 2, the president of the United States tweeted this boast: “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear ...

Accusers must answer/To tell you again/Who’s mad?

“Everybody’s got to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer.” — W.C. Fields Having lost an election they thought they would win and unable to get over it; having been staggeringly wrong about their predictions that a Trump presidency would be the end of global ...

Trump made some accomplishments

Contrary to what many predicted, President Trump's end-of-year accomplishment list isn't that skimpy. That's an analytical observation. For many, particularly liberals and Democrats, Trump's first year hasn't been merely bad. It's a great evil, a grievous wound to the American body ...

Don’t start dancing on Bannon’s grave just yet

President Donald Trump's official statement about Steve Bannon -- the lack of exclamation points made it seem as if it might not be 100 percent his own words - is welcome. The president distanced himself from his former aide and included this dig: "We have many great Republican members of ...

Make new year’s resolution to own every second

The Church of the Resurrection was filled past capacity. The attendees were a who’s who of the community, from educators to engineers, from the communities of Houghton/Hancock to Calumet and back to L’Anse, elementary students to retirees. If I were a stranger arriving late, I would have ...

Trump making little progress on promises

Almost one year in, it’s time for another update for Trump voters on his election promises: 1. He told you he’d cut your taxes, and that the super-rich like him would pay more. You bought it. But his new tax law does the opposite. By 2027, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, ...