Columns

Another general called to Trump’s rescue

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, a bully who admires strong-willed military men, got fed up with his ineffective White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus. So he chose former four-star Marine Gen. John Kelly — already a member of the Cabinet as secretary of homeland security — to replace ...

Jamboree of teachable moments

Every time I share my concerns about Donald Trump’s impact on America’s children, a certain percentage of readers assure me that no child is paying attention to what our president says. I hope we can now all agree to put that magical thinking to rest in the wake of Trump’s spectacle of ...

Establishment is the enemy, not the president

The Establishment, a construct of Democrats and Republicans that rules in Washington no matter which party controls government, appears to be over its fainting spell following Donald Trump’s election. It is now throwing everything at him from a daily — make that hourly, even minute by ...

Don’t be shocked (shocked!) by Alaska threats

It’s a bit of a cliche to quote “Casablanca” when it comes to Washington’s gift for manufactured outrage, but the classics are classics for a reason. When Captain Louis Renault orders Rick’s saloon shut down, Rick (played by Humphrey Bogart) protests: “How can you close me up? On ...

You want to talk about demoralizing? Let’s talk Trump

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, perhaps attempting to curry favor with this week’s court favorite, Anthony Scaramucci (who — stay with me here — had just accused the president’s chief of staff of a felony), popped up on “Fox and Friends” to suggest that it is ...

HEET got help from everywhere in fulfilling its mission

The Houghton Energy Efficiency Team, better known as HEET, began in 2014 when a thoughtful, energetic group of local citizens and the Houghton County Board of Commissioners decided to enter Houghton County into the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition. Approximately 50 regions ...

McCain real McCoy when it comes to being a patriot

In this unheroic era when prominent American males prove their abiding patriotism by prominently displaying an American flag pin in the lapel of their suit jacket, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., remains seriously out of step. McCain has never been a flag waver. With the steady devotion of a ...

Homage to a great editor

WASHINGTON — Behind every great column is a great editor — a truism never more so than when Alan Shearer puts highlighter (not red pen) to copy. Shearer, who has run the Washington Post’s syndication operation the past 26 years, has managed to ignore the wailing, weeping and ...

Union labor is insult to laborers

Did you see the $2 million dollar bathroom? That’s what New York City government spent to build a “comfort station” in a park. I went to look at it. There were no gold-plated fixtures. It’s just a little building with four toilets and four sinks. I asked park users, “What do ...

NRA fights for ‘white to bear arms’

It began in April. That’s when there appeared on YouTube an NRA recruitment video that raised eyebrows across the political spectrum. Speaking through a jaw clenched tight enough to crack walnuts, with an intensity that suggested a major artery might blow out at any second, conservative ...

Our contemptible president

WASHINGTON — With friends like President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions needs no enemies. The man who appointed Sessions to run his critical Department of Justice has rewarded him for his fawning loyalty with public humiliation that only magnifies Sessions’ own need for public ...

Supporting free speech keeps us strong

In early 2006, the City Club of Cleveland invited President George W. Bush to speak. At the time, this invitation was a controversial one, as the Iraq War was becoming increasingly unpopular and plenty of Americans blamed Bush for having relied on false intelligence to wage it. Some liberals ...

Trust fund account plan will save Social Security

It is no secret that what the major media seem to care most about is radically different from what concerns average Americans. While the inside the Beltway crowd continues to focus on alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia, real concerns like the future of Social Security are ...

Health care fight: Washington at worst

The story of health care policy this week, this month and for the last decade (at least) has been a tale of partisan folly. But fear not, this isn’t another earnest pundit’s lament for the vital center to emerge, phoenix-like, to form a governing coalition of moderates in both parties. ...

Why would you want Putin as a friend?

Leaving aside the question as to whether there was actual collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election, it is undisputed that candidate Donald Trump was eager for a friendship between our two nations. The most recent accounts of the president seeking ...

Traffic law enforcement is all about public safety

This month, some thoughts on traffic enforcement... First off, no one likes to get a ticket. The question of why police officers issue them comes up frequently. Some people get it, others clearly do not. If you’ve ever been involved or victimized in a crash or road incident due to another ...

Repeal and regroup on boondoggle

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t quite a wicked-witch-is-dead Munchkin happy dance, but the white noise of foregone conclusions drowned out Republicans’ relatively muted regret over their failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. It was never gonna happen. Not no how. Partly this is because ...

Unanswered Questions of 2017 on Both Sides of Aisle

In the nervous Washington summer of 2017, with Republicans reeling from embarrassing disclosure after embarrassing disclosure, opposition Democrats, even before President Trump recently announced in Paris: “France is America’s first and oldest ally. A lot of people don’t know that,” ...

What is wrong with Trump? What’s wrong with us?

So here we are, six months later. How time has trudged. But the calendar does not lie. On Thursday, we will be half a year through the Trump Era. And, contrary to his signature promise, America seems less great by the day. Nor are his other promises faring particularly well. There is no ...

Health care debacle has GOP licking its wounds

WASHINGTON — In the congressional Republicans’ zeal to repeal Obamacare and deliver on a prime Donald Trump campaign pledge, they have compounded his novice performance in the Oval Office with their own legislative ineptitude on Capitol Hill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s ...