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Will U.S. buy what NKorea’s reselling?

If President Donald Trump’s incendiary threats have actually frightened the “dear respected comrade” Kim Jong Un into laying down his nuclear arsenal, he will deserve the Nobel Peace Prize his fans are demanding. But the suits in Oslo might want to hold off before awarding another ...

Next challenge for graduates: pursuing happiness

This weekend Michigan Tech will join colleges and universities across the nation in sending new graduates into the workforce. Each armed with a unique set of skills, they will begin their careers with hope and optimism that they will achieve their goals in life. One goal they will share: to ...

Unfunny assassin in Wolf’s clothing

PAWLEY’S ISLAND, S.C. — When I moved to Washington several years ago, a D.C. veteran whispered a warning that she had learned from her father: New York is tough, but Washington is mean. Truer words, my friend, truer words. Yet, apparently, even Washington can be offended by too much ...

Republicans say lot with McCarthy redbaiting slur

It’s an established American tradition to call people what they wish to be called. That’s why after he converted religions, nearly everyone — except a few die-hard bigots — called the heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali instead of Cassius Clay. Marion Morrison chose to become John Wayne. ...

Networks like RT shill for dictators

Why does American journalist Abby Martin do propaganda for socialist murderers? You’ve heard about Russian propaganda. Martin once worked for RT, Russia’s state-run news network. Now she’s got a similar gig at teleSUR, an anti-capitalist, pro-socialist news network funded by Latin ...

Patience, secrecy in Kochs’ complex conspiracy

In 1933, a handful of wealthy Wall Streeters were upset that the newly elected president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, had dared to tax the rich in order to fund programs to lessen the painful poverty people were experiencing due to the Great Depression. They were so upset that they came up with a ...

Some of us fighting for our country

Dear Sen. Marco Rubio: So I see where you came after me on Twitter. I’m flattered. Never knew you cared. “This well known national writer,” you tweeted about my last column, “states very clearly that the 63 million Americans who voted for Trump are haters who should not be heard ...

Macron shows skill in art of deal in Trump bromance

WASHINGTON — Holding hands, the old song tells us, is nice work if you can get it. French President Emmanuel Macron apparently got it with Donald Trump during his visit here last week, visibly cozying up to him as television cameras recorded their bromance for all to see. It was a rare ...

NFL hand-wringing all about race

Last September, in Huntsville, Alabama, Donald Trump took the stage at yet another postelection campaign rally and revved up his fans with a rant about black football players. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag ... say, ‘Get that son of ...

North Korea’s play is probably yet another ploy

Before meeting with North Korea’s “very honorable” (Trump’s words) dictator, Kim Jong-Un, the president should bone up on the history of that country’s duplicity and deception, including ways it has used the wishful thinking of some past U.S. presidents to achieve its objectives. A ...

Need moral panic on machine thinking

In Frank Herbert’s “Dune” series (my favorite-science fiction books), he made a bold writerly decision. In a genre famous for robots and computers (particularly in the 1960s), Herbert imagined a futuristic universe with neither. In his telling, some 10,000 years prior to the story of the ...

Europe’s war guilt sparks violence against Jews

Adam Armoush is, for the moment, the most famous Jewish victim in the world — and he’s not even Jewish. He’s a 21-year-old Israeli Arab who was visiting Berlin with his friends and decided to test their suspicions that it was unsafe to don a kippa (skullcap) in public. Strolling down the ...

Shameful Silence of Big CEOs

Congressional Republicans would be more willing to stand up to Donald Trump if their major financial backers -- big business and Wall Street -- had more backbone. Ever since 1971, when then-future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell urged corporations to mobilize politically, corporate money ...

Fellow citizen punished because he asked for help

Could everyone reading this just pause for a bit and really think about our fellow citizens who put their lives on the line for us every day? I'm talking about police officers and firefighters who face deadly dangers and serious stressors on a regular basis: gruesome car accidents, raging ...

Vaping just as dangerous in nicotine drug delivery

Recently, there have been requests locally for presentations and information on vaping. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, vaping is basically a means of extracting nicotine from an oil by turning the oil into a vapor and then inhaling it. It has become more and more popular, especially ...

Knee-jerk reaction to Waffle House killings counters facts

Travis Reinking, the mentally disturbed man charged in the Waffle House killings, had his guns taken away with the help of law enforcement. This is a fact. But the guns were returned to him by his father, and four people were killed the other day in that Waffle House in Nashville, ...

To mock or mentor is question

WASHINGTON — There are few sympathetic characters in the landmark lawsuit between Marquette University and a suspended professor that’s heading later this month to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The professor, John McAdams, is suing the university for indefinitely suspending him without ...

Born, raised, married in privilege, Barbara touched us all

She was born into comfort in Manhattan and raised in Rye, a leafy, exclusive suburb in New York’s Westchester County. She would leave college before graduating to marry. She never had a career beyond wife, mother and citizen. But her death, in her 10th decade, evoked an almost spontaneous ...

Gun-toting teachers not so horrible

What should be done about school shootings? After the horrible shooting in Parkland, Florida, President Trump suggested that some teachers carry guns. “We need to let people know, you come in to our schools — you’re gonna be dead.” Anti-gun activists were horrified. But they ...

Wealth concentration poses threat to majority rule

Many Americans are reluctant to accept that coup conspiracies are part of country’s history. We tend believe that plots to overthrow the government are totally foreign to our national character. But we do do coups. In fact, the country itself was founded on an armed coup to replace the ...