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A political party worth fighting for

The best political party in America is not the Dems nor the Repubs. By far, the best political party is a real party named “Fighting Bob Fest.” It’s a daylong, outdoor political festival run by a coalition of Wisconsin progressives who believe in “putting the party back in ...

Fake news is no joke

WASHINGTON — Among the more pernicious aspects of the Donald Trump phenomenon is the way his political success has elevated the deplorable pollution of conscientious American journalism with a new form of manipulating and deceiving public opinion -- what is now widely referred to as “fake ...

Final Column: Random Thoughts, Looking Back

Any honest man, looking back on a very long life, must admit — even if only to himself — being a relic of a bygone era. Having lived long enough to have seen both ‘’the greatest generation’’ that fought World War II and the gratingest generation that we see all around us today, ...

Here we are: on brink of what’s next

For 45 minutes on Christmas Eve, I watched love, in all of its diversity, play out in front of me. Thanks, 2016. I needed that. I was parked in the arrivals lane at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, nearly an hour early for my daughter and her family. It is not my habit to ...

Obama message to Israel on UN resolution: Drop dead

A headline that would become famous appeared in the New York Daily News in October 1975 after then-President Gerald Ford denied federal assistance to spare the city from bankruptcy. It read: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” President Obama has told Israel much the same. By instructing his ...

Does Never Trumper need to be forgiven?

“I forgive you.” I’ve lost count of how many people have told me that since Election Day. Of course, the number pales in comparison with the legions who’ve told me I was “wrong about everything” this year and that the election of Donald Trump will spell the end of my relevance, ...

Obama learned how to stand ‘idly by’ in Syria, Iraq

Secretary of State John Kerry used the word “conscience” over and over again as he attempted to explain and justify the Obama administration’s decision not to veto a one-sided U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel. He added that the U.S. could not “stand idly by” while ...

Trump’s dark cloud of illegitimacy

A dark cloud of illegitimacy hangs over the pending presidency of Donald Trump. Bad enough that Trump rejects the conclusions of the CIA, FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia intervened in the 2016 campaign to help him become president. Even worse that Trump publicly sides ...

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 ...