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Elderhostel living: Going back to school to retire

In 1971 Marty Knowlton filled a backpack full of clothes and began a 4-year walking tour through Europe. Using the youth hostel system of staying in low cost housing, a cheap railroad pass, and his feet, he experienced the informal education experience of a lifetime. When he returned to the ...

USEPA colludes with environmental zealots at NRDC

The government's environmental rules defeat even environmentalists.Thomas Collier is a Democrat who managed environmental policy for Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Then he noticed a mining opportunity in Alaska, one he calls "the single largest deposit of gold and silver that is not being developed ...

Alzheimer’s crisis coming to America

Current quibbling over what Jeb Bush meant when he said it's time to phase out and replace Medicare - as opposed to "attacking the seniors," as one woman at a recent event bellowed out - will soon seem quaint against the realities of our future.Never mind projections that the program will be ...

‘Like’ factor plays role in presidential politics

Bill Cohen, the former three-term Republican U.S. senator from Maine who served as secretary of defense in Democrat President Bill Clinton's second administration, offered this key to the art of winning tough elections: "I don't care how great your ideas are or how well you can articulate them. ...

America’s injustice system needs reform

The United States does not have a justice system.If we define a justice system as a system designed for the production of justice, then it seems obvious that term cannot reasonably be applied to a system that countenances the mass incarceration by race and class of hundreds of thousands of ...

Many GOP messengers, same message (except Trump’s)

WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton's comment on the Donald Trump train wreck went to the heart of its damage to the Republican Party. "It's shameful," she said of Trump's assault on John McCain as a war hero, "and so is the fact that it took so long for the other Republican candidates to start ...

Diaper dilemma that shouldn’t be

A worrisome trend in this country illustrates in the starkest terms how a mother's income affects not only her baby's health but hers, too.Child Trends - a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center - reported in 2013 that low-income parents, especially single mothers, have higher rates of ...

Why selling baby parts should shock no one

"...if we come to see ourselves as meat, then meat we shall become." -- Leon Kass, M.D., "Toward a More Natural Science"What is most shocking about an undercover video of a conversation between Deborah Nucatola, a Planned Parenthood executive, and two antiabortion activists from the Center for ...

Trump lesson Bush, Clinton should heed

For those of us who predicted the inevitable, watching Donald Trump verbally wander into a field of face-whacking garden rakes like Sideshow Bob fills one with a mixture of schadenfreude and affirmation. We knew it was coming, but it still feels good to be proven right.Of course Trump wouldn't ...

Odds in his favor: Trump gets bump at Anger Games

The Trump bump tells us something about the state of American politics. Progressives are panting to interpret his surge as evidence of Republicans' black hearts. Some Donald Trump supporters have suggested that his success, such as it is/was (this is being written after the McCain flap and ...

Why progressives must stay united

A new report finds more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession. According to the report, released Tuesday from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 22 percent of American children are living in poverty (as of 2013, the latest data available) compared with 18 percent in ...

Why progressives must stay united

A new report finds more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession. According to the report, released Tuesday from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 22 percent of American children are living in poverty (as of 2013, the latest data available) compared with 18 percent in ...

Increasingly divided Dems causing problems for party

America's two major political parties have a difficult task: amassing a 51 percent coalition in a nation that has always been - not just now, but from the beginning - regionally, religiously, racially and ethnically diverse.George W. Bush's Republicans in 2006 and 2008 were not able to hold ...

Water safety tips for a safer summer

With summer finally upon us, troopers here at the Post would like to put out some reminders regarding water safety. As our state has 1,194 square miles of inland waters, 38,575 square miles of Great Lakes water area, and 3,126 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, we are quite fortunate. Though our ...

Democrats declare war on Uber, sharing economy

Hillary Clinton gave a speech warning that the new "sharing economy" of businesses such as the ride-hailing company Uber is "raising hard questions about workplace protections."Democrats hate what labor unions hate, and a taxi drivers' union hates Uber, too. Its NYC website proclaims, "Uber has ...

Turkish jets hit IS targets in Syria, Kurds in Iraq

ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish jets flying from a base in Turkey's southeast have struck Islamic State group targets across the border in Syria for the second straight night, Turkish news reports said Saturday. The fighter jets also hit camps of Kurdish PKK militants in northern Iraq, the reports ...

Police: Theater gunman killed with handgun he bought legally

LAFAYETTE, La. - A man who lost his family, home and businesses as he spent years angrily espousing right-wing extremism on television, the Internet and to anyone else who would listen did not say a word as he opened fire on strangers in a darkened movie theater, authorities said Friday.John ...

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4M vehicles to prevent hacking

DETROIT (AP) - Fiat Chrysler has decided to recall about 1.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S. just days after two hackers revealed that they took control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV over the Internet.The company also disclosed in government documents that the hackers got into the Jeep through an ...

Verdict tossed due to hostile judge

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court has overturned the murder conviction of a man accused of killing his baby son, saying his rights were violated by a hostile judge who repeatedly asked questions at trial.A judge can interrogate witnesses. But in a unanimous decision Thursday, the ...

Student falls through glass roof

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Police say a 21-year-old University of Michigan student died after falling through the glass roof of the Nickels Arcade in Ann Arbor.Police say the Saugatuck man climbed the fire escape to the top of the roughly three-story structure with a female acquaintance around ...