Opinion

What to my wondering ears did he say?

Columns

WASHINGTON — Without nearly enough fanfare, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made history this week with a scant four words: “I believe the women.” All across America, forks dropped, glasses shattered and knees wobbled as women turned to each other in astonishment. (Wait. What? ...

Veto ballast bill to protect Great Lakes

Editorial

On July 11, state legislators from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania sent a letter to President Donald Trump calling from the prompt release of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' report on the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet, Illinois. The ...

Here is first ‘pre-mortem’ of 2018 elections

Columns

American voters, almost invariably dissatisfied with the political status quo, generally endorse change. In 2016, Donald Trump was certainly the candidate of change, and Hillary Clinton, seeking a third consecutive Democratic term in the White House, represented continuity. Voters’ enthusiasm ...

Tales to tell while celebrating Tom Turkey Day

Columns

Readers: Many thanks for your renewed suggestions. Here are a few varied follow-ups: Let’s start with this set of instructions for beginning art lovers: If the background is dark and everyone looks tortured, it’s been painted by Titian. If everyone has large buttocks and the women have ...

People should have right to rent bodies

Columns

Who owns our bodies? I think we do. Therefore, once we’re, say, 18, we ought to have the right to rent our bodies to someone else. But we don’t. Women who do that get arrested. So do their customers. I refer to prostitution, of course. Sex work is a better term. Under any name, it’s ...

Rural adaptation to climate change is worthy goal

Editorial

Windy days come and go, but the one that hit the region on Oct. 24 was a doozy. The windstorm damaged park areas, took down trees and power lines and caused power outages. Most tragically, two people were presumably killed after being swept into Lake Superior off Presque Isle. Their bodies ...

Plan rewards bad corporate behavior with more tax breaks

Columns

As anyone who has ever been to any of the many cities that are graced with a Trump hotel, casino, golf resort, etc. likely knows, Donald Trump insists his name be gaudily displayed in giant letters across every structure he owns — preferably in gold. Now, he’s taken ownership of a massive ...

Trumpism wounded but not dead

Columns

And there’s more where that came from. Or at least, let us fervently hope. The Republican Party was thoroughly rebuked in last week’s election, and no party in modern history has ever deserved rebuking more. Nor has any party leader ever deserved spanking more than Donald Trump, the boy ...

Hunters can help feed hungry by donating venison

Editorial

Michigan’s hunters know firsthand the pride and satisfaction of being able to bring home a nutritious meal of wild game to the family supper table. They also know how hard it can be sometimes to provide that food. Nearly 1.5 million Michigan residents — 15 percent of our residents and 18 ...

Sex allegations could be knockout punch for Moore

Columns

WASHINGTON — The sexual behavior of American politicians and celebrities has been a staple of news stories from the beginning of the Republic. But it seems to have approached a peak this year with the case of Judge Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, and other such ...

She took on bully, and she won

Columns

Last January, John Carman returned from Donald Trump’s inauguration apparently so puffed up that he decided to make fun of the much larger crowd at the Women’s March the next day. This, in itself, is not news. There are plenty of men in America who would rather mock women than try to ...

Make deer hunting season enjoyable, safe

Editorial

As Wednesday’s firearm deer season opener nears, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers encourage hunters to brush up on safety tips and hunting regulations to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience. Firearm deer season is a special time of year in Michigan. It brings ...

There is help for vets in crisis

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Veterans Day we celebrate the service, sacrifice, and enduring achievements of over 21 million living Americans who served our nation in uniform so that we may enjoy the freedoms we cherish so much. On Nov. 1, President Trump proclaimed November as Veterans ...

The corruption of faith of American evangelism

Columns

When Jim Zeigler, the state auditor of Alabama, invoked the Bible to defend Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore against allegations that he had inappropriate contact with underage girls while single and in his 30s (which Moore has sort of denied), it signaled perhaps the final stage in the ...

GOP can’t chase away its own

Columns

Politics is about addition, not subtraction. I don’t know who first said it (the internet offers many possibilities), but it’s an iron law of politics, not just democracy. You gain power by adding forces to your coalition, and you lose power by subtracting forces from your ...

Rape kit tracking program will benefit victims

Editorial

We haven’t hesitated to use this space in the past to criticize Gov. Rick Snyder when the state’s chief executive’s job performance warranted it. It only seems right, then, to provide a pat on the back when we believe Snyder has gone or is going in a direction that appears to be ...

Christians follow God, not a man

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: For the first time in the history of the universe, I agree with David Keranen! Well...to a point. He wrote about Martin Luther and although it is not pleasant for the many Lutherans in town to hear, it’s true. He was extremely anti-Semitic. He correctly states that Luther ...

Republicans turning into louts and dunces party

Columns

Just a couple of weeks ago, it seemed that the Republican Party had thrown in the towel on maintaining any sort of Donald Trump-free identity. Sen. Jeff Flake announced that, rather than defy the Trump-supporting base in Arizona, he would not seek reelection. He followed Sen. Bob Corker’s ...

Boiling point for sexual harrassment

Columns

enty-five years ago on Nov. 3, 1992, William Jefferson Clinton was elected president of the United States — and Hillary Clinton is still trying to take his place. As historians and pundits recall his third-way presidency, another slice of his legacy can’t be ignored — the trickle-down ...

New Lansing gun legislation not the answer

Editorial

A Wednesday article by David Eggert of The Associated Press states that “licensed gun owners with extra training could legally carry inside schools, churches, bars and other pistol-free zones under hotly contested legislation that was approved Wednesday by the Michigan Senate, days after the ...