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Opinion

Clinton’s dishonesty cost Midwest — and election

Columns

Hillary Clinton lost the election in the Midwest. Donald Trump won 50 Midwestern electoral votes that went to Barack Obama in 2012 — Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio — plus 20 more in Pennsylvania, where the two-thirds of voters beyond metro Philadelphia are Midwestern in culture and ...

Voter suppression rigs elections

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The problem is with voter repression, by many state legislators legislation, federal congressional lapses of voting laws and outright discrimination of specific blocs of the average voter throughout the United States. Electronic voting, such as Diebold voting machines, have ...

Presidency could be heading into post-dignity era

Columns

In Dr. Mardy’s weekly column, this is what he said about dignity and the office of the president.  He is a psychologist, a quotation anthologist, and the founder of “Dr. Mardy’s Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations” (DMDMDQ), the world’s largest online database of metaphorical ...

Abandon the rolling stop

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Michigan’s innovation and creativity are a legitimate source of her pride.  Her brilliant legacy in music, for example, has attained a level not to be found in most areas of the world. Yet, there are Michigan inventions that serve and have served no positive purpose ...

Big problems remain after fallout from election

Columns

As the post-election shock of some, and the euphoria of others, both begin to wear off, the country and the new administration will have some very serious problems to face, at home and abroad. How those problems are faced — or evaded — will tell us a lot about the next four years, and about ...

Freed from burden of bigotry

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Recently I read, “I’m tired of seeing President Obama blatantly disrespected, and my soul is weary from having to see him grin and bear it. I’m ready for President Obama to be free from the burden of having to perform for white supremacy — and I’m ready to be free ...

Fool pulls ‘Dewey defeats Truman’

Columns

I was so dumb last week. I wrote my column Tuesday — before election results were in. I assumed Hillary Clinton would be president-elect. I looked so stupid. On Facebook, commenters pounced: You owe Trump an apology! I’m sorry for the lies you continued about him! You were never fair! ...

Man played role in demise of Isle Royale wolves

Editorial

With the wolf population of Isle Royale effectively extinct — just two, severely in-bred, aging wolves remain — and the moose population exploding to more than 1,300, should humans intervene and “man-ually,” if you will, reintroduce the species? There is certainly no lack of ...

Last golf outing was great time

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Another fun time was had by all who participated in our Annual Loading Zone II Golf Outing held September 10 and 11 at the Calumet Golf Course. The men’s scramble was on Saturday and the mixed scramble on Sunday. We had a great time, a delicious meal and much laughter was ...

Koch connection taking over states

Columns

Tug on any right-wing thread in America and you’ll most likely find that it’s tied to the multi-billionaire Koch boys, Charles and David. While the brothers are infamous for funneling hundreds of millions of campaign dollars to presidential, congressional and gubernatorial politicos willing ...

It’s mourning time in America

Columns

It’s not that America has never been a disappointment before. It’s not that America has never been an embarrassment. But nowhere in modern memory — not at Abu Ghraib, not in the 2000 election debacle, not in the Monica Lewinsky scandal — has it been as much of a disappointment and ...

Real-life reality starts to set in on Trumpworld

Columns

WASHINGTON — As the shock of Donald Trump’s election settles in, an uneasy electorate faces the reality of a shattered American politics. With the executive branch falling to a loose cannon driven by impulse, the nation is headed for a threateningly authoritarian era. Trump exudes the ...

Local produce in local schools makes sense

Editorial

A program designed to increase the amount of locally grown produce in school menus is generating a great deal of discussion across the state. The effort by a group called Cultivate Michigan is part of a trend pushing local produce into meal plans in large institutions, including ...

No, let’s not congratulate him

Columns

Don’t ask us to congratulate him. Not today. Not this week. Not ever, probably. He stands for so much of what we’d dared to hope was behind us as a country. Bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia. He spewed it with reckless abandon, and now he is going to be our next president. Of ...

Trump has opportunity to change political narrative

Columns

NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s impressive victory in Tuesday’s election offers him a rare opportunity to change the narrative. Secular progressive policies at home and abroad are not working. The establishment has had its chance — multiple chances, in fact — to fix things, but it has ...

Hunting season demands care, caution in woods

Editorial

With the opening of firearm deer season Tuesday, something of a cultural rite will play out across the state of Michigan for the next two weeks. Hundreds of thousands of Michigan hunters and thousands more from surrounding states will take to the woods in search of a trophy buck. For ...

Obama paved way for Clinton’s defeat

Columns

While many are starting to grasp the enormity of Donald Trump's victory, few seem interested in coming to grips with the significance of Hillary Clinton's defeat.It's understandable, for several reasons. Pretty much everyone was shocked by his victory, but liberals clearly are still in one of ...

The Cuisinart Paradox in Minds of Republicans

Columns

My feelings this morning after the election are so radically mixed that my brain resembles a Cuisinart. I cannot help but be glad that Hillary Clinton was defeated. I am shaking my head in amazement about the Senate, and accordingly about the Supreme Court.The election results feel like a ...

Trump presidency seems destined to impact ecology

Editorial

Would you want an electric power plant built in your neighborhood?That's the question Tilden Township residents were considering during a meeting last week with utility industry representatives and local government officials.Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group has proposed to create a new ...

Reducing truancy calls for multi-agency approach

Columns

Chronic absenteeism and truancy are obstacles to teaching and learning. How can a child learn if not present at school?Recently there was a new report from Johns Hopkins University that ranked states according to percentage of truant students. It may surprise you to know that Michigan was ...