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Opinion

Bunch of court picks for next president

Columns

Hillary Clinton and her fellow progressives shout things like "Health care is a right!" They've also said that education, decent housing and child care are "rights."The U.N. goes further. Its bureaucrats declared that every person has a "right" to rest and leisure, food, clothing, housing, ...

Donnie is Trumpist, not populist

Columns

To many hard-working people, this is a time of economic uncertainty. Thus, it is important to point out that America's superrich are intentionally and brazenly knocking down the middle class and poor to further enrich themselves. They are aided by clueless, corrupt politicians who don't care ...

Walkout tactic probably won’t change chief vote

Editorial

Abe Lincoln once jumped out of a second-story Statehouse window in an effort to deny a quorum and stop a vote by the Illinois General Assembly to adjourn.So Tuesday's walkout by two Calumet Village Board trustees that denied a quorum and blocked a vote on a new police chief is not without ...

Some people are guardians

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Living on a farm by the Mohawk-Gay Road, our garbage pickup by Waste Management for the Mohawk-Fulton area is on Wednesday.We are the last one down our way where the truck turns around. I always get the garbage together on Tuesday evening and place the can into the back of my plow ...

Thanks to all for Camp 911 event

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On Aug. 2 and 3 Camp 911 held its 18th emergency preparedness camp, hosting 80 children. Our camp is successful because of the many spirited, and dedicated volunteers who make it both educational and fun (not an easy feat at times).Because the camp is free, its survival is ...

How to Talk to Black People

Columns

Today's column is presented as a public service.It is for serious politicians both Democratic and Republican - and also for Donald Trump. The urgent need for this service has been painfully obvious for many years and never more so than today.So, let's get right to it. This is: How to Talk to ...

Public interest should prevail in moderating debates

Columns

WASHINGTON - After the "presidential forum" in New York, in which Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took questions in serial fashion but didn't appear together, much of the critical reaction fell not on them but on the moderator, NBC News' "Today" host Matt Lauer, who is known more for dealing ...

Michigan trails are something to celebrate

Editorial

With more than 12,500 miles of state-designated trails that connect communities, provide health and economic benefits, and attract outdoor enthusiasts, it's no wonder Michigan is known as "The Trails State."To showcase these resources, Gov. Rick Snyder recently proclaimed Sept. 17-24 as the ...

Making wishes come true

Editorial

For the GazetteWhat started as granting a wish to 7-year-old Chris Greicius has become the world-wide Make-A-Wish foundation. Greicius, who had leukemia, yearned to be a Police Officer to catch 'bad guys' in Arizona.Greicius passed away before his 8 birthday, but US Customs Agent Tommy Austin ...

Hillary Clinton is everywoman

Columns

Every woman in my family, from my great-grandmother to my mother, was fond of saying, "A man works from dawn till dusk, but a woman's work is never done."Even as a child, I understood this to be a statement of fact, usually recited in a soft voice at the end of a long day, punctuated with a ...

‘Deplorables’ comment reveals contempt toward voters

Columns

Every now and again secular progressives rip off their mask and tell conservatives what they really think of them. At an LGBT fundraiser last Friday in New York, Hillary Clinton one-upped President Obama, who said of conservatives during the 2008 presidential campaign: "And it's not surprising ...

No justification for nullifying people’s vote

Editorial

What is the real reason why four of the five members of the Chassell Township Board wants the township to disconnect from the Portage Lake District Library? Because the comments Supervisor Dave Mattson made during a recent public grilling by residents outraged by the board's nullification of a ...

Sports, politics mix like oil, water

Columns

I've never been a sports fanatic. In fact, I'm the kind of guy a lot of sports obsessives can't stand. I tend not to pay attention to anything until the playoffs, and even then it's entertainment more than passion. This can be a disadvantage in real life because, particularly among men, sports ...

In considering policies on child care, be like Sweden

Columns

There may be valid criticisms of the Trump (Ivanka as much as Donald) child care proposal, but The New York Times and the Huffington Post did not find them.As is always the case with new proposed social spending, The New York Times chides the United States for being so very retrograde: "Within ...

Help homeless by resource coordination

Editorial

Homelessness is a chronic problem - for individuals and communities. It can be complicated, time intensive and challenging.Greater Lansing is no exception, yet our community has a strong network of advocates who work together to maximize help for the homeless.Volunteers of America-Michigan ...

Meat cooking at Clinton Foundation

Columns

With so many journalists spending so much time shaming Donald Trump's voters so as to protect Hillary Clinton in November, I'm getting mighty worried.I'm not worried about Trump. He's a megalomaniac, and his kind of narcissism will help him blend in quite nicely in Washington if he's elected ...

Year of Political Re-enactors

Columns

The thought came to me as I watched the Cleveland police clear away protesters from the city's Public Square. Half a dozen on horseback, nearly a dozen or so on heavy-duty bikes, the cops deftly corralled the protesters without so much as touching anyone, much as a border collie channels a ...

In-depth questions probe changes in contemporary society

Columns

The TV and radio news shows are taking the easy way out with Q&A interviews. Let's see what kind of expert you might be: here are some of the most current Q's to which you might supply some A's:1. We know that Henry Ford was blamed for the inventive use of "planned obsolescence," ...

Technology takeover has reduced human interaction

Columns

Bear with me here, before you offhandedly label me as a curmudgeon; as someone who longs for the "good-old days" (as every older generation seems to), through a foggy, selective memory.Ah, the 60s and 70s. The Jetsons. Johnny Quest. Lost in Space. Star Trek. Mork & Mindy. Those were ...

Checking that child safety seat in cars

Editorial

Many of us are old enough to remember roaming freely, unbuckled, in the back seat of the car or station wagon as children, or how special it was when you could call shotgun and sit up front.Such memories now fall in the category - along with asphalt surfaces on playgrounds, tether ball and lawn ...