Columns

Are GOP tax bills attack on ‘feds, eds and meds?’

michael barone Are the current Republican tax bills, passed by the House and Senate and being reconciled in conference committee, an attack on “feds, eds and meds”? That’s a reference to the government, health care and education jobs that local Democrats in Dayton, Ohio, told Sen. ...

Candidate looks back on race, forward in life

RICH ROSSWAY It was quite the ride running for the 109th State House, something I will never forget. I’ve gained some incredible friends, and lost a few that I guess I never really had. Looking back on my campaign, I recall many powerful experiences. The time a Gwinn couple brought me to ...

Lake Superior also threatened by Line 5 petroleum pipeline

CARL LINDQUIST While the majority of opposition to Line 5 has rightly been focused on the 4 mile section that runs under the straits of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron it is also important to emphasize the very real threat the aging oil pipeline poses to Lake Superior. In the Upper Peninsula ...

Line 5 must be monitored carefully

New information regarding Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline is alarming and has brought to light previously unknown weaknesses in the infrastructure running under the Straits of Mackinac. Gov. Rick Snyder hasn't wasted time in working out a legal agreement with the Canadian company, and that's the ...

Trump risks more damage to GOP in Alabama senate race

jules witcover WASHINGTON — At precisely the time sexual harassment has become an issue of national concern, next week’s special election in Alabama for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by current Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a litmus test for the soul of the Republican Party. Its ...

‘Hurtling’ GOP tax bill actually serious

“The Republican tax bill hurtling through Congress is increasingly tilting the United States tax code to benefit wealthy Americans.” That’s the beginning of a 37-word first sentence in a stage-setting front-page story in The New York Times on the tax bill under consideration in the Senate ...

Local dialogue needed on sexual harassment

When the New York Times broke a story in early October about a history of sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, our media exploded with women and men coming forward with their own accounts of sexual assault/harassment against other famous and powerful ...

Our Caribbean families are our fellow Americans

About a month after Hurricane Maria, I stopped at a UPS store to ask if it was still offering a discounted rate to ship supplies to St. Croix. The young manager shook her head even as she answered yes. “We are, through the month. But I don’t understand why we’re helping them when we ...

Another opinion

Too many teachers skipping class Students aren’t the only ones skipping class, according to a new report. Many teachers are, too. That poses problems for obvious reasons. As Michigan looks to improve its standing in education, this is something the state simply must solve. The report, ...

Sex, fake news and videotape feed Trump’s war on the press

WASHINGTON — President Trump is a voracious consumer of news, both real and fake, as well as a creator of both varieties. Occasionally, the real version is favorable to him, as in the vote this week moving his tax reform bill from Senate committee to the floor, raising the possibility of his ...

Merkel – and Davos – rebuked in Germany

michael barone It’s been a tough era for Davos Man, the personification of the great and the good who meet in the World Economic Forum in that Swiss ski resort every January. The rebukes just keep coming. The European debt crisis. Brexit. Donald Trump. And now, and once again unexpectedly, ...

What does the recent Saudi purge mean for US?

Mohey mowafy It is basically common knowledge that our relationship with Saudi Arabia is as old as it is perplexing. It is also common knowledge that the kingdom is the largest holder of crude oil reserves. Our relationship dates even before 1945 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt ...

‘Tis never the right season for Revenge Parenting

Connie schultz Ever have one of those moments when you hear a song and it sums up exactly how you’re feeling? It’s as if someone, somewhere out there, heard the call of your heart and set it to music. Maybe for just a second or two, you think, “Yes, that, exactly that.” And then you ...

Wayne County makes commitment to getting justice right

Give Prosecutor Kym Worthy some credit for taking a critical step toward getting justice right in Wayne County. Her appointment of Valerie Newman as head of the new Conviction Integrity Unit should help restore confidence that the county values justice over expediency in its handling of ...

Does Biden book tour mean he’s considering White House run?

jules witcover WASHINGTON — At the Warner Theater in downtown Washington the other night, former Vice President Joe Biden kicked off a new tour at which he discussed his new book, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose.” The orchestra and balcony were jam-packed with ...

Keep calm and carry on

Keep calm and carry on. Those words, though not appearing as extensively on posters in wartime Britain as often supposed, are good advice for Americans now appalled by the presidency of Donald Trump. It is widely proclaimed that he is a president unlike any other, a threat to the institutions ...

Our country turns to you, Alabama

Like so many women in recent days, I’ve discovered a renewed interest in who and what I was at age 14. My freshman portrait in my high school yearbook is smaller than most “forever” postage stamps. What a skinny, wide-eyed scaredy-cat I was back then. You could fit everything I knew ...

The uses of disgrace

In 1983, two congressmen, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, were censured by the House. Both had admitted to having affairs with 17-year-old pages. The Republican, Daniel Crane, represented a conservative Illinois district. His constituents sent him packing the following year, despite ...

Other opinions

Snyder must veto ballast bill 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 ...

Biden leaves the door open for another run at president

WASHINGTON — With a leaderless Democratic Party still trying to pick up the pieces from its shocking defeat at Donald Trump’s hands in 2016, it is looking to next year’s congressional elections for a comeback as a prelude to the next presidential election. But with Barack Obama in ...