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New/old politics of capital vs. countryside still apply

Capital vs. countryside — that’s the new political divide, visible in multiple surprise election results over the past 11 months. It cuts across old partisan lines and replaces traditional divisions — labor vs. management, north vs. south, Catholic vs. Protestant — among voters. This ...

Trump always bedeviled by his unkept promises

WASHINGTON — On the eve of President Trump’s completion of 100 days in office, his most highly touted promise of building a wall on our southern border, and his insistence that Mexico will pay for it, remains conspicuously unfulfilled. He has cavalierly dismissed his failure to meet his ...

Berkeley didn’t teach ‘free speech’ but it seems intent on burying it

Demosthenes, the Athenian rhetorician and champion of liberty, pointed out around 355 B.C. that residents of Athens were free to praise Sparta’s regime, but Spartans were banned from praising Athens. In 1689, the British passed a law guaranteeing freedom of speech in Parliament. A century ...

Other opinions

Water deal best for Flint Mayor Karen Weaver's recommendation that Flint remain with the Great Lakes Water Authority rather than switching once again to a new drinking water source is the best choice for a city that needs both stability and trust in the safety of its water. Flint had been ...

Can we think our way past robots?

Never mind the wall that President Trump said Mexico must pay for but then Congress must pay for; either that or much of the working class loses its health coverage. Oh, he’s dropped that? Well, it made for a lively 24 hours. Bubbling beneath today’s comic-book politics are threats to ...

For hope, stick with millennials

On college campuses across America, spring semester is coming to an end. This can be an emotional time, I’ve discovered, for those of us who relish the company of these millennials. No one warned me about this. Three semesters ago, I agreed to teach at the journalism school that launched ...

Patient Experience Week chance to focus on positive developments

MARQUETTE - April 24-28 marks Patient Experience Week, an annual event that gives us the chance to celebrate the extraordinary efforts of all of our physicians, nurses and staff at UP Health System–Marquette. They are the heart of our community hospital and play an enormous role in ...

It’s police vs. PC police

As is almost always the case, signs of trouble preceded the latest shooting in Paris, which left one police officer dead and wounded two bystanders before police killed the gunman, later identified as French national Karim Cheurfi, a known criminal with a long, violent record. ISIS claimed to ...

Can special elections to US House help predict our political future?

Is there an emerging national pattern to be found in special House elections, such as the one that just happened in Georgia to fill the reliably Republican House seat once held by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, most recently held by the current secretary of health and human services, Tom ...

Fox News has ‘sex appeal’ problem

Bill O’Reilly’s downfall has led to plenty of schadenfreude in the media, but I’m not sure the right lessons will be learned out of this sad episode. First, I should mention that I appeared on O’Reilly’s show dozens of times over the 15 years I was a Fox News Channel contributor, ...

GOP must take page from Trump book to hold House

What to make of the results of the first two of this spring’s special House elections? Start off by putting them in perspective. They pose a challenge to both political parties, but especially to Republicans, who have been used to an unusually stable partisan alignment, an alignment that has ...

Special elections show pushback against Trump

WASHINGTON — After three months of living with the reality of President Donald Trump, tangible signs of political resistance have begun to surface, fueled by voter fears he may blunder into war on the Korean Peninsula and by evidence he is already undoing much of the American domestic ...

Death penalty opponents are dishonest in their arguments

The debate over the death penalty can be infuriatingly dishonest. Consider the April 17 broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Special Report with Bret Baier” (a show on which I am an occasional commentator). Casey Stegall reported on the legal battle in Arkansas, where officials want to ...

Cut college costs to fix student debt crisis

America's younger generation is staggering under student debt loads that will alter the way they participate in traditional American society as they age. Total student debt now stands at $1.4 trillion, more than outstanding vehicle loans and credit card obligations, and second only to ...

Why you should care about market- based solutions to climate change

Kristen CARLSON In 1970, the first Earth Day was organized. Twenty million people gathered across the U.S. to discuss ways to protect our environment. This Earth Day, the fight for our planet still marches on against one of the biggest adversaries we have ever faced: climate change. With our ...

O’Reilly ouster no victory for women

Bill O’Reilly is finally out at Fox. But let’s not kid ourselves about the reason. Last summer, 21st Century Fox and the Murdoch family that controls it forced out Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. Soon after, the company settled two sexual harassment complaints ...

Random murder while you watch

WASHINGTON — The Facebook video of a homicide was surely inevitable. This isn’t the same as saying that video murders soon will become all the rage, but it was more likely to happen eventually than not. Forget the suspected killer Steve Stephens, who took his own life Tuesday after a ...

Reform the tax code

Thanks to the beneficence of the federal government (and the calendar), we Americans have until midnight on April 18 to file our income taxes. It’s too bad filing taxes wasn’t an easier process. President Trump has pledged to reform our tax code, which, to most people, currently reads ...

Washington gets one small cheer

We’ve all heard the tiresome and discouraging refrain: Washington, our beautiful capital city, is broken. Dysfunctional D.C. does not work. Even with majorities in both the House and the Senate, congressional Republicans could not pass a resolution commending Mother’s Day. But wait. We do ...

Just say no to a deportation force

President Donald Trump has been flip-flopping right and left recently — much of it for the good. He’s abandoned his promises to label China a currency manipulator, withdraw from NAFTA, repeal Obamacare and stay out of Syria. But he seems to be digging in on his pledge to create a ...