Columns

Politics as usual in nation’s capital getting in the way

Is there anyone who can point to the “Affordable Care Act” (aka Obamacare) and credibly claim it is accomplishing the goals set for it seven years ago? Insurers are pulling out of the exchanges, premiums and related costs are going up, not down, as supporters of the misnamed law claimed ...

Goldwater could serve as good example for today’s politicians

Americans have reason to trust in progress. By so many different yardsticks, we can gauge improvement just over the past half-century. We are indisputably more tolerant and accepting than we were in the 1960s. The percentage of American women with a college degree is five times greater today ...

At this point, it’s not going to be easy stopping Kim Jong Un

Otto Warmbier’s death is one of hundreds of thousands at the hands of the most brutal regime in the world, North Korea’s. The American student went to North Korea on a tour in 2016 and did something foolish: He tried to steal a propaganda poster from the wall of his hotel, an act captured ...

Outlook after the special elections

The victory of Republican Karen Handel in the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday has discouraged Democrats and encouraged Republicans. Democrat Jon Ossoff won 48.1 percent in the special election’s first round April 18, and Democrats had high hopes that they ...

In wake of Clinton loss, more women are running

After Hillary Clinton lost the presidential race, there were a few days there when it looked as if a lot of women would be done with politics. If we couldn’t elect the most qualified person ever to run for president, what was the point, right? Being women, however, we quickly ...

Puberty supression and FGM part of gender ID issues

Michigan is set to become the 26TH American state to join the federal government in criminalizing female genital mutilation, even as two Detroit area doctors and one of their wives await trial for inflicting the procedure on a number of young girls. FGM, which is common in some parts of Africa ...

Another opinion

AHCA must not gut Michigan Medicaid program, coverage Lawmakers must take a cue from their counterparts in the medical world and “do no harm” as they tinker with health insurance reform. There's no denying the Affordable Care Act has begun to show some substantial flaws — since its ...

Governmental role in health care vexing GOP

WASHINGTON — There’s considerable irony in the sudden and desperate quest of Republicans in Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare, in light of the party’s longstanding dread and disdain of government involvement in any sort of national health care. For decades, the GOP war cry of ...

Mortality tale at Uber: Reputation still important in business world

Travis Kalanick helped found and build Uber into a corporate giant worth more than Ford Motor Co. On Tuesday, Uber’s board effectively fired Kalanick. This was a direct reaction not to Kalanick’s infamously immature bad-boy behavior but to what his toxic personality was doing to the ...

Free speech occasionally not used as tool of virtue

There’s a tension so deep in how we think about free expression, it should rightly be called a paradox. On the one hand, regardless of ideology, artists and writers almost unanimously insist that they do what they do to change minds. But the same artistes, auteurs and opiners recoil in ...

Why is there so much rage?

That didn’t take long. Less than 48 hours after the shooting rampage targeting Republican members of Congress and their staff on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, followed by the picture of Republicans and Democrats kneeling in prayer at Nationals Park before their annual charity ...

One thing is for certain, Donald Trump is no Richard Nixon

In just 13 days in October 1973, Washington endured a series of seismic political shocks. On Oct. 10, Vice President Spiro Agnew — having pleaded guilty in a federal courthouse in Baltimore to failure to pay taxes on thousands of dollars in bribes he, as both Maryland governor and VP, had ...

Congressional shooting: Ballots not bullets needed to make changes

This week’s shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others at an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field where dozens of Republican members of Congress and staff were attending a practice for a congressional benefit game shocked the nation. Even more horrifying was the nature of ...

Political left can be violent

michael barone Violence is in the air these days. It was visible to the world in Manchester, Birmingham and London in the days before the British general election June 8. It was visible on the baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning as a Donald Trump hater and Bernie ...

Goncalves, Trump missed boat on Paris climate pact

Dave Carlson A recent Mining Journal article featured Cliffs Natural Resources CEO Lourenco Goncalves who stated that he supports President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. But observing Goncalves’ actions here in Marquette County, we are presented with a ...

Time for Trump, Republican establishment to get along

Rich Lowry Donald Trump, the erstwhile Democrat, independent and member of the Reform Party, finally has a fixed partisan identity. The president may be besieged, unpopular and prone to lashing out self-destructively, but all of this cements his bond to his party rather than erodes ...

Federal arts funding crucial for communities, schools

What do the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the InsideOut Literary Arts Project, the University Musical Society and the Mosaic Youth Theater all have in common? They all receive critical support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Funding from the NEA contributes to arts and ...

Sessions digs in, staunchly defends himself, president

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — Beleaguered Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the firing of FBI Director James Comey, faced the lions before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week, and survived with barely a ...

Gunman shoots, we become family

As the wife of a U.S. senator, I work hard to keep separate my marriage and my career as a newspaper columnist. Normally, I mention my husband, Sherrod Brown, only when the disclosure is necessary or I am writing a personal essay that has nothing to do with politics. However, on this ...

Trump will be impeached if Republicans lose House

The 1998 midterm election was a debacle for Republicans, particularly then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Since Reconstruction, no president had seen his party gain seats in the House in a midterm election six years into his presidency. Gingrich, who made the election a referendum on ...