Columns

State Props 1, 2 deserve support from electorate

Yes votes on Proposals 1 and 2 on Tuesday will reaffirm public support for scientific wildlife management in Michigan by the Department of Natural Resources and Michigan Natural Resources Commission, which was done first during 1996 with the passage of Proposal G and then again in August of ...

Africa a most tragic continent

Here's how my Aug. 11, 2003, column began: "Anyone who believes President Bush's Africa initiative, including sending U.S. troops to Liberia, will amount to more than a hill of beans is whistling Dixie. Maybe it's overly pessimistic, but most of Africa is a continent without much hope for its ...

Sugar consumption scarier than Ebola

As airlines, cruise ships, and hospitals cope with waves of Ebola jitters, I'm wondering whether the panic the deadly virus is inducing will distort Halloween traditions this year.No, I'm not talking about Ebola-related costumes.There are real precautions we must take, but at this point the ...

Does the end of history result in an overwhelming political decay?

Francis Fukuyama picked an auspicious publication date for his latest book, "Political Order and Political Decay." The news is full of stories of political decay: the Centers for Disease Control and Ebola; the Department of Veterans Affairs' health service; the Internal Revenue Service ...

Death of Bradlee is a personal loss for all

WASHINGTON - The death at 93 of the Washington Post's incomparable editor Benjamin C. Bradlee is both a journalistic and personal loss to all of us who had the opportunity to work for and under his driving and joyous leadership of one of America's truly great newspapers.As a middle-aged foot ...

Michael Brown and race hoaxes

Back in August, when news first broke of a shooting in Ferguson, Mo., the media world, perpetually tingling with eagerness for white-on-black violence stories, plunged into delirium. An unarmed, black 18-year-old "gentle giant" had been shot in the back while running away from a white police ...

The non-issue in campaign

One of the surprising and welcome shifts in the political landscape this election cycle is that high-profile Republican candidates, by and large, have not made opposition to immigration reform a major focus of their campaigns. With the exception of incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas and ...

Twerk on sisters, twerk on

The first time I saw the video of Miley Cyrus twerking with Robin Thicke...Let's start over.I can't bring myself even to go there again. Doddering old feminist that I am, I think a woman should save her groin-grinding for the guy who loves her, and I don't need to be a witness to the tryst.Even ...

Media is gone, struggle goes on

It wasn't so long ago that Ferguson, Mo., was supposed to be an American morality tale of racism, the militarization of police and all manner of other evil. For a few weeks in August, the attention of the national media focused on the suburb of St. Louis, and MSNBC practically broadcast nothing ...

Sex is only for the rich, not the poor

America has decided: Sex is for rich people. Non-procreative sex in particular.How else would you explain the trap we're laying for poor people who deign to get it on?Our country apparently doesn't want low-income Americans to have free access to birth control, either by compelling all ...

Houston pastors fight censorship

Houston recently passed an ordinance through its city council that has sparked quite a bit of controversy amongst conservative evangelicals. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, a broad-sweeping, left-leaning law trumpeted by the City of Houston and its openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, is ...

Will the West defend itself?

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, sometimes called ISIS or IS, is a Sunni extremist group that follows al-Qaida's anti-West ideology and sees a holy war against the West as a religious duty. With regard to nonbelievers, the Quran commands, "And kill them wherever you find them, and turn ...

‘Leave’ all of your trees alone

This time of year, your trees are sending you a message.Although I grew up in the Midwest, I'm experiencing it anew. After spending eight blissful years in California, I've returned to a state where people wear hats shaped like cheese and where leaves turn colors and drop off the trees.I'm not ...

Why Millennials don’t drive much

Young Americans are just not into driving the way their elders are or did at their age. They are less likely to own cars or use cars. The drives they do are shorter. Meanwhile, the bus is looking good to them.A new report confirms this trend and offers reasons that millennials - we're talking ...

Slowly but surely, Hispanics are souring on Obama, Democrats

It's looking like a tough offyear election for Democrats, with their Senate majority at serious risk and their chances of gaining House seats down toward zero.Every party has a bad offyear sometimes; Republicans did in 2006. Sooner or later they recover. But in the crosstabs of polls and in ...

Bush chemical weapons cover up restarts old beef

WASHINGTON - The New York Times report that the George W. Bush administration discovered old chemical bombs and rockets in Iraq and withheld the knowledge "from troops it sent into harm's way" is an echo of the discussion over alleged new weapons of mass destruction that triggered its 2003 ...

Dems continue to play equal pay delusion card

Voters are souring on the Democratic Party. Apparently, all it takes are six years of economic torpor; the disastrous debut of the biggest new federal program in two generations; record levels of federal debt; revelations of scandals and malfeasance at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the ...

Ebola factor out of control

It's time to take a deep breath. Ebola is an awful disease that has tragically infected a handful of Americans. Though it deserves the full attention of our medical community - most importantly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - it should not be dominating our news, preoccupying ...

Recognizing heroes in our midst

That terrifying Tuesday morning, now 14 Septembers ago, when terrorists connected to al-Qaida hijacked jetliners and drove them into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center will be forever with us - just as we can never forget the 343 New York City firefighters who, on a mission to ...

Whoa to our runaway tongues

In May 1997, I was a reporter assigned to interview spiritual author Deepak Chopra, who upon meeting me asked whether I could drive him to where our interview would take place.Great, I thought. More time to ask him questions. A reporter's dream.He seemed to bear no second thoughts as he crawled ...