Columns

Behold magic of dynamic scoring

While most citizens were distracted by the holidays, the enlarged Republican majority in Congress was laying golden pavers for its magical kingdom - a fabulous place where taxes are cut, military spending is not and budgets balance effortlessly. The coat of arms reads, "Tax Cuts Pay for ...

Despite tumultuous year, faith remains steadfast

Now that the state has rejected same sex marriage, the pope has made several positive statements about gays in the church, 35 states have legalized gay marriage, and Finland has become the 12th country to pass a same-sex marriage bill, I felt the time was right to reflect on my personal journey ...

People need to stop lying about police

We have heard a lot lately about tensions between the police and the communities that they serve, and the urgent need to reduce them. Here's an easy first step: Stop lying about the cops.The "national conversation" about race and policing we've been having ever since Michael Brown was shot by ...

Cheer Club supported by area

It is with sincere appreciation that I send out a huge thank you to all that donated to The Mining Journal Cheer Club, which supports the work of the Salvation Army in Marquette County including the Marquette office and the Ishpeming office.We had several groups donate again this year with the ...

Christmas story: What if it’s true?

Suppose what some call the "Christmas story" is true - all of it, from the angels, to the shepherds, to the virgin birth, to God taking on human flesh.By this, I don't mean to suggest it is true only for those who believe it to be true, but what if it is objectively true, no matter what the ...

Black progression, retrogression

There is no question, though it's not acknowledged enough, that black Americans have made greater gains, over some of the highest hurdles and in a very short span of time, than any other racial group in mankind's history.What's the evidence? If black Americans were thought of as a nation with ...

Avoid slave labor this holiday season

Pope Francis got into the holiday spirit this year by calling on shoppers not to buy products made by modern-day slaves.This is, of course, excellent advice. Odds are, most of us - whether Catholic or not - would love to take it.But how? Most products don't come with tags specifying whether or ...

Lighting fuses in state of Oklahoma not hard

OKLAHOMA CITY - Scott Pruitt enjoyed owning a AAA baseball team here, but he is having as much fun as Oklahoma's attorney general, and one of the Obama administration's most tenacious tormentors. The second existential challenge to the Affordable Care Act began here.In the first, decided in ...

Appeasing dictators not a problem

It may not be too early for President Obama to start job-hunting given his lame duck status, and I have a suggestion for the perfect fit. He should look into a job at Sony Pictures. The president and the company are on the same page when it comes to appeasing dictators.This week the president ...

Price of raising political money high

Mark A. Hanna was a wealthy Cleveland businessman who shrewdly laid out the winning strategy and personally, out of pocket, paid all the costs required to secure the 1896 Republican presidential nomination for his fellow Ohioan William McKinley. Sometime after McKinley's election and ...

Jeb and Hillary: Is it the start of dynastic politics in America?

Earlier this week, Jeb Bush announced he was setting up a political committee to explore a presidential candidacy.Hillary Clinton has been exploring a presidential candidacy for months and perhaps years. Polls show Clinton with a wide lead for the Democratic nomination and Bush as a leading ...

Chris Christie vetoed ban on type of animal torture

As the weather turns colder in this month of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Winter Solstice, our hearts grow warmer and our thoughts turn to kindness and goodwill toward all.Unless, of course, you're Chris Christie.The governor of New Jersey is a mighty big man, both politically and ...

On torture, Obama leaves dispute rooted in past

WASHINGTON - Upon release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the George W. Bush administration's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" on captured al-Qaida suspects, two prominent American figures stoutly defended the practice - former Vice President Dick Cheney and current CIA ...

Cold War replay: Only this time we lose conflict

Has there ever been a president more eager to make concessions to vicious regimes than Barack Obama? The opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba is the latest and, one fears, not the last in a string of preemptive concessions.Obama, with his blend of hard-left prejudices and vaulting ...

Mona Charen

Rates of auto theft in Detroit are dropping. That's good news for residents and businesses in a city with the highest auto insurance rates in the country.If auto thefts were the only determinant of auto insurance rates, premiums for Detroit residents would decrease substantially based on the ...

Keep talking, Andrew Hawkins

Last Sunday, before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland wide receiver Andrew Hawkins walked out on the pregame field wearing a T-shirt to challenge our nation's conscience.The front of his shirt read, "Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford III." On the ...

Fracking may harm public health

What do public health advocates like me tell people all the time? Get tested. Use protection.In practice, that means we're always explaining how everything from cancer screenings to immunizations to bike helmets can save lives.The same logic ought to apply to natural gas drilling. Take what's ...

Talk about a California wildfire

WASHINGTON - First there's the spark, then the conflagration, followed by the litigation and then, surely, the movie.Call it "Moonlight Fire," and prepare to suspend disbelief.The story is a doozy - a tale of corruption, prosecutorial abuse, alleged fraud upon the court, and possible government ...

Left’s lawless shock troops on display

Anti-police protesters have found their enemy, and it is commuters and shoppers.The protest movement that has sprung up in the wake of grand-jury decisions not to indict police officers in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases is the anti-police version of Occupy Wall Street. It represents ...

Is national government the nation?

INDIANAPOLIS - If success at the state level were enough to recommend someone for president of the United States, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana would be among the frontrunners for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.According to the governor's office, Pence has "signed into law $643 million in ...