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Real national emergency sitting in Oval Office now

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — There’s a national emergency in America, all right, but it’s not on our southern border. It’s in the Oval Office, where an incompetent, ill-suited and immoral liar makes war on our democracy at home, and on our reputation and foreign-policy commitments ...

Absurdity at Harvard

It was inevitable that the #MeToo movement, started with valid anger at sexual harassment, would open the door to bizarre accusations. It’s just surprising to see it go off the deep end at Harvard University, where rational thinking tied to principle is supposed to be a requirement for ...

President Trump became a human pseudo-event at CPAC

Two years ago, at the dawn of the Trump administration, Kellyanne Conway predicted that 2017’s CPAC would really be TPAC, or “Trump Pac.” What was premature spin then is conventional wisdom now. The Conservative Political Action Conference has always been what the great historian Daniel ...

Netanyahu, Trump are similar

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing indictment on charges of fraud, corruption, breach of trust and bribery. He’s also running for re-election, and with less than six weeks until ballots are scheduled to be cast in Israel, some have raised suspicions of a political hit, not ...

Peace begins with a smile

“Peace,” we were told by Mother Teresa, “begins with a smile.” Smiles have been very scarce in American political life lately. What follows is a modest attempt to encourage a smile or two. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who first ran for president in 1987, has been publicly ...

Trump did right thing when he walked away from Kim talks

This week was the most important in the Trump presidency — and not simply because the president’s former lawyer presented documentary evidence to Congress that the president knowingly conspired after becoming president to conceal his payments of hush money to a porn actress with whom he’d ...

Recent run of bad weather provides delivery challenges

I want to take this opportunity to thank Mining Journal subscribers for their patience during this stretch of bad weather we have been having. Delivery at times has been very challenging. Our carriers are all independent contractors, so it is up to them whether or not they deliver in poor ...

So, Schultz would spoil today’s fine duopoly

WASHINGTON — As an upbeat Howard Schultz tucked into lunch here recently he was having a good week because Democrats were having an awful one. The former Starbucks CEO, who is contemplating a plunge into politics, knows that his narrow path to the presidency as an independent depends on the ...

Dictator Kim is Trump’s fatal policy attraction

The good news is that the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, did not result in a deal — because any deal would have been nothing but a scam perpetrated by Kim Jung Un. Selling this same rug repeatedly is a North Korean specialty. The Kim dynasty inked agreements to denuclearize in 1985, ...

Another opinion

Wet blanket rule just won’t fit all sizes Wanna start an uproar? Churn up the waters? Institute an alcohol ban on parts of some of Michigan's prettiest, most popular paddling rivers. Backlash to the Huron-Manistee National Forest ban announced early this month was swift and sure, and ...

Privacy will belong to a new top 1 percent

Why did Jeff Bezos, founder of tech giant Amazon, send gushy texts to his paramour, it appears, without using encryption? Why did he even take selfies of an intimate nature? There are more whys to come, but these two are related to questions of privacy, which, we are told, is dead. ...

Winter continues to try our patience

“The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser — in case you thought optimism was dead.”- Robert Brault A large amount of optimism, yep, that’s what everyone needs and of course, a lot more room to put all that snow. Winter continues to try the patience of most ...

Audience has already made up its mind about ‘Waiting for Mueller’

Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” a play in which two men sit around and wait for someone who never shows up, has been claimed by just about everyone: Freudians, Christians, existentialists. Who’s right? I haven’t a clue. But I have lived, all of us have lived, through a ...

Picking up good migration

PALM BEACH, Florida — While most attention has been focused on immigrants trying to enter the United States over America’s southern border, there is legal migration taking place that has been largely ignored, though it may have at least as much economic and political impact as the ...

Nobody knows who will be 2020 nominees

Peter D. Hart, the respected Democratic pollster who has perfected his trade through his work in the past 15 presidential campaigns, candidly warns against the predictive value of polls taken this far ahead of any presidential election. At this stage, so long before voters actually vote, ...

Marquette snow management leaves residents out in cold

I am going to make an attempt to speak civilly regarding a bad and long period of snowfall. Very obviously we have a lot of snow that needed to be plowed and hauled away. I live at 718 W. Magnetic St., and the snowbank situation has never been as bad for as long as it is at the present time. ...

US Supreme Court can undo past confusion with WWI memorial ruling

George will WASHINGTON — For decades the Supreme Court has entangled itself in Establishment Clause decisions that have been, in the words of Alice in Wonderland, curiouser and curiouser. On Wednesday, it can leaven with clarity the confusion it has sown. The First Amendment’s first ...

Clarifying facts in civil case filed against NMU

Fritz erickson We live in a world today that is quick to jump to conclusions, never mind the facts. This was certainly the case last week with the announcement of a lawsuit brought against Northern Michigan University by four professors regarding salary and other gender equity issues. It was ...

Unwarranted: Elizabeth Warren’s flawed idea

Mona Charen Elizabeth Warren, one of the — what is it now, 211? — candidates for president, seems intent on proving that having been a Harvard law professor is no bar to fatuous policy prescriptions. She has endorsed the farrago of foolishness called the Green New Deal, promises to tax ...

Sanders has harder hill to climb in 2020

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — Having won 13 million votes in his failed 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, it’s no surprise that at age 77 Bernie Sanders is trying again in 2020. But a significant difference this time around is that he will ...