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Protect our Democracy and remove president

robert reich After Donald Trump’s first bizarre year as president, his apologists told us he was growing into the job and that in his second year he’d be more restrained and more respectful of democratic institutions. Wrong. He’s been worse. Exhibit A: the “wall.” After ...

Good advice available to Trump supporters

mona charen Mitt Romney’s declaration of independence from Donald Trump as he takes his seat in the U.S. Senate has been illuminating — more for the responses than the op-ed itself. Professional speculators are asking whether it’s the opening gambit of a 2020 primary challenge (his ...

Decision time on Brexit

cal thomas LONDON — To Brexit, or not to Brexit, that is the question (apologies to Shakespeare). The answer to whether the UK will pull out of the European Union as a majority of voters favored in a 2016 referendum will be decided this month. Maybe. Prime Minister Theresa May told ...

Has friction with brother-in-law

Dear Annie: My twin sister and brother-in-law visited me for the recent holiday. I love my sister, and we have always gotten along well. As is stereotypical with twins, we grew up inseparable and have remained emotionally close, even as the physical distance between us widens. We now only see ...

Birds, like weather, tough to predict

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on.” - Hal Borland “New year — a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately, we write it. The choice is ours.” - Alex Morritt “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the ...

Even dogs have their day in polarized society

I wanted to write this column about dogs. If you follow me on Twitter or have read my work elsewhere, you probably know that about me: I like my dogs. Though truth be told, I probably like your dogs, too. Because I just like dogs. It’s a common sentiment. Dog ownership has been going up ...

Trump gives present to Dems

WASHINGTON — On Christmas morning President Trump gave the Democrats a major political gift by declaring the federal government is “not going to be open until we have a wall or fence, whatever they’d like to call it” on the southern border. The flat statement reinforced the opposition ...

Looking forward in anger

Editor’s Note: Linda Chavez is off this week. The following column is by Suzanne Fields. ’Tis the season to be angry. The president is angry at the Democrats for not allocating enough money to build the border wall. The Democrats are angry at the president for wanting one. Civil servants ...

Neighbors’ loud intimacy

Dear Annie: The couple who live in the apartment next to mine are, well, noisy. Today I could hear them being intimate several times — loudly. I’ve heard other people in the building giggling about it, too. I don’t want to get management involved if I don’t have to, but this is a little ...

Military deployments needed to prevent unknowable threats

The numbers are small, the terrain unfamiliar, the cast of characters chaotic and the clash of interest hard to decipher. Nevertheless, President Donald Trump’s sudden, perhaps impulsive decision to withdraw 2,000 American military personnel from northeastern Syria, as well as the ...

The insufferable James Comey

Never before has a former FBI director boasted about taking advantage of an administration’s disorganization for his own ends. But never before has a former FBI director been as self-satisfied as James Brien Comey Jr. In an interview at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Comey delighted ...

Trump and his fake news

Remarkable, isn’t it, that Donald Trump has made decrying “fake news” his calling card? Is the press hostile to him? Sure. Do they lie about him? For the most part, no. Then again, the truth is not everyone’s friend. As William Randolph Hearst once quipped: “If Mr. Hughes will stop ...

President Trump’s character will likely be his downfall

For a very long time now, I have been predicting that the Trump presidency will end poorly because character is destiny. I’ve said it so often, I occasionally need to be reminded that I didn’t coin the phrase. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus did when he observed “ethos anthropoi ...

Trump unleashes a new foreign policy peril in Syria

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s sudden announcement that he will withdraw 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria — triggering the resignation of Secretary of Defense James Mattis — augurs greater concern than ever about American foreign policy under an impulsive and inexperienced president driven ...

Beware of Silicon Valley Santas in the schools

When it comes to Silicon Valley Santas bearing gifts for our children, I am a big Scrooge. Every responsible parent should be, too. In 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook showered a rural Idaho school district with 500 iPads and Apple TVs for every classroom, along with free training as part of a ...

What this current crisis tells us about 2020 voters

In these Washington hours of genuine bipartisan panic after the principled resignation of the nation’s thoroughly respected secretary of defense, James Mattis, American voters are forced to confront the real-life consequences of what it means to have elected an amateur-outsider — with no ...

Trump has delusional ISIS policy

Donald Trump has vanquished the Islamic State group, and it is time for American troops to come home from Syria — or so the president claimed by tweet this week. The problem is, as with much of what the president tweets, there is no basis for his braggadocio. Currently, the U.S. has about ...

Cheer Club once again a great success

I want to say thank you to everyone who donated to The Mining Journal Cheer Club this year. As usual, you came through with gifts and money to help support the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul. Significant donors this year included Commemorative Bucks of Michigan, the North Coast ...

Bill on climate change will make difference

amy wayes doughty As highlighted in the recent article “Protesters march as UN climate talks hit fossil fuel snag,” people around the world are frightened by how climate change is affecting their lives. They want to take steps to reverse climate change. France recently tried to implement ...

Kicking our allies when it’s convenient is bad US habit

mona charen President Donald Trump’s behavior is unprecedented, but his decision to withdraw our troops from Syria, while unprecedentedly abrupt, is actually part of a tradition of unforced errors in American foreign policy. Out of spite, or sometimes as a smokescreen to evade ...