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Political cynicism, religious hypocrisy seen in recent Trump rally in capital

While most eyes in the nation were focused on former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, some 1,500 evangelical Christian activists gathered in a Washington, D.C., hotel ballroom to listen to President Donald Trump tell them, “We are under ...

Is college worth it? More and more, people say no

michael barone Too many people are going to college,” writes my American Enterprise Institute colleague Charles Murray. That’s not a response to the mob of students who attacked him and the liberal professor who had invited him to speak back in March at Middlebury College. It’s the ...

UPHS-Marquette continues to evolve as US health care does

Brian Sinotte While the trees are blossoming and my dogs now constantly muddy with the warming of our weather in Marquette, healthcare continues to be in a period of turbulent change. Both existing and proposed new legislation has the industry in significant tumult. The continued declines ...

City of Marquette needs dark sky park

Larry Buege One hundred and thirty years ago Peter White walked along the night-time shores of Presque Isle and was greeted by a sky of unparalleled beauty. Little did he envision a park with concession stands, marinas, pavilions, and street lights. A very dark sky is required to observe ...

Some are using ‘lunch’ to punish poor

Jim HIGHTOWER One of the lucky things about being rich is that you automatically become handsome, your jokes are hilarious and politicians treat you with fawning deference. On the other hand, the unlucky thing about being poor is that, well, you’re poor. And society generally treats you ...

Comey continues to outfox Trump

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — In former FBI Director James Comey’s long-awaited testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearings on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, he demonstrated tactical genius in his ongoing battle with President Trump, the man who ...

Donald Trump apology tour?

Barack Obama much annoyed many of his critics when he noted less-than-stellar moments in American history during his trips abroad. They called it Obama’s apology tour. While greatly admiring Obama’s polish on the world stage, I did find these we’re-not-perfect flourishes to be mildly ...

London attacks are followed by same old stale argument

The saddest part about the recent terrorist attacks in the U.K. — aside from the actual horror for the victims and their families, of course — was that there was so little new to say about it. But that didn’t stop anyone. Everyone backed into their usual rhetorical corners, filling in ...

Hysteria reigns over Paris pullout

For sheer hilarity and hyperbole it’s hard to beat a recent headline on a Washington Post editorial opposing President Trump’s decision to remove the U.S. from the nonbinding and unenforceable Paris climate agreement. “Trump turns his back on the world,” it screamed. A close second ...

Francis and Donald: Polar opposites seen

For baseball fans of a certain age, Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals stands alone. Musial’s on-field statistics were beyond impressive. He led the National League in batting seven times, was named the league’s MVP three times, was selected as an all-star 24 times and had 3,630 career ...

Clinton learned nothing from loss

Hillary Clinton may be the most tone-deaf politician in modern history. Repeatedly over the course of a 41-year career as a political wife, candidate and appointee, she’s said and done things that alienated voters. Who can forget her acerbic comments during the 1992 presidential race? “I ...

Time we stopped acting like campaign was still on

michael barone If you keep up with the news, you might think that the unpleasant and unedifying 2016 presidential campaign is still going on. President Donald Trump, up early, is sending out tweets coarsely attacking foreign leaders and American politicians — complete with misspelled ...

UPHS-Marquette providing top care while growing

John Bartlett We, the doctors, nurses and employees of UP Health System-Marquette, with community support and teamwork will make the U.P. proud. How can I be so sure? Anyone close to me knows I love playing, coaching, watching sports and also believe strongly in parallels between sports and ...

Trump missed opportunity in recent Middle East venture

Mohey Mowafy One of Mr. Trump’s declared goals of starting his first trip abroad with a stop in Saudi Arabia, then Israel and then the Vatican was to unite all the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam). While, on the surface, it sounds like a terrific approach against one of ...

FRIB budget cut would hurt more than region

Many in the local science community are reeling after news of President Trump's 2018 budget proposal that included significant cuts to funding. They are right to be concerned. Among the potential cuts: $17 million of the $97 million earmarked for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, a ...

Trump very busy making enemies

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, back from his first presidential overseas trip, has been smothering himself with often incoherent self-praise, while dealing serious blows to America’s hard-earned reputation as the West’s chief bastion of democracy. His reckless assault on ...

Can Americans be happy again?

America is not a very happy place, and it is getting less so. Our downward trend in happiness precedes the election of Donald Trump, but sadly, there’s little in his agenda that would reverse this trend. On the contrary. That’s because a boost in economic growth, though nice, wouldn’t ...

Government-provided health care doesn’t assure better care

While Washington freaked out over the Congressional Budget Office’s verdict on the American Health Care Act (aka “Trumpcare”) and how cutting back health insurance would cost countless lives, the more interesting accounting came out of California. The dream of implementing single-payer ...

Terrorism’s ‘Groundhog Day’ scenario

The terrorism scenario is always the same. Events repeat themselves, like in the film “Groundhog Day.” First the video of screaming innocents, as in Manchester, England, where an Islamist detonated a suicide bomb at an Ariana Grande concert, killing at least 22 people, many of them ...

Dear Annie: He’s a louse of a partner

Dear Annie: I am 44 years old and have been dating a 48-year-old man for 2 1/2 years. I met him three weeks after he got out of a 16-year relationship. There are some things I need help with. For most of the time we have been together, he has been talking to other women — sometimes his ...