Columns

Republicans and patriotism

The election night words of the long-shot Republican candidate after his upset victory remain with me to this day: “I learned long ago that serving only oneself is a petty and unsatisfying ambition. But serve a cause greater than self-interest and you will know a happiness far more sublime ...

Sending troops to border is harmful

They are women and children, workers in straw hats, a few elderly, carrying their scant belongings in knapsacks, walking hundreds of miles north through Mexico, away from the grinding poverty and horrific crime of their home country, Honduras — a caravan of refugees seeking protection from ...

Stabenow draws on small-town roots

debbie stabenow Michigan‘s small towns and rural communities embody many of our state’s greatest strengths. Growing up in Clare, I learned firsthand the value of knowing your neighbor and working hard to support your family and community. And while rural Michigan offers a great quality ...

When $63M doesn’t buy working toilets

Mona Charen When 450 students arrived at Anacostia High School in the District of Columbia’s southeast neighborhood on April 4, they found that few of the sinks or toilets were functioning and the cafeteria was flooded. They were advised by the Department of General Services to use the ...

Trump betrays the Dreamers

jules witcover WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s Easter basket of anti-immigration tweets was a particularly offensive greeting on the day Christianity celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. Eschewing the spirit of the holiday, he drove another nail into the hopes and aspirations of ...

Nature’s great bird migration under threat by you-know-who

You could call it the Nebraska bird eclipse. At the first dart of morning light, so many sandhill cranes take off from the banks along the Platte River they darken the sky. This primeval spectacle, part of a massive spring migration from South America to the northern reaches, draws viewers from ...

Trumpism does not mirror Reagan-style populism

For a while, a set of liberals has argued that Donald Trump isn’t an aberration from other Republican presidents. Now, some surprising conservatives, including friends and colleagues of mine, are starting to agree. The conservative arguments take several forms, but a key point shared by all ...

What’s wrong in Washington and America, for that matter

KEY LARGO, Florida — At dinner with friends, I was asked what is wrong with Washington. The question presumes a standard by which “wrong” can be defined. I am frequently asked this question by people who do not live in “the swamp.” They don’t behave like Washington politicians. If ...

Helpful hints for candidates

Successful politicians, those who have won election and re-election to office, almost always have an extra olfactory nerve that somehow endows them with the ability to smell which way the political winds will blow in a given election year — and whether a gale-force blast is forming that might ...

More candor on census, citizenship

In a last-minute decision this week, the Commerce Department decided to include a question on citizenship on the 2020 census form mailed to every household in the United States. On its face, the addition seems benign. Why shouldn’t the agency charged with counting America’s population and ...

Area progress cited in edition

You may have noticed that your Wednesday paper last week was larger than normal. That’s because we published our annual Progress Edition on Wednesday. This is the largest single product that we publish all year. This is our once-a-year opportunity to talk about many of the good things that ...

March underscores kids’ determination

At some point during March 24’s March for Our Lives in Columbus, Ohio, I walked behind two young girls wearing star-spangled blue capes. The one with the ponytail kept looking around at the crowd of thousands, as if she couldn’t believe her eyes. The other girl marched face-forward, ...

This is what you call a conservative budget?

Donald Trump woke up on Friday, March 23, and realized that a deficit-ballooning $1.3 trillion “omnibus” spending bill was awaiting his signature. The law increases defense spending but otherwise completely fulfills the spending priorities of the Democratic minority. Some have even said ...

Other opinions

Catholic task force will help address topic of racism Tuesday's announcement of an 18-member task force on race and Catholic schools is a welcome step toward fighting racism in our own community. The Catholic Diocese of Lansing formed the group to make recommendations to Bishop Earl Boyea ...

Fashion of silicon knavery on display in internet cases

How did it come to this? How was Mark Zuckerberg able to prance the globe vacuuming up the ad revenues that rightly belonged to the news organizations providing his content? How did he not notice the unauthorized use of Facebook subscribers’ data by the Trump campaign? And how did he get away ...

In 1968, LBJ shook nation, world in decision that reverberates yet

On the night of March 31, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson rocked the political world with these words concluding his televised remarks from the Oval Office: “With American sons in the field far away, with America’s future under challenge right here at home, with our hopes and the ...

Omnibus spending bill is no betrayal of President Trump

President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending deal on Friday, averting another government shutdown. Written largely in secret and passed without any time to read its 2,232 pages, the bill violated pretty much everything the GOP had promised about reforming the process of ...

Budget contributes to national insecurity

President Trump wants us to believe that the ridiculous 2,232-page spending bill passed by Congress, but unread by most members, is a matter of “national security,” because it has money to rebuild the military. He said he had to sign the bill for that reason, but promised never to sign one ...

Is liberal conscience AWOL?

In one of the most closely watched 2018 congressional campaigns, avidly followed nationally as a potential predictor of November’s midterm elections by both increasingly apprehensive Republicans and guardedly optimistic Democrats, there was only one candidates debate, sponsored by the League ...