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NFL still has much work to do

It took two years, boycotts by fans, declining TV ratings, growing alarm among advertisers, a drop in the sale of gear and especially a public shaming by President Trump, but the owners of NFL teams have finally decided their players will not be allowed to kneel or make other protests during ...

Working dumb hours

Dear Annie: I work in health and wellness for the largest retailer in the world. I love my job, but there are so many things I don’t understand. Management is always on us about making money (which I understand), but no matter what we do, it is never enough. We reside in a depressed area ...

Asians face ceiling in college admissions

Asian-Americans are among the most successful groups in the United States, but we often forget the discrimination they faced in getting where they are, as well as the challenges they still endure. No immigrant group faced as great a barrier to entry into the United States as Asians did. ...

Trump stokes Republican populism that Taft resisted

WASHINGTON — No elaborate catechism is required to determine if someone is a conservative. A single question, as simple as it is infallible, suffices: For whom would you have voted in the presidential election of 1912? That year, a former president and a future president ran against the ...

Markle’s mom was bright star at event

At the last minute, with an unfortunate combination of bad news and gratuitous drama, the divorced father was unable to attend his daughter’s wedding. Who hasn’t heard a version of that story? It’s always something with these broken families, as we love to call them. As if every intact ...

Commencement speech you’re not going to hear

My youngest son’s college graduation ceremony was scheduled to be held outdoors. The invitation specified that it would be moved inside to the gym only in the event of “severe” weather. As it turned out, the day was unseasonably cold (low 50s) with occasional drizzle — probably about as ...

Other opinions

Don't turn landlords into snitches Private business owners should not have to serve as Detroit’s income tax enforcers. Demanding that landlords cough up detailed personal information of their tenants is an unreasonable request and an affront to privacy. Bedrock Management Services, an arm ...

Can’t forget about her

Dear Annie: My family relocated the year I was entering ninth grade, and on the third day at my new school, as I was walking home, a girl I’ll call Ann ran up to my side, introduced herself and insisted on carrying my books to my home, some three blocks away. The next morning, Ann and three ...

Trump has change of heart on summit with Kim, North Korea

WASHINGTON — In the old language of the 1963 Cuban Missile Crisis, President Donald Trump “has just blinked” regarding the planned meeting with North Korea dicatator Kim Jong Un. In President John F. Kennedy’s day, a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union was avoided. This time, who ...

Conspiracy buffs in Trump-Russia probe see black and white in gray

The Trump presidency is often a kind of political “Rashomon,” with partisans on either side looking at the same facts and coming to wildly different conclusions. So it’s all the more remarkable that the central controversy of our time isn’t a fight over one story with different ...

Friend in troublesome relationship

Dear Annie: Last fall, my friend “Olive” and her boyfriend of five years, “John,” broke up. Of course, I wasn’t happy to see her going through the tough emotions that come with any breakup, but man, I sure was happy to see that guy out of the picture. He was a jerk. He cheated on her ...

The GOP’s fear factor

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” he could not have foreseen today’s Republican Party. A bill authored by Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, that would require the federal government to balance the budget each year was soundly ...

U.P. has more reliable energy future a year after passage of new laws

We were excited recently to celebrate a significant anniversary at the Michigan Public Service Commission. It wasn’t to mark the founding of the MPSC; for more than a century, we’ve been ensuring safe, reliable energy and telecommunications services at reasonable rates for all ...

Truth is always best antidote to prejudice

The man yelling in a video that has gone viral this week threatens employees at a New York deli that he will call U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement because he overheard employees speaking Spanish: “If they have the balls to come here and live off of my money — I pay for their ...

Boundaries needed for Mom

Dear Annie: I have been in a relationship with my fiance for seven years. When we first started dating and I met his mother, she cried and said, “Take care of him.” Mind you, he’s 52 years old. I didn’t think anything of it. Well, six years later, I can’t count all the incidents of ...

Left working hard to marginalize Melania

Michelle Malkin Need more evidence that there are two Americas? Here: Left-wing hatred of Melania Trump is inversely proportional to flyover admiration for the first lady. In just the last month, late-night clown Jimmy Kimmel mocked Trump’s Slovenian accent, CNN contributor April Ryan ...

Dems can’t help but give in to Russia ‘temptation’

Rich lowry Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the Democrat from Minnesota, uttered a forlorn sentiment at a Center for American Progress conference. She said Democrats can’t spend all their time bemoaning President Donald Trump’s existence, and that her voters care more about soybean exports than ...

Learn how to live within your means to achieve sense of peace

Q: My husband and I both work full-time. We’re having problems making ends meet, so we’re looking for better jobs. Meanwhile, we’re trying to make a little extra here and there, but it’s becoming exhausting. Do you have any suggestions? Jim: It’s a common statement: The money comes ...

Michigan term limits not working

If you’ve ever wondered what is wrong with the Michigan Legislature, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan has bad news for you. Michigan voters prefer it that way. A quarter of a century ago, Michigan voters enacted term limits. Despite evidence that the experiment has been a failure, ...

Happy anniversary, Mr. Mueller

jules witcover WASHINGTON — Just one year ago, Special Counsel Robert Mueller began his investigation into the Russian meddling in our 2016 presidential election that put Donald Trump in the Oval Office. Today it continues, with no certain end yet in sight. The fact that Mueller has been ...