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Friend who wasn’t is feeling used

Dear Annie: I’m 64. I have known “Ashley” for seven years. She is a mother of two young boys, ages 7 and 5. In her early mommy years, she needed a lot of help. She would call me in the early mornings and ask whether I could care for the kids so she could go to work. I would make the long ...

Trump mishandles Saudi murder

Jamal Khashoggi’s murder — and no one now questions whether the Washington Post contributor was killed by Saudi agents in the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey — has far-reaching implications for the Trump administration. President Donald Trump appears to want to help sweep the incident ...

Arizona voters can save their judiciary

George Will WASHINGTON — This year’s election that most implicates fundamental issues of American governance will not fill a legislative or executive office. And its importance is not primarily that it will either repudiate or reward dishonesty and cynicism in the service of factional ...

Corrections officers risk much on daily basis

Doug Gilbertson For Earl DeMarse, Sept. 25, 1973, was a day like any other. He got up and prepared for his day, same as he had done for the last 26 years. Earl was a corrections officer at the Marquette Branch Prison and, being a World War II vet, was no stranger to wearing a uniform. A ...

Sen. Warren highlights dangers of racial identity

Mona Charen She was mocked as “Fauxcahontas” long before President Donald Trump began referring to her as “Pocahontas,” and frankly, Sen. Elizabeth Warren invited the ridicule. She is a poster child for the pitfalls of basing identity on race, and reminds us of the many furies such ...

Narcan is now basic first aid

What is astonishing is that Yale Schools is the first district in St. Clair County to consider getting naloxone training for its staff. What is profoundly sad is that Yale does need to teach its administrators, teachers, coaches and probably others how to administer the lifesaving drug. The ...

Lady Liberty on trial under Trump

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s war on immigration has focused mostly on Mexicans and other Latin-Americans illegally crossing our southern border, and on his commitment to build a huge wall to keep them out. So far it has been all talk and no action despite the advantage of a ...

Strangers abound during bird migration

“Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.” — Tecumseh Strangers abound during bird migration. Travelers take different routes. Internal compasses become skewed, sending travelers off in the wrong direction, ...

Menendez badly in need of help

The metaphors don’t get any better (or worse) than this: A van carrying Hillary Clinton, fresh from throwing her #MeToo sisters under the bus this weekend, crashed into a parking garage pillar on the way to a New Jersey campaign fundraiser Tuesday for beleaguered Democratic Sen. Bob ...

Why vote for Democrats?

Given what the Trump administration is saying are record achievements for a president at this stage in office, why would anyone consider voting for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections? Writing in The Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard lists 289 accomplishments of the Trump ...

Baseball fans can be irrational

American philosopher Jerry Seinfeld famously exposed how irrational we American baseball fans must be: “Team loyalty is a kind of hard thing to justify, in the end. ... Every year, it’s different guys. ... You’re rooting for clothes, when you get right down to it. ... I want my team’s ...

Was he an enemy of the people?

When President Donald Trump called the press the “enemy of the people,” he wasn’t only speaking to his pep rally audience. Autocrats and despots around the world were listening. Right-wing governments from Poland and Hungary to Turkey and the Philippines have cracked down on freedom of ...

It’s my ring!

Dear Annie: My husband has adult children from his first wife. My new daughter-in-law has become quite vocal about jewelry items that I wear. Lately, she’s been commenting on a diamond ring, and it’s the second time she’s made remarks at family gatherings about it, saying, “I want that ...

How to heal our epidemic of loneliness

WASHINGTON — If Sen. Ben Sasse is right — he has not recently been wrong about anything important — the nation’s most-discussed political problem is entangled with the least-understood public health problem. The political problem is furious partisanship. The public health problem is ...

Don’t bother, clowns are already on way

All these years — 61 and counting — and not once have I been associated with a mob. Until now. This is exhilarating. “Harassing members at their homes,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told The New York Times, “crowding the halls with people acting horribly, the effort to ...

Why do we care anything about Jamal Khashoggi?

He had an appointment at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to collect some documents he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee — a certificate showing that he was divorced from his first wife. He entered the consulate on Oct. 2 at 1:14 p.m., asking his fiancee to wait outside for him. She did. ...

Another opinion

Water safety must be top priority The state of Michigan has taken several proactive steps this week to address the safety of its water — and waterways. In a state so dependent on the Great Lakes, this is especially important. After the bungling of the Flint water crisis, state and federal ...

Even birth control is now under attack

There was a time when Republicans and Democrats generally agreed that access to birth control was a public good. Most saw preventing unwanted pregnancies as key to making abortions rare. Those days are over. The Trump administration is indulging a religious hard right, helping it merge the ...

Trump important in getting out vote

WASHINGTON — Thanks to President Donald Trump, American voters may flock to the polls in record numbers on Nov. 6 for the next congressional midterm elections. He will not be on the ballot in any of the 435 voting districts, but nevertheless a great many Americans will be casting their ...

The most important movie you have never heard of

It’s here. “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” debuts in theaters nationwide on Oct. 12. I do believe this groundbreaking film by indie producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney is the most important movie in America right now — a true-life saga of good vs. ...