Columns

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 ...

When beating up the press gets physical

Linda Chavez By the time this column appears, the voters of Montana will have decided the fate of GOP candidate Greg Gianforte in his quest to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, but Gianforte’s alleged physical assault on a reporter the night before the election should ...

Trump acts like a competent, conventional president abroad

michael barone What a difference a week makes. On May 19, President Donald Trump took off in Air Force One for the Middle East and Europe. He left behind a Washington and a nation buzzing about his firing of FBI Director James Comey, the multiple reasons he had given for doing so, the meeting ...

Mona Charen: Assault is wrong

The first question you have to wonder about concerning the assault and battery allegedly committed by Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte is: How could he possibly have put out a miserable, lying cover story when there were at least four witnesses in the room? The second question is: ...

Trump right about terrorists being ‘losers’

jonah goldberg “Loser” is a strange word. Literally and most plainly, it is simply someone who doesn’t win some specific contest or challenge: the loser of a race, boxing match, business deal, etc. Economists routinely talk about how this or that policy — on trade, taxes, whatever ...

Challenges greater than homework for students

More than 400 students who attend Traverse City Area Public Schools don’t have a consistent place to call home. The number is both shocking and unacceptable. The figure is only about 4 percent of TCAPS’ total enrollment, which hovers near 10,000. But that total includes grade school ...

Chatter about impeachment is premature

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s early stumbling out of the presidential gate in the judicial, legislative and diplomatic realms has already surfaced talk by wishful thinkers of invoking the constitutional route of impeachment to remove him from the Oval Office for committing ...

Roger Ailes was one of a kind

On my first visit to Roger Ailes’ office, I half expected to find him petting an enormous white tiger, perhaps feeding it from a bowl of raw meat. After all, this was at the height of Ailes’ reputation as a kind of James Bond villain (and well before the sexual harassment scandals that ...

Campus liberals are too easy to bait

“Rising to the bait” is a fishing term. Anglers lure fish hiding in the deep by positioning bait on or near the surface. Fish that rise to the bait usually end up on someone’s dinner plate. Conservative groups routinely try this technique on college liberals. Their lure is an ...

The genius of Roger Ailes

Roger Ailes was no genius, not in the league of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. The founding chairman of Fox News Channel, who died last week from complications after suffering a fall, understood and respected Middle America from whence he came. When the opportunity arrived to address ...

Federal power spins its ever-growing web

WASHINGTON — A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal ...

Special investigations get out of control

I take no glee in the appointment of a special counsel to investigate whether the Trump campaign had ties to Russia — and I say that as a consistent critic of Donald Trump’s from the day he announced his quest for the presidency. I have watched too many of these investigations, of both ...

May, Trump politics lack trans-Atlantic formality

DURHAM, England — When I first visited England to cover a British election 20 years ago this month, there were striking similarities between British and American politics. In Britain, Tony Blair’s Labour Party was about to sweep to a landslide victory after 18 years of Conservative Party ...

Trump administration is harming American brand

Americans have always been known for openness and generosity, but the Trump Administration has tarnished the American brand. Once revered as the nation of the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” we are now thought of as a ...

Trump outmatched, out of element

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, businessman wheeler-dealer, finds himself out of his league with his current assault on the American system of justice and regard for the law. His modus operandi under the label “the art of the deal” has now come smack up against former FBI Director James ...

Spring conditions in U.P. marginal

“I don't ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful.” — Pete Hamill The conditions have been marginal to encourage birds to believe in spring — the water in the bird bath has been frozen several mornings ...

Road to single-payer could go through Medicare Part C

Rep. Todd Akin was wrong, wrong, wrong when he said that “America is threatened with a stage 3 cancer of socialism, and Obamacare is Exhibit 1.” Actually, Medicare is Exhibit 1. Far more socialistic than the Affordable Care Act, Medicare requires a major transfer of wealth from taxpayers ...

Musings of a Matriarch

Around this time of year, I remember Uncle Steve’s garden. He spent the winter months looking through seed catalogs and drawing up plans where each row would go. By late August, his efforts stretched before him like Adam’s Eden. Every hardy vegetable that could survive the Upper ...

Seems like it is about time for VP Pence to take a stand

Dear Vice President Pence, I hope you’re holding up under the strain. I hope you don’t mind me writing to you like this, but as one of those conservatives who was somewhat reassured by Donald Trump’s decision to put you on the ticket, I feel compelled to ask: What’s the endgame ...