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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 life-saving ...

No, Kavanaugh didn’t lie under oath

rich lowry Brett Kavanaugh gave high-profile testimony that very few people seem to have paid attention to in any detail. The media is now engaged in a full-court press to establish that Kavanaugh drank to excess — when he admitted in his testimony that he drank to excess. In his ...

It is in our interest to save other species

The dusky gopher frog is a tiny thing. Once thriving in the longleaf pine forests of the South, only about 250 remain in the wild, in Mississippi. The endangered frog could soon disappear forever if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against a plan to preserve breeding ponds in Louisiana. The ...

Investigate Senate Democrat search-and-destroy machine

How did we get here? The Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination circus didn’t happen by accident. The emergence of incredible — and by “incredible,” I mean the literal Merriam-Webster definition of “too extraordinary and improbable to be believed” — accusers in the 11th hour was no ...

Delay, deceive and destroy

Who believes another FBI investigation of Brett Kavanaugh will be the end of it? If the FBI finds nothing to support Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party, will it be enough for Democrats to vote to confirm him? Republicans say the ...

Flake stepped up when he had to

Not for the first time, the criticism reads: “Why don’t you admit it, Shields? You reflexively like politicians.” It’s true. I do like most people who dare to run for political office. For me and most people I know, our lives are a succession of unpublicized setbacks and occasional ...

Brett Kavanaugh should be angry

Brett Kavanaugh may have saved his Supreme Court confirmation with one of the most memorable statements in modern congressional history. After his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, delivered a compelling, sympathetic performance earlier in the day, Kavanaugh entered the Senate Judiciary ...

US should do away with death penalty

WASHINGTON — Without being aware of it, Vernon Madison might become a footnote in constitutional law because he is barely aware of anything. For more than 30 years, Alabama, with a tenacity that deserves a better cause, has been trying to execute him for the crime he certainly committed, the ...

Democracy is precious; don’t let it slip away

Not that long ago (approximately 30 years), democracy was thought to be the “wave of the future”. The Berlin Wall had fallen, communism had collapsed and democracy appeared to have triumphed. Less developed and formerly communist countries were attempting to create constitutional ...

Committee hearing was high drama plus comedy

Karl Marx, commenting on the ascension of Louis Napoleon, wrote, “History repeats itself: The first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” The drama over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation has reversed the order. It began as farce. Protesters dressed in “The Handmaid’s Tale” red ...

Another opinion

Make Michigan a talent hub Calling all millennials: Michigan wants you. That's the message in a new talent attraction campaign that went live earlier this month as a way to woo young professionals to the state, and keep them here. It's a worthwhile idea as Michigan moves from being a state ...

Internment camps remind us of who we can become

Every morning in our home, one of the first things I see is a necklace I cherish but have never worn. It is too delicate for that, too meaningful — 264 reminders of what a woman can do when she dares to hope. Between 1942 and 1945, the United States government forced about 120,000 people ...

No laughing matter at United Nations

WASHINGTON — An old saying has it, “Laugh and the world laughs with you.” But at the United Nations this week, a representative body of the world laughed at Donald Trump, greeting him with international guffaws when he bragged about his presidential accomplishments, For once, the ...

Judicial circus must end

The Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus announced last year it was closing after a 146-year run, largely because of high operating costs, costly legal battles with animal rights groups and declining ticket sales, especially after elephants were retired from the show. Brett ...

In boom times, how can Trump be political liability to GOP?

The stock market has just hit a new historic high. Median household income in the U.S. is higher than ever. Fewer laid-off Americans are today forced to file for unemployment benefits than at anytime since 1968, when the U.S. civilian labor force of 81 million was one-half of today’s 162 ...

Kavanaugh hearing must go forward

The great psychodrama playing out in the Senate this week over the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has riveted Washington. The revelation of a psychologist in California alleging that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers in suburban Maryland ...

Fear-based parenting is common

George Will WASHINGTON — Police came to Kim Brooks’ parents’ door in suburban Richmond, Virginia, demanding that her mother say where her daughter was or be arrested for obstructing justice. So began a Kafkaesque two-year ordeal that plunged Brooks into reflections about current ...

Nothing normal about allegations against judge

Connie Schultz Tuesday evening, I was scrolling Twitter for news updates when I came upon this post by Emma Thatcher: “Hello, female high school student here. I would just like to say that the emergence of this whole ‘teenage boys should get a pass because they’re not mature enough to ...

Kavanaugh finds himself stuck in #MeToo limbo

Mona Charen In the wake of the revelation of Christine Blasey Ford’s identity, some have suggested that her allegation against Brett Kavanaugh will be handled more sensitively than such accusations once were thanks to the #MeToo movement. That may turn out to be true, but only if at least ...

Gov. Snyder directive to ‘ban the box’ is good for Michigan

Job seekers with criminal pasts got welcome news last week when Gov. Snyder issued a directive to remove the question of a criminal record from initial screenings for state jobs. This “ban the box” initiative applies only to state government jobs, but it’s a step in the right direction ...