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Unions should pay for union work Among the fiscally smart measures Republicans failed to address during the eight years they held control of state government is ending the practice of taxpayers footing the bill for teachers who do union work while on the clock. They have another chance in lame ...

Michelle, Sheryl and that one itty-bitty swearword

Fifteen days after her memoirs went on sale, Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” became — I love saying those two words together — the biggest-selling book of 2018. I’m leading with that spectacular piece of news because I think it explains why those few angry people took offense to her ...

Christmas Bird Count set for next week

“I heard a bird sing In the dark of December, A magical thing, And sweet to remember; “We are nearer to spring Than we are to September.” - Oliver Herford Darkness comes quickly at the end of each afternoon in December. How different is seems now compared to June when it seemed to ...

Bringing the future back into American political scene, life

An ad on ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan” shows a little girl dragging a teddy bear to her mom at an elegant dinner table. The mother hugs her again and again. Then up pop the words: “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.” A Patek ...

#MeToo has variety of unintended consequences

WASHINGTON — A recent Bloomberg News headline came as no surprise: “Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All Cost.” In a word, it was inevitable. Some men are so concerned about the possible repercussions of what they might say or do that they’re steering clear of ...

George H.W. Bush was man of character

I first met the man who would become America’s 41st president in 1968. He was a Houston congressman and I was a young reporter for a local TV and radio station. My first impression was how kind he was to this “kid,” who had just moved to Texas from the Washington, D.C., area and was ...

Time to put Electoral College out to pasture

In spite of continued attempts, either misguided or malevolent — or both — by national leaders to undermine public trust and confidence in the American free press and free elections, the United States’ model of political and individual freedom has inspired billions around the planet. ...

Trump’s assault on the rule of law

The “rule of law” distinguishes democracies from dictatorships. It’s based on three fundamental principles. Trump is violating every one of them. The first is that no person is above the law, not even a president. Which means a president cannot stop an investigation into his alleged ...

Republicans should study Colorado’s change in tint, from purple to blue

George Will DENVER — Social scientists, say Colorado boosters, have plausible metrics identifying their state as the happiest and healthiest state, the former quality perhaps producing the latter. Or the other way around. Or maybe the tangle of causation cannot be unwoven. Be that as it ...

Did lesbian kiss turn parade into ‘trauma’?

Connie Schultz Well, it was just the sweetest thing. It happened during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. All these happy cast members of the Broadway musical “The Prom” were dancing and singing, when — three minutes and 15 seconds into the performance — two of the actresses ...

Alcohol and opioids are different kinds of risk

FROMA HARROP Is alcohol really “the most dangerous drug”? That’s what Governing magazine said on a cover, adding, “Cheap, legal and more deadly than opioids.” This assertion is problematic. One could say that biking is quite dangerous if you ride 5,200 miles a year at night along ...

Port Huron avoids costly mistake

Isn't this where we started? When St. Clair County made its misguided decision to purchase the building that had once housed an Art Van grocery store, the property's proposed fate was an outdoor entertainment venue and parking. Technically, county commissioners justified the purchase with ...

Lame-duck GOP seeks brownie points with president right now

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — Because the newly elected Democratic majority in the House does not take office until January 4, the ousted Republican leadership has a lame-duck month in which get some political dirty work done. The outgoing House Judiciary Committee has issued subpoenas to ...

The tale of 2 women in the media

This is a tale of two young, outspoken women in media. One is a liberal tech writer. The other is an enterprising conservative new media reporter. One has achieved meteoric success and now works at a top American newspaper. The other has been de-platformed and marginalized. Their wildly ...

Strutting’s not just for turkeys anymore

WASHINGTON — Strutting isn’t just for turkeys anymore. We’re reminded of this nearly every day, but Donald Trump outdid himself Thanksgiving Day when a reporter asked the president what he’s most grateful for. In a nutshell, with only a tiny bit of editing: himself. OK, he mentioned ...

Wanye Stayskal: Cartoonist

Google “Great American Political Cartoonists” and you will undoubtedly find the late Herbert Block (aka “Herblock”) of The Washington Post, (Paul) Conrad of the Los Angeles Times, Michael Ramirez of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and several other cartoonists whose work, if not their ...

Thanksgiving needs to be about more than Black Friday, football

Thanksgiving weekend should be about more than Black Friday sales, leftover turkey sandwiches and football. For most of us, the holiday symbolizes what America is all about: thanking God for the good fortune of living in America. The Pilgrims certainly felt that on the first Thanksgiving, ...

Lucrative law enforcement will become a lawless enterprise sooner than later

WASHINGTON — Tyson Timbs made a mistake, but not one as important as Indiana’s Supreme Court made in allowing to stand the punishment the state inflicted on him. He was a drug addict — first with opioids prescribed for a work-related injury, then heroin — when his father died. He ...

As autumn reminds, it’s time to shed

The wind is howling its way around our house, an invisible beast shaking all but the most stubborn autumn leaves to the ground, which has a slight dusting of snow. The end of my favorite time of year is coming to a close, and I am lucky to resist the attendant call of melancholy. “You were ...