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Mortality tale at Uber: Reputation still important in business world

Travis Kalanick helped found and build Uber into a corporate giant worth more than Ford Motor Co. On Tuesday, Uber’s board effectively fired Kalanick. This was a direct reaction not to Kalanick’s infamously immature bad-boy behavior but to what his toxic personality was doing to the ...

Free speech occasionally not used as tool of virtue

There’s a tension so deep in how we think about free expression, it should rightly be called a paradox. On the one hand, regardless of ideology, artists and writers almost unanimously insist that they do what they do to change minds. But the same artistes, auteurs and opiners recoil in ...

Why is there so much rage?

That didn’t take long. Less than 48 hours after the shooting rampage targeting Republican members of Congress and their staff on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, followed by the picture of Republicans and Democrats kneeling in prayer at Nationals Park before their annual charity ...

One thing is for certain, Donald Trump is no Richard Nixon

In just 13 days in October 1973, Washington endured a series of seismic political shocks. On Oct. 10, Vice President Spiro Agnew — having pleaded guilty in a federal courthouse in Baltimore to failure to pay taxes on thousands of dollars in bribes he, as both Maryland governor and VP, had ...

Congressional shooting: Ballots not bullets needed to make changes

This week’s shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others at an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field where dozens of Republican members of Congress and staff were attending a practice for a congressional benefit game shocked the nation. Even more horrifying was the nature of ...

Political left can be violent

michael barone Violence is in the air these days. It was visible to the world in Manchester, Birmingham and London in the days before the British general election June 8. It was visible on the baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning as a Donald Trump hater and Bernie ...

Goncalves, Trump missed boat on Paris climate pact

Dave Carlson A recent Mining Journal article featured Cliffs Natural Resources CEO Lourenco Goncalves who stated that he supports President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. But observing Goncalves’ actions here in Marquette County, we are presented with a ...

Time for Trump, Republican establishment to get along

Rich Lowry Donald Trump, the erstwhile Democrat, independent and member of the Reform Party, finally has a fixed partisan identity. The president may be besieged, unpopular and prone to lashing out self-destructively, but all of this cements his bond to his party rather than erodes ...

Federal arts funding crucial for communities, schools

What do the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the InsideOut Literary Arts Project, the University Musical Society and the Mosaic Youth Theater all have in common? They all receive critical support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Funding from the NEA contributes to arts and ...

Sessions digs in, staunchly defends himself, president

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — Beleaguered Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the firing of FBI Director James Comey, faced the lions before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week, and survived with barely a ...

Gunman shoots, we become family

As the wife of a U.S. senator, I work hard to keep separate my marriage and my career as a newspaper columnist. Normally, I mention my husband, Sherrod Brown, only when the disclosure is necessary or I am writing a personal essay that has nothing to do with politics. However, on this ...

Trump will be impeached if Republicans lose House

The 1998 midterm election was a debacle for Republicans, particularly then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Since Reconstruction, no president had seen his party gain seats in the House in a midterm election six years into his presidency. Gingrich, who made the election a referendum on ...

Dems just need to get over it

“I’ll never lie to you.”— Jimmy Carter, the 1976 presidential campaign. All politicians lie, because they are human and all humans lie. The question before us is this: If President Trump lied to FBI Director James Comey, should that “lie,” lead to impeachment? Did he obstruct ...

State of Virginia shows the future

Without Virginia, we probably never would have become the United States. It was Virginian leadership and talent that created the nation. Think first of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, and don’t forget Chief Justice John Marshall, Patrick Henry ...

Political cynicism, religious hypocrisy seen in recent Trump rally in capital

While most eyes in the nation were focused on former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, some 1,500 evangelical Christian activists gathered in a Washington, D.C., hotel ballroom to listen to President Donald Trump tell them, “We are under ...

Is college worth it? More and more, people say no

michael barone Too many people are going to college,” writes my American Enterprise Institute colleague Charles Murray. That’s not a response to the mob of students who attacked him and the liberal professor who had invited him to speak back in March at Middlebury College. It’s the ...

UPHS-Marquette continues to evolve as US health care does

Brian Sinotte While the trees are blossoming and my dogs now constantly muddy with the warming of our weather in Marquette, healthcare continues to be in a period of turbulent change. Both existing and proposed new legislation has the industry in significant tumult. The continued declines ...

City of Marquette needs dark sky park

Larry Buege One hundred and thirty years ago Peter White walked along the night-time shores of Presque Isle and was greeted by a sky of unparalleled beauty. Little did he envision a park with concession stands, marinas, pavilions, and street lights. A very dark sky is required to observe ...

Some are using ‘lunch’ to punish poor

Jim HIGHTOWER One of the lucky things about being rich is that you automatically become handsome, your jokes are hilarious and politicians treat you with fawning deference. On the other hand, the unlucky thing about being poor is that, well, you’re poor. And society generally treats you ...

Comey continues to outfox Trump

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — In former FBI Director James Comey’s long-awaited testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearings on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, he demonstrated tactical genius in his ongoing battle with President Trump, the man who ...