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The right lesson to take from Alfie Evans tragedy

The baby Alfie Evans has died. Born in Liverpool with a degenerative brain condition, Alfie had been in a semi-vegetative state for over a year. Against his parents’ wishes, the hospital took Alfie off ventilation. The parents had wanted to move him to a Vatican hospital in Rome that would ...

Criticism of Michelle Wolf, Kanye West shows our coalition instinct

Last year, John Tooby, a founder of evolutionary psychology, was asked by the website Edge.org what scientific concept should be more widely known. He argued for something called the “coalition instinct.” In our natural environment, humans form coalitions. Coalitions are slightly ...

Whether to unfriend a negative person

Dear Annie: I reconnected with an old male schoolmate of mine, and we became friends. We would talk occasionally and send emails to each other. My husband passed away some time ago. This man is divorced. We have not visited with each other and live in different cities. At first, I enjoyed ...

Handling a depressed mate

Dear Annie: I’m a man in my late 40s living with my 40-year-old girlfriend of five years. I just found out she’s been dealing with depression for years. She is on medication for it, but maybe it’s not helping. Today is the fourth straight day she hasn’t gotten out of bed, let alone gone ...

Learning from N. Korea’s history

Before meeting with North Korea’s “very honorable” (Trump’s words) dictator, Kim Jong-Un, the president should bone up on the history of that country’s duplicity and deception, including ways it has used the wishful thinking of some past U.S. presidents to achieve its objectives. A ...

Law Day message: Separation of power protects freedoms

This year’s Law Day message by the American Bar Association is, “How the Separation of Powers Protects our Freedoms.” First, we should explain what is Law Day? It has been around a long time, ever since 1958 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day as the day to remember ...

Europe’s war guilt displays ironic consequences for all

Adam Armoush is, for the moment, the most famous Jewish victim in the world — and he’s not even Jewish. He’s a 21-year-old Israeli Arab who was visiting Berlin with his friends and decided to test their suspicions that it was unsafe to don a kippa (skullcap) in public. Strolling down the ...

Gowdy aimed to close circle of S.C.’s history

WASHINGTON — Trey Gowdy’s emotions sometimes bubble disconcertingly close to the surface, but unlike many members of the political class, he is not all surface. At a breakfast four years ago, the South Carolina Republican had tears in his eyes as he explained when he would leave Congress: ...

Meet your friendly neighborhood C.O.

I think most everyone has seen the movies and TV shows “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Wentworth” and “The Green Mile.” They always seem to show the corrections officers as the bad guys, assaulting inmates, bringing in drugs and cell phones, you know, the ...

NFL hand-wringing has always been about race

Last September, in Huntsville, Alabama, Donald Trump took the stage at yet another postelection campaign rally and revved up his fans with a rant about black football players. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag ... say, ‘Get that son of ...

Another opinion

Earth Day sees enviro concerns While it goes without saying that a healthy environment is important for every living thing on our planet, it's an issue that is of extra-special importance to many of us here in Northern Michigan. That’s because not only is the environment important for ...

Quality and safety priorities at UP Health System-Marquette

This week it was unveiled that UP Health System-Marquette received an “A” in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. We were one of 750 hospitals awarded an “A” for our record of protecting patients from medical errors, infections and other harms and meeting the highest safety standards ...

Grandma worries about how involved she should get

Dear Annie: I am a grandma trying to keep my nose out of my son’s life. “Barry” and my daughter-in-law have been separated for six years but are not divorced. Their children stay with their mother, “Angie,” for school days and with Barry when there is no school. The kids have spent ...

Trump’s VA nominee takes his bizarre advice

WASHINGTON — When Donald Trump chose the White House physician, Ronny Jackson, to run the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the president gave him an odd sendoff. “I don’t want to send him through a process like that,” he said, referring to the customary vetting by Congress. “The ...

North Korean regime can’t be swayed through diplomacy

Responding to reports that North Korea said it “no longer needs” nuclear tests, Jim Hanson, president of the generally pro-Trump Security Studies Group, credited President Trump. “No one was expecting anything to come of Trump’s fiery rhetoric, except people who understand that ...

Following Jesus, or Trump?

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” (Matthew 6:24) The verse refers to money, but in light of today’s debate about the unaccountable devotion many Christian leaders have for President ...

George and Barbara defined what character ought to be

She was born into comfort in Manhattan and raised in Rye, a leafy, exclusive suburb in New York’s Westchester County. She would leave college before graduating to marry. She never had a career beyond wife, mother and citizen. But her death, in her 10th decade, evoked an almost spontaneous ...

Still the safest way to travel

For white-knuckle flyers like me, this week’s tragic accident aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Texas reinforces our worst fears but also reassures us that flying remains the safest means of travel within the United States. I fly 100,000 miles a year, despite my phobias, ...

Proof of collusion with Russia just not there

As the likelihood that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia seems headed toward zero, the likelihood of proof of a different form of collusion seems headed upward toward certainty. The Russia collusion charge had some initial credibility because of businessman Donald Trump’s dealings in ...

War in Syria is actually multiple wars, miseries

The uprising in Syria, more than 7 years ago, was not the same as the rest of the “Arab Spring”. This one had a heavy aroma of a civil war. A war between the Shiite minority ruling a Sunni majority. While any civil war of any kind is an epitome of something truly catastrophic, the Syrian ...