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Neighbors’ loud intimacy

Dear Annie: The couple who live in the apartment next to mine are, well, noisy. Today I could hear them being intimate several times — loudly. I’ve heard other people in the building giggling about it, too. I don’t want to get management involved if I don’t have to, but this is a little ...

Military deployments needed to prevent unknowable threats

The numbers are small, the terrain unfamiliar, the cast of characters chaotic and the clash of interest hard to decipher. Nevertheless, President Donald Trump’s sudden, perhaps impulsive decision to withdraw 2,000 American military personnel from northeastern Syria, as well as the ...

The insufferable James Comey

Never before has a former FBI director boasted about taking advantage of an administration’s disorganization for his own ends. But never before has a former FBI director been as self-satisfied as James Brien Comey Jr. In an interview at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Comey delighted ...

Trump and his fake news

Remarkable, isn’t it, that Donald Trump has made decrying “fake news” his calling card? Is the press hostile to him? Sure. Do they lie about him? For the most part, no. Then again, the truth is not everyone’s friend. As William Randolph Hearst once quipped: “If Mr. Hughes will stop ...

President Trump’s character will likely be his downfall

For a very long time now, I have been predicting that the Trump presidency will end poorly because character is destiny. I’ve said it so often, I occasionally need to be reminded that I didn’t coin the phrase. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus did when he observed “ethos anthropoi ...

Trump unleashes a new foreign policy peril in Syria

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s sudden announcement that he will withdraw 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria — triggering the resignation of Secretary of Defense James Mattis — augurs greater concern than ever about American foreign policy under an impulsive and inexperienced president driven ...

Beware of Silicon Valley Santas in the schools

When it comes to Silicon Valley Santas bearing gifts for our children, I am a big Scrooge. Every responsible parent should be, too. In 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook showered a rural Idaho school district with 500 iPads and Apple TVs for every classroom, along with free training as part of a ...

What this current crisis tells us about 2020 voters

In these Washington hours of genuine bipartisan panic after the principled resignation of the nation’s thoroughly respected secretary of defense, James Mattis, American voters are forced to confront the real-life consequences of what it means to have elected an amateur-outsider — with no ...

Trump has delusional ISIS policy

Donald Trump has vanquished the Islamic State group, and it is time for American troops to come home from Syria — or so the president claimed by tweet this week. The problem is, as with much of what the president tweets, there is no basis for his braggadocio. Currently, the U.S. has about ...

Cheer Club once again a great success

I want to say thank you to everyone who donated to The Mining Journal Cheer Club this year. As usual, you came through with gifts and money to help support the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul. Significant donors this year included Commemorative Bucks of Michigan, the North Coast ...

Bill on climate change will make difference

amy wayes doughty As highlighted in the recent article “Protesters march as UN climate talks hit fossil fuel snag,” people around the world are frightened by how climate change is affecting their lives. They want to take steps to reverse climate change. France recently tried to implement ...

Kicking our allies when it’s convenient is bad US habit

mona charen President Donald Trump’s behavior is unprecedented, but his decision to withdraw our troops from Syria, while unprecedentedly abrupt, is actually part of a tradition of unforced errors in American foreign policy. Out of spite, or sometimes as a smokescreen to evade ...

Obamacare ruling aside, Trump has nothing to show for efforts

jules witcover WASHINGTON — After two long years of fruitlessly trying to kill Obamacare, the Republican Party and President Trump have been given a political hand grenade by a federal judge in Texas to get the job done. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor has declared the Affordable Care ...

Congress has done little to rein in President Trump

America is often described as a constitutional democracy or constitutional republic. That’s not really true. The best you could say is that our system is constitutional-ish. Consider the bizarre controversy over President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria. As a matter of ...

Three good men, three great children’s books

Men get a bad rap. They’re blamed collectively for rape culture, violence, war, poverty, climate change and all other manner of global suffering. They’re forced to apologize on college campuses for their chromosomes, anatomy and athleticism. They’re vilified incessantly in women’s ...

Never have day without laughter

Most American political leaders would agree with the poet e.e. cummings, who wisely wrote: “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” For example, then-presidential nominee George W. Bush garbled in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on Oct. 18, 2000, “Families is where our nation finds ...

FDA drug policies a puzzle

Among the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s responsibilities are approval and regulation of pharmaceutical drugs. In short, its responsibility is to ensure the safety and effectiveness of drugs. In the performance of this task, FDA officials can make two types of errors — statistically ...

US Senate rebukes president

In what may be the most stunning rebuke to date of the Trump presidency, the Senate voted Thursday — unanimously — to rebuke Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his being responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi-born U.S. resident. With a 56-41 vote, the ...

Untrustworthy fiance

Dear Annie: I got engaged in June 2017. My fiance and I are planning the wedding for next year, in November 2019. But I’m having some doubts about my fiance. He does not trust me. He keeps accusing me of having another boyfriend. He does not want me to be friends with anyone, male or female. ...

Getting back trade power not easy

George will “You’re the top! You’re an Arrow collar. You’re the top! You’re a Coolidge dollar. You’re the nimble tread of the feet of Fred Astaire, You’re Mussolini, You’re Mrs. Sweeny, You’re Camembert.” — A version of “You’re the Top,” Cole Porter ...