Columns

The most important movie you have never heard of

It’s here. “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” debuts in theaters nationwide on Oct. 12. I do believe this groundbreaking film by indie producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney is the most important movie in America right now — a true-life saga of good vs. ...

Susan Collins’ finest hour

In a speech announcing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) reminded me of some of the great orators of the past. Her speech was measured in tone, substantive in content and delivered with conviction. Collins is no conservative. She has voted in ...

Timeless — and wise — advice

On a Sunday morning two days before the crucial California presidential primary, hundreds of college-age volunteers crowded into their candidate’s campaign headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco to get their marching instructions for getting every registered voter the campaign had ...

Plan needed to help mentally ill

They live on the street, often foraging through dumpsters. Some threaten us. Occasionally, they assault people. Thousands of mentally ill people cycle in and out of hospital emergency rooms. They strain our medical system, scare the public and sometimes harm themselves. Most, says DJ ...

US has troubling plunge into protectionism

George Will WASHINGTON — The descent of American capitalism into a racket is being greased by professed capitalists in government, in collaboration with professed capitalists in what is called, with decreasing accuracy, the private sector. This is occurring under the auspices of ...

Our memories are long, our resolve unshakable

Connie Schultz It was only a matter of time. So many of us women, so many men who love us — we knew this was coming. We knew it when Donald Trump praised Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as “a very fine woman ... very fine woman.” We knew it when he called her Senate testimony “very ...

Here’s a good word on behalf of organized religion

Mona Charen These have been hard times for American institutions. Over the past four to five decades, confidence in nearly every institution of American life has declined. A 2018 Gallup survey found, for example, that trust in Congress stood at 42 percent in 1973 and dropped to 11 percent ...

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 ...