Columns

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 ...

Thanksgiving is a time to remember blessings

Our Thanksgiving family tradition is to go around the table and express gratitude for our blessings. It’s such a simple exercise, and yet almost as satisfying as the feasting. Maybe we shouldn’t confine it to Thanksgiving? We have observant Jewish friends who’ve done something like this ...

Other opinions

Dates for those seasons can be a little flexible. At some point between mid-October and Christmas, all the leaves will fall off the deciduous trees in southeast Michigan. Predicting exactly when the leaves will fall is impossible. Weather, temperature, rain and wind are all factors affecting ...

‘Making a Murderer: Part 2,’ a post-conviction master class

michelle malkin Undoing wrongful convictions takes a killer instinct. Chicago-based exoneration specialist Kathleen Zellner’s got it. Her record speaks for itself. Over the past two decades, she has righted more wrongful convictions than any private attorney in America. What’s her ...

Paradise lost: Inferno touches everyone

kathleen parker WASHINGTON — When polarity defines us, it’s easy to lose sight of our common humanity. But all is not political, as nature increasingly reminds us. The fires in California that have destroyed lives, homes and towns — displacing thousands and wreaking havoc on the ...

Trump’s not populist enough

The midterms suggest that President Donald Trump needs to double down on populism, just not the sort that’s been his signature to this point. Trump is both too populist and not populist enough. His populism is largely, although not entirely, a matter of style — combative, lacerating, ...

We need to believe election returns

Democracy is a fragile thing. Ours has lasted nearly 250 years, but there is no guarantee that it will last forever. One thing is certain, however. If the people’s trust is undermined, democracy cannot survive. President Donald Trump has done much to sow seeds of doubt among his followers. ...

Harvard’s problem is a version of USA’s

George Will WASHINGTON — In the hierarchy of pleasures, schadenfreude ranks second only to dry martinis at dusk, so conservatives are enjoying Harvard’s entanglement with two things it has not sufficiently questioned — regulatory government and progressive sentiment. The trial that ...

There’s not a laugh line in a lynching

Connie Schultz Earlier this year, on April 26, a new museum dedicated to the victims of American white supremacy opened in Montgomery, Alabama. At the heart of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice is an exhibit that demands we come to terms with our country’s history of lynching ...

Who votes Republican? What do exit polls say?

Mona Charen Exit polls aren’t always 100 percent reliable. For example, in 2016, the exit interviews suggested that Donald Trump would lose Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and North Carolina by small margins. He won all of them. Let’s take it as given that 2018’s exit polls are ...

On the world stage, Trump is again a disappointment to U.S.

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — President Trump’s churlish participation in last weekend’s 100th anniversary of the end of World War I was yet another glaring and dismissive example of his insensitivity to Western collective security as the core of American foreign policy. Trump stayed in ...