Columns

O’Malley little more than garden-variety tax and spend liberal

Martin O'Malley, former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor, announced his presidential candidacy on Saturday, and said some things that could be taken as criticism of President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton."Today, the American dream seems for so many of us to be ...

Today’s GOP: This isn’t your father’s Republican Party

Let us stipulate that Republicans have consistently been a lot more orderly than the Democrats. For example, in the past 60 years, the Republican presidential candidate who was leading in the polls one year before the party's nominating convention has become the GOP's nominee 12 months later in ...

Shocking sloppiness likely won’t doom health reforms

How many politicians, aides, lobbyists, lawyers, insurance moguls, professional groups and interns - both the political and medical kind - agonized over the details in the Affordable Care Act? The number is big.But despite thousands of hands in the kitchen, the final product included four words ...

Many colleges and universities have grown bloated, dysfunctional

American colleges and universities, long thought to be the glory of the nation, are in more than a little trouble. I've written before of their shameful practices - the racial quotas and preferences at selective schools (Harvard is being sued by Asian-American organizations), the kangaroo ...

GOP presidential field: Many choices of same flavor

WASHINGTON - If the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey were running today's Republican Party, they could easily resolve its dilemma of having a dozen or more declared or prospective presidential candidates.They could just stuff them all in that old trick car and have them tumble out ...

Obama simply not offended enough by Anti-Semitism

What to make of President Obama's interpretation of the Iranian leadership? Challenged by The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg to account for the seeming inconsistency of relying on the rationality of a regime that holds a profoundly anti-Semitic worldview, the president denied that the "venomous ...

Tim Nelson review warrants deeper look

Northwestern Michigan College trustees launched their annual review of President Tim Nelson, an exercise that traditionally yields little more than back-patting and self-serving platitudes for Nelson and the community college board alike.The review is supposed to accurately reflect Nelson's job ...

Grand theft isn’t grand theft in Michigan if you steal from taxpayers

In headline after headline, public employees and elected officials convicted of stealing public funds here and across the state get sentences completely out of proportion to the seriousness of their crimes.A Kimball Township employee steals $130,000 and gets a few months in the county jail. The ...

Anti-NSA bumper stickers having corrosive effect on key program

If the National Security Agency's bulk-data program expires, the coroner should conclude that it was "Death by Bumper Sticker."Rarely has a controversial government program been so fiercely debated and so poorly understood. Authorized by soon-to-expire Section 215 of the Patriot Act, it has ...

Billy Kristol way over the top in harsh assessment of baby boomers

WASHINGTON - One can understand why The Weekly Standard's William Kristol would try to nullify Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy, but smearing all baby boomers in the process seems a stretch of veracity in the service of a blank page.In the June 1 issue of the conservative magazine he ...

Wealthy financiers have hoarded more cash than they can invest

Our kids, for starters. We ought to be investing in their futures, not stuffing them in overcrowded classrooms or forcing them to graduate from college with tens of thousands of dollars in debt.And plenty of working people need more money, too. Wages for average Americans, after you take ...

Chris Christie doing great job channelling Ralph Perk

History, just by what it selects to remember, can indeed be cruel. Consider, for example, Republican Ralph Perk, who, during the 1970s in heavily Democratic Cleveland, was elected mayor three times.But what Mayor Perk is mostly remembered for was that day in 1972 when, while using a blowtorch ...

Just exactly who, what are these outlaw biker gangs?

Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco, Texas - a shootout that left nine dead. Why are these guys committing grown-up violence over the seemingly adolescent concern of who belongs to their group and who doesn't? Who are they?For answers, I consulted James F. Quinn, a ...

Just exactly who, what are these outlaw biker gangs?

Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco, Texas - a shootout that left nine dead. Why are these guys committing grown-up violence over the seemingly adolescent concern of who belongs to their group and who doesn't? Who are they?For answers, I consulted James F. Quinn, a ...

Can Hillary Clinton reverse 6-year decline in Democratic voter turnout

Bill Clinton won the presidency in 1992 by running as a different kind of Democrat from previous nominees. Hillary Clinton, Anne Gearan of The Washington Post reports, is hoping to win the presidency in 2016 by running as the same kind of Democrat as the current incumbent.There's a certain ...

Jeb defending Iraq war based on regime change

WASHINGTON - Jeb Bush's recent effort at damage control by reversing his statement on the Iraq War isn't likely to get him out of the woods.First he said he would have made the decision his brother did to invade Iraq in 2003; eventually he said he wouldn't have. He also said the invasion was ...

Is it possible for Republican men to criticize Hillary?

Carly Fiorina is articulate, thoughtful and accomplished. For those who keep track of such things, she was the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business, and she ran a credible, if unsuccessful, campaign for a U.S. senate seat from California.In the early going of the race for the Republican ...

Other opinions

House budget-cutting plan for roads should be dead on arrivalWith the unveiling of their new road funding plan, House Republicans have confirmed exactly why voters deeply distrust politicians.Led by Speaker Kevin Cotter, Republicans have put forth an alarming proposal to pay for roads by ...

Return of Sid Vicious isn’t music to anyone’s ears, especially Democrats

Charity Navigator should make this an informal rule: If your charity is employing Sidney Blumenthal, it automatically goes on the watch list.The ethical controversies around Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation have often seemed 1990s redux, and never more so than when a New York Times ...

Regional briefing

High-speed ride ends in crashCALUMET - A 27-year-old Houghton man was sent to UP Health - Marquette for evaluation after a high-speed ride through Houghton and Hancock that ended when he crashed his car into a truck in Calumet on Thursday.According to a Michigan State Police press release, ...