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Decisions by Marquette city officials often seem not rooted in reality

I have read with much interest the information available concerning current problems and proposed projects along Lakeshore Booulevard.To say I'm concerned and dismayed in that regard would definitely be an understatement. I've written before about the proposed new road parallel to the old ...

TV ‘journalist’ made mistake when donating to Clinton Foundation

My first job in journalism was as a copyboy at the NBC News Bureau in Washington, D.C. In my early 20s, I asked Bill Corrigan, the newsroom manager, "What must I do to get on the air?" He replied, "Get a college degree and a minimum of five years writing experience with a newspaper or wire ...

Surviving Graduation Day speeches no small challenge

It's graduation time once again. And by some unwritten but strictly enforced law of nature, every graduation must have a speaker.Before I gave my very first graduation speech, some 25 years ago, I was frankly nervous.But the advice of a priest friend calmed me down. Remember, he counseled, that ...

Left ‘s judgment on fast track trade legislation misses mark

The left's success in denying President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ugly to behold. The case put forth by a showboating Sen. Elizabeth Warren - that Obama cannot be trusted to make a deal in the interests of American workers - is almost worse than ...

Big surprise in British balloting: Conservatives beat Labour, polls

Big surprises in Thursday's British election. For weeks, the pre-election polls showed a statistical tie in popular votes between Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party and the Labour opposition led by Ed Miliband. It was universally agreed that neither party could reach a 326-vote ...

Here’s how wisdom can help us in war against ISIL

The recent snub by the Saudi King can be, and has been, called a hefty myriad of cleaver adjectives.However, it is best to follow and practice the wisdom of the old Chinese proverb "the beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name". It is wise to call the act a snub, and it is ...

Hillary is hiding in plain sight for everyone to see

WASHINGTON - In President Obama's struggle with Congress to win fast-track authority on trade with 12 Pacific nations, a conspicuously missing voice has been that of his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, now a declared 2016 presidential candidate. It's in keeping with her obvious ...

Road fixes still need to be lawmaker priority

Proposal 1 failed miserably in yesterday's election, a 4-1 ratio of no votes to yes votes, but what message does this send to lawmakers?We think it says lawmakers should look elsewhere to fix the state's roads. Voters obviously did not see a regressive and massive tax hike as the solution to ...

Thanks to police for DWI crackdown

Michigan police took more than 500 dangerous drivers off the streets during a drunken driving crackdown that began March 17. The effort was paid for by a federal grant and coordinated by the Michigan State Police.Blue Water Area agencies that participated included the police departments in Clay ...

Home school proposal unfairly assumes guilt

News reports out of Detroit last month told of the horrific torture and deaths of two children, aged 9 and 13, at the hands of their mother who then hid her crimes by placing their bodies in a freezer. Sadly, Stoni A. Blair and her younger brother, Stephen Gage Berry, were not alone. A 2014 USA ...

Pope Francis missed mark in giving recognition to Palestinian state

Pope Francis' decision to give formal recognition to a Palestinian state is puzzling at best. Some conservative Catholics - most prominently scholar and papal biographer George Weigel - have given a wide berth to the pope's views on income inequality, climate change and how best to integrate ...

Doug Hughes: Mailman on a mission

Neither rain, sleet, nor snow - nor even the likelihood that he'd be killed - could stop this letter carrier from making his appointed rounds.Doug Hughes is one gutsy mailman.In April, this rural letter carrier from Florida embarrassed Washington's haughty security hierarchy and threw members ...

William Zinsser wanted us to write what we thought, with fewer words

If you're one of the millions of readers who cherish William Zinsser's book "On Writing Well," then you may feel this week that you've lost a dear friend.Zinsser died Tuesday, at 92. He wrote 19 books, the most famous of which is "On Writing Well," which was first published in 1976. The small ...

US must close door permanently on using torture as national policy

After I blew the whistle on the CIA's torture program in 2007, the fallout for me was brutal. To make a long story short, I served nearly two years in federal prison and then endured a few more months of house arrest.What happened to the torture program? Nothing.Following years of waiting for ...

British elections provide healthy dose of reality, common sense

BELFAST, Northern Ireland - "Shocked," "surprised," "stunned" were some of the words used by broadcasters, columnists, political "experts" and pollsters when a Conservative Party victory was forecast by exit polls on election night.Former Liberal Democrat Party leader Paddy Ashdown was so ...

Answer to this one question always unnerves Democrats

Hillary Clinton, according to the reliable Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released earlier this month, defines the 2016 presidential race.A plurality of voters now find the former secretary of state being "knowledgeable and experienced enough to handle the presidency," ''effective" and able ...

Time to get the sports moguls off of our collective backs

It was not out of a sense of decency that the National Football League recently let go of its tax-exempt status. You see, as a tax-exempt organization, the NFL had to disclose Commissioner Roger Goodell's compensation - $44.2 million in 2012. That seemed an excessive sum for the head of a ...

US opposes economic redistribution despite major income inequality

Skeptics about democracy in the 18th and 19th centuries argued that the enfranchised masses would use their votes to seize the property of the relatively few rich. What could be more natural?But it hasn't happened, in this country or abroad, to anything like the extent that those would-be ...

GOP parts from tradition of candidates waiting ‘turn’

WASHINGTON - Times certainly have changed in the Republican Party. Gone are the times when patience was its own reward, and loyal leading members would await their turn in the list of aspiring presidential candidates. No longer.Of six declared candidates for 2016, three are freshman senators - ...

Good question: Is there a mole at Washington Post?

"Man is not a rational animal. He is a rationalizing animal." - Robert HeinleinWhat to make of the resolutely pro-choice The Washington Post's Style section travelogue following a woman who drove 407 miles to obtain a second-trimester abortion? Is this part of the campaign to destigmatize ...