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MDOT trouble could have been avoided

The Michigan Department of Transportation has disappointed taxpayers by repeatedly failing to follow through on audit recommendations made over 13 years.That's unfortunate, especially as the most recent audit, released in February, will be top-of-mind as voters head to the polls on May 5 to ...

Lawmakers must close the open-carry loopholes for gun-free zones

Michigan lawmakers must act swiftly to ban the open carrying of firearms in gun-free zones, before efforts by brazen open carry advocates go any further.Guns do not belong in sensitive places. Schools, colleges, day cares, churches, hospitals, courts, entertainment and sports venues, and ...

Documentary on Kent State shootings resonates today

As a '79 graduate of Kent State University, I was eager to watch PBS' new documentary on the 1970 campus shootings, which killed four students and wounded nine others.By the time the program was scrolling final credits, I was reeling from a sense of the all-too-familiar."The Day the '60s Died" ...

With political correctness prevailing, it’s much harder to simply say truth

WASHINGTON - True words are often said in jest, it has long been said. But a harsher idiom has been taking shape in recent years: Jest is becoming the only way to express truth.It is the columnist's curse to entertain such thoughts about disparate events that seemingly share only coincidental ...

Up ahead, there is another sign post on road to destruction

When future historians analyze the decline of America they need look no further than the trivialities increasingly occupying our time and concerns instead of substantive matters seriously threatening our existence.The latest in a long list of examples is the two-hour ABC special last Friday ...

Brother’s death a devastating loss, provides lessons in life

Tom Shields, my big brother, lived a long and good life. When he died earlier this month, he was widely - and deservedly - praised for generously giving millions to fund struggling inner-city Catholic schools and scholarships for hundreds of kids who hadn't been so lucky in life's lottery as ...

On the Internet, nobody really knows you’re a complete fraud

There's been some tense back-and-forth over the Canadian mother who said she had stopped opposing vaccinations after all seven of her kids came down with whooping cough. Some say we should loudly thank Tara Hills for publicly disowning her anti-vax campaign. Others - me, for instance - are ...

Rand Paul correct to demand media ask Dems about late-term abortions

It was sort of inevitable that on his first day of campaigning as an announced candidate for president earlier this month, Rand Paul would be asked whether he supported a ban on abortions in cases of rape or incest.Reporters have been asking Republican candidates that question ever since 2012, ...

Endless campaigning is getting out of hand

WASHINGTON - Now that Hillary Clinton has finally declared her presidential candidacy for 2016, the country can look forward to another interminable stretch of pre-election shadow boxing, until the first voting in the Iowa caucuses early next year.The lineup of contestants for the slog is a ...

Someone needs to fix the Secret Service and fast

We learned this week that the Secret Service dawdled for an entire year before fixing a broken security system at the home of former President George H. W. Bush.The Secret Service itself is looking pretty broken these days. A few weeks ago, two drunken agents returning from a party drove right ...

Other opinions

Vet wait times too longMost Americans would agree with this statement: Our nation's veterans deserve better treatment than they are currently receiving at VA medical centers across the United States.An Associated Press investigation into the wait times veterans still face - one year after ...

Go Cavs, please pass the confetti; it has been awhile, hasn’t it?

Now listen. We're not going to work ourselves into a tizzy here in Cleveland because a columnist in Boston decided to launch his fiction writing career with a hit job on us.OK, maybe we are, but let's keep this meltdown brief, shall we? I love Boston and a few Boston sports fans, too, ...

Russian connection: Clinton greed easily seen in foundation dealings

The Clintons have always had an uneasy relationship with money. Bill never had any. And although Hillary had a comfortable upbringing, she didn't take the path to riches that her Yale Law degree might have provided, choosing instead to do public interest law right out of law school and marry a ...

Mr. Hughes goes to Washington and finds big problems there

WASHINGTON - When postal worker Doug Hughes - otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude - landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn't worried about being shot down, he says.He must be a believer in miracles because he might have been shot down - and probably should have been. ...

Wisconsin’s semi-favorite son has uphill climb to White House

MADISON, Wis. - Why, during a recent visit here - while asking some trusted Wisconsin sources for their candid assessment of Scott Walker, the state's governor, an undeclared but leading 2016 Republican presidential candidate - did I keep thinking about a conversation I'd had 17 years ago with ...

Often there is no sensible middle ground to key issues

Some time ago, I heard a power company executive arguing that humans have played no role in global warming. Actually, he went further, "demonstrating" that global warming isn't even happening. (This is often done by cherry-picking dates to start with an unusually warm year.) He ended by ...

Dem problem: Hillary Clinton badly out of step with the times, issues

Presidents are inevitably shaped by the circumstances in which they campaign for - and come into - office. In 1932, Franklin Roosevelt called for "bold, persistent experimentation" and followed through once in office. Had Roosevelt run in another year, or had there been no Great Depression, he ...

Obama has new job as Cuban info minister?

Two relatively recent photos of Barack Obama with foreign leaders reveal much about his deep-dyed leftism.The first features President Obama and democratically elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of one of America's most loyal friends. Obama looks strained. His face is stiff, and ...

Rubio youth no advantage without ample war chest

WASHINGTON - In announcing his formal candidacy for the presidency, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio started out in the shadow of a video - Hillary Clinton's electronic declaration that she is after the same job.Making his opening bid at a Miami rally, Rubio immediately took aim - not at the host of ...

State of Michigan must lead on LGBT rights

Gov. Rick Snyder's direct statement that he will not sign a religious freedom bill in Michigan unless it is accompanied by civil rights protections for sexual orientation and gender identity should have Michiganders sighing in relief.It's past time for statesman-like leadership on this ...