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Are we really different from them?

We are different from them. Instinctively, that’s what you’re thinking, right? Not that you don’t have reason. The news out of Iran that a 22-year-old woman named Mahsa Amini mysteriously died in custody after the nation’s “morality police” hauled her in for some violation of ...

Who’s watching whom in US?

The New York Times recently ran a story about Russia’s powerful internet regulator, Roskmnadzor, whose collection of personal data about average Russians has, in the Times’ words, “catapulted Russia, along with authoritarian countries like China and Iran, to the forefront of nations that ...

Don’t blame immigrants – it’s our laws that are criminal

America needs more immigrants, but we seem determined to shoot ourselves in the foot. Before addressing that self-sabotage, permit a small digression. In the 1980s, Venezuela was the wealthiest country in Latin America. Sitting on about 18% of the world’s proven oil reserves, Venezuelans ...

Partnership news and views: Being part of the conversation

If you’ve been following the local news, then you already understand that Marquette County is seeing a significant amount of potential development. From proposals for new housing, roads, hotels, industrial expansions, and more, there’s no denying that Marquette County is attractive to new ...

Abrams and perils of hagiography

This shouldn’t be happening to Stacey Abrams, not after all that has been invested into her budding political super stardom. New York Magazine wondered in its 2019 profile of Abrams if she’d run for governor, senator, vice president or president -- the world was her oyster. Vogue asked, ...

Queen showed monarchy’s resilience

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and the praise pouring in from almost all quarters for her 70 years of service make a powerful case, even for small-r republican and small-d democratic Americans, for the institution of constitutional monarchy. There is much to be said for having a head of ...