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Some of you rabbits are winning, some not

Rabbits. Rabbits! They’re hopping all over New England, my yard included. They need to eat and, being rabbits, have lots of mouths to feed. What more could a rabbit want than a fresh head of cabbage, organically grown by my calloused hands? Warmer winters have exploded rabbit populations in ...

Trump can’t decide how to attack Biden

If Donald Trump is going to defeat Joe Biden he’s going to have to define Joe Biden. It’s not looking good right now. It’s forgotten now, but there was a time when some of the crazier right-wing types thought President Dwight Eisenhower was a Soviet agent. The idea was popularized by ...

Polls apart: Dems shouldn’t open champagne just yet

New York Times/Siena College has Democrat Joe Biden at 50% and Republican President Donald Trump at 36%; CNN has Biden at 54% and Trump 36%; Fox News has Biden at 50% and Trump at 38%. These recent national polls have left Democrats almost giddy with anticipation. But before Democrats put the ...

Time to protect your catharsis

Dear Annie: I recently read the letter from A Better Man Today, who was concerned about people reading his personal diary, particularly about his “dark times.” I agree with your answer but would like to add one more idea. Create a “burn box” and entrust it to someone who will not open ...

Dems frivolous on candidates

White college graduates have emerged from the last two decades of elections as an increasingly large and cohesive political bloc — and one that poses problems for both political parties. Back in the pre-COVID-19 era, their numbers augmented by recent products of woke campuses, they seemed ...

Dear Annie: Passage of time doesn’t make pain disappear

Dear Annie: I’m heartbroken over an event that took place 52 years ago. I dated a girl in high school for several years and was truly in love. After I graduated from high school in 1967, I asked her to marry me. She took my hand and said that she couldn’t because she was pregnant from her ...

Op ed: Religion, COVID-19 is complicated situation

Any experienced priest, pastor, rabbi or spiritual leader will smile when you mention that religion is complicated. One moment the president of the United States is holding up a Bible in front of a cathedral during a public protest. A few hours later, he’s being scolded by a bishop. Pope ...

Taking note: Enjoying the ride

The night sky is a velvety black, but reflections of the sleeper car’s lit-up interior dance upon the glass of the little window as the train travels westward. The light casts faint, shiny images of the pull-down table and bunk, a couch that converts to a bed, and the small door that exits to ...

8-18 Media: Quarantine in Kuwait

Personally, I can’t think of any 14-year-old who would say quarantine is an amazing and an enjoyable experience, but if any 14-year-old has said that, then that child's mother or father better get the soap because what just came out of their mouth was a lie. I’m just a regular, tall, ...

In reopening casinos, the virus is the dealer

Those who care to wager on a visit to Las Vegas will confront mixed messages on mask wearing, to say the least. The Nevada Gaming Control Board just issued a rule requiring casino guests to wear face coverings at tables and card games only if there are no shields between dealers and each ...

President’s speech was toxic in Tulsa

President Trump’s speech Saturday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a toxic stream of consciousness that ignored a great opportunity to speak words of healing and unity to a divided nation. His remarks, which lasted nearly two hours, were full of self-justifications and salted with crude ...

George Floyd changed my mind

For many years, I was skeptical about accusations of racism in the criminal justice system. Yes, I knew that blacks comprised only about 12% of the population yet represented 33% of the prison population. But those data alone did not prove that police are racists or that courts are tougher on ...

Success breeds failure

Success breeds failure. That’s a lesson taught by America’s current woes, the stumbling attempts to cope with the novel coronavirus, and the all-too-familiar scripts for responding to police misconduct and violent riots. What worked once upon a time no longer proves functional; policies ...

Washing hands and rinsing away the haters

Dear Annie: It’s horrible to be judged. Here is my story: I am fortunate to have a nice car. This vehicle is my first new vehicle after 15 years of saving. From my additional savings, I am able to provide to others and deliver the items they need. I also have friends who do not have ...

Taking note: Days at the beach

The gentle crash of the ocean waves seems to hardly stir the sands of the shoreline, which extends dozens of miles in either direction without a single building to be seen. The wet sand glimmers, darkened by the tides, while the dry portion of the beach is almost bleached white by the sun ...

Guest op-ed: U.P. has long history of defeating big challenges

Michiganders have faced an incredibly tough start to 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges on individuals, families, our healthcare systems, frontline workers and businesses alike. The challenge to manage the pandemic has created unchartered territory for elected ...

Guest op-ed: Finding our national purpose in current racial crisis not easy

“The Soul of America” written by Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential biographer Jon Meacham is relevant to today’s racial crisis. Looking back in history, the book shows how our great Presidents in crisis brought us out of fear and division into hope and tolerance. The lessons from The ...

Political grief on top of fear, depression, econ loss

COVID-19 is not at all over and shows every sign of staging a return. We’ve been through a lot of fear, depression, and losses of income and loved ones. Much can’t be changed, but the leadership can, from sloppy governors to President Donald Trump at the top of the heap. Trump seems not ...

Running for cover from sneezes

Dear Annie: Recently, you printed a letter from a woman whose boyfriend excessively belched. Well, now I am here to complain about my wife's sneezes. When she sneezes, it is practically a scream. I think it gives me ear damage. It definitely gives me a start, not to mention our poor cat, who ...