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Nervous public seeks leadership but turns to states’ governors

jules witcover WASHINGTON — As President Trump has transitioned from denying the severity of the coronavirus crisis to bragging about his tardy acknowledgment of it, much of the nation has turned to state and local officials to get straight talk and sound advice. It is coming particularly ...

China’s lies and ours getting difficult to keep track of

Mona Charen This is a tale of two governments. Both were faced with a potential disaster — a new and deadly epidemic. Both made choices that the world will judge. China. The virus made its first appearance in a Wuhan “wet market,” an emporium (apparently common in China) that featured ...

Music plays track across region

Billy Strings and Lorien Adamski are at very different points in their musical careers. Both play guitar, but Strings is an award-winning professional, Adamski a raw beginner. There’s also a bit of an age difference. Strings is 27, Adamski 96. Age doesn’t matter when it comes to music. ...

Rainbows behind virus curtain

Milan is the V-8 engine of Italy’s economy. Known as an industrial and financial powerhouse, Milan is also famous for its foul air. Now the city and its region, Lombardy, have become the epicenter of Europe’s coronavirus pandemic. To stop the virus’ spread, factories, offices, ...

Coronavirus crisis sure to spawn new political realities

The social and political response to major catastrophes often proceeds in stages. Stage 1 is denial. Thankfully, this stage is largely over for the coronavirus crisis. Not counting a few poltroons and conspiracy theorists, nobody is saying it’s all hype or no big deal. Now we’re ...

Best to just leave it alone

Dear Annie: I have a cousin who is married, and he and his wife are very close to my wife and me. We started spending time together, not because of my cousin and me but because our wives hit it off and developed a close friendship. We spend the holidays together, visit one another at least once ...

A lesson from coronavirus

If anything good can come from the coronavirus pandemic, it is the revelation of America’s overreliance on China, especially when it comes to drugs. Interviewed by NBC News, retired Brigadier General John Adams said, “Basically, we’ve outsourced our entire industry to China. That is a ...

Mom-in-law with sticky fingers

Dear Annie: Shortly after I met my mother-in-law, she sat me down, showed me her wallet and told me that she always kept a “hundred dollar bill” in the little outside pocket, as well as a blank check folded up inside one of the credit card slots. She said she did this just in case she got ...

Only ‘crooks’ can save us now

A specter haunts progressive America — the possibility that a company might make too much money solving the world’s coronavirus problem. At the last Democratic debate Bernie Sanders called the leaders of the pharmaceutical industry “a bunch of crooks,” who are telling themselves in ...

Try staying the supportive course

Dear Annie: My cousin has had anger issues for years, especially toward our grandmother. A few years ago, her parents got divorced, and her dad immediately started dating another woman, with whom he now shares a house. My cousin has announced that she is cutting herself off from family ties, ...

Biden closes in on nomination as virus crisis intrudes

jules witcover WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden’s sweep of three more presidential primaries in Florida, Illinois and Arizona brings him only 153 delegates short of clinching the Democratic nomination, with rival Sen. Bernie Sanders denying so far to abandon the race in the ...

Quarantining everyone not sustainable, will not work

Larry BUEGE Our current policy of quarantining everyone is not sustainable. It may flatten the curve, but it also lengthens the epidemic, which could persist for months. Individuals hoping the epidemic will dissipate in the spring need only look to Australia, which is enjoying summer. They ...

Don’t try to save the shipwrecks

The overflowing waters of Lake Huron and her angry waves have caused their fair share of havoc this fall and winter. Parks have flooded. Shorelines have eroded. Breakwalls have failed. Waters have reached far into the places people normally frolic. And the big lake has pushed shipwrecks ...

Votes do matter, Bernie

If Bernie Sanders were amassing a nearly insurmountable lead in the delegate counts, I have little doubt that he would be saying to Joe Biden: “Democrats have spoken. Time to drop out and help the team.” But doing what he expects of others is not Bernie’s way. As in the past, he can ...

Preserve democracy, our election by being innovative

We are facing one discrete problem in the mass of chaos surrounding this pandemic that we can and must address immediately — the security of November’s election. Voting in the traditional way requires us to do the very thing that epidemiologists and public health authorities have ...

Biden doesn’t have to let Sanders pull him leftward

My advice for Joe Biden: Don’t do that again. That might seem like counterintuitive advice given that Biden won Sunday night’s debate decisively. But Biden doesn’t need to debate any more. There’s supposed to be another round in April, but there’s nothing stopping the Democratic ...

Writer feels he’s just going through the motions

Dear Annie: Why am I in a quandary? Because I have been married most of my adult life, and I feel almost nothing for my partner of 33 years, and I’m sure we are both just going through the motions of the relationship. Don’t misunderstand; I care deeply for this person. I just feel ...

Tired of being tired

Dear Annie: My live-in girlfriend and I, both 58 years old, have a dilemma. Several times a month, we watch her 7-year-old granddaughter for a night or two, usually on weekends. The child arrives in the evening, stays up until 3 or 4 a.m. and sleeps until early afternoon. I have made fun ...

Sick with worry not just expression

WASHINGTON — Two threads of interest have emerged from the coronavirus “crisis:” One is an apparent generational divide related to relative worry; the other is the degree to which the media are contributing to the virus’ propagation. I qualify “crisis” because, though we’ve had ...

On coronavirus, nationalists aren’t nationalist enough

A foreign threat, emanating from China and requiring border controls and the exercise of government power to protect Americans, has arrived in the United States. Yet President Donald Trump spent the initial weeks minimizing the threat and talking of it magically disappearing, despite being a ...