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Time to clean up the English language

Seventeenth-century poet and intellect John Milton predicted, “When language in common use in any country becomes irregular and depraved, it is followed by their ruin and degradation.” Gore Vidal, his 20th-century intellectual successor, elaborated saying: “As societies grow decadent, the ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Language tips for 6 months to 1 year

Researchers have learned the importance of focusing on language with babies age six months to one year. What might this focus look like in the family? It means we talk, sing, read and play with our young ones a lot and we make sure that childcare providers are doing the same. Again, we can ...

Ginsburg’s passing gives GOP, conservatives what they wanted

The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gives conservatives and Republicans what they claim to have wanted since judicial activism became the norm in the 1960s. From outlawing prayer and Bible reading in public schools, to the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized ...

Biden in position to win election

WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump careens from incompetence to blunder in his desperate effort to save his presidency, he is intensifying his attacks on Democratic nominee Joe Biden as an over-the-hill political ancient losing his grasp of reality. But it is Trump himself who continues to ...

Territory statehood may explode for Dems

What happens if, as seems much more likely now than it did a year or six months ago, Democrats overturn the Republican majority in the Senate? No clear answer yet, but NBC News reports Democratic senators have set up a “war room” to enable them to abolish the filibuster and quickly pass ...

Wheels on the bus go bump, bump

Back in the day, schools taught the three Rs — reading, (w)riting and 'rithmetic. We'd like to add three Ts to this year's lesson plans — transparency, testing and tolerance. TCAPS students logged on Tuesday for their first day of school, opening the seasonal funnel of Michigan's kids ...

Smart911 just smart

In an emergency, seconds count, and information is power. That's especially true here in Northeast Michigan, where the downside of our natural, rustic beauty is that it can take paramedics, police, and firefighters more time to reach a scene than it might in a denser urban area. The more ...

Disruptive cousin unwelcome during weeklong family visit

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I and our children moved across the country away from our families three years ago. My 9-year-old daughter is extremely close to my mom and sister. Mom wants to take a road trip and spend a week with us. We are all excited, since we haven’t seen them in a year. ...

Get another estimate

Dear Car Talk: Should I repair or replace my 2004 BMW 325xi with less than 24,000 miles on it? It’s red and the body and exterior are in excellent condition. But the following repairs have been suggested: — Replace the power steering reservoir, which is leaking, and flush the ...

Uncomfortable making a recommendation

Dear Annie: I would like your input on how to handle a tricky situation. Many times, I am asked to write a letter of recommendation or make a recommendation for someone seeking a new job or promotion. What do I do if the person is qualified for the job/promotion but I do not feel comfortable ...

Taking note: A forest found

The verdant canopy of the forest spanned as far as the eye could see. Sunlight glowed through the leaves, casting a calming light upon the scene. Shades of chartreuse and evergreen surrounded me. A few leaves in hues of red and orange were scattered on the forest floor, even though there ...

The devil and Karl Marx

Paul Kengor is a professor of political science at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. He has just published “The Devil and Karl Marx,” a careful look at the diabolical side of Karl Marx. The book has come out during an important time in our history since so many Americans, ...

Bob Woodward rides again

On hearing that President Trump sat for 18 interviews with Bob Woodward of The Washington Post my first reaction was "what the..." Why Woodward? There can only be two reasons. The first must have been that the president thought he could persuade the man to like him. The evidence that ...

Trump’s ‘play it down’ debacle self inflicted

The latest hammer of a book to fall on President Donald Trump is Bob Woodward’s ... “Rage,” and it’s his own words that are the issue. According to the book, the president told the veteran Washington Post journalist in March that he publicly minimized the danger of the coronavirus: ...

President accused of being ‘blind’ to duty

WASHINGTON — The Atlantic magazine has stirred up a hornet’s nest with an article quoting unidentified White House insiders testifying to scurrilous remarks by Donald Trump about former members of the American military, including many dead and buried in cemeteries at home and abroad. The ...

Anti-Trump conspiracy can be seen across all media

The cable networks, including Fox News, could talk of little else Labor Day weekend but the Atlantic magazine piece by Jeffrey Goldberg alleging President Trump had said Americans who have died in wars are “losers” and “suckers.” The comments allegedly were made two years ago during ...

As China cracks down, who will speak for the Uighurs?

According to John Bolton, when Xi Jinping told Donald Trump that he was putting Uighurs in camps, Trump said he was doing “exactly the right thing.” Of course, Xi’s depiction was pure agitprop. China is not targeting Uighurs who have shown terrorist tendencies, it is crushing an entire ...

Car Talk: It might be time for a new luxury ride

Dear Car Talk: I own a 1998 Cadillac Eldorado with a V8, 32-valve Northstar engine. It’s in pristine condition and has only 48,000 miles. While driving back home to Asheville, N.C., from Atlanta my Eldorado’s coolant light came on. I stopped to add coolant and went on my way. The car never ...

Dear Abby: Surprise changes in plans strain women’s friendship

DEAR ABBY: I have a serious issue with my best girlfriend. We make plans together, adult plans, and then at the last minute, her kids drop the young grandkids off for her to babysit, curtailing any plans we have together. The past few times, we have changed our plans to a “kids” ...

8-18 Media: A kid from two different worlds

My sister and I were yelling at each other back and forth, surrounded by people with confused faces who were glancing at each other continuously and of course thinking, “What are they saying? Wow, Arabic sounds like such a harsh language.” As you might now know, my name is Fahad and I'm ...