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New UP Health System-Marquette CEO on duty

This month marks an exciting change for my wife and I as we move to Marquette, and I begin my journey as the CEO of UP Health System-Marquette.I am originally from Minnesota and I am thrilled to be back in the Midwest. We recently made the move to the U.P. with our two dogs, and we can't wait ...

Lighten 2025 fuel mandates

Despite huge gains in fuel efficiency, automakers need relief from future stringent standards.The fuel standards automakers are supposed to meet by 2025 are likely unattainable, according to a Technical Assessment Report that was recently released on the automotive industry's progress in this ...

Is the left really wary of Clinton?

The hard left can be an unforgiving crowd, not always mindful of the give-and-take required to get things done. Donald Trump's fascist-lite ravings are anathema to them, but with moderate Republicans migrating to Hillary Clinton, some on the left worry that a President Clinton might feel less ...

Better days are already here

The annual cicadas have barely begun their end-of-summer evensong in the trees behind our house, but children in the neighborhood are already headed back to school.Twice this week I've had to pull my car to a stop and wait until the school bus door opens with the familiar wheeze, releasing the ...

Time for beach burkini bingo!

WASHINGTON - Once upon a time, a scantily clad lass padding down a beach might cause a riot - at least of eyeballs eager to extend the sidelong glance.Today, it's the fully clothed woman who overheats the passions in France, where three towns have banned the burkini. Leave it to the French to ...

What can the past teach us?

While we shouldn't live in the past, we can certainly learn from it. We are not the first humans to walk the Earth and yet too many, especially the young, suffer from the conceit that history is just a boring subject in school.PBS is rerunning episodes on its award-winning series "American ...

Is free trade causing job loss

International trade figures heavily in the presidential race. Presidential candidate Donald Trump said, "Hillary Clinton unleashed a trade war against the American worker when she supported one terrible trade deal after another - from NAFTA to China to South Korea." And adding, "A Trump ...

Is nationalism always a bad thing? Depends on how it’s used

Google "Donald Trump" and "nationalism" and you'll get 1,090,000 results, the large percentage of which are, to judge from the top hits, negative. "Nationalism" is deemed to be bad stuff, maybe even akin to Nazism.But is nationalism always so bad? Not, it seems, for the millions of people ...

Parental rights bill in state Senate should get hearing

I have had the good fortune to work for more than 30 years in the social service field. Twenty-seven of those years were spent helping abused and neglected children find safety and security by learning new skills and returning to a "family."In some instances, this family included biological ...

Trump keeps taking this crazy recklessness too far

WASHINGTON-Firm supporters of Donald Trump will say his suggestion that "the Second Amendment people" could prevent a President Hillary Clinton from appointing a Supreme Court justice favoring gun control was clearly a call to them to vote against her in November.Some will say it's just another ...

Voting must be made easier

The anemic turnout in (the Aug. 2) primary election is a reminder that Michigan maintains some of the country's most restrictive voting laws.As lawmakers in most states experiment with innovations designed to boost registration and participation in the democratic process, Michigan's ...

Obamacare under President Clinton

We may be getting ahead of ourselves assuming that Hillary Clinton will be next president, but let's proceed on that (comforting) notion. Few are better prepared to preserve and improve upon the Affordable Care Act than Clinton, who's long immersed herself in health care policy.Obamacare is ...

When Trump speaks, kids listen

Earlier this summer, I was walking through the Miami airport with my 8-year-old grandson when I looked around and noticed I suddenly wasn't.I whipped around and spotted him standing a few feet away, his eyes glued to the cable show blasting on a monitor overhead. Twice I called his name. Twice ...

Newspapers the last line of defense

WASHINGTON - Every couple of years or so, I feel the need to whine about the plight of newspapers. It's August. I'm Trumped out. So today's the day.Except that HBO's John Oliver beat me to it with the best defense of newspapers - ever. His recent "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" monologue ...

Ransom by any other name

You've probably heard the very old riddle: When is a door not a door? When it's ajar.An updated version might go like this: When is a ransom not a ransom? When the Obama administration says it isn't.President Obama and his State Department want us to believe that $400 million in foreign cash ...

Poll apart: American’s optimism tanks in latest national survey

A long time ago, maybe in the first Eisenhower administration, my precinct committeewoman taught me the unchanging rules of how to respond to public opinion polls.If the polls show your candidate trailing badly, then simply attack polls and anyone who blindly follows them: "I will always be ...

IRS should call Trump’s bluff

For 40 years, Americans have had a chance to review the tax returns of major party candidates running for the presidency.But this year, the Republican nominee says he "can't" release his returns because they are being audited by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS has said nothing prevents a ...

It’s unclear if either party has winning strategy for November

What is the campaign strategy for the two political parties? Clues can be had from the responses to a question I asked about a dozen dignitaries of each party at their conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia. What's your best guess, I asked, emphasizing guess, of your nominee's percentage of ...

Trump election would be great news for Russians, ISIL

This is the second time my visceral discontentment with Donald Trump urges me to share with you my own personal feelings and thoughts. Personal, is the key word.The first time was when he attacked the integrity of a judge because of his Mexican heritage, which enraged me because my father was a ...

Higher education one option of many in selecting future

College students approach university life expecting a transformative experience. They are on a mission to gain knowledge, leadership skills, and valuable connections, hoping to improve their quality of life after they walk across the graduation stage.Numerous studies confirm that overall ...