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Burning wood in the great north: Can it get any cleaner than this?

Wood energy, done with known, efficient and affordable technologies, is one of the most environmentally-friendly energy sources at our disposal. Not only is it renewable and sustainable, but it's locally-sourced and most easily contributes to the heating and cooling sector. Renewable energy ...

Joe Biden still in wings despite speculation that he may run

WASHINGTON - A report in the New York Times has stirred new speculation that Vice President Joe Biden, who up to now has remained aloof from the 2016 Democratic presidential race, may be edging closer to entering it. If so, it would be a course correction from his declared position ever since ...

Disinvestment ties roads, blight to D.C.

Awful policy-making streams from Washington like water down slippery rocks these days.But special mention is due the proposal, now largely dead, to raid blight funding for cities like Detroit to shore up the nearly broke national highway trust fund.It was exceptionally frightful, for obvious ...

When history books make history, all of us are much better for it

WASHINGTON - History books can be historic events, making history by ending important arguments. They can make it impossible for any intellectually honest person to assert certain propositions that once enjoyed considerable currency among people purporting to care about evidence.The author of ...

Trump-inspired debate drama highlights unsettled GOP field

CLEVELAND (AP) - It took just one question for chaos to erupt in Cleveland."Is there anyone on stage, and can I see hands, who is unwilling tonight to pledge your support to the eventual nominee of the Republican Party and pledge to not run an independent campaign against that person," asked ...

Defunding Planned Parenthood different than repealing abortion

The GOP-controlled Congress is taking up the cause, once again, of defunding Planned Parenthood. This latest effort comes in response to macabre hidden-camera videos shot by the Center for Medical Progress of staff at Planned Parenthood talking about the grisly practice of chopping up fetuses ...

It’s another British invasion but this time it isn’t musical

When music fans think of "the British Invasion" they are referring to 1960s bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Britain today, however, faces a different type of invasion.Thousands of migrants, most from North Africa and the Middle East, are storming an ineffective "barricade" in ...

Yes, debates 15 months before election do matter

Presidential debates, even those with 10 candidates held some 15 months before Election Day, do matter. Just recall the Aug. 11, 2011, GOP debate in Ames, Iowa, when Byron York of The Washington Examiner, in discussing the proposed combinations of spending cuts and tax increases to reduce the ...

No matter what, killing Cecil bad move by Minnesota dentist

"Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter."- African proverbOn the ledger of global outrages, the killing of Cecil the lion outside of a Zimbabwe national park should barely register.What is the fate of one big cat compared with the civil ...

‘Rolling up’ common sense with Mr. Nelson

With marijuana prohibition finally ending in states and cities across the land - including full legalization in Alaska, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. - who could be better than my friend Willie Nelson to lead the way for weed quality and social responsibility?The ...

Asymmetrical politics: GOP acts like unruly mob, Dems like in-step military

As the presidential campaign heats up, and we head into the first debate among the 16 declared Republican candidates, there is an asymmetry between the two political parties.Republican voters have been seething with discontent toward their party's officeholders and have not become enchanted ...

Dictatorial polls may determine fate of Republican candidates

WASHINGTON - Public-opinion polls, once employed by political consultants to gauge the concerns of voters as a means to shape their candidates' campaigns more effectively, have become the tail that wags the dog.No longer limited to that informational function, the polls have been used virtually ...

Will Jewish Democrats head off Iranian nuke weapons deal?

"Seven Jewish Lawmakers Could Tilt the Scales on Iran Deal," headlines The Times of Israel. The members - Sen. Charles Schumer, Rep. Steven Israel, Rep. Eliot Engel, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Nita Lowey, Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. Ted Deutch - are all Democrats. They must choose between loyalty to ...

Give teens a foot on employment ladder

Minimum wages are rising around the country, including in Michigan. And that's having the unintended effect of keeping young adults out of the job market. With youth unemployment soaring, a bill in the Michigan Legislature would offer some assistance to teens seeking to build their resumes and ...

Obama’s best friend’s these days? GOP presidential hopefuls

WASHINGTON - It is good to be President Barack Obama these days.In the midst of a visit to Africa, including Kenya, where Republican front-runner Donald Trump has insisted Obama was born, the president seems to have been liberated by events and circumstances to speak his true mind.Events ...

Dream on: Would brand new planet need better people?

NASA has discovered the answer to all of our problems. It is another planet, a possible twin to Earth that could theoretically sustain life.This revelation could be bigger than Columbus "discovering" America, or Lewis and Clark finding the Northwest Passage.It offers the possibility of starting ...

‘Like’ factor key component in presidential elections

Bill Cohen, the former three-term Republican U.S. senator from Maine who served as secretary of defense in Democratic president Bill Clinton's second administration, offered this key to the art of winning tough elections: "I don't care how great your ideas are or how well you can articulate ...

Sensitivity over at Gawker is surprising given nature of site

The truth will make you free, the more horrible the better. And the more humiliating the truth the richer you get - certainly if you're Nick Denton, founder of the gossip-mongering website Gawker.But that was Phase One.Denton recently pulled an item about a married media executive's allegedly ...

Increasingly divided Democrats are causing big problems for their party

America's two major political parties have a difficult task: amassing a 51 percent coalition in a nation that has always been - not just now, but from the beginning - regionally, religiously, racially and ethnically diverse.George W. Bush's Republicans in 2006 and 2008 were not able to hold ...

Monsanto hitting the wrong notes

The Canadian rocker and master storyteller Neil Young says, "Music is a universal language."Yes, and when created by a people's champion like him, music can bring down the high and mighty - just as Joshua's trumpeters brought down the walls of Jericho.Or, in Young's case, the walls of ...