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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 ...

Would we be better off with a President Pence?

What would a President Pence do? It’s a question no one is asking, so I guess it falls to me. In January 2020 it was almost as if God, the universe or our Lizard People overlords were giving the Republicans one last chance to separate their fate from Trump’s. The Higher Power couldn’t ...

Show interest during interview

Dear Annie: I’ve been applying for jobs but having no luck. I did interview at two places this month. It did not work out at either. I’m wondering about one part of the interview. When they ask if I have any questions for them, what am I supposed to say? I really need work and, honestly, ...

Dems, protesters are our shame

It is a gift, as Robert Burns wrote, to see ourselves as others see us. One of those “others” is Caroline Glick, who writes on her webpage from Israel: “Americans are now expected to kneel for the Star Spangled Banner and disavow American history while swallowing whole a false, ...

Campaign year of less wisdom and less wit

In the nine presidential elections between the 1952 victory of Dwight D. Eisenhower and George H.W. Bush’s 1988 win, just two Republicans won the White House: Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. One man was indispensable to the winning campaigns of these two very different Republicans. His ...

The US presidency is a terrible thing to waste

President Donald Trump is in the midst of a polling swoon largely of his own making. It’s true that events have taken a hand — a pandemic with a death toll of more than 100,000, a sharp recession, double-digit unemployment and civil unrest would be the horsemen of the apocalypse for any ...

Draining my battery to support others

Dear Annie: Caring for my 91-year-old mother is taking a toll on me. For the past five years, I have made sure my elderly parents were doing well. My father battled bladder cancer for over 25 years, but in the end, cancer won out big time. I quit my teaching job to help support my mother with ...

Taking note: Certain songs

The deciduous trees seem to be showing off their new abundance of foliage. It’s finally their time to shine after a long, leafless winter. The leaves, almost chartreuse, stand out in stark contrast to the darker green of the pines. The canopies of leaves meet, forming an arch over the dirt ...

Defund the police? Stop abusing the language

You know you have a stupid declaration on your hands when you have to explain what some on your side really mean. Such is the burden of Democrats trying to limit the damage from the childish demands to “defund the police.” Oxford’s U.S. dictionary defines “defund” as “prevent from ...

Trump unlikely to repeat Nixon’s 1968 success

Historical analogies are sometimes interesting and occasionally illuminating, but often they’re a substitute for thinking seriously about what’s going on in front of you. For instance, around the time President Trump started tweeting “LAW & ORDER!” at seemingly random intervals, a ...

Looking for a real connection

Dear Annie: Would you happen to know a dating site that isn’t crazy expensive and that would allow me to find someone who’s not fake? I’m looking to meet someone real, preferably someone who loves animals like I do. I’d appreciate any help you can offer. — Just Me in Germany Dear ...

A contract with black America

On Oct. 26, 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to a mostly African American audience in Charlotte, North Carolina. He said: “Every African-American citizen in this country is entitled to a government that puts their jobs, wages and security first...I will not let you down. You ...

Of course, destruction of property is violence

Breaking things and burning buildings is enjoying a vogue it hasn’t had since the late 1960s or early 1970s. Arson and looting are a perennial feature of urban unrest, but they have been pretty universally condemned for decades now — until the past week or so. Forced to choose between ...

Taking note: Sharing the light

The lighthouse casts a diagonal, elongated shadow. Each feature of its lakeward-pointing silhouette is crisply outlined against the brilliant green backdrop of the grass. From the top of the lighthouse, Lake Michigan’s blue waters sparkle, except for a semicircular area in the water that ...