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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 ...

High court could kill Obamacare despite defense from Biden

jules witcover WASHNGTON — Like digging up a body from a graveyard, renewed Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Democratic Affordable Care Act could make federal health care insurance a pivotal campaign issue again later this year. A Texas lower court ruling invalidating ...

After this, voters will take their responsibility seriously

Mona Charen “Let’s blow it all up.” That was the sentiment that animated any number of Republican primary voters in 2016. The “it” was (take your pick) the Republican Party, the “establishment,” the country. There were many good reasons for voters to be dissatisfied with the ...

Lawmakers, budget for coronavirus

Now that the coronavirus has become a real threat to the U.S., Michigan has to be ready for an outbreak. To help prepare for the inevitable, the state should reserve some funds in the budget to deal with the virus, should it come here. House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, says those ...

Coronavirus appears immune to any of Trump’s superpowers

It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week for the president. Over the preceding month, Donald Trump’s chances for re-election had been looking pretty good. The economy was roaring, the administration inked a deal with the Taliban for U.S. withdrawal from the “endless war” ...

The shame of Chuck Schumer

Just when you may have thought that the low quality of political rhetoric in Washington could not get any worse, along comes Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to prove otherwise. At a pro-choice demonstration outside the Supreme Court, which is considering a Louisiana law requiring ...

Why Dem establishment still has juice

The Democratic establishment managed the nearly impossible. In the course of less than two weeks, it cut off Bernie Sanders at the pass and revived Joe Biden. We don’t live in an age of powerful political parties with commanding figures pulling the strings in backrooms (no smoking allowed). ...

Joe Biden’s surge revives Dem establishment’s grip

WASHINGTON — In the course of four days, former Vice President Joe Biden switched the narrative of the Democratic presidential campaign from fear of a progressive (aka democratic socialist) takeover by Sen. Bernie Sanders to one of moderate liberal business as usual. Biden’s startling ...

Pure water: Protecting an all-important resource

Jon Magnuson One recent winter evening I sat in front of a fireplace with a group of interfaith volunteers for a strategy meeting of the Northern Great Lakes Water Stewards. Following a simple meal, we pondered ways to shape future gatherings. After some moments of silence, a 24- year young ...

Time for nation to take a deep breath and depolarize

Robert Anderson Anger and polarization in America today are not normal and not healthy. Their causes, why they’re bad and how to depolarize are the subjects of this op-ed. According to Better Angels, a nonprofit dedicated to depolarization, political and religious polarization have ...

What part of ‘NO AMNESTY’ don’t DC officials understand?

The rumblings from the Beltway are ominous, my fellow Americans. As the U.S Supreme Court prepares to rule on President Donald Trump’s termination of the Obama administration amnesty and work permits for 800,000 young illegal immigrants sometime between now and June 2020, all the usual ...

Will someone listen? Early voting stupid

Under California’s new election protocols, as many as 40 percent of California voters voted early, either by mail or at voting centers, for Tuesday’s primary. And what about those who cast ballots for Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg or Tom Steyer, all of whom announced in recent days that ...

Trying therapy and feeling blocked

Dear Annie: I’ve been seeing a therapist for around five years, and I find myself unsure what to say. My wife first encouraged me to speak with a professional to help me better understand myself and deal with some buried anger. One of my major realizations in therapy has been that I have ...

We’re all in this together

There is a disease going around, and I’m not talking only about the coronavirus. It’s a political disease, and it seems to be spreading, especially among certain politicians who are looking for another way to expel President Trump from office. Last week on the ABC program “The ...