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Why millennials may be conservative

WASHINGTON — Several current trends among millennials do not bode well for Democrats. Indeed, they suggest a greater affinity for (many) Republican policies, notwithstanding a, perhaps, contiguous dislike for the GOP’s leadership. Dare I say it: These trends may suggest a gradual ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I have a message I hope you will please share. The last several years have seen numerous natural disasters. The human toll has been great, but there are thousands of other victims that have no voice. Pets, especially cats, are left behind. I encourage all pet owners to have a ...

Old immigration debate had substance

“Wide open and unguarded stand our gates, And through them presses a wild motley throng ... O Liberty, white Goddess! is it well To leave the gates unguarded?” — Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1892) WASHINGTON — If you think we have reached peak stupidity — that America’s ...

Finding common ground needed in abortion debate

There is no issue that divides Americans like abortion. Both sides are passionate-so passionate that for many on both extremes it is the only issue that guides their vote. Other divisive social issues in our nation’s history, such as school busing (Brown v. Board of Education), interracial ...

Bright future found in doing what works, not in tax hikes

With metronomic regularity, some well-motivated billionaire announces that he wishes the government would increase his taxes. The latest entrant is Eli Broad. Writing in The New York Times, Broad praises private philanthropy and the capitalist system “that’s yielded some of the greatest ...

Another opinion

State still fumbling medical pot access With only four licensed marijuana testing facilities across Michigan, and licensed dispensaries running low on product, medical marijuana patients are struggling to access items they rely on to reduce pain and other symptoms. As the state seeks to ...

Vogue doesn’t have to put Melania on cover

Michelle Obama made the cover of Vogue magazine three times. Hillary Clinton not only graced the cover in her first lady days but also, as the candidate running against Donald Trump in 2016, received the magazine’s first and (so far) only political endorsement. Conspicuously missing is the ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I used to drink coffee only now and then, just for enjoyment. But since my job has become more intense and stressful, I’ve found myself needing at least a cup a day to keep me alert and functioning at full capacity. I don’t like that I’m dependent on caffeine now. I notice ...

Dem candidate forum was weak semblance of debate

WASHINGTON — Ten of the many Democrats seeking their party’s 2020 presidential nomination debated in Miami Wednesday night in a two-hour nationally televised event. In one sense, the practical winner was not on the stage: former Vice President Joe Biden. As the contestants vied for air ...

Sulzberger is right (and wrong)

I never thought I would write this, but the publisher of The New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, is right. Sulzberger wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal in response to President Trump’s claim that his newspaper committed “treason” by publishing a story about U.S. efforts to ...

Dear Annie

Dear Readers: A recent column talked about someone being grossed out when entering a bathroom stall because the previous occupant failed to flush. I was pretty hard on that previous occupant, assuming they were at fault. Quite a few readers pointed out that this might have been a problem of ...

Dems have their circular firing squads

Mo Udall, the legendary Democratic congressman from Arizona, was brutally candid about his party’s bad habit of succumbing to intramural recriminations that became the political equivalent of a civil war in the leper colony. “When Democrats organize a firing squad, they form a circle,” ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I endured a very traumatic childhood. I was verbally abused. I was physically abused. I was sexually abused and raped. I’m writing because I want to know the best way to respond to ignorant and insensitive remarks about my childhood. I have been told, “just leave it in the ...

Madcap caution of Donald Trump

The worry last week was that the Trump administration was ginning up fake intelligence about Iran blowing up oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz to justify a war against Iran. Then, this week, President Donald Trump said the Iranian attacks weren’t a big deal. The episode is another ...

Wings are still flying over Haiti

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — Jonathan Nash Glynn — artist, pilot and philanthropist — never envisioned himself as a missionary, but, absent religion, that’s what he has become in recent years. “I’m a secular Jew from Jersey,” he laughs, as we catch up by phone on the past eight years. ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: As much as I hate to admit it, I think about divorce practically every day. Divorce, however, isn’t something I want. What I want is for my husband to understand my point of view — which is why I’m writing this letter. He reads your column religiously. Maybe my words will sink ...

UPPCO’s customers need bold solutions for problems

elise matz The fact that UPPCO’s residential electricity rates are among the highest in the continental United States is old news to the people who pay the bills each month. As of June 1, the utility’s household rates were 68% higher than the Michigan average, in a state that has the 12th ...

Elizabeth Warren’s plans will be terrible for the country

Mona Charen Senator Elizabeth Warren is being lauded as the serious candidate in the race. Her motto, “I have a plan for that,” is accepted as proof that she is thoughtful and conscientious. That’s too generous. One should expect a grown-up to evaluate costs and benefits, to ...

Insurance overhaul a positive

Many drivers are cheering action in Lansing that — beginning in about a year — will allow Michigan residents to reduce their automobile insurance costs. The legislation is a solid step toward reducing Michigan's highest-in-the-nation auto insurance premiums. Critics of the measure mourn ...

Sanders is FDR’s unimaginative echo

George will WASHINGTON — That the Democrats’ two evenings of dueling oratory snippets this week are called “debates” validates Finley Peter Dunne’s prediction that “when we Americans are through with the English language, it will look as if it had been run over by a musical ...