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Will businesses want to move to Texas now?

Texas has low taxes, which is nice. Its mild winter weather appeals to many in the snowbound north. And the cost of living there is certainly lower than that of the elite coastal cities. Also nice. On the other hand, it has a political culture that launches serial attacks on voting rights ...

Deep in the hearts of Texas babies

In the matter of a new Texas law banning abortions six weeks after gestation, when a fetal heartbeat can usually be detected by vaginal ultrasound, suppose the headlines had been different? Instead of words like “most restrictive in nation” (The Wall Street Journal) and “Supreme Court ...

Biden working on recovering from Afghanistan debacle

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw all American military forces from Afghanistan has created the first serious political setback in his presidency. It has required him to double down on his reasoning that American troops no longer should be asked to defend a country its ...

Is today’s GOP becoming a party of violence?

A Republican running for Northampton County executive in Pennsylvania gave a heated address on Aug. 29 about mask mandates in schools. Steve Lynch is tired, he said, of providing his school board arguments and data (he apparently thinks the data support letting kids go maskless), but the ...

Not so easy summertime as COVID-19, Afghanistan vex

There once were summertimes when the living was easy, as the song from the Broadway musical “Porgy and Bess” melodically reminds us. But not this summer, not with COVID-19 still spreading dangerously across the land and uncertainty over what happens next after the withdrawal of U.S. forces ...

Seniors deserve a slice of waterfront

A view of the bay is worth something. Maybe not half workers' pay — but it definitely has value. The county's seniors recognize the value of that bay view and want to hold onto it — that's why a grassroots fundraising effort to replace the old Traverse City Senior Center building at 801 ...