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Lansing, take note: Parents want better schools now Michigan faces competing challenges that deserve lawmakers’ attention, from fixing the roads to reducing outrageous auto insurance rates. Parents in the state believe that improving schools is even more important, however, and that ...

A cap on interest rates that are charged consumers? Yes

The Loan Shark Protection Act would limit the interest charged on credit cards to 15 percent. A 15 percent cap would be too low — naively too low. Too bad the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, weren’t more careful, because their clumsy approach hands ...

Billboards show abortion at forefront

WASHINGTON — Driving along Colorado’s scenic byways, one might be distracted these days by a series of billboards promoting safe abortions or, depending upon one’s route, alternatives to abortion, as well as assorted child-rearing recommendations. They make one wistful for the old crazy ...

Pro-lifers ready for change

Since 1973, when Roe vs. Wade ushered in what would eventually lead to abortion on demand, including partial-birth abortion and even the failure to protect babies born alive after failed procedures — the pro-life movement has achieved few legislative victories. That may be about to change. ...

Que sera, sera: Doris Day’s life had a lasting impact

WASHINGTON — Growing up in the 1950s and ‘60s, there was no avoiding the adorable Doris Day. She was cute as a bug, wholesome, winsome and adored, at least in movies, by the swooning-est leading men in Hollywood — Rock Hudson, Cary Grant and Clark Gable, to name a few. As a young girl, ...

Even Trump knows we need immigrants

After spending much time and energy as a candidate and president descrying immigration, Donald Trump now wants Americans to believe immigrants are good for our country. On Thursday, the president touted a new immigration plan put together by his son-in-law Jared Kushner, a man with little ...

Blaine paid steep price for his bigotry

George will WASHINGTON — Republican James G. Blaine (1830-1893) was a House speaker, senator and two-time secretary of state, but he is remembered, if at all, for this doggerel: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine/ the continental liar from the state of Maine.” His lasting legacy, however, ...

What if President Trump has driven Democrats sane?

rich lowry The Joe Biden polling surge has raised the frightful specter of Democratic rationality. What if Donald Trump hasn’t driven Democrats insane, sending them into a spiral of self-defeating radicalism, but instead made them shockingly pragmatic? Biden’s early strength suggests ...

New Alabama abortion law reflects views of electorate

Mona Charen Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., tweeted in response to anti-abortion legislation passed by the Alabama legislature: “I refuse to believe that these Republican men represent the views of most Alabamians. Their action is both unconstitutional and shameful. The people of Alabama deserve ...

Outbreaks of argument with measles spread

Anyone remember the 2014 outbreak of whooping cough in Traverse City? It happened swiftly one November in a wave that surged through area schools. It started with a smattering across districts — 11 cases at Grand Traverse Academy; seven at TCAPS; five at Westwoods Elementary School, one ...

Biden in 2020: Sleepy Joe or Paul Revere?

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — As President Trump continues his schoolyard tweeting of childish nicknames for his foes by labeling former Vice President Biden “Sleepy Joe,” his target responds more in the fashion of Paul Revere, shouting that American democracy is under dire ...

Time to end political family privilege; America wants it

The Trump camp is making a very big deal out of Hunter Biden’s 2014 gig with a Ukrainian oligarch. This was a time when his father, Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s vice president, was pressing Ukraine’s leaders to rein in its oligarchs. As it happened, Hunter’s membership on the oligarch’s ...

MPSC holding hearing Friday in Escanaba

In 2016, the state Legislature passed, and the governor signed into law, comprehensive legislation that fundamentally changed the way utilities and state regulators plan for the energy future of Michigan’s 10 million residents. Among those Legislative changes were orders for the Michigan ...

Back to the past with Biden

Joe Biden, the leading Democrat in the overcrowded presidential sweepstakes (there are more of them running than horses in the recent Kentucky Derby), appears to want to take America back to the days of the Obama administration, which he was a part of for eight years. What would that look ...

Story ‘too good to check’ usually gets you in trouble

Shortly after the cooling of the earth, when I was working for The Washington Post, I more than once heard a grizzled editor skeptically caution a younger reporter who was sure that he, alone, had gotten a stop-the-presses exclusive scoop that was going to lead the paper and, quite possibly, ...

Most Americans accept diversity

As the country grows more ethnically and racially diverse, Americans’ attitudes towards diversity seem pretty sanguine. Most Americans, regardless of ethnic or racial background, think diversity is a good thing and makes the nation stronger. More than three-fourths of all Americans say ...

‘Dabbling’ in protectionism dangerous

George will WASHINGTON — A man who worked in a boxer’s corner in a 1962 match against Cassius Clay, as he still was known, explained why the referee stopped the fight in the fourth round: “Things just went sour gradually all at once.” It can be like that when government dabbles in ...

Chocolay Township board must protect community

We are opposed to Chocolay Township's proposed zoning ordinance 34-19-03 and rental ordinance 68 that would allow unregulated short-term rentals throughout the Township. Please come and share your thoughts at public comment at 5:30 p.m. Monday, before the township board takes a final vote on ...

Middle East tumult: No simple solutions to situation

mohey mowafy aOn the night of his inauguration, our 45th president was, naturally, an ecstatic man. I remember when he looked at his son-in-law and declared him to be the incoming Middle East guru who will bring that “peace settlement” between the Israelis and the Palestinians which has ...

Trump actions inviting constitutional crisis ahead

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — President Trump’s decision to claim executive privilege to shield himself from further investigation into his personal and business affairs assures a critical clash over the Constitution’s separation of powers among the three governing branches. He has ...