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Power to the people 2.0 can be seen playing out in 2021

During the rebellious 1960s, the slogan “power to the people” became a mantra for the young to protest what they saw as oppression from their elders. Now comes a moment when significant numbers of Americans can exercise real power in ways that will improve the country. Most people will ...

Taking Note: Hidden stories

For me, there’s no shortage of things to love about secondhand items. There’s the mysteries, the stories, the joyful coincidence of the perfect object somehow finding its way to you, the chance to give something another use, a new life. And whether an item comes from a thrift store, a yard ...

For Dems, Senate conviction of Trump just isn’t the point

The debate over whether to hold Donald Trump accountable for his role in the events that led to the siege of the U.S. Capitol has slipped into partisan farce Let me say up front I think it’s an open-and-shut case that Trump committed numerous impeachable acts, and in a healthy republic, any ...

Can ‘systemic’ racism be eliminated?

Second only to his fixation on “climate change” is President Biden’s focus on “systemic racism.” In addition to reinstating mandatory race theory training for federal employees, Biden proposes spending even more money we don’t have to fix a problem beyond the government’s reach. ...

United States of racial quotas, preferences

On Tuesday, six days into Joe Biden’s administration, it became clear why Susan Rice, hitherto a foreign policy specialist, was named director of the Domestic Policy Council. Rice — unconfirmable for a Cabinet post after her unembarrassed Sunday show lying about the Benghazi terrorist ...

Biden has choice: Demand his goals be met or start negotiating

WASHINGTON — As President Joe Biden takes the reins of government, he promises a formula of unity and bipartisanship. But the two prime ingredients may not be compatible. There can be little hope for political peace and accommodation as long as Republicans in Congress resist his ambitious and ...

Biden is liberal wolf in moderate sheep’s clothing

President Biden and his press secretary, Jen Psaki, have assured us he is a “devout Catholic” who “attends church regularly.” The question is not new but should be asked again and a credible answer demanded. How can one be devout about one’s faith and not comport with Scripture and ...

Christie’s Chronicles: Anthropomorphism problems

EDITOR’S NOTE: Christie’s Chronicles is a new monthly column by Journal Staff Writer Christie Mastric that will run the last weekend of each month. At first I balked about naming my column Christie’s Chronicles, as I realize that alliteration is overused in literature. But that’s what ...

8-18 Media: Action on COVID-19

The Covid-19 virus has and is one of the biggest wars humanity has ever faced. The virus is now spreading faster and stronger than ever before, yet some people have the audacity to still not wear a mask, receive the vaccine, and quarantine. I’m currently writing this with extreme frustration ...

Both sides should stop whataboutism, ID bad actors

As many feared, after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, a mob unleashed destruction. They stormed the Democratic Party headquarters. They spray-painted “[expletive deleted] Biden!” and smashed the Democratic HQ’s windows. One sign read, “We don’t want Biden, we want ...

Is modern media more biased?

There is a perception, supported by many surveys, that what passes for contemporary journalism is more biased, even propagandistic, than in earlier times. One of the definitions of “journalism” on Dictionary.com will affirm that attitude for many: “writing that reflects superficial ...

The return of the White House press briefing

WASHINGTON — One of President Joe Biden’s first promises before taking office last week was to return the government’s business to normal practices after the erratic four years under Donald Trump. An important first step already as been taken in restoring regular White House briefings for ...

No, there won’t be any unity

Inaugural addresses are meant to be aspirational, so President Joe Biden might as well have doubled down on his call for unity in his address. After the events of Jan. 6, there’s much to be said for more unity, or at least less poisonous division, and Biden’s emphasis on the theme was ...

COVID metrics: Gov. Whitmer has pulled ‘switcheroo’ on schools

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently encouraged school districts to reopen their doors to in-person learning by March 1. This is another abrupt turn in the governor’s pandemic policies. The state’s current data on COVID-19 do not appear to support such a move, especially in context of the ...

Biden’s heartfelt appeal for unity will most likely fall flat

“We must end this uncivil war,” Joe Biden proclaimed shortly after he became the 46th president on Wednesday. Hours earlier, in his last moments as the 45th president, Donald Trump extended “best wishes” to the “new administration.” Graceful words, but accompanied by sharp and, in ...

Taking note: Winter explorations

Broken icicle fragments were scattered across the frozen ground, glinting in the winter sunshine. The remaining ice on my roof was melting, falling almost rhythmically into a pool near the icicle fragments. This moment seemed to sum up the unusually gentle weather that’s taken place this ...

Parler’s lawsuit against Amazon destined to fail

I have never been a free speech absolutist. I am, however, somewhat closer to being a First Amendment absolutist. Many free speech absolutists don’t like this distinction because they think the First Amendment should guarantee the ability to express yourself in virtually any manner you ...

Low-income families still need transportation scholarships

For many students these days, getting to school entails logging on to a computer from the comforts of home. The issue of school transportation, though, will become significant as more families return to face-to-face instruction. In late 2019, the Mackinac Center unveiled a plan for Student ...

State lawmakers should continue to minimize corporate handouts

For the most part, Michigan lawmakers kept an expansion of the state’s corporate handout complex at bay last year, and in 2021, they should trim taxpayer subsidies for corporations and industry. The money would be better spent addressing higher priorities. In December, legislators rebuffed a ...

Teachers unions fail science, students lose in pandemic

Is your child’s school open now? Probably not because teachers unions say that reopening would "put their health and safety at risk." They keep schools closed by lobbying and protesting. “If I die from catching COVID-19 from being forced back into Pinellas County Schools, you can drop ...