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Obama offers reality check in final State of the Union address

WASHINGTON - In President Obama's final State of the Union address to Congress, he decided to counter with some calm talk the fear tactics of Donald Trump and the other Republicans striving to replace him.For nearly an hour, he argued that both the economic and national security calamities they ...

‘13 Hours’ teaches much if Americans are willing to listen

A new movie that touches upon the election prospects of one female candidate for president debuts this week. Will "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" provoke thousands of angry viewers to march on Hillary Clinton's home with torchlights and pitchforks? Doubtful.The film is somewhat ...

Gov. Rick Snyder’s words on straight-ticket lack depth

"It's time to choose people over politics," Rick Snyder said. "To alleviate concerns that this change could lead to longer wait times for voters, I'm asking the Legislature to enact secured, no-reason absentee voting."As public scoldings go, it was tepid stuff, an expression of the ...

NMU women’s club hockey team among area’s best-kept secrets

One of the best-kept secrets in town related to sports is that the Northern Michigan University women's club hockey team has a winning record of 15 wins and only two losses.Most people don't even know that the team exists. Last year the NMU Women's club team made it to the American Collegiate ...

Rhetoric seldom a very good match for reality of motherhood

The one good thing about Ohio Gov. John Kasich's campaign for the presidency is that he provides many opportunities to point out to the rest of the country what we here in Ohio have known for too many years.The man is no moderate. One of the ways he proves this, over and over again, is by how ...

Jeb Bush candidacy: Not dead yet

WASHINGTON - Reports of Jeb Bush's political death may be greatly exaggerated. Not only is Bush essentially locked in a statistical tie for second place in New Hampshire, depending on which poll you prefer, but he's enjoying the benefits of being largely ignored by the media.The milieu of ...

Want solutions to poverty? Save the political posturing

In sports, if a game plan is not working, the coach changes it. In medicine, if a course of treatment does not cure a disease, doctors try a different approach. In government, failure means nothing. Government keeps cash flowing with little regard for results. In government, failure endures.In ...

GOP candidates ignorant on how to deal with Syrian civil war

Like many political animals, I was glued to the latest Republican presidential debate.For the most part, there were no surprises: Donald Trump railed against Muslims, Chris Christie lamented that the NSA can't intercept Americans' phone calls and emails as easily as it used to, Ben Carson ...

Much mud slinging in GOP campaign

Rough and tumble. Hammer and tongs. In the race for this year's Republican nomination, Donald Trump has not hesitated to attack and ridicule many of his opponents, and some of them have teed up attacks on him, only to hold back when they seemed to help rather than hurt him.Ted Cruz is the one ...

Work on new BLP generating facility already well apace

For over 100 years, the Board of Light and P has been generating electricity needed by homes and businesses in Marquette. But it's not been easy: the coal-burning generation units are complicated machines, constantly needing to be shut down for maintenance or repairs, and break down when parts ...

Obama challenge to gun lobby comes late but better than never

WASHINGTON - It took allegedly aloof Barack Obama to the brink of his last year in the Oval Office to take executive action to combat the national illness of gun violence.He shed salty tears at the White House the other day in a rare display of personal commitment to one of the major domestic ...

Cities should make every attempt to be competitive

An annual study from the University of Michigan-Dearborn highlights cities around the state that are thriving economically, and what they are doing right to improve their business climates. Other communities in Michigan should take a look at what's working in these cities and emulate those ...

What role does money have in science?

As a select few accumulate massive fortunes, two schools of thought vie on how to funnel some of that money toward the public good. One school says to hike taxes on billionaires and let our elected officials spend the revenues on worthy projects. That's involuntary giving, and the giver doesn't ...

Gun control: Bad journalism, worse politics seen in debate

Are you opposed to "common sense" gun laws? These are what liberals like Hillary Clinton are always proclaiming their support for.In their telling, expanding background checks, closing the "gun show loophole," and restricting Internet sales will, in the words of liberal columnist E.J. Dionne, ...

Obama weeps publicly and the National Rifle Association quakes

Two of my closest friends are also my steadfast movie companions. It is our habit, whenever possible, to sit in the same row of our favorite theater.We've been doing this for years, but during our most recent excursion, one of them quietly asked during the previews, "When we sit here, do you ...

More guns isn’t solution to gun issue

WASHINGTON - It is axiomatic that congressional Republicans will oppose anything smacking of "gun control," which may as well be read as "Your mama."Thus, it comes as no surprise that President Obama's announcement of executive actions to clarify and enhance federal gun laws prompted reflexive, ...

More guns isn’t solution to gun issue

WASHINGTON - It is axiomatic that congressional Republicans will oppose anything smacking of "gun control," which may as well be read as "Your mama."Thus, it comes as no surprise that President Obama's announcement of executive actions to clarify and enhance federal gun laws prompted reflexive, ...

Finding one’s roots important

Ever since the miniseries "Roots" was shown on ABC in 1977, Americans have demonstrated a keen interest in finding out more about where they came from and the names and circumstances of their ancestors.Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. is fulfilling that longing in the latest ...

Community’s generosity evident in resounding Cheer Club success

I want to thank our community for your support of The Mining Journal Cheer Club. You have come through with an overwhelming amount of support again this year.We estimate that the Journal's Cheer Club provided over 3,000 toys and gifts to families this Christmas. We also collected over $8,000 in ...

Knowing who’s on your airplane

I don't know about you, but I'd like to think that the feds have screened the other passengers sitting on my airplane. To do that, they also have to screen me. That's the deal.In America, any state-issued driver's license had long been acceptable ID for passing security checks at airports. That ...