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Dems could pick off Trump supporters

They support activist government. They're not socially conservative. They resent big money in politics. And if you administered a truth serum, they would probably say nice things about Obamacare.These are blue-collar supporters of Donald Trump. Democrats would do well to ask themselves, "Why ...

Development of the Marquette Energy Center is wisest course

The approval of the Marquette Energy Center has sparked a plethora of conversation in the workplace, in local coffee shops and across the dinner table.I have received numerous phone calls and correspondence from constituents asking where I stood on the matter. While most of the conversations ...

Ready or not, Trump has assumed leadership of the Republican Party

WASHINGTON - With no Republican in the presidency, the voice of the Grand Old Party is clearly up for grabs these days, and Donald Trump, the loudest mouth on the scene, is doing an effective job of claiming the distinction, though he has never held a political or public office of any kind.No ...

Top priority should be on fixing Detroit’s tax system

Despite the progress Mayor Mike Duggan has made in fixing some of Detroit's property tax issues, problems with tax policies and practices persist, hindering the full revitalization of neighborhoods and preventing the city from capturing revenue needed to support public services.The city must ...

Immigration and our founding fathers’ values are inconsistent

President Obama claims that restricting immigration in order to protect national security is "offensive and contrary to American values." No-limits liberals have attacked common-sense proposals for heightened visa scrutiny, profiling or immigration slowdowns as "un-American."America's Founding ...

Frank Sinatra we remember was true musical genius in our time

WASHINGTON - In today's culture of hyperbole, born of desperate attempts to be noticed amid the Niagara of Internet and other outpourings, the label "genius" is affixed promiscuously to evanescent popular entertainers, fungible corporate CEOs and other perishable phenomena. But it almost fits ...

Neither party providing leadership in dealing with anti-Muslim talk

WASHINGTON - Americans looking for a Snuggy Bear and a blankey to ease their anxieties about the Islamic State will have to become more comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty.From President Obama's recent terror speech in the Oval Office to Donald Trump's terrifying, race-baiting, ...

House of Commons member has Churchill-like moment

LONDON - Wisdom can often be found in unexpected places. During debate in the House of Commons on whether Britain should join the U.S. and Russia in bombing ISIS targets in Syria, Hilary Benn, the shadow foreign secretary of the liberal Labour Party, delivered a speech that approached Winston ...

In a world of callous mercenaries, David Cohen was a true missionary

An oxymoron, as Miss White, my high-school English teacher taught us, is a combination of words that is self-contradictory, such as "fresh frozen," ''found missing" or "guest host."But David Cohen, my treasured friend who died this week at 79, was indeed a noble Washington lobbyist who, through ...

Drugmakers add insult to injury

It's one thing for Pfizer to renounce its U.S. citizenship, moving its official residence to Dublin, Ireland, as a tax dodge - all the while continuing to run the business in the United States. That disgusting tactic happens to be disgustingly legal, thanks to our indolent Congress and its ...

Cruz vs. Rubio is a better Republican contest

A funny thing is happening on the way to the GOP meltdown.According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, the two most popular and broadly acceptable candidates in the field are perhaps the most talented and most reliably conservative. Oh, and by the way, they are Hispanics in their 40s.Donald Trump ...

Economy, enviro benefit from land, water conservation fund

While the Upper Peninsula is known for the beauty of its forests, lakes, rivers and waterfalls, the access and maintenance of many of these unique places is threated by the recent expiration of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the U.S. House of ...

Like it or not, US boots must again touch the ground in Middle East

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter's report to the House Armed Services Committee that 200 U.S. Special Operations Forces will be dispatched to spearhead the fight against the Islamic State further erodes President Obama's assurance that no more "boots on the ground" would be ...

State should fix tax code to attract IT jobs

The $5 billion data center proposed for the Grand Rapids area gives Michigan another opportunity to make its tax policy competitive for attracting jobs and investment.Nevada-based Switch says it will build the largest data center campus in the eastern United States if Michigan makes critical ...

Optional kindergarten is quaint, outdated idea

That 5-year-olds aren't required to attend kindergarten in Michigan was surprising enough. Even more surprising is that kindergarten is optional for school districts in a handful of states.Sixteen states, though, mandate kindergarten attendance for 5-year-olds, and Michigan should, too. The ...

GOP worries that Trump will run

There are just eight-and-a-half weeks to go until the Iowa caucuses, with two of those weeks devoted to holidays during which polling is ordinarily not conducted, and the race for the Republican presidential nomination seems to be taking perceptible shape. And it continues to defy conventional ...

Planned Parenthood supporters remain dedicated to cause

Three weeks ago, I was standing in a Cleveland crowd of Planned Parenthood supporters, when 19-year-old Claudia Stadler walked up and introduced herself as a peer educator for the organization."Peer educator?" I said. "Where do you teach?"She smiled. "Everywhere."Stadler is a freshman at John ...

Politicos must refrain from using mass killings as campaign fodder

WASHINGTON - Predictably, the killing rampage at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility has prompted a political scrimmage of the usual sort.From the pro-choice front, we hear that pro-lifers and Republican rhetoric made the killer do it. Or, at least, they created an environment in ...

Big ag serves up wastewater salads

Ask anyone who's lived through California's drought: Water scarcity is getting scary. And banning long showers isn't even a drop in the bucket when it comes to finding a solution.The biggest water sponge by far is food production, yet agri-giants continue to douse their vast fields like there's ...

Muslims ‘invading’ Germany, politicians aren’t listening

FRANKFURT - In an ironic twist, Germany, which in the last century twice invaded other countries, contributing to two world wars, is now being invaded by hordes of Muslims.According to Pew Research Center, there are 4,760,000 Muslims in Germany, about 5.8 percent of its population, and that ...