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Public health celebrating past, preparing for future

National Public Health Week is celebrated during the first week of April in the United States. If you ask a person on the street, "What does local public health do?" they are likely to say that it provides healthcare for low-income people.But the truth is that public health is actually the ...

Bathroom bill badly flawed

North Carolina is leading the charge on so-called "bathroom bills" - laws that prohibit transgender people from using the restrooms right for them - but a Michigan legislator is ready to enter that ignoble company.Sen. Tom Casperson last week announced he would introduce a bill that would ...

Letters to the Editor

Volunteers minding sled trails in U.PTo the Journal editor:Winter didn't last long and there wasn't a lot of snow, but the warm weather and superb trail conditions still offered some outstanding snowmobiling, thanks to the dedication of our local snowmobile clubs and their members.While most of ...

Never forget hope springs eternal

If ever a person lived up to the promise of her name, it was my friend Hope.I used to tell her that, a lot, over our three decades of friendship. Every time, she smiled and waved me off. "Oh, you," she'd say in that gentle voice that masked such fierceness. Always, she smiled.Hope Adelstein had ...

Ryan candidacy: Anything possible in all-time strangest political season

WASHINGTON - The spectacular strangeness of this presidential election may require a new display in Ripley's Odditorium of believe-it-or-nots.Among the exhibits, curators might place the History of Conventional Wisdom, wherein the page titled "Populists Never Win in America" has a large, red X ...

Memo to Trump bashers: Get smart and listen to chalk talk

Students at the University of Michigan called police the other day - because someone had written Donald Trump's name in chalk.No arrests were made. The episode is part of a nationwide trend of Trump supporters writing pro-Trump messages on sidewalks, stairs and other surfaces at college ...

Donald Trump demonstrates lots of fatal flaws

Shortly after the cooling of the earth, I happily spent many years working on political campaigns. One of my least favorite campaign duties was asking rich people to contribute to my candidates.In fact, raising money politically made me into anti-Calvinist, persuaded that God gave money to the ...

NRC should increase number of bear licenses in state

Deer hunters and supporters who want to see more whitetails in the Upper Peninsula for the future can increase the chances of that happening by asking the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to increase the number of bear licenses to be issued by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources ...

Terror fears here now just part of American daily lives

Surveys show how deeply we feel the threat. In December 2015, Gallup reported that 51 percent of Americans worry that they or someone in their family will become a victim of terrorism; 67 percent believe that terror attacks are imminent in the United States; and we now rank terrorism as the ...

Keep fighting against trafficking

An ugly side of Lansing was exposed this week. A side we ignore because it often happens in the shadows and makes us uncomfortable.Human trafficking "is alive and well in Michigan," says Courtney Walsh, regional specialist for Polaris, which runs the National Human Trafficking Resource ...

Nuclear jihad: Threats are right inside of our tent

It's not over. It's never over. After last week's deadly airport and subway bombings in Brussels, the Belgian government remains on high alert for jihad attacks and espionage at its nuclear facilities.One Belgian nuke plant security guard was murdered recently and his ID is missing. Two of the ...

Big questions demand big answers

WASHINGTON - So what are we to do?This is a familiar question to opinion writers. Translation: You've told us what's wrong with everything - and we agree. But, what's the action plan?Ah. The action plan. I hoped you'd never ask.A reader recently wrote three of us Washington Post columnists ...

Trump is the tabloid candidate

WASHINGTON - The frontrunner in the Republican presidential race is not only a favorite subject of the newspaper tabloids but also their chief competitor in the business of dishing out trash.Donald Trump has become the master of venom and innuendo that long has been the trademark of "the tabs" ...

Trump’s (mostly) good news from St. Louis

Steve Berman, a 59-year-old screenwriter who voted for Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012 but enthusiastically backed Donald Trump in the March 15 Missouri presidential primary, is exactly the kind of voter who, Trump supporters argue, will win the White House for Trump next November. Berman, ...

Terrorists should not be afforded privacy

One inevitable sequel to a terrorist attack is seeing the ugly mugs of creeps-turned-monsters thrust before us over a multitude of news cycles. Another is a debate over cellphone encryption.Encryption is a means of turning information into secret code. Terrorists communicate through encrypted ...

Scalia’s death sparks questions

How curious that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died, of all places, in an exclusive West Texas hunting lodge.Yet more curious, all expenses for hizzonor's February stay were paid by the resort's owner, John Poindexter.He's a Houston manufacturing mogul who won a favorable ruling from the ...

A vote for Kasich is a vote for Trump

Perhaps the most important results of the March 22 Republican primary in Arizona and caucus in Utah were numbers that didn't appear on your television screen, no matter how late you stayed up for the poll closing times. Those were the numbers of votes cast for Marco Rubio in Arizona - 70,587 of ...

Jeb Bush, a pathetically nice guy, pledges fealty to Cruz

WASHINGTON-Not sufficiently humiliated by his collapse as the early Republican presidential frontrunner, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in an attempt to deny the nomination to Donald Trump.In doing so, Bush has further diminished his onetime stature as the darling ...

Time grows short for GOP to wrest nomination from Trump

Is there any way for Ted Cruz or John Kasich to wrest the Republican nomination from Donald Trump? With every tick of the clock, it looks less likely.The chances differ for the two candidates. Kasich needs a miracle. Cruz may possibly succeed with a new emphasis.Kasich's claim boils down to ...