Columns

‘Rolling up’ common sense with Mr. Nelson

With marijuana prohibition finally ending in states and cities across the land - including full legalization in Alaska, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. - who could be better than my friend Willie Nelson to lead the way for weed quality and social responsibility?The ...

Asymmetrical politics: GOP acts like unruly mob, Dems like in-step military

As the presidential campaign heats up, and we head into the first debate among the 16 declared Republican candidates, there is an asymmetry between the two political parties.Republican voters have been seething with discontent toward their party's officeholders and have not become enchanted ...

Dictatorial polls may determine fate of Republican candidates

WASHINGTON - Public-opinion polls, once employed by political consultants to gauge the concerns of voters as a means to shape their candidates' campaigns more effectively, have become the tail that wags the dog.No longer limited to that informational function, the polls have been used virtually ...

Will Jewish Democrats head off Iranian nuke weapons deal?

"Seven Jewish Lawmakers Could Tilt the Scales on Iran Deal," headlines The Times of Israel. The members - Sen. Charles Schumer, Rep. Steven Israel, Rep. Eliot Engel, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Nita Lowey, Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. Ted Deutch - are all Democrats. They must choose between loyalty to ...

Give teens a foot on employment ladder

Minimum wages are rising around the country, including in Michigan. And that's having the unintended effect of keeping young adults out of the job market. With youth unemployment soaring, a bill in the Michigan Legislature would offer some assistance to teens seeking to build their resumes and ...

Obama’s best friend’s these days? GOP presidential hopefuls

WASHINGTON - It is good to be President Barack Obama these days.In the midst of a visit to Africa, including Kenya, where Republican front-runner Donald Trump has insisted Obama was born, the president seems to have been liberated by events and circumstances to speak his true mind.Events ...

Dream on: Would brand new planet need better people?

NASA has discovered the answer to all of our problems. It is another planet, a possible twin to Earth that could theoretically sustain life.This revelation could be bigger than Columbus "discovering" America, or Lewis and Clark finding the Northwest Passage.It offers the possibility of starting ...

‘Like’ factor key component in presidential elections

Bill Cohen, the former three-term Republican U.S. senator from Maine who served as secretary of defense in Democratic president Bill Clinton's second administration, offered this key to the art of winning tough elections: "I don't care how great your ideas are or how well you can articulate ...

Sensitivity over at Gawker is surprising given nature of site

The truth will make you free, the more horrible the better. And the more humiliating the truth the richer you get - certainly if you're Nick Denton, founder of the gossip-mongering website Gawker.But that was Phase One.Denton recently pulled an item about a married media executive's allegedly ...

Increasingly divided Democrats are causing big problems for their party

America's two major political parties have a difficult task: amassing a 51 percent coalition in a nation that has always been - not just now, but from the beginning - regionally, religiously, racially and ethnically diverse.George W. Bush's Republicans in 2006 and 2008 were not able to hold ...

Monsanto hitting the wrong notes

The Canadian rocker and master storyteller Neil Young says, "Music is a universal language."Yes, and when created by a people's champion like him, music can bring down the high and mighty - just as Joshua's trumpeters brought down the walls of Jericho.Or, in Young's case, the walls of ...

Iranian nuke deal isn’t perfect, but it’s a good place to start

After long and arduous negations, we and our five negotiating partners, reached an agreement to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons for at least 10-15 years.In return, Iran gets paid a large sum of money. The agreement is yet to be verified and both supporters and detractors have strong ...

Vice presidency is an important job that nobody seems to want

WASHINGTON - Like Roger Dangerfield, American vice presidents get no respect.Witness the way Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker put down fellow Republican presidential candidate Sen. Mario Rubio of Florida, by floating talk of a Walker-Rubio ticket in 2016 - with Rubio on the back end.It was an ...

Another opinion

Pipeline plan should keep Great Lakes saferMichigan Attorney General Bill Schuette took a prudent step to protect the Great Lakes from an environmental disaster stemming from a break in the underwater pipelines carrying petroleum across the Straits of Mackinac.The task force the attorney ...

Take a look at who’s coddling Denver’s social justice types

"All cops are bastards!""This is what white supremacy looks like!"On a tranquil Sunday afternoon in Denver, hate-mongering zealots hijacked a rally held by citizens and families of fallen police officers, who had gathered to pay tribute to Colorado's honorable men and women in blue.The event ...

Diaper dilemma: Mothers with problems they shouldn’t have

A worrisome trend in this country illustrates in the starkest terms how a mother's income affects not only her baby's health but hers, too.Child Trends - a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center - reported in 2013 that low-income parents, especially single mothers, have higher rates of ...

Trumping himself: ‘The Donald’ keeps getting better and better

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump can't help himself. Nor can we.The "worse" he gets, it seems, the better we like it. Watching Trump is so deliciously awful, we don't hang on every word. We hang on the edge of our seats waiting for the next word. Whatever will this man say next?Trump's list of ...

Blueberries: BOUNTY OR BUST?

MARQUETTE - Downtown Marquette is gearing up for the 14th annual Blueberry Festival next week, but blueberries have been a part of the Upper Peninsula fare for generations.Native Americans dried them, used them in pemmican, a mixture of fat and dried meat or added them to venison stew.White ...

GOP in trap of becoming just Congressional party

In five of the past six presidential elections, the Republican Party has lost the nation's popular vote to the Democrats.In those same six presidential contests, 18 states and the District of Columbia, totaling among them 242 electoral votes (you need only 270 to win the White House), have ...

Dorothy (DeLorensi) Truckey

ISHPEMING, MI. - Dorothy Truckey, 89, passed away on July 18, 2015 at the Mather Nursing Center surrounded by her loving family.Dorothy was born July 8, 1926 in Ishpeming to Louis and Clara (LaForest) DeLorensi, graduated from Negaunee St. Paul High School, Class of 1943, and worked for many ...