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Staying hopeful in a cynical time: Thoughts for the new year

My friends, It was quite a year. Some of the regressive forces undermining our democracy, polluting our planet, widening inequality, and stoking hatred were pushed back. This is a worthy accomplishment and cause for celebration. It offers hope that the Trump years are behind us and the hard ...

GREG ABBOTT IS NEW SCROOGE

On Christmas eve in Washington, D.C., the temperature plunged to 15 degrees Fahrenheit, the coldest on record. In our neighborhood, people were admonishing their neighbors for leaving dogs outside too long. “It’s friggin’ 15 degrees!” And yet, the governor of Texas nonetheless decided ...

Old debt carries over into new year

“Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt.” - Herbert Hoover “Rather go to bed without dinner than to rise in debt.” - Benjamin Franklin Eighteen Republican senators voted for the monstrosity known as the $1.7 trillion Omnibus spending bill, thus forever ...

COVID only sped up Blue State exodus

Where are Americans moving? And where, to make things more specific, have Americans been moving since the sudden onset of COVID lockdowns? Answers to these questions come from the annual Christmastime release of the Census Bureau’s estimates of the population of the 50 states and the District ...

State needs to pay its bills

State needs to pay its bills The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission has sued the Legislature, demanding that lawmakers appropriate $3.1 million to help the commission contest lawsuits the commission faces after it redrew legislative districts for this yearís elections, ...

UM’s Smith should have faced discipline

If the University of Michigan wins the national collegiate football championship, perhaps it should appear in the NCAA record books with a footnote. The Wolverines, 12-0 on the season and set to face Texas Christian University in the title semi-final on New Yearís Eve, won the last eight of ...