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Road deal not great but good enough

The road bill passed by the Legislature this week is the least possible deal they could have crafted, but at least, after four years of struggle, they finally found a majority.Make no mistake, it is worth celebrating that this package should eventually raise up to $1.2 billion to fix Michigan's ...

Bill restores fairness to tax assessing

How much are your teeth worth to you? How much would they be worth to the random stranger idling next to you on Pine Grove Avenue waiting for the signal to turn green?Weird question; let's try a different one.How much is your car worth? That's easier. It has a Blue Book value and a relatively ...

The myth of H-1B job creation

Every day brings new headlines, ignored by the Washington press corps, of U.S. workers losing their livelihoods to cheap H1-B visa replacements.Just this week, Computerworld reported: "Fury and fear in Ohio as IT jobs go to India."Yet, it remains an article of faith among Big Business flacks ...

Why is Trump still talking, and why is anyone still listening?

When the Republican presidential debate began Tuesday evening in Milwaukee, I was still in my car heading home, so I listened to the first part on satellite radio.As Richard Nixon learned after his 1960 televised debate with Jack Kennedy, listening to a debate without the distraction of ...

Ben Carson apparently trying hard to be someone other than himself

WASHINGTON - In the annals of presidential politics, it's hard to recall anyone who has tried so hard to be so ordinary.The fascinating story of Dr. Ben Carson's attempts to ungild his lily by telling awful stories about himself - he tried to stab a classmate, later identified as a "close ...

Keystone pipeline is kaput for now but only for now

President Obama's unilateral rejection of the proposed KeystoneXL oil pipeline that would have brought petroleum and jobs to the U.S. is another in a long list of issues dominated by politics rather than common sense, economics and science.After seven years of dithering on Keystone, the ...

Proper care of our veterans must be a national priority

Every Veterans Day, we honor the sacrifices of the brave servicemen and women who put their lives on the line in defense of our nation and our values.Since our country's founding, the United States has been a beacon of hope and freedom throughout the world, thanks in large part to the ...

National columnist – Mark Shields

By wide consensus, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was one of the two breakout stars in the last Republican presidential debate (Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was the other). Cruz is clearly a very smart man who is capable of saying some really stupid things.The GOP griped about the CNBC debate format and ...

American workers frustrated when facing robot tsunami

Robots make the perfect employee. They don't complain, they don't get sick, and, as of this writing, they don't have babies. When robots can do the job in today's economy, they get the job.When they can't, a human must suffice. You still need a human to make the perfect latte, ask security ...

Liberals’ response to dissent is: shut up

"'Shut up,' he explained." That's a sentence from Ring Lardner's short story "The Young Immigrunts." It's an exasperated father's response from the driver's seat to his child's question, "Are you lost, Daddy?"They also can be taken as the emblematic response of today's liberals to anyone ...

Surrogate shows some chutzpah that Hillary would do well to quell

WASHINGTON - In this era of outsiders seeking the presidency, a notorious huckster has taken self-aggrandizement to a new level, challenging a bona fide Republican candidate to a debate - not with his favored candidate, Hillary Clinton, but with himself.David Brock - a confessed character ...

Chris Christie’s pro-life comment was shot at sincere believers

"My mother was a smoker," Chris Christie told a New Hampshire audience in a video that has gone viral.Though she tried everything - gum, patches, hypnosis - nothing worked.When she was diagnosed with cancer, he continued, "No one came to me and said, 'Don't treat her, (because) she got what she ...

Why are lawmakers balking at outright ban?

With looming issues like. ... the future of energy production in Michigan still unsolved, you'd hope that a clear-cut, seemingly obvious solution to one problem would be adopted and lawmakers would move on to the next.Except, for an unknown reason, the Republican-led legislature is pushing ...

Letters to the Editor

Loose pup rescuedTo the Journal editor:I want to thank the man in the white Eagle Mine truck for stopping to help with the dog rescue on Wednesday evening. We did not have time to exchange names but I want him to know there is a happy ending to the rescue of Bella, the 3-year-old, long-haired ...

Who’s burning black churches? It isn’t who big media says it is

Here we go again: another liberal narrative burned to a crisp.Over a two-week period in October, an arsonist targeted seven churches in the St. Louis area - including several in Black Lives Matter protest hotspot Ferguson, Missouri.The Atlantic magazine, invoking the "long history of terrorism ...

Continuing layoffs for journalists is very bad news for all readers

This week, many in my profession are reeling from news of yet another round of newsroom layoffs, this time at the National Geographic Society.For 127 years, National Geographic's photographers and writers have sacrificed family time and often any semblance of a normal life to give the rest of ...

Van Dusen Wishard could serve as 2016 campaign consultant

WASHINGTON - As Republican presidential candidates debate the debates, roiling and railing against the unfairness of it all, campaigns have been busy rebooting candidates and crafting fresh slogans.But whether Jeb can fix it, or Trump can build it, or Ben can cure it matters little in the ...

I believe Bob Beckel is a good and honorable man

In Washington, most stories that make the newspapers and evening newscasts are about scandals and political infighting. Rarely is there one about redemption.In his new book, "I Should Be Dead: My Life Surviving Politics, TV and Addiction," Bob Beckel, the longtime Democratic Party political ...

Who is responsible for writing 2016 presidential race’s script?

It first hit me on a Tuesday morning in March at a Washington presidential forum sponsored by the International Association of Fire Fighters.One 2016 White House contender spoke the following: "We've seen over the past number of years two Americas emerge. At the very top, top 1 percent today, ...

American cities are losing great numbers of people but not brains

The population of New Orleans fell 7.3 percent after Hurricane Katrina, but guess what. NOLA now has 40,000 more college graduates than before the disaster.From 2000 to 2013, Detroit lost over 160,000 residents but amazingly added nearly 167,000 college graduates.It's an urban myth that ...