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Op-eds

Eagles, prayers, promises follow Marquette’s bones

Last month, in a far corner of the Upper Peninsula, whistles made from eagle bones sounded over Mission Bay, just North of State Street in the village of St. Ignace. The remains of Fr. Jacques Marquette were reverently placed back into the ground where the bones of that Jesuit priest and ...

America fast approaching crossroads on fossil fuel use

We are in a crisis. Our reliance on oil is harming the health and security of people around the world. Putin’s aggression in Ukraine is enabled by Russia’s oil and natural gas supplies. At the same time, prices in America have risen at the pump and to heat our homes. Limiting oil and gas ...

Fund judicial watchdog agency to protect justice

The government entity that investigates complaints against Michigan’s judges is falling behind after an uptick in cases without the funds to meet the demand. The investigation backlog puts the integrity of our judicial system at stake. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature need to make ...

Is China’s XI having second thoughts about Putin’s war?

China’s President Xi Jinping is hearing something that he’s not used to hearing. Criticism from some current and former Chinese Communist Party officials regarding China’s support for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. By refusing to condemn the Ukrainian invasion ...

Putin’s Ukraine invasion is NATO wake-up call

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine served as a 9/11 style wake-up call to both the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union. After years of cutting their defense budgets, downsizing their armed forces, and coming up with every excuse imaginable for not paying for their own ...

Why Putin’s war isn’t going as planned

Russian President Vladimir Putin has publicly stated, “the breakup of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th Century.” Putin’s worldview has three major goals: survival of his regime, the end of American hegemony, and reinstatement of Russia as a world ...