Local columns

Prices should rise

NEW YORK — Officials in states hit by Hurricane Florence are on the lookout for “price gouging.” People who engage in “excessive pricing” face up to 30 days jail time, said North Carolina’s attorney general. South Carolina passed a “Price Gouging During Emergency” law that ...

Democrats’ delay tactics

WASHINGTON — You have to hand it to the Democrats. They know how to use the media and the political process to gum up the works when it is to their advantage. Following the last-minute surfacing of Christine Blasey Ford, who claims she was sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh at a party in ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2018. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 9:54 p.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 22, 1949, the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb. On this ...

Downside of being right

WASHINGTON — It is always dangerous to be right, noted Voltaire, in matters where the established authorities are all wrong. In 2002, barely a year after the attacks of 9/11, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, three papers that rarely agree editorially on ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2018. There are 101 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 21, 1981, the Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice ...

Miss Michigan won a bigger prize

TRAVERSE CITY — Miss Michigan didn’t win the Miss America pageant but she did win a bigger prize, I figure. R-e-s-p-e-c-t. You probably didn’t see the pageant. Relatively few did. The ratings said about four million TVs were tuned to it, down about 20 percent from the previous year, ...

The left is running on empty

WASHINGTON — The woman who alleged in a confidential letter that as a high school student in Maryland in the ‘80s Brett Kavanaugh “pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2018. There are 102 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 20, 1962, James Meredith, a black student, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Democratic ...

The unpardonable heresy of Tucker Carlson

WASHINGTON — Our diversity is our greatest strength. After playing clips of Democratic politicians reciting that truth of modern liberalism, Tucker Carlson asked, “How, precisely, is diversity our strength? Since you’ve made this our new national motto, please be specific.” Reaction ...

How They Voted

With the Legislature holding intermittent sessions during the general election campaign season, the Roll Call Report continues its review of key votes from the 2017-2018 session. Senate Bill 103, Revise school truancy and chronic absence rules: Passed 28 to 9 in the Senate on May 18, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2018. There are 103 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 19, 1881, the 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, died 2 1/2 months after being shot by Charles ...

Kavanaugh will further divide us

BERKELEY — Yale Law School, from which Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh got his law degree, issued a statement about him with glowing quotes from professors attesting to his impeccable legal credentials. Perhaps the Yale Law faculty deemed his credentials impeccable because he ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 18, the 261st day of 2018. There are 104 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 18, 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped ...

A Democratic template for victory in 2020

HOUSTON — Nationally, the Democratic Party, which gave indispensable assistance (“Basket of deplorables”!) to the election of today’s president, seems intent (“Impeach!”; “Abolish ICE!”; “Free stuff!”, “I am Spartacus!”) on a repeat performance. Here, however, in the 7th ...

A history lesson

WASHINGTON — They don’t teach history, at least American history, like they did when I attended public school. That’s why the recent hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to become an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court served as a teachable moment. Repeatedly, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2018. There are 105 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the ...

Scooters outrun law

NEW YORK — I just zipped down a city street on an electric scooter. It cost me 15 cents a minute. Fast and fun! My scooter was just lying on the ground. I picked it up, activated it with my phone and rode away. When I was done, I simply abandoned it. Won’t it be stolen? No, because you ...

Not taking oneself too seriously

WASHINGTON — Mostly missing from the moving and deserved tributes to Sen. John McCain was attention to McCain’s gift for self-deprecating humor. When a Gallup Poll, during his last Senate term, showed that only 11 percent of the public had a favorable view of the U.S. Congress, McCain noted ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2018. There are 107 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 15, 1972, a federal grand jury in Washington indicted seven men in connection with the Watergate break-in. On this ...

Bill Schuette, marching bands and pumpkn spice

TRAVERSE CITY — Bill Schuette, your wanna-be next governor, recently signed onto a court filing that calls climate change “unsettled science.” And props to him: he’s right. To date, only 97 percent of the world’s climate scientists say climate change is real, is damaging the planet, ...