Local columns

Some old school advice on tattoos

FLINT — A news story I just read said young people are starting to have their tattoos removed and their piercings spackled over (or however it is doctors fix such things.) “Many are seeking to reverse the impulsive, perhaps keg-fueled decisions of their not-quite-lost youths,” the ...

President Trump – Keep Us Out of Syria

By Dr. Glenn Mollette WASHINGTON — President Trump must not authorize troops on the ground in Syria. Once our troops are moved to a country they never leave. Iraq and Afghanistan are cases in point. Part of our economic despair in our country can be traced to the trillions of dollars we’ve ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2017. There are 311 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 23, 1942, the first shelling of the U.S. mainland during World War II occurred as a Japanese submarine fired on an oil ...

Fact denying president shouldn’t get a pass

ESCANABA — You hired a contractor to remodel your living room. Together you measured the living room. The tape read 10 feet by 20 feet. With no explanation the contractor insisted the living room was 15 by 25 feet. The contractor did not waiver and insisted the room was 15 feet by 25 feet. ...

Trump and the media: Demolition derby

WASHINGTON — The traditional media have decided not to take President Trump’s insults lying down. After what may be the strongest — and to his supporters — most thrilling takedown of journalists by any president, Editor and Publisher magazine featured this headline: “Newspapers Aim to ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2017. There are 312 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 22, 1732 (New Style date), the first president of the United States, George Washington, was born in Westmoreland County ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2017. There are 313 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 21, 1947, inventor Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which used self-developing film to ...

Trump’s war on the courts, press and states

BERKELEY — With congressional Republicans in the majority in Congress and unwilling to cross Donald Trump, the job of containing Trump’s incipient tyranny falls to the three remaining centers of independent power: the nation’s courts, its press and a few state governments. Which is why ...

An adult voice amid childishness

WASHINGTON — In his 72 years, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who was raised in segregated Richmond, Virginia, acknowledges that he has seen much change, often for the better, including advances in the 1960s. But in his elegant new memoir, ...

How They Voted

No bills of general interest were voted on by the full House or Senate this week, which is not unusual for this point in a new legislature. Appropriations committee members have been receiving detailed briefings on a proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Legislative ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2017. There are 314 days left in the year. This is Presidents Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 20, 1942, Lt. Edward “Butch” O’Hare became the U.S. Navy’s first flying ace of World War ...

Repeal! No, Wait!

NEW YORK — Republicans promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But now they are hesitating. I understand why. Most Americans opposed Obamacare ever since the Democrats imposed it. But now that Congress actually might kill it, more (about half those polled) say, “Wait, I like ...

Interview of Secretary of Education DeVos

WASHINGTON — Q. What have you learned from the gauntlet you had to run to get here? A. Not knowing exactly what to expect coming into it, I don’t have anything to compare it to, however, it seemed pretty difficult and pretty unnecessary, but I just kept putting one foot in front of the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2017. There are 316 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 18, 1977, the space shuttle prototype Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its debut “flight” above ...

No man is above the law

WASHINGTON — Do you remember Zoe Baird? In 1993, President-elect Bill Clinton nominated Baird, a prominent lawyer, to be the first female U.S. attorney general. Baird had told the Clinton transition team that she had, in violation of the law, employed a couple, both undocumented immigrants, ...

A new direction on education

WASHINGTON — American public school students fall well behind students around the world in math and science proficiency. This is not debatable. According to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, both cited in The ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2017. There are 317 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 17, 1947, the Voice of America began broadcasting in Russian to the Soviet Union. On this ...

The Age of the Raging Democrat

FLINT — I’m the sort of guy who is quite likely to do the opposite of what you tell me to do. It’s my thing. So when alt-right types tell me people of the liberal persuasion should stop fussing and hollering and just fall in line behind the president, no matter how badly he acts, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2017. There are 318 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 16, 1862, the Civil War Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee ended as some 12,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered; ...

The President and the Courts

WASHINGTON — Last week, in a public courtroom in the federal courthouse in Seattle, the states of Washington and Minnesota — after suing President Donald Trump, alleging injury caused by his executive order that suspended the immigration of all people from seven foreign countries — asked ...