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Trump’s infrastructure scam

BERKELEY — At a roundtable discussion with state transportation officials last Friday, Donald Trump said America’s aging roads, bridges, railways and water systems were being “scoffed at and laughed” at. He vowed that they “will once again be the envy of the world.” This seems to ...

The religious left’s Second Coming

WASHINGTON — The religious left feels left out. According to an article in The New York Times, liberal clergy feel excluded from the political arena and blame the religious right for occupying what they once believed was their exclusive territory. They are, according to the story’s ...

Almanac

Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 20, the 171st day of 2017. There are 194 days left in the year. Summer begins at 9:24 p.m. Pacific time/10:24 p.m. Mountain time/11:24 p.m. Central time (12:24 a.m. Eastern time June 21). Today’s Highlight in History: On June 20, 1967, boxer ...

Engineering without a license

WASHINGTON — Washington hopes that infrastructure, which is a product of civil engineering, will be much discussed. But if you find yourself in Oregon, keep your opinions to yourself, lest you get fined $500 for practicing engineering without a license. This happened to Mats Jarlstrom as a ...

House GOP brace for potential midterm losses

WASHINGTON (AP) — House GOP leaders warned their rank-and-file members of the potential for heavy midterm losses next year that could cost Republicans their majority, and they urged renewed attention and focus to a positive agenda and message. The warning was aimed at encouraging lawmakers ...

Once in a While, a Good Leak

WASHINGTON — Last weekend, the FBI arrested an employee of a corporation in Augusta, Georgia, that had a contract with the National Security Agency and charged her with espionage. Espionage occurs when someone who has been entrusted to safeguard state secrets fails to do so. In this case, the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 17, the 168th day of 2017. There are 197 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 17, 1972, President Richard Nixon’s eventual downfall began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic ...

Drive into a Ditch Day

TRAVERSE CITY — As you know, this column is all about making society a safer, saner, happier place. Stop rolling your eyes like that. Just indulge me. Anyway, with that noble thought in mind, I would like to propose that we add an official day to the calendar here in Michigan called ...

Lying liars

WASHINGTON — “I’ll never lie to you.”— Jimmy Carter, the 1976 presidential campaign. All politicians lie, because they are human and all humans lie. The question before us is this: If President Trump lied to FBI Director James Comey, should that “lie,” lead to impeachment? Did ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, June 15, the 166th day of 2017. There are 199 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 15, 1775, the Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental ...

Put a qualified pilot at the controls

ESCANABA — The First Amendment gives all citizens a right to express an opinion. Not every opinion deserves the same weight. Everyone has a Constitutional right to give an opinion on how to fly a 747 airliner, but we fly more comfortably knowing airlines put a qualified pilot at the ...

James who? Trump paints Comey as a stranger

WASHINGTON (AP) — James who? President Donald Trump contended in recent days that he didn’t know his FBI chief, James Comey, well enough to lean on him for his loyalty. That was one of a number of claims by the president that called for scrutiny in the fierce backwash of Comey’s ...

Why is Trump doing Putin’s bidding?

BERKELEY — Say you’re Vladimir Putin, and you did a deal with Donald Trump last year. I’m not suggesting there was any such deal, mind you. But if you are Putin and you did do a deal, what might Trump have agreed to do for you? Here’s a hypothetical list: 1. Repudiate NATO. NATO ...

How They Voted

Senate Bill 343, Give students government predictions related to careers: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate To require school districts to give students a regional “career outlook” forecast document created by a government “Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives.” ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 14, the 165th day of 2017. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress approved the design of the original American flag, ...

Get the shovels in the ground

WASHINGTON — Sensing that his Scottish enemies had blundered at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, Oliver Cromwell said, “The Lord hath delivered them into our hands.” Philip K. Howard, were he the exulting type, could rejoice that some of his adversaries have taken a stand on indefensible ...

If it walks like a terrorist

WASHINGTON — In television it’s called a “loop,” the replaying of the same scene over and over and over again. The latest and most assuredly not the final terrorist attack in London last weekend was a “loop” that has become all-too familiar. The jihadists who claimed to be acting ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2017. There are 202 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 12, 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Loving v. Virginia, unanimously struck down state laws prohibiting interracial ...

Prosperity Cities

NEW YORK — Lovers of socialism didn’t like my column last week. I wrote that Venezuela’s collapse shows the cluelessness of celebrities like Michael Moore, Oliver Stone and Noam Chomsky, who’d praised Venezuela’s leader. Chomsky called me “an utter coward” for mocking him and ...

Hysteria over Paris pullout

WASHINGTON — For sheer hilarity and hyperbole it’s hard to beat a recent headline on a Washington Post editorial opposing President Trump’s decision to remove the U.S. from the nonbinding and unenforceable Paris climate agreement. “Trump turns his back on the world,” it ...