Local columns

Attacks on the press can’t be tolerated

BERKELEY — On Sunday morning, Donald Trump seemed to promote violence against CNN. He tweeted an old video clip of him performing in a WWE professional wrestling match, with a CNN logo superimposed on the head of his opponent. Trump is shown slamming the CNN avatar to the ground and ...

A place where civility once ruled

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vermont — When was the last time you heard a member of one political party praise a member of the other party? Here in this hamlet nestled among the Green Mountains, former Baltimore Democratic Mayor Kurt Schmoke rose to speak well of our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, a ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2017. There are 173 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 11, 1767, John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, was born in Braintree, Massachusetts. On this ...

Reining in Medicaid’s ‘mission gallop’

WASHINGTON — Were it not for the provision that Pat Toomey, the Pennsylvania Republican, put into the Senate’s proposed health care reform, this legislation would be moderately important but hardly momentous. Toomey’s provision, however, makes it this century’s most significant domestic ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, July 10, the 191st day of 2017. There are 174 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 10, 1967, country singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry recorded her hit single “Ode to Billie Joe” at Capitol Records in ...

Independence

NEW YORK — Did you think about the signing of the Declaration of Independence this week? The July 4 holiday is meant to honor that, not just fireworks. Ironically, government’s grown so much since 1776 that fireworks might be illegal in your town. The Declaration wasn’t about ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, July 8, the 189th day of 2017. There are 176 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 8, 1947, a New Mexico newspaper, the Roswell Daily Record, quoted officials at Roswell Army Air Field as saying they had ...

Not the most dependable of friends

WASHINGTON — Dean Heller is a 57-year-old Mormon, husband and father of four who — because he is a U.S. senator from Nevada (having won in 2012 by a paper-thin 46-45 percent margin), a state that Barack Obama carried twice, and because he is the only GOP senator running in 2018 in a state ...

Insulter in chief

WASHINGTON — A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1) President Trump once referred to the health care bill passed by the House as “mean.” So how should we characterize his remarks about MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski? The ...

Doing stuff is dangerous

TRAVERSE CITY — Perhaps you are under the impression that summers are fun and carefree, especially for kids. Perhaps you are incorrect. As a longtime connoisseur of scare journalism (“Next on News 4: What you don’t know about suntan lotion can kill you”), I feel it’s my duty to ...

Two wins for Trump

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision to allow portions of President Trump’s travel ban to proceed is a much-needed victory for the administration. The high court ruled that those “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” could be denied ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, July 6, the 187th day of 2017. There are 178 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 6, 1957, Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title as she defeated fellow ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, July 7, the 188th day of 2017. There are 177 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 7, 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C. for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President ...

An America first Korea policy

WASHINGTRON — “The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly.” So President Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden this week. But how this is to be done “rapidly” is not so easy to see. North ...

Unhealthy acts

WASHINGTON — Is there anyone who can point to the “Affordable Care Act” (aka Obamacare) and credibly claim it is accomplishing the goals set for it seven years ago? Insurers are pulling out of the exchanges, premiums and related costs are going up, not down, as supporters of the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 5, the 186th day of 2017. There are 179 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 5, 1947, Larry Doby made his debut with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the American League ...

Health-care bill is a giant wealth transfer

BERKELEY — The Senate’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is not a health-care bill. It’s a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, paid for by a dramatic reduction in health-care funding for approximately 23 million poor, disabled and working middle-class Americans. America’s ...

How They Voted

House Bill 4759, Sell Senate’s former office building in Lansing: Passed 26 to 9 in the Senate To sell the former state Senate office building in Lansing for fair market value. Last year the Senate moved into a new building acquired through a lease-purchase agreement that reportedly will ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 4, the 185th day of 2017. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates to the Second Continental ...

The scars of our nation’s violent birth

PHILADELPHIA — Some American history museums belabor visitors with this message: You shall know the truth and it shall make you feel ashamed of, but oh-so-superior to, your wretched ancestors. The new Museum of the American Revolution is better than that. Located near Independence Hall, it ...