Kenneth A. Paulson, president and chief operating officer of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., delivered a speech to The National Press Club in January of this year. The speech came on the last day of Paulson’s tenure as editor of USA Today, America’s top-selling newspaper, and we think his words are particularly insightful this week during National Newspaper Week. Here is a portion of his speech text, reprinted with his permission: There seems to be a collective sense, both inside and outside the newspaper … [Read more...] about What if Internet had come before newspapers?
By state Sen. Tupac Hunter Michigan is facing one of the most difficult budget crises our state has ever seen. There have been several proposals on how our state can solve this $2.8 billion shortfall, but no matter what, difficult cuts must be made. While Senate Democrats realize this, we also understand that with these devastating cuts, Michigan would not be able to successfully compete with other states in the region, and our already-struggling families would continue to suffer. Surely, the Legislature should also be … [Read more...] about Solve budget without hurting children, public safety
By KENNETH BRAUN A proposal to trim $346.4 million — or $218 per-pupil — from the state's 2009-10 School Aid Fund budget was soundly defeated in the Michigan House of Representatives as the new fiscal year dawned at the stroke of midnight Oct. 1. When first proposed, the idea of cutting this much from the school budget was swiftly criticized by the governor's budget director, Bob Emerson, who predicted "mass layoffs" because under this proposal, the "School Aid Fund isn't adequately funded." But what is "adequate" funding, and how … [Read more...] about Teacher Salaries Need a Closer Look for Michigan to Balance the Budget
THE RICH LOWRY COLUMN By Rich Lowry If diplomatic pusillanimity was the aim, President Barack Obama’s decision to abandon our current missile-defense plans in Eastern Europe must be regarded as a masterstroke. With just one announcement, the Obama administration undercut two loyal allies, rewarded Russian bullying and diminished our ability to counter an emerging Iranian threat. If there were awards for self-defeating weakness, this move would deserve a Neville for Appeasement in a Perpetually Threatened Region. In an April … [Read more...] about A masterstroke of weakness
Give President Obama credit for one thing: He knows how to cheer on the home team. The president was in Denmark Friday, like the rest of us awaiting word on whether his hometown Chicago would be chosen to host the 2016 Olympics. Obama's appearance to lobby the International Olympic Committee was the first by a sitting American president. Critics chided the trip as wasteful and a distraction from his many issues at home. We disagree. Obama is representing his country's interests by making this trip. It … [Read more...] about An Olympic moment
By JOSEPH LEHMAN Confidence in government breeds complacency in politics. When people think government is handling things tolerably well, they see no reason to pay much attention to politics. When confidence sinks from low to lower, grass-roots political energy spikes upward. That’s why people are now leaping off the sidelines and into TEA parties and raucous town hall meetings to protest sky-high taxes, exploding deficits and the government’s attempt to take over health care. Smart politicians can seize this opportunity by … [Read more...] about Political Anatomy 101: Politicians need to use their spines as well as their mouths
THE RICH LOWRY COLUMN By Rich Lowry The radical activist group ACORN is the E.F. Hutton of prostitution. It stands ready to provide discreet advice on setting up a brothel and engaging in other, associated acts of criminality. When ACORN talks, pimps and hookers listen. This has been established by an audacious video sting operation undertaken by guerrilla conservative documentarian James O’Keefe, 25, and his sidekick Hannah Giles, 20. O’Keefe posed as a pimp and Giles as a prostitute seeking help getting a mortgage for a … [Read more...] about The E.F. Hutton of Prostitution
Many people who have never visited this state just don’t “get” Michigan. What they know of this remarkable peninsula comes from accounts of economic woes or wild winter weather. But Michigan is so much more than auto manufacturing miseries or a cold January day. Truth is, they don’t know what they’re missing. For the past two years, the “Pure Michigan” advertising and promotion campaign has sought to correct that situation. The campaign is so good that Forbes magazine has declared … [Read more...] about It’s important to counteract the ’Rust Belt’; blues
By JANET NEILSON By now, Americans are familiar with the stories of Canadians who would have died because of their government’s health care rationing had they not been able to get care in the United States. Perhaps just as troubling, however, are the less dramatic but much more common instances of minor indignities, inequities and inconveniences imposed by the Canadian health care system. Nearly every Canadian has such stories. Even the experiences of those satisfied with the country’s health care system show that residents … [Read more...] about Take a closer look at issues with Canadian health care
THE RICH LOWRY COLUMN By Rich Lowry If he wants to prevail in Afghanistan, Barack Obama needs a George W. Bush moment. He’ll have to ignore the polls, brush aside doubters in his own party and reinforce a failing war effort. Bush did all that, and more, when he ordered the surge in Iraq in January 2007. He also had to buck his own military brass and almost the entirety of a foreign-policy establishment that considered the feckless recommendations of the Baker-Hamilton commission holy writ. He operated from a position of … [Read more...] about What would Bush do?