The Joe Biden polling surge has raised the frightful specter of Democratic rationality. What if Donald Trump hasn’t driven Democrats insane, sending them into a spiral of self-defeating radicalism, but instead made them shockingly pragmatic? Biden’s early strength suggests it may be the latter, that the reaction to Trump is so intense that it has crossed some sort of event horizon from fevered fantasy of his leaving office early via resignation or impeachment to a cold-eyed, win-at-any-cost practicality. If this is true, one … [Read more...] about Has Trump driven Democrats sane?
By JARRETT SKORUP My younger sister got married to a member of the military a few years ago, and shortly after the wedding, they had to prepare to move across the country when he got stationed elsewhere. Besides packing up boxes and figuring out where to live, she had another issue to worry about — whether she’d be eligible to work or be forced to head back to school and pay for more classes. My sister is a public school teacher and not all states allow teaching licenses to transfer across state lines. So, even though she’d been … [Read more...] about Let them work: Michigan should reciprocate all occupational licenses
By ANNE GAUTREAU In its famous aphorism, The Declaration of Independence declares that “all men are created equal.” That simple sentence reflects European Enlightenment philosophy. Therefore, from its diction, one might naively conclude that “all men” means humanity. Abigail Adams, a brilliant woman and spouse of the second president of the United States, famously exhorted her husband to “Remember the ladies.” However, many scholars continue to argue that the signers of the declaration meant to exclude women. That legal view … [Read more...] about Equal rights or unequal wrongs
They say that even a broken clock is right twice a day. Like that broken clock, when President Donald Trump complained recently about social media censorship, he was onto something. We should be very concerned when Facebook executives decide to kick somebody off their social media site just because the offender is anti-social. Actually, the term they use is “dangerous individuals,” and arguably what these expelled guys regularly spew out is dangerously crazy. Alex Jones was given the boot, along with removal of links to his … [Read more...] about Too late for censorship
Our planet is on life support. That’s the dire message from a landmark United Nations report this past week that found one million species of plants and animals — out of a total of eight million — are at risk of extinction as the result of human actions. It’s a message the world dare not ignore. At stake is not just the survival of other species. The UN report, the most thorough health checkup on biodiversity ever conducted by leading scientists, makes clear that the future of our own species is at stake as well. Robert … [Read more...] about New United Nations extinction report pushes Canada forward
A collective sigh of relief was heaved last week by Michigan’s parents, teachers, school administrators, summer camp directors and staff, child care providers and anyone who has anything to do with school-age kids, whether they be your grandchildren or the host of high school kids you hire at the Dairy-Whip. Finally, we too are free of winter’s grip. While the few state residents not included in the above list started their warm weather preparations months ago, many of us stayed stuck in winter limbo by virtue of a snow day … [Read more...] about School boards should have more say in education problem-solving