Opinion

Nation will lose no matter who wins in November

How in the world did we get here? Every presidential election has its idiosyncrasies and every four years pundits exclaim “this one is different!” These are no simple idiosyncrasies, and this one is more different than anything anyone has...
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Pro-Trump ‘chalkening’ causes vapors in Ann Arbor

Students at the University of Michigan called police the other day — because someone had written Donald Trump’s name in chalk.
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What the First Amendment means to political campaigns

The inflammatory rhetoric, protests and disruption of political rallies in this election year have raised questions about how the First Amendment protections of free speech and assembly fit into the process. The short answer is that the First Amendme...
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North Carolina Potty Wars

One subject that is slowly, if sometimes awkwardly, surfacing in public discourse is where transgender people should go potty. North Carolina just passed the first law in the nation that bans transgender people from using restrooms that clash with th...
Updated: 2 months ago

How to boost America’s cybersecurity

Barack Obama just became the first U.S. president to write a line of computer code. The gesture is part of a national push for computer science education. In fact, the White House recently announced a $4 billion “Computer Science for All”...
Updated: 2 months ago

Activists shut down fracking with fear

Fear just secured another victory. Under pressure from green activists, the Florida Senate voted down a bill that would have helped expand fracking, the drilling process used to extract oil and natural gas from deep underground. Activists recycled di...
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Don’t fall for ‘securing borders’ demagoguery

About 30 years ago, in southern California, U.S. Border Patrol officers pulled over the vehicle I was riding in to search for “illegal immigrants.” They carefully checked the ID of each occupant in the vehicle. Yes, all 30 or so of us. ...
Updated: 2 months ago

White House wrong to fixate on prescription drug prices

Most would not be shocked to learn health care costs — and prices — are going up, not down.
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Threats to manatees and habitat on the rise

Throughout my 40 years as a professional Aquatic Biologist and most of my years as a student to become one, I have appreciated just how important manatees are to the health and welfare of our aquatic ecosystems. Therefore, it is especially disturbing...
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Voters are angry — on bipartisan basis

The late singer Ted Lewis in top hat, cane and tuxedo would look straight at the audience and ask, “Is everybody happy?”
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