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The Value of Summer Jobs for Youth

May 2, 2015 The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the labor participation rate, defined as those seeking employment or employed, is 17 percentage points below its peak in 1989. According to a J.P. more »»

America’s politics is polarized; Britain’s is fragmented

May 2, 2015 Next week, Britain votes in its first general election in five years. Some aspects of its politics will be familiar to Americans. more »»

Anti-Trust law and lawlessness

April 30, 2015 We all make mistakes and some of us learn from them. What is even better is to learn from other people’s mistakes, where they pay for those mistakes while we learn free of charge. more »»

Fact-checking journalism is nonpartisan

April 29, 2015 “Obama is a Muslim,” it said. “That is a FACT.” As best I can recall — my computer ate the email —that was how the key line went in a reader missive that had me doing a double take last week. more »»

War remains Obama’s unending nightmare

April 29, 2015 WASHINGTON — President Obama’s acceptance of personal responsibility for the death of two noncombatants, one of them an American, in that drone strike on a terrorist site in Pakistan echoed how the... more »»

L’Anse Area Schools Library resources available to public

April 28, 2015 On May 5, 2015, Baraga County voters will be asked on whether to approve a .5 mill levy for the Baraga County Public Library. The library is located at L’Anse Area Schools but is open to the public. more »»

Grandma’s got her game on: Go Cavs

April 28, 2015 Now listen. We’re not going to work ourselves into a tizzy here in Cleveland because a columnist in Boston decided to launch his fiction writing career with a hit job on us. more »»

Was sacrifice of Ramadi dead in vain?

April 28, 2015 “...that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain...” -- Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address While the U.S. more »»

Modern-day know-nothingness

April 27, 2015 Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is thinking about running for president on the Democratic ticket by appealing to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s populist fans. more »»

Isn’t it time? Fix the Secret Service, Dagnabit!

April 27, 2015 We learned this week that the Secret Service dawdled for an entire year before fixing a broken security system at the home of former President George H. W. Bush. more »»

Flex economy is hell on workers

April 25, 2015 These days it’s not unusual for someone on the way to work to receive a text message from her employer saying she’s not needed right the. more »»

Flunking civics should no longer be an option

April 25, 2015 "Don't know much about history" -- Sam Cooke It's an old joke, but one that is a commentary on our times. more »»

Reporters should ask Democrats about late-term abortions

April 25, 2015 It was sort of inevitable that on his first day of campaigning as an announced candidate for president earlier this month, Rand Paul would be asked whether he supported a ban on abortions in cases o... more »»

Paul not perfect libertarian but he’s closest of bunch

April 25, 2015 It's not smart to get too enthusiastic about any politician. I've been disappointed often. I believed Bill Clinton when he said, "the era of big government is over." I thought George W. more »»

Donate to Honor Flight to thank vets

April 25, 2015 Congratulations to the organizers of Upper Peninsula Honor Flight Mission 8 for another wonderful trip for our area’s World War II and Korean War veterans, which included Francis Poisson of Hubbell,... more »»

Mr. Hughes copters into Washington

April 24, 2015 When postal worker Doug Hughes — otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude — landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn’t worried about being shot down, he says. more »»

Chaos in the primaries

April 23, 2015 Painful as it is to realize that both the Democrats and the Republicans will still be holding their primaries a year from now, that is one of the high prices we pay for democracy. more »»

LaPierre’s ‘normal’ gone for good

April 22, 2015 Maybe, conservatives are done with dog whistle politics. After all, NRA chief Wayne LaPierre traded his dog whistle for an air horn at a recent gathering of the gun faithful in Washington, D.C. more »»

Early presidential plunges mean long campaign

April 22, 2015 With Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio now in active competition for their parties’ 2016 presidential nominations, it’s guaranteed that voters will be subjected to one of the longest preludes to the... more »»

Michelle Knight: call her Lily, please

April 21, 2015 Her name is Lily now, named for her favorite flower. more »»



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