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Boat rentals more good news for city, river

Katie Stepp has a good idea — even if it is not exactly an original idea. She proposes to bring a boat livery back to Port Huron to rent out, initially at least, a couple of pontoon boats from Desmond Marine downtown on the Black River. "There's a lot of water around us and I don't think ...

Democrats need to stop ingesting the right’s propaganda

Donald Trump is fabulously adept at taking credit for and exaggerating every bit of good news, especially good economic news. When the news is bad, he changes the subject. Trump is the master, but Republicans generally are skilled at fine-tailoring reality for their benefit. Democrats are ...

Was always proud he was my president

Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who created the international scholarship program that bears his name and that has produced 59 Nobel Prize winners among its estimated 360,000 alumni, was not, for entirely legitimate reasons, a humble man. Admitted to the University of Arkansas at 15, he ...

Sofia Vergara, frozen embryos and forced procreation

The Supreme Court of Colorado will soon rule on whether a person has a constitutional right to not procreate. The dispute is between Drake Rooks and his ex-wife, Mandy Rooks. The couple were married in 2002. They had three children using in vitro fertilization, but were left with six frozen ...

How merit-based college admissions became so unfair

WASHINGTON — During World War I, chemist James Conant was deeply involved in research on what was considered the worst imaginable weapon: poison gas. During World War II, as a science adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt, Conant was so central to the development of the atomic bomb that he ...

Governing while ‘unhinged’

Restoring the American dream isn’t nuts, and neither is our president. Someone tell that to liberals still suffering from “Trump derangement syndrome” and left-wing media whose airwaves were chock-full of anti-Trump segments again this week, telling us — in an all-time low — that ...

What is the fascination with the royal family?

Come Heller high water … ∫ What is it with some people and the British royal family? Some kid of one of them started preschool or something this week and they couldn't get enough: "Look! How cute!" Cute, sure, but the kid's just going to nursery school to finger paint and pull hair. So ...

Election 2018 scoreboards: Who’s up/down?

Looking ahead to Election 2018, the numbers are close enough for either party to end up in control of the House, the Senate or both. The final outcome will be determined by a combination of the races in play, the fundamentals in each race, and the strength of the political winds in ...

A few divorce tips for Steve Bannon

It occurred to me this week that many of us who’ve gone through a divorce could be mighty helpful right now to Steve Bannon. We know what it feels like to experience that personal earthquake that leaves you wondering, “Did I ever mean anything to this guy? Was it all a lie?” Barely ...

Don’t be too quick to dismiss ‘Beltway insiders’ importance

“Fishermen, sharpen your hooks, bring out the cheese balls and grease your bicycles. Soon there’s going to be trout fishing inside the Beltway.” That’s the first time the phrase “inside the Beltway” — meaning, in this instance, the physical realm within the I-495 ring road ...

Is ‘Fire and Fury’ fizzling due to author being out of touch?

The most disappointed people in America this past week must be those Trump execrators who opened their Amazon package only to find that the copy of “Fire and Fury” they had ordered was subtitled “The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945.” It’s a well-regarded 2009 volume by ...

6 New Year’s resolutions for new homeowners

We all make New Year’s resolutions, but let’s be honest: Most are wishful thinking. By February, that “lose 20 pounds” or “learn Spanish” resolution has gone right out the window. But not for you, new homeowner. This year is different. Your first 12 months of homeownership ...

Prevention is the best way to manage greenhouse weeds

Weeds can be especially troublesome in greenhouses. They starve plants of nutrients, water and light. They also protect insects, mites, rodents and other pests. “Not only are weeds a problem in and of themselves ... (but) many greenhouse weeds harbor other pests, including white fly, and ...

‘Fire and Fury’ is the book we got, not the one we needed

America desperately wanted this book. America desperately needed it, too. That’s why “Fire and Fury,” by journalist Michael Wolff, which purported to be a fly-on-the-wall, inside view of life in the Trump White House, shot to Number One on Amazon.com last week after Donald Trump’s ...

Beat cabin fever with winter renovations

When the weather outside is frightful, homeowners and renters can turn their interior spaces into something delightful. Residents can banish feelings of cabin fever by using time spent inside to make subtle or even substantial improvements to their living areas. Individuals may find that ...

Single-payer health care insurance a danger for cancer patients

Today, breast cancer kills 39 percent fewer women than 25 years ago. Prostate cancer kills 52 percent fewer men, the American Cancer Society announced last week. You can thank new technologies that detect cancer early and defeat it for many of the lives saved. Americans diagnosed with most ...

Trump’s dancing monkeys break bipartisan hearts

Sen. Lindsey Graham’s reputation as an honorable conservative lies like a ripped-up banana peel at the bottom of the baboon cage. What happened? What turned the principled voice from South Carolina, respected by Republicans and Democrats alike, into one of Donald Trump’s dancing ...

‘Fire and Fury’ is much ado about nothing new

There are plenty of shocking bombshells in Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” but is there anything actually new? I haven’t read it yet, but I have been following the crowdsourced effort by other journalists to recount every salacious tidbit. The ...

More dirty college secrets being revealed every day

A frequent point I have made in past columns has been about the educational travesty happening on many college campuses. Some people have labeled my observations and concerns as trivial, unimportant and cherry-picking. While the spring semester awaits us, let’s ask ourselves whether we’d ...

Like a child: Not just what Wolff called Trump on television

WASHINGTON — I’m almost beginning to feel sorry for him. Donald Trump, that is. Having previously posited that it’s wrong to make fun of the mentally deficient, I’m reluctant to further highlight recent revelations from author Michael Wolff, whose new book, “Fire and Fury,” ...