February 27, 2021

Stephen Tuttle | Author

Not a Clue

Feb. 27, 2021

Surely politicians wouldn't be so clueless that they'd lie about COVID-19 deaths or take a vacation during a statewide emergency or spend taxpayer money on expensive groceries and booze for themselves. Of course they would. 

Let us pause, then, for a moment to consider the br... Read More >>

Look Up

Feb. 20, 2021

Now that we've solved all our earthly problems, perhaps we should look skyward. There are issues lurking up there.

This all started in October 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, which did nothing more than blink and send a simple radio signal. Many alive at the time w... Read More >>

More Voters ... or Less

Feb. 13, 2021

Legislators are busy at work trying to change the voting systems they created. About 500 bills have been introduced across the nation, and more than 100 of them, in 28 states, would restrict our ability to vote.

According to the Brennan Center for Justice — and full credit t... Read More >>

No Future

Feb. 6, 2021

If she's the future of the Republican Party, the party is in deep trouble.

By now, you've likely heard of Marjorie Taylor Greene, the new congresswoman from Georgia. Her connection to reality or, for that matter, sanity, is limited.

Taylor Greene has an interesting habit o...

Quite a Month

Jan. 30, 2021

Well, that was quite a month for at least some members of the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners.

First, Commissioner Brad Jewett introduced a resolution opposing the latest pandemic restrictions issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The... Read More >>

Very Busy Very Fast

Jan. 23, 2021

This isn't going to be easy. President Joe Biden and his thin congressional majority are walking into troubled times both domestically and internationally.

The divisions we now see and must somehow confront, ably abetted by silent or overtly enabling politicians, have spilled into... Read More >>

Dear Trump Supporter

Jan. 16, 2021


It is tempting to be sympathetic to your angst since you, like so many before you, have been scammed by Donald Trump. But unlike those taken in by Trump casinos, Trump Air, Trump University, Trump suits, and all the rest, you haven't yet become aware of your own delusions.&... Read More >>

Baby Steps

Jan. 9, 2021

It didn't take the ultra-progressive wing of the Democratic Party long before they started carping away at President-elect Joe Biden. His cabinet nominees, so far the most diverse group ever, wasn't diverse enough. Or he wasn't aggressive enough combating the Trumpian nonsense. Or he wasn... Read More >>

Tiny Houses and Big Raises

Jan. 2, 2021

Let's start by assuming 2021 will be better. The mysteries of local government, however, will remain the same.     

The Traverse City City Commission and their overlords at the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) continue their obsession with eliminating ... Read More >>

The Other 2020

Dec. 19, 2020

Well, that was an interesting year. And there was more to it than a pandemic we didn't stop and a delusional soon-to-be ex-president who won't accept reality.

In fact, 2020 was a pretty eventful year, good and bad, without the election or pandemic.    

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The Best Christmas

Dec. 12, 2020

Some people believe this will be the worst Christmas ever.

There's no doubt this year will finish with significant challenges. But the worst Christmas ever? Probably not worse than the multiple Christmases during the Civil War. And then there was the 1918 pandemic, World War I, th... Read More >>

Disappointing the Progressives

Dec. 5, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden is likely to disappoint the more progressive folks in the Democratic Party. Some are already complaining.  

The Sanders/Warren/Ocasio Cortez wing of the party has an agenda: the Green New Deal, single-payer “Medicare for All,” reduce... Read More >>

Just Stupid

Nov. 28, 2020

Some day historians may be able to identify the moment when too many of us stopped believing in science or facts and, instead formed our opinions based on social media, polemicists we see on television and hear on the radio, and worst of all, politicians.

We're currently in the mi...


Nov. 21, 2020

Some folks don't think there's much about 2020 for which we should, or even could, be thankful. The country is painfully divided, we've just completed the most contentious election of our lifetimes, and we have an out-of-control pandemic with restrictions too many of us simply ignore, as ... Read More >>

Election Leftovers

Nov. 14, 2020


* The folks doing the political polling need to change their methodology or there is no reason for the media to report their results. Even in the states correctly predicted for Biden, the projected margin was off well beyond the margin of error. This was a far worse perform... Read More >>

Ever-Increasing Price Tag

Nov. 7, 2020

At least some of it is now over. We won't be getting any more annoying, intrusive, and unwanted texts from Amy from the Biden campaign, David from the Trump campaign, Emily from MoveOn, or the rest who constantly invaded our phones. At least we could just click off the robocalls when we d... Read More >>

A Pathetic Abdication

Oct. 31, 2020

“We're rounding the corner.” — President Donald Trump

“We may need a national mask mandate.” — Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

“We're not going to control the...

Promises, Promises

Oct. 24, 2020

Every presidential candidate makes plenty of promises. Most are fantasy or folly — that pesky Congress often intrudes — some are absurd, and some can actually be accomplished. 

During the 2016 campaign, according to an Associated Press count, candidate Donald Trum... Read More >>

Patience Required

Oct. 17, 2020

It's going to be a very long election night. Voter fraud will have nothing to do with it.

Every state has some form of early, mail-in voting this year, and only Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Indiana still require a reason to request a mail-in ballot. The other 45 s... Read More >>

Made Things Worse

Oct. 10, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court, in a 4–3 decision supported by the four Republicans on the Court, with dissenting opinions from the three Democrats, has ruled Governor Gretchen Whitmer does not have the authority to continue issuing emergency orders under the Emergency Powers of Governo... Read More >>