Stephen Tuttle | Author
May 2, 2020
Searching for topics not impacted by COVID-19 is almost impossible. It has consumed, or at least intruded into, virtually every corner of our lives.
Politics, nationally and mostly internationally, is all pandemic, all the time. Both China and Russia have used the o... Read More >>
April 25, 2020
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that Congress “ ... shall make no law abridging ... the right of the people peaceably to assemble ... ”
We've been exercising that right for a very long time. It could be reasonably argued such a p... Read More >>
April 18, 2020
COVID-19 has created plenty of opportunities for both praise and blame. We've seen people at their best, some at their worst, and are daily reminded of how inefficient the federal government can be.
Let's start with deserved praise.
There are the ... Read More >>
April 11, 2020
While the rest of us have been focused on the virus, mischief is being made in Washington, D.C. We shouldn't be surprised. Locally, Traverse City’s Downtown Development Authority wants to expand the size of a third proposed downtown parking deck though they can't yet finance it. &nb...
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April 4, 2020
It's moving that everyday citizens here are doing so much to help the medical community fight COVID-19. People making masks on their home sewing machines, autobody repair shops donating masks, manufacturers using 3-D printers to make parts for face shields, and now, auto manufacturers try...
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March 28, 2020
Wars require a coordinated national strategy and a leader who's providing accurate information, encouragement and empathy. We have no such strategy, and no such leader.
The first case of COVID-19 we know of was diagnosed on Nov. 17, 2019, in China. They got around to tel... Read More >>
March 21, 2020
There are other issues.
While we've been out panic shopping — seriously, how many dozen eggs and giant cans of beef stew do we plan on using? — and wishing President Trump would lighten his makeup and step away from the microphone, Lake Michigan has stil... Read More >>
March 14, 2020
Democrats seem to be settling in on Joe Biden, though they've found plenty about which to be exercised. They are especially good at finding coal in a pile of diamonds.
Their lament now comes from different quarters — the Bernie Sanders camp wondering what happened to t...
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March 7, 2020
We are quick to assume the worst and equally quick to panic.
The latest example is the novel coronavirus now circling the globe. It requires caution and some preparedness – but not the frenzied response we're now seeing. Ably abetted by attention-seeking politicians and over...
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Feb. 29, 2020
Education has become an actual issue in the Democratic presidential primary, though it's mostly about cost. They should be focused on quality.
Newsweek gives it a try and ranks the United States 26th in the world in the quality and efficacy of our education system. Unfort... Read More >>
Feb. 22, 2020
We're two caucuses and a primary deep into the Democratic primary circus. This might be a good time to review the frontrunners.
Let's start on the left. No, farther left. Keep going, and you'll eventually arrive at Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Sanders describes himself as a...
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Feb. 15, 2020
Kalkaska County is now a Second Amendment sanctuary county. Gun owners there will now be safe from an intrusive government and so-called red flag laws, universal background checks, and prohibitions against semi-automatic long guns and high-capacity magazines.
As a b... Read More >>
Feb. 8, 2020
John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobayan. Do any of those names ring a bell? Those are the seven people not named Kobe or Gianna Bryant who died in the same helicopter crash.
Like always, we've d... Read More >>
Feb. 1, 2020
Most consider the phrase “Congressional ethics” a bit of an oxymoron. Their strong law-and-order instincts weaken considerably when it comes to policing themselves.
Back in 2012, Congress passed legislation euphemistically called the Stop Trading on Con... Read More >>
Jan. 25, 2020
On the evening of Monday, Feb. 3, after a full day's work and despite what might be horrible weather, Iowa Democrats will trudge to schoolhouses, fire stations, and other public buildings for their caucuses. It isn't a night for the timid.
They won't show their iden... Read More >>
Jan. 11, 2020
Another military entanglement in the Middle East without an obvious plan, purpose or exit strategy. We've been watching a similar movie that never ends.
Neither Iran nor their terrorist proxies are likely to be subdued by our missiles and bombs .
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Jan. 4, 2020
Despite what seemed like a busy year politically, not much actually changed in 2019. We're likely to get more of the same in 2020, making some predictions easy.
Locally, we already know Traverse City's Downtown Development Authority (DDA) wants to extend their TIF ... Read More >>
Dec. 21, 2019
Another year without peace on earth or good will toward anyone. Pretty much the same as last year, and the year before that, and before that.
We still have wars percolating away in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Ukraine, South Sudan, Somalia, Nig... Read More >>
Dec. 14, 2019
Despite the advances made over the millennia, we humans continue to insist on maiming and killing ourselves, or others, in ever more inventive ways and with ever more poor decision-making.
Our cell phones are the latest culprit.
The Na... Read More >>
Dec. 7, 2019
We know, for a fact, it is illegal to solicit or receive information from a foreign national or government to influence a federal election. We know that because it's written in black and white in the statutes.
We know, for a fact, President Donald Trump asked the n... Read More >>