August 14, 2022

Opinion


Electric Everything

Spectator
By Stephen Tuttle | Aug. 13, 2022

Our best environmentally-friendly intentions have outstripped our ability to implement them. The push for electric everything is the best example. New York City, Berkeley, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, and New Jersey, among other locales, have, or soon will, outlaw the use of natural gas for any new residential or commercial construction. Though natural gas burns considerably cleaner than coal or oil for heating or cooking, it still produces greenhouse gas emissions that ... Read More >>


A Victory and the Road Ahead

Guest Opinion
By Cathye Williams | Aug. 13, 2022

Dear Sen. Manchin, I prefer to get my last-minute plot twists while streaming Netflix, thanks very much. Still, I’m completely on board with joining climate activists in celebrating the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. The bill, passed by the Senate after Mr. Manchin switched once again to supporting the bill, contains what is being touted as the largest federal investment in clean energy in U.S. history—upwards of $369 billion. It is ... Read More >>


The Sun Sets on the Right to Privacy

Guest Opinion
By Isiah Smith, Jr. | Aug. 6, 2022

It turns out that all we have to fear is the Supreme Court itself. Alexander Hamilton thought the judiciary was the least dangerous branch of government since it controlled no armies and lacked spending power. It had neither force nor will. All the judiciary had was its judgments. Since Hamilton’s time, that judgment power has assumed unparalleled power and control over the most intimate corners of citizens’ lives. The court’s power has ... Read More >>


Deep Trouble

Spectator
By Stephen Tuttle | Aug. 6, 2022

There are elected representatives and others determined to change the very nature of our country and not in a good way. We should be far more concerned than we appear to be. Out in Colorado, U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert is Example One of this incredibly dangerous trend. As reported by several news organizations, back in June Boebert was at a church service/campaign event when she waxed ineloquently about our constitution and how ... Read More >>


The Disturbing Trends of Mental Health and Safety

Opinion
By Greg Holmes | July 30, 2022

Is your child depressed? Do they feel increasingly anxious and believe that their life is hopeless? If so, they are hardly alone. A recent study from the Mental Health Million Project of Sapien Labs showed an alarming decline in mental health worldwide from 2019 to 2021. One of the most disturbing findings was that the largest decline occurred among young adults, ages 18-24, 44 percent of whom reported being “distressed or struggling.” The ... Read More >>


Want to Avoid the “Fraud”? Just Don’t Vote

Spectator
By Stephen Tuttle | July 30, 2022

The congressional hearings on the Jan. 6 attempted coup have been even more distressing than we imagined because the evidence uncovered has been more offensive than we imagined. Of course, this all started with Donald Trump’s outrageous lies about the results of the 2020 election. Even now, he continues to perpetuate that destructive delusion 21 months after that election was fairly and legally decided. Trump’s behavior on Jan. 6 can be summed ... Read More >>


Will Wokeness Kill the Party?

Guest Opinion
By Mary Keyes Rogers | July 23, 2022

Regardless of your political persuasion, you’ve gotta hand it to the Democrats for how well they’ve presented the Jan. 6 hearings. Every “i” has been dotted and each “t” has been crossed, emotions kept in check, timetables explained, and unbiased witnesses called upon to testify. Even if they did get a hand from Hollywood, that’s fine by me. Great job, kudos to all involved! Considering what’s come to light in those hearings, ... Read More >>


Marching Backward

Specatator
By Stephen Tuttle | July 23, 2022

Depending on your beliefs, this has either been the greatest session in U.S. Supreme Court history or a nightmare from which we will not soon recover. Let’s review highlights of what they’ve done and look at a sample of what their next session promises. (Full credit to Mark Stern at Slate for preparing a list of 2021/2022 decisions and to Ballotpedia for the preview of coming attractions.) The one case nearly everyone ... Read More >>


A Shameful Abdication

Spectator
By Stephen Tuttle | July 16, 2022

After a streak of especially nice weather in northern Michigan, it might be a good time for our semi-regular check on how other states are doing. As it turns out, not that well. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wasn’t the least bit helpful. The EPA has been promulgating environmental rules and regulations ever since they were created and the Clean Air Act passed in ... Read More >>


Roe Reversal Restricts Religious Freedom

Guest Opinion
By Rabbi Dr. Chava Bahle | July 16, 2022

Shortly before my father died, he told us he feared losing control over his bodily functions. For him, this loss was a bridge too far. He could not control the cancer. He could handle losing his hair, losing his ability to be out of range of his oxygen concentrator, losing his capacity to work. What he did not want, what he dreaded, was to lose the most intimate forms of bodily autonomy. ... Read More >>

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