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Made in God’s image

Made in God’s image

Summer temperatures are here at last, with the latest summer wear on display in stores, which seemed to have been there long before the arrival of summer weather.  Now some people are concerned with how their bodies look after the long, cold winter, realizing that their New Year resolution of getting into shape has faded.  But now, […]

GEORGE WILL: Kashkari could be California’s Goldwater

Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in 14 months. Besides, his don’t-fence-me-in libertarian conservatism was ahead of its time. […]

JIM CREES: Ebola! Oh my God! Ebola!

JIM CREES: Ebola! Oh my God! Ebola!

If there is anything the fringe GOP wing can be proud of it is unfettered access to a few medical doctors. There are a bunch of them – Rep. Phil Gingrey, Rep. John Fleming, Rep. Charles Boustany, even Michigan’s Rep. Dan Benishek. And that is to name just a few. Since much of the Republican […]

What can happen  in 30 seconds: Don’t be provoked

What can happen in 30 seconds: Don’t be provoked

In honor of the 30th anniversary of Women’s Information Services Inc., the domestic and sexual assault services organization serving Mecosta, Osceola and Newaygo counties, WISE staffers have partnered with the Pioneer to publish this series of facts about WISE clients.  WISE clients often have horrible stories of physical abuse that destroy their bodies. The longer […]

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Moral clarity in Gaza

Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking. “Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using […]

TIM SKUBICK: Shades of Bill Clinton!

TIM SKUBICK: Shades of Bill Clinton!

This story is shades of Bill Clinton who coined the immortal line, “it depends on what the definition of is, is.” In the verbal war between the state GOP and the Democratic candidate for governor, it depends on what the definition of plan, is. Every time Mark Schauer opens his mouth, the state Republican Party […]