Opinion Archive

JIM CREES: Colbert gets a new job

JIM CREES: Colbert gets a new job

So … Stephen Colbert has been tagged to replace David Letterman as host on the CBS Late Night TVshow. This is apparently big news. Fine. I have to report that I really don’t care all that much. I liked Colbert on Comedy Central. “Of course you would!” you say. “You’re a bleeding-heart liberal!” Whatever. Still, […]

JOHNNY MCCLODDEN: Lake County poor?

TO THE EDITOR: Look at what is being done in the poorest county in the state… Lake County. We have for years produced some of the most productive citizens, bar none. The school system has evolved into one, that is, one that can state to the whole world “The people here want the best for […]

JACK SPENCER: Getting the priorities right

JACK SPENCER: Getting the priorities right

Michigan has it backwards. Our state government spends $300 million annually on corporate welfare, or as those in government prefer to call it, “economic development,” then it debates how to pay for fixing the roads. It should be the other way around; fix the roads first and then have a debate over whether or not […]

The need for compromise is greater than ever

The need for compromise is greater than ever

Not long ago, Northern Michigan University invited me to address students there as part of a series of addresses on public policy. The subject I chose for my address is, in many places, a scandalous subject: compromise. Almost all of us in Congress have strong opinions on public policy, strong values that guide us. And […]

JIM CREES: Welcome to the Putin Fan Club

JIM CREES: Welcome to the Putin Fan Club

Back in the day, when I had considerably more hair and considerably less gut, I was often criticized for my personal politics and world view. More often than not, it was suggested that I (and no few others of my generation) was a “Pinko,” and a “Commie,” and it was often suggested I should “go […]