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My Turn: 'Book' serves as literary magnet in troubled times

September 23, 2021

In the aftermath of the latest batch of bad news from home and abroad, I sought refuge in the pages of a book long ago forgotten as a literary gem. Published in 1993, the book became an instant bestseller, catapulting its editor to a fame that far surpassed ...

Family Matters: Determining how much hash makes you totally smashed

September 23, 2021

Everyone knows the basic concept of whether or not a person is illegally drinking and driving – he or she is over the “limit.”  Their bodily alcohol content, or BAC, is higher than what is legally allowed, and consequently, their driving ...

My Turn: Mass shootings becoming a way of American life

September 23, 2021

As I drove through one rural town after another recently en route to a funeral, I was struck by the number of bumper stickers bearing the message “God, Guns, and Guts Made America Free.” It was a discomforting message, especially for God, who ...

A meeting with two champs from yesteryear

September 23, 2021

Tom Kirvan Legal News, Editor-in-Chief “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”    ~Muhammad Ali More than three decades ago, during the formative years of my newspaper career in the Ann Arbor area, ...

My Turn: An unlikely case that turned into a 'deadly' switch

September 23, 2021

Laughs have been in short supply of late, due in large part to a nasty contagion that continues to spread faster than a California wildfire. Those tragedies then are compounded by a 24-hour news cycle that seems bent on reporting and dissecting every offhanded ...

My Turn: July 4th holiday offered a special meaning in 2020

September 23, 2021

This year’s July 4th celebration – with a few inglorious exceptions – was muted by a virus that seems to have caught its second wind. Our nation’s 244th birthday would have coincided with the 98th for a man who embodied the ideals ...