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Christine M. Flowers — Both sides half right on refugees

I rarely write about immigration, partly because I spend enough time practicing immigration law, and partly because my words are taken with a grain of salt the size of that dinosaur-killing meteor. My conservative friends raise their eyebrows in that, “We love her, but gosh darn, she should get her head checked,” kind of way whenever I champion any form of legalization, while the liberals just flare their nostrils and say, “Yeah, the chick is only interested in getting rich off of the poor illegals.”

Time for some horse sense on transportation planning

In 1898, just before the dawn of the automobile age, delegates from around the world came to New York for the world’s first international urban planning conference. One topic dominated the discussion. It wasn’t the effects of the coming car revolution on urban land use, the need for gasoline stations or the implications for economic development. It was horse manure. At that time, Americans used roughly 20 million horses for transport, and cities were drowning in their muck.

Dick Polman — House of Clowns

It’s well known that Kevin Spacey shadowed Kevin McCarthy before shooting “House of Cards.” But if you’re looking for cheap intrigue and craven dysfunction, skip Netflix and binge-watch the real thing: House of Clowns.

Jay Ambrose — The answer to shooting deaths? It’s not gun control

It loosened them up some last year, but Russia has had strict gun laws for decades and currently boasts as few as 13 million civilian-owned firearms. That compares to something like 300 million in the United States. With attention on gun slayings high again after another mass shooting, should we consider restrictions as tough as the Russian sort?

Oil — The risks outweigh the rewards

We are facing economic forces that have the potential to change this community more than at any time since the 1880s, when the Great Lakes region started to run out of timber and it was our turn to be ground zero for wood. Now some think it’s our turn for oil.