Opinion

Trade threats sow unease on the farm

Editorial

It has never been easy to be a farmer. In recent years, it only seems to get more difficult. Crop prices are down 40 percent since 2013 and farm income has fallen by half. Margins are slim, and every bump in the agricultural economy pushes more farms over the edge. “It’s tough right ...

Trump: Prisoner of the War Party?

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WASHINGTON — “Ten days ago, President Trump was saying ‘the United States should withdraw from Syria.’ We convinced him it was necessary to stay.” Thus boasted French President Emmanuel Macron Saturday, adding, “We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term.” Is ...

While China picks winners, Trump picks losers

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BERKELEY — “It’s nonsense that there’s a beautiful free market in the power industry,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry said recently as he pushed for a government bailout of coal-fired power plants. Republicans, who for years have voted against subsidies for solar and wind power, ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, April 19, the 109th day of 2018. There are 256 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 19, 1993, the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended as fire destroyed the structure ...

Break down barriers to equal pay for all women

Editorial

The Time’s Up movement got its start in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and has come to stand for the women’s movement itself. The time is definitely up. Harassment and discrimination have no place in the modern workplace, and that applies to equal pay as well. Women make up ...

Syria, Trump and isolationism

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WASHINGTON — The isolationist spirit — a reluctance to become involved in foreign entanglements — goes back in U.S. history to Thomas Paine and his 1776 pamphlet “Common Sense” and to George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address. In modern times, the isolationist spirit had a strong ...

How They Voted

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Senate Bill 741, Ban local dog regulations based on breed: Passed 22 to 13 in the Senate To prohibit a local government from enacting or enforcing an ordinance or rule that regulates dogs based upon their breed or perceived breed, including pit bulls. Sen. Tom Casperson, R - Escanaba, ...

How a Supreme Court case could affect your online purchases

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Do businesses have to collect sales tax on purchases made on the internet? The answer right now is: It depends. But a Supreme Court case heard Tuesday could change that. Some questions and answers about the issue and the case: Q: Who charges sales tax online right ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 18, the 108th day of 2018. There are 257 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 18, 1938, Superman, AKA “The Man of Steel,” made his debut as the first issue of Action Comics (bearing a cover ...

Proposed watercraft fee won’t have desired impact

Editorial

We sincerely hope the state drops its interest in setting up a new user fee system to cover paddle boats, canoes and kayaks. The Michigan State Waterways Commission, the public entity that oversees such matters, voted in February in favor of registering “all rigid-hulled kayaks and canoes ...

The dangers of an untethered Trump

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BERKELEY — The petulant adolescent in the White House — who has replaced most of the adults around him with raging sycophants and has demoted his chief of staff, John Kelly, to lapdog — lacks adequate supervision. Before, he was merely petty and vindictive. He’d tweet nasty things ...

Searching and seizing

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WASHINGTON — “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 17, the 107th day of 2018. There are 258 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 17, 1961, some 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in an attempt to ...

Strangers reinforce faith in human nature

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Ching Bezine of Bark River: The Sweetest Tangerines In a bag of tangerines you buy, although not all of them are sweet, some can certainly leave a lasting taste. Among the people you meet, although not all of them are wonderful, some can definitely ...

Michigan State Police troopers ready to help

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ESCANABA — National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be observed in 2018 from April 8 – April 14. As the Community Service Trooper here at the Gladstone State Police Post, I would like to take this opportunity to let our local community know a few of the different services those of us ...

Road funding for Upper Peninsula

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LANSING — Like you, I’m frustrated with the condition of our roads. That’s why I fought for a plan to provide an additional $175 million in road and bridge funding statewide without raising taxes or fees. The money will go directly to counties, cities and villages for road preservation ...

Free speech takes another hit

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WASHINGTON — Fox News host Laura Ingraham has apologized, as has the network, for nothing more serious than her tweet: “David Hogg rejected by four colleges to which he applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA ... totally predictable given acceptance rates.)” The ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, April 14, the 104th day of 2018. There are 261 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth during a performance of “Our ...

Security training in schools vital

Editorial

Remember the good old days when you were young and the only thing breaking up the routine of school was the occasional fire drill? Teachers and principals told you how important it was to pay attention and know what to do in case of a fire. Take the drills seriously, they urged. You didn’t. ...

Strangulation cases are taken seriously

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ESCANABA — Strangulation in intimate partner violence is nothing new, however, strangulation has more recently become recognized for the danger it poses to the victim and the community as a whole. It takes about 5 pounds of pressure to crack an egg and an adult male’s handshake is, on ...