Opinion

Line 5 agreement shows potential shortcomings

Editorial

With the past year’s revelations of questionable conditions along the Line 5 oil/gas pipeline’s Straits of Mackinac segment, action by state officials to compel some safety efforts on pipeline owner Enbridge’s part would seem in order. However, we see some potential shortcomings in a ...

What should we fight for?

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WASHINGTON — “We will never accept Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea,” declaimed Rex Tillerson last week in Vienna. “Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine.” Tillerson’s principled ...

Almanac –

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2017. There are 18 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 13, 1937, the Chinese city of Nanjing fell to Japanese forces during the Sino-Japanese War; what followed was a ...

No protection for predators

Editorial

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two ...

The true path to prosperity

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BERKELEY — It’s often thought that Democrats care about fairness and not economic growth, while Republicans care about growth even at the cost of some fairness. Rubbish. Growth and fairness aren’t opposites. In reality, Democrats have been the party of economic growth and fairness. ...

How They Voted

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Senate Bill 544, Create framework for ‘enhanced education savings accounts’: Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate To create an enhanced education savings accounts program that would allow individuals to make tax-deductible contributions to an account used to pay for public school extracurricular ...

Phone scams don’t take a break for the holidays

Editorial

Phone solicitation scams don’t take a break over the holidays. According to Michigan State Police, scammers usually give the victim a sense of urgency, pretending to be an official of a legitimate organization to fool the victim into providing sensitive information. Some even threaten to ...

Congress a bystander regarding war

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WASHINGTON — The first use of nuclear weapons occurred Aug. 6, 1945. The second occurred three days later. That there has not been a third is testimony to the skill and sobriety of 12 presidents and many other people, here and abroad. Today, however, North Korea’s nuclear bellicosity ...

Memo to Jared Kushner

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WASHINGTON — President Trump’s son-in-law and designated Middle East peace envoy, Jared Kushner, told the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum last weekend that a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians is key to solving larger goals, such as stopping Iranian aggression and ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2017. There are 20 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 11, 1917, British Gen. Edmund Allenby entered Jerusalem two days after his forces expelled the Ottoman Turks; in a show of ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2017. There are 19 days left in the year. Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sunset. Today’s Highlights in History: On Dec. 12, 1917, during World War I, a train carrying some 1,000 ...

Dagenais Foundation gets thank you

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Ruth Botbyl, 4-H leader and Dave Radloff, MSU Extension educator: We would like to send a bouquet of thanks to the Dagenais Foundation for its generous grant to our 4-H club Sewing Up a Storm. We are very grateful for the money to purchase sewing machines ...

I hate The New York Times

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NEW YORK — My hometown paper drives me crazy. I read The New York Times because it often has good coverage. The newspaper pays to send reporters to dangerous places all around the world. This weekend, the Times Magazine did a surprisingly fair profile of Sean Hannity, although they ...

The General and the President

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WASHINGTON — This is a tale of FBI power misused and presidential trust misplaced. Last week, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s confidant on matters pertaining to national security from June 2015 to February 2017 and his short-lived national security adviser in the ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2017. There are 22 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 9, 1892, “Widowers’ Houses,” Bernard Shaw’s first play, opened at the Royalty Theater in London. On this ...

Honoring the Greatest Generation

Editorial

Seventy-six years ago this week, on the Sunday morning of Dec. 7, 1941, U.S. military bases in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, were assaulted in what has been termed a “sneak attack” Japan. It was that. There was no reason at all why it should have been what some have called it, a “surprise ...

Understanding Republicans

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WASHINGTON — It’s important for us to remember that even though President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, successfully lobbied the nation and eventually signed into law the historic civil rights laws a half-century ago, a higher percentage of congressional Republicans than congressional ...

On Jerusalem, Trump delivers for supporters

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s move to recognize the divided city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital may have triggered a worldwide chorus of critics but the president had his ears closely tuned to his supporters at home. For Trump, the proclamation was an important way to ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2017. There are 23 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Imperial Japan, a day after the attack on ...

Time for the IRS to speed up

Editorial

Wait until next year is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their versions ...