Opinion

Whitmer on right course in setting up energy panel

Editorial

We’re not big fans of so-called blue-ribbon committees that, it seems, are very often established by big wheel politicians seeking to bury a nettlesome problem. These groups often produce findings and reports that few people read and even fewer care about — all at taxpayer’s ...

Swamp things storm the palace

Local columns

WASHINGTON — If there was “great love all around” during President Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom, as he tweeted Monday, the participants royal and decidedly otherwise were deceptively discreet. From the coverage, one might have thought that Madame Tussauds had teamed up ...

Fact Check:Trump overstates benefits from Mexico tariffs

Local columns

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump is overstating the benefits of his threatened tariffs on automobiles and parts imported from Mexico while glossing over the likely harm to American consumers of substantially higher prices for new cars. In tweets Tuesday, Trump exaggerated how much of ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, June 17, the 168th day of 2019. There are 197 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 17, 1994, after leading police on a slow-speed chase on Southern California freeways, O.J. Simpson was arrested and ...

9/11 quilt project was moving event

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Maureen Lapinski of Bark River: Escanaba recently had the opportunity to host the showing of the 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial Quilt Project. It was impressive how, when asked, people gave a positive response. Volunteers helped with the set-up and ...

Terminate abortion, please

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The abortion issue is more divisive than ever, thanks to extreme anti-abortion legislation recently passed in some states and, lately, to Democratic presidential candidates seemingly vying to be the most pro-choicest. The newest controversy swirls around the 1976 Hyde ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 15, the 166th day of 2019. There are 199 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 15, 1944, American forces began their successful invasion of Saipan (sy-PAN’) during World War II. B-29 ...

‘We’ once did fight wars

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Beneath the perfectly manicured lawns and under the pines and elm trees at the Normandy cemetery lie 9,388 Americans who died during D-Day or in the liberation of France that followed. Among them is a most unlikely combatant, a 56-year-old Army officer who was a wounded veteran ...

Praying (or not) for the president

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Only the most partisan person would begrudge prayers for the president of the United States, but a recent visit by President Trump to the mega McLean Bible Church in Virginia has rubbed some congregants the wrong way. The White House informed the church with only a few minutes ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, June 14, the 165th day of 2019. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 14, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure adding the phrase “under God” to the ...

Safety tips for summer storms

Editorial

Severe weather can strike quickly and create a variety of dangerous situations. With this in mind, Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) suggested the following the safety tips: Power lines Always consider a power line to be energized even if it is on the ground. Do not touch a downed ...

Don’t allow cats to roam

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR The other day there was an article in the press about keeping dogs on leashes. May I also suggest homeowners keep their cats on leashes or indoors. In our neighborhood there are at least three cats that roam and have been killing birds and rabbits. What can be done about this problem, ...

Summer panic sets in

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — Now that it’s June, I’m having my annual bout of “summer panic,” wherein I feel woefully unprepared to take advantage of the few weeks of summer remaining. My internal monologue usually goes like this: “Ack! Only 10 weeks of summer left! I didn’t buy a boat! I ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, June 13, the 164th day of 2019. There are 201 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 13, 1966, the Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that criminal suspects had to be informed of their ...

Ethanol is a bad deal for consumers

Editorial

The government shutdown that Trump says could last “a long time” without funding for a border wall may hurt farmers by delaying the administration’s ability to steer through the approval for year-round sales of a 15 percent ethanol blend for gasoline before the summer begins. That’s up ...

A moral issue

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Abortion or Not? Democrat or Republican, it should not be a political view. It’s a humanitarian and moral issue, with a life at stake. Does someone have a right to snuff out a human life? If you do not think it’s a life when the cells are being formed, when then? If you do not ...

Two old white men take the lead

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In 2018, a record turnout of women, minorities and young added 40 House seats to Democratic ranks and made Nancy Pelosi speaker. This, we were told, is the new diversity coalition — women, people of color, millennials — that will take down The Donald in 2020. So, how has ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2019. There are 202 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 12, 2016, an American-born Muslim opened fire at the Pulse nightclub, a gay establishment in Orlando, Florida, leaving ...

Insurance overhaul will help consumers

Editorial

Many drivers are cheering action in Lansing that — beginning in about a year — will allow Michigan residents to reduce their automobile insurance costs. The legislation is a solid step toward reducing Michigan’s highest-in-the-nation auto insurance premiums. Critics of the measure mourn ...