Opinion

Cities shouldn’t tax our pop

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Michigan lawmakers are making sure your soda is safe. (Your what? Your pop.) Following attempts by local governments in nearby cities to tax sugary beverages, the House and Senate have passed a ban on local governments putting such measures in place. It’s up to Gov. Rick Snyder now to sign ...

A memo to Rex Tillerson about the ‘moron’

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BERKELEY — To: Rex Tillerson From: Robert Reich Subject: The Moron I can understand why you feel Washington is a place of “petty nonsense,” as you said last week when you called a news conference to rebut charges that you called Donald Trump a moron last summer at a meeting of ...

Cochran’s illness shows risks of aging Senate

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans coping with a razor-thin majority as they try pushing a partisan agenda through the Senate are running smack into another complication — the sheer age and health issues of some senators. When the office of the ailing Sen. Thad Cochran announced Monday ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2017. There are 75 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 17, 1931, mobster Al Capone was convicted in Chicago of income tax evasion. (Sentenced to 11 years in prison, Capone was ...

Is a football helmet always enough?

Editorial

Concussions among youth athletes has garnered increased attention in recent years. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, over 140,000 high school athletes alone are estimated to suffer a concussion every year. Researchers will tell you that damage to ...

Trump is turning in a widening gyre

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WASHINGTON — With eyes wide open, Mike Pence eagerly auditioned for the role as Donald Trump’s poodle. Now comfortably leashed, he deserves the degradations that he seems too sycophantic to recognize as such. He did Trump’s adolescent bidding with last Sunday’s pre-planned virtue ...

Friends help Escanaba library

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Carolyn Stacey, Escanaba Public Library director: Robert Louis Stevenson wrote that a “friend is a gift you give yourself.” During National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 15 – 21, the Escanaba Public Library celebrates its “Friends” — a gift ...

Secession — let them leave

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NEW YORK — The United States was born when the Founding Fathers seceded from England. So why do so many people now see secession as a terrible thing? Recently, people in Catalonia voted to break away from Spain — not to declare war on Spain or refuse to trade with Spain, just to ...

Is taking a knee protected speech?

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WASHINGTON — “The constitutionally guaranteed ‘freedom to be intellectually ... diverse or even contrary,’ and the ‘right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order,’ encompass the freedom to express publicly one’s opinions about our flag, including those ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2017. There are 78 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. (“Chuck”) Yeager (YAY’-gur) became the first test pilot to break the ...

The time of year to watch for deer

Editorial

As we enter the three most dangerous months for deer/vehicle crashes October, November, and December, motorists should be aware that these crashes can cause more than just damage to the vehicle. Deer/vehicle crashes resulted in 1,240 injuries and 14 deaths last year. Nine of the fatalities were ...

War is not a spectator sport

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WASHINGTON — On Oct. 15, 2010, a father who knew from painful personal sacrifice the terror and the loss of combat, wrote to his son, who was at that moment leading a Marine platoon enduring almost relentless combat: “I know you guys have taken some licks in the last few days. ... Robert ...

Censorship in Seattle

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WASHINGTON — If it were a plague, the government would rush to quarantine the infected, as occurred during Europe’s Black Death in the 14th century. An immigration debate at Seattle University School of Law is a plague of a different sort, but deadly in a different way. The victim here is ...

AP-NORC Poll: Most don’t want young immigrants deported

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 1 in 5 Americans want to deport young immigrants brought to the United States as children and now here illegally, the focus of a politically fraught debate between the White House and Congress. Americans also have largely negative opinions about President Donald ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 13, the 286th day of 2017. There are 79 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 13, 1792, the cornerstone of the executive mansion, later known as the White House, was laid by President George ...

Expect less from auto insurance ‘reforms’

Editorial

Fixing the auto insurance business has been a perennial priority for the Michigan Legislature probably since the no-fault system went into place in 1973. The clamor from Lansing seems louder this session, but that does not mean that significant reform is likely any time soon. The problems ...

Troubles in the NFL

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TRAVERSE CITY — The NFL is reportedly having trouble getting enough butts in the seats. Some photos of the stands look like shots of the National Mall during Trump’s inauguration — a lot of empty real estate. The National Anthem protest is one obvious reason why, which is puzzling to ...

The dead soul of Stephen Paddock

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WASHINGTON — What was his motive? Why did he do it? Why did Stephen Paddock, 64, rent rooms at the Mandalay Bay hotel, sneak in an arsenal of guns, a dozen of them converted to fully automatic, and rain down death on a country music concert? “We will never know,” writes columnist ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2017. There are 80 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 12, 1492 (according to the Old Style calendar), Christopher Columbus’ expedition arrived in the present-day ...

Focus sex registry rewrite on risk

Editorial

Michigan’s ill-advised scheme to pile on punishment for convicted sex offenders failed to get even a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, leaving the Legislature to craft a new law that will restore both sanity and fairness to the state’s sex offender registry. The High Court said ...