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Lawmakers slap a band-aid on truancy

Editorial

We cannot proceed without first pointing out the irony of a body that schedules itself to work 102 days a year trying to solve the school truancy problem. We wonder if two- and three-day workweeks wouldn’t improve the attendance of teachers and schoolchildren alike. The Michigan Senate on ...

Don’t vote for Bergman again

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: May 4th, 2017, is the day our conservative 1st U.S. District Congressman, Jack Bergman, voted to take healthcare away from 24 million Americans, increase rates for persons with pre-existing conditions to as high as $25,700 a year according to AARP and some with cancer up to $140,000 ...

A soldier’s story

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The mortar rounds began hitting about midnight. I was caught in the open, so just dropped flat to the ground — too many had been wounded or killed seeking the safety of a bunker during a base camp shelling. The enemy mortar team was walking the rounds in. I could audibly place their ...

Rosenstein joins the posse

Local columns

WASHINGTON — “With the stroke of a pen, Rod Rosenstein redeemed his reputation,” writes Dana Milbank of The Washington Post. What had Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein done to be welcomed home by the Post like the prodigal son? Without consulting the White House, he sandbagged ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 24, the 144th day of 2017. There are 221 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 24, 1775, John Hancock was unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, succeeding Peyton ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 25, the 145th day of 2017. There are 220 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 25, 1977, the first “Star Wars” film (later renamed “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope”) was released by 20th ...

Inadequacy marks school funding reports

Editorial

One year after the results of a statewide school adequacy study were released, a new coalition is saying that study was, well, inadequate. The group is spearheading yet another study into Michigan’s school finances. And while members raise some valid points, it’s unclear how another ...

The end of Trump’s presidency

Local columns

BERKELEY — The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump. The question is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party. Trump’s statements last week about his firing of former FBI Director James Comey provide ...

How They Voted

Local columns

Senate Bill 337, Criminalize female genital mutilation of minors: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate To make it a crime subject to 15 years in prison to perform a clitoridectomy, infibulation, or other female genital mutilation on person less than age 18. Claims that the procedure is required by ...

Distracted driving bill may not be best cure

Editorial

Everybody agrees that distracted driving is a deadly practice responsible for thousands of traffic accidents on Michigan roads and dozens of fatalities each year. In fact, according to one recent study, in the past 10 years there have been more than 34,000 distracted driving crashes in ...

Culture thrives when it’s all shook up

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In July 1954, a 19-year-old Memphis truck driver recorded at Sun Studio the song “That’s All Right.” When a local disc jockey promised to play it, the truck driver tuned his parents’ radio to the station and went to a movie. His mother pulled him from the theater because ...

Big hack attack and the NHS

Local columns

GLASGOW, Scotland — The ransomware cyberattack that wormed its way into at least 74 countries recently exposed new vulnerabilities in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), as if it weren’t vulnerable enough. Hospital systems in England and Scotland were taken offline. Major operations ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2017. There are 223 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 22, 1992, after a reign lasting nearly 30 years, Johnny Carson hosted NBC’s “Tonight Show” for the final time (Jay ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2017. There are 222 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 23, 1967, Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping, an action which helped precipitate war between Israel and ...

Veteran says thanks to Honor Flight

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Victor Majestic, Korean War veteran, Rapid River: Thank you Upper Peninsula Honor Flight. I want to thank you for the great trip to Washington DC, for me and my fellow veterans to pay respect to our fallen soldiers. A big thank you to my guardian ...

Cruel and Stupid

Local columns

NEW YORK — President Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, ordered federal prosecutors to seek maximum penalties for drug-related crimes. This is both cruel and stupid. It’s cruel because Session’s 5,000 prosecutors must now push for long jail sentences even for people who pose ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 20, the 140th day of 2017. There are 225 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his ...

National security vs computer security

Editorial

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange ...

Where is the evidence?

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I must take exception to the editorial by Richard Clark published on May 17. I consider Richard Clark to be a friend, and we often eat lunch together. He describes himself as a liberal, and I am pretty sure that I am a conservative. In his third paragraph, Clark expresses an idea ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 19, the 139th day of 2017. There are 226 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 19, 1927, the silent movie “Wings,” a World War I drama starring Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers and Richard ...