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Opinion

Help effort to trace COVID-19 cases locally

Editorial

Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties wants you to know you may be receiving a call from a phone number you do not recognize. This is because someone you know has tested positive for COVID-19 and has recently been within 6 feet of you for more than 10 minutes. You can help keep your ...

Absentee ballots lead to fraud

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: It is shocking at the lack of information you can find in an hour searching the internet for who is responsible for maintaining and upkeeping Michigan’s voters’ records, specifically in regards of death records. Social Security Administration, Delta County government, Michigan ...

Don’t hold the fair this year

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: State Senator Ed McBroom’s column in the Press on May 23 “See you at the fair” is really troublesome on so many levels. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.P. State Fair Authority’s executive committee, of which he is a member, is planning for the Fair in August. So, ...

I need a haircut

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Hair stylists are educated, licensed, responsible individuals. Many are also small business owners. Could it be that their numbers are heavily Republican? Our governor’s refusal to allow opening of hair salons must be strictly political. There are no sound health or common sense ...

Trump and twitter

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — President Trump, who clearly never read Pinocchio as a child, is furious at Twitter for labeling several of his tweets as false. OK, yes, technically they didn’t say, “The president’s tweets were big, fat, phony lies.” What they did do, however, is put a label under ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 29, the 150th day of 2020. There are 216 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 29, 1988, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev opened their historic summit in Moscow. On this ...

No better time to donate blood

Editorial

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthy individuals who are feeling well are ...

Better to buy local

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: When I wanted to purchase garden seeds all the local stores were closed because of COVID-19. I was forced to go online and make a seed order thru Amazon. I received an order today, that I made in April. The seeds were in a small envelope and there was nothing on the package to tell me ...

Don’t forget the taxi drivers

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Everyone knows someone who works at the hospital or a doctor’s office or one of the nursing homes. They are all heroes in my book. However, there were also those working on the front lines of this virus. Those workers at Walmart, Meijer, Walgreen’s, Elmer’s, SavMor IGA, and the ...

True sense of community

Local columns

EDITOR: I was recently asked to be interviewed regarding the effects on business during the pandemic. While it’s easy to talk about business and how day-to-day operations are affected, it’s not as easy to convey the true spirit of a community during hard times. This is what I’ve come to ...

Biden’s disturbing pattern

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told an African American talk show host last week: “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” It was not a one-off remark. After strong condemnation, including from ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 28, the 149th day of 2020. There are 217 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 28, 1912, the Senate Commerce Committee issued its report on the Titanic disaster that cited a “state of absolute ...

What does winning mean in a forever war?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — When a Wall Street Journal editorial warned this week against any precipitous U.S. withdrawal that might imperil our gains in Afghanistan, an exasperated President Trump shot back: “Could someone please explain to them that we have been there for 19 years. ... and except at ...

What if the government has it wrong?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — What if the government has it wrong — on the medicine and the law? What if face masks can’t stop the COVID-19 virus? What if quarantining the healthy makes no medical sense? What if staying at home for months reduces immunity? What if more people have been infected with ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 27, the 148th day of 2020. There are 218 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 27, 1935, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, unanimously struck down the National ...

Learn the signs of stroke, take steps to reduce the risk

Editorial

May marks National Stroke Awareness Month. This month alone, about 65,000 Americans will experience a stroke, with many unaware they even were at risk. Less than a third will reach an emergency room within three hours, the optimal time period for better outcomes. This month, the National ...

The powerful and the pandemic

Local columns

BERKELEY — As America reopens for business, you might expect Jeff Bezos, the richest man in America, and his Amazon corporation, one of the most profitable corporations in America, to set the corporate standard for how to protect the health of American workers. Think again. Amazon’s ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 26, the 147th day of 2020. There are 219 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 26, 1981, 14 people were killed when a Marine jet crashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off ...

Memorial Day 2020

Editorial

Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out. Now, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the health care professionals, who are saving others and risking their own ...

Shutdown’s silver lining

Local columns

NEW YORK — The government has closed most schools. So, more parents are teaching kids at home. That upsets the government school monopoly. Education “experts” say parents lack the expertise to teach their kids. Without state schooling, “learning losses... could well be ...