Opinion

Copper Country cruelly battered by storms

Editorial

This time, it’s personal. It’s not that the other natural disasters, hurricanes, river floods, wildfires in distant locations our nation has experienced in recent years were impersonal. Obviously, when any American is against the wall, the rest of us feel badly and wonder what we can ...

Chinese Big Brother

Local columns

NEW YORK — Upset because Facebook and Google invade your privacy? Be glad you don’t live in China. Facebook and other Western apps are banned there. The government views their openness as a threat. So the Chinese use platforms like WeChat and Alibaba. Now the Chinese government takes ...

Bias and the beholder

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Would you consider a jihadist biased against Jews? Could a member of a white supremacist group be accused of bias against non-whites? The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, and FBI Director Christopher Wray claim the 500-plus-page report found no ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 23, the 174th day of 2018. There are 191 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 23, 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for his “Type-Writer,” featuring a QWERTY keyboard; it was ...

Keep pets in mind when using fireworks

Editorial

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, remember some pets adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks. With a little extra effort, our pets can be spared the trauma they sometimes experience from fireworks. Be mindful of the following: - Keep your pets indoors during ...

Put flags of our enemies in the trash pile of history

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th. I also hope we collectively take the day to remember the sacrifices of our troops that the holiday stands for. I hope we understand and respect the enormous sacrifices that were and continue to be made so we can enjoy the freedom this country ...

Comments about city clerk hiring

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I’d like to add a few comments to Judi LaCosse’s letter regarding the Escanaba City Council hiring an under-qualified applicant for city clerk rather than the highly qualified deputy clerk. I am just a bystander from Ford River Township, but when I read the newspaper coverage in ...

Where is the Republican Gene McCarthy?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — After Election Day in 1964, when Lyndon B. Johnson won a landslide victory over Republican Barry Goldwater and Democrats procured a 68-32 majority in the Senate, the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. Senate met in private. Rightly confident — they now had the numbers needed to pass ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2018. There are 192 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 22, 1918, a train carrying members of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus and their families was rear-ended during an emergency ...

Americans are a generous people

Editorial

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...

Pizza and potholes

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — Domino’s has a publicity stunt going right now where they pave over potholes in states around the country (although, oddly enough, not Michigan) to prevent damage to their pizzas. Pretty clever. Pretty sad, too. We’ve officially reached the point where government at ...

More assaults on the rule of law

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Amid all the happy hoopla over President Donald Trump’s trip to Singapore, where he began the process for what he hopes will be the normalization of relations between the United States and North Korea and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, has come an effort by the ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2018. There are 193 days left in the year. Summer begins at 6:07 a.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 21, 1788, the United States Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire ...

So far, politics takes break in school safety talks

Editorial

Since the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a flurry of school safety plans have been presented to the Michigan Legislature. Despite political division over related issues, notably gun control, lawmakers are admirably working across party lines to adopt legislation to make schools ...

Trump’s historic gamble

Local columns

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump appears to belong to what might be called the Benjamin Disraeli school of diplomacy. The British prime minister once counseled, “Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.” At his Singapore summit, ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 20, the 171st day of 2018. There are 194 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 20, 1893, a jury in New Bedford, Massachusetts, found Lizzie Borden not guilty of the ax murders of her father and ...

The constitutional crisis is now

Local columns

BERKELEY — I keep hearing that if Donald Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller, we’ll face a constitutional crisis. Or if Mueller subpoenas Trump to testify and Trump defies the subpoena, it’s a constitutional crisis. Or if Mueller comes up with substantial evidence that Trump is ...

How They Voted

Local columns

Senate Bill 848, Appropriations, “Omnibus” budget: Passed 33 to 2 in the Senate The “omnibus” non-education state government budget for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2018. This authorizes $39.937 billion in spending, up from $38.786 billion authorized the year before. Of this ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 19, the 170th day of 2018. There are 195 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 19, 1953, Julius Rosenberg, 35, and his wife, Ethel, 37, convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the ...