Opinion

Study suggest carp would do well in Lake Michigan

Editorial

If anyone among us thought the fight to keep the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes was all but won, a new report just out in recent days should put a stop to those thoughts. The University of Michigan research paper found that the species would likely flourish if it ever made it to Lake ...

Trump: Vote for me, or else

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WASHINGTON — During a December 2015 debate among Republican presidential candidates in Las Vegas, former Florida governor Jeb Bush said to Donald Trump: “You can’t insult your way to the presidency.” Never mind. The question for next year’s election is whether the ...

Trump wields sanctions; experts wonder to what end

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the diplomacy of coercion. The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2019. There are 132 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 21, 2000, rescue efforts to reach the sunken Russian nuclear submarine Kursk ended with divers announcing none of ...

Protect election integrity in driver’s license debate

Editorial

Michigan officials are considering whether to offer driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, and while there may be valid safety reasons for doing so, the state must also ensure the integrity of its voter rolls. State Sen. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit, is proposing a bill that would give ...

Trump’s great gamble

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s reelection hopes hinge on two things: the state of the economy in 2020 and the identity of the Democratic nominee. The further left the Democrats go to select their candidate, the greater the probability Trump wins a second term. Thus Trump got good ...

Socialism never?

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WASHINGTON — President Trump has repeatedly promised, “America will never be a socialist country.” Since Franklin Roosevelt began expanding government in the 1930s, the United States has increasingly adopted big-state policies associated with socialism. We may not be at the stage Bernie ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2019. There are 133 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 20, 1986, postal employee Patrick Henry Sherrill went on a deadly rampage at a post office in Edmond, Okla., shooting ...

Don’t ignore violence

Editorial

As we mourn the tragedy of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, we should not ignore the violence taking place on a daily basis in our cities, including Detroit. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday ordered that the Michigan and U.S. flags on the Capitol buildings be flown at half-staff to ...

How They Voted

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The legislature remains on summer break with no votes expected until September. Rather than votes this report contains some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions. Senate Bill 390: Streamline process for welfare recipients getting heat and light subsidies Introduced by Sen. ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2019. There are 134 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 19, 1934, a plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler. On this date: In ...

Many hands made book sale a success

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Delta County League of Women Voters: The Delta County League of Women Voters would like to offer a huge thank you to all who helped to make our recent used book sale a big success. We appreciate the Daily Press offering storage space for our books and ...

Selling an organ should be permitted

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NEW YORK — Have you volunteered to be an organ donor? I did. I just clicked the box on the government form that asks if, once I die, I’m willing to donate my organs to someone who needs them. Why not? Lots of people need kidneys, livers, etc. When I’m dead, I sure won’t need mine. ...

The dangerous urge to do something

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WASHINGTON — When tragedy strikes, as it did in two mass killings earlier this month, there is always the urge to pressure the government do something. Governments are animated by the belief that doing something — any demonstrable overt behavior — will show that they are in control. I ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2019. There are 136 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 17, 1987, Rudolf Hess, the last member of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle, died at Spandau Prison at age 93, an ...

Garden aficionados worthy of state recognition

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First impressions can be deceiving, but they also can be revealing. Visitors traveling from the east into the city of Marquette didn’t used to have the sights they do now, which in the summer are masses of flower blooms. They are a result of Petunia Pandemonium, spearheaded by the ...

Line 5 — Take the middle road

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GRAND RAPIDS — Everyone living near the Great Lakes loves, respects and wants to protect them. The beauty and survival of America’s greatest water asset is non-negotiable. That said, common sense needs to be applied. Ultimately, the decision about what to do with Line 5 under the Mackinac ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2019. There are 137 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42. On this date: In 1812, ...

August is Child Support Month in Michigan

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To recognize the tireless efforts of the child support workers, employers, state and county departments, hospitals and community partners that support Michigan children and families, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared August 2019 as Child Support Month in Michigan. The Michigan Child Support ...