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Water deal best for Flint residents

Editorial

Mayor Karen Weaver’s recommendation that Flint remain with the Great Lakes Water Authority rather than switching once again to a new drinking water source is the best choice for a city that needs both stability and trust in the safety of its water. Flint had been set to switch to the new ...

Bergman, Coleman were demeaning to constituents

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I attended the Jack Bergman Town Hall held at the Besse Auditorium. The auditorium was filled and the “overflow” were in another room whereas there was interaction both to and from. The town hall was scheduled for one hour in length. There were at least three law enforcement with ...

The Trump foreign policy doctrine

Local columns

BERKELEY — What’s the “Trump Doctrine” of foreign policy? At first glance, foreign policy under Trump seems inconsistent, arbitrary and devoid of principle. A few weeks ago, even before the airstrike on Syria, White House communications director Mike Dubke told Trump’s assembled ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 25, the 115th day of 2017. There are 250 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 25, 1507, a world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contained the first recorded use of the ...

Don’t turn prom night into a tragedy

Editorial

It is high school prom season, when lasting memories of wonderful evenings are made for many area young people. More than at any time during the year, prom nights raise the terrible possibility some parents will have nothing but memories of sons and daughters killed by alcohol-fueled mistakes ...

Broken no-fauult system need to be reformed

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: When Michigan’s auto no-fault laws were first enacted Richard Nixon was president, Al Kaline patrolled the outfield for the Detroit Tigers and Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly” spent five weeks atop Billboard’s Hot 100. That was nearly 45 years ago. A lot has changed since ...

The ‘Oh, never mind’ president

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In his first annual message to Congress, John Quincy Adams, among the most experienced and intellectually formidable presidents, warned leaders against giving the impression that “we are palsied by the will of our constituents.” In this regard, if in no other, the 45th ...

How They Voted

Local columns

House Bill 4080, Authorize new energy-related purchase/debt scheme for schools: Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate To include schools in a scheme authorized by a 2016 law for counties, which lets them contract with vendors for energy efficiency projects, and pay for these with money the projects ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, April 24, the 114th day of 2017. There are 251 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 24, 1967, Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was killed when his Soyuz 1 spacecraft smashed into the Earth after his ...

Community came together for CBC Fund Drive

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Jim Weber, First Chair CBC 2017: On behalf of my co-chairs Alan Barr and Bob Crumb, we would like to thank the businesses and residents of Manistique and Schoolcraft County for making the 50th Annual CBC Fund Drive the best ever. By the end of our telethon ...

Bergman’s position on climate change a concern

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I attended Congressman Bergman’s town hall on Wednesday evening at Bay College. In response to a question Representative Bergman declined to comment on or express an opinion about the Pentagon’s assessment that climate change represents a grave threat to our national security. As ...

Support local businesses that give back to community

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: With new businesses coming into our town, everyone will be there to check them out. But lets not forget about the businesses you, your parents, or grandparents turned to when they needed a sponsor for a sports team. Maybe it was a pool league, darts or bowling, or many other sporting ...

Earth Day dopes

Local columns

NEW YORK — Expect more craziness this weekend. Earth Day is today. This year’s theme: Government must “do more” about climate change because “consequences of inaction are too high to risk.” They make it sound so simple: 1) Man causes global warming. 2) Warming is obviously ...

Cut college costs to fix student debt crisis

Editorial

America’s younger generation is staggering under student debt loads that will alter the way they participate in traditional American society as they age. Total student debt now stands at $1.4 trillion, more than outstanding vehicle loans and credit card obligations, and second only to ...

One (restrained) cheer for Washington

Local columns

WASHINGTON — We’ve all heard the tiresome and discouraging refrain: Washington, our beautiful capital city, is broken. Dysfunctional D.C. does not work. Even with majorities in both the House and the Senate, congressional Republicans could not pass a resolution commending Mother’s ...

Reform the tax code now!

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Thanks to the beneficence of the federal government (and the calendar), we Americans have until midnight on April 18 to file our income taxes. It’s too bad filing taxes wasn’t an easier process. President Trump has pledged to reform our tax code, which, to most people, ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, April 21, the 111th day of 2017. There are 254 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 21, 1967, army officers in Greece staged a coup, seizing power and creating a military dictatorship that ruled the ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, April 22, the 112th day of 2017. There are 253 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 22, 1864, Congress authorized the use of the phrase “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins. On this date: In 1889, ...

Spring is the time to watch for wildfires

Editorial

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and its cooperators are observing Wildfire Prevention Week April 16-22. Most wildfires on Michigan’s 20 million acres of state and private forest land occur in April, May and June. “Michigan typically experiences some of its higher fire ...

Fly the unfriendly skies

Local columns

FLINT — Long before the recent United Airlines incident where a man was bloodied and dragged off a flight for not giving up his seat, I thought flying was the most dismal form of transportation known to man, with the possible exception of a gassy camel. But that incident certainly confirmed ...