Local columns

Regarding race relations…

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Ignorance is bliss and “some of my best friends are (Black, Indian, Asian, etc.)” probably isn’t going to cut it anymore. As a darker skinned person, I can attest to experiencing racism and discrimination directly. Members of my tribe experienced it directly ...

Citizens of many US allies trust Putin over Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vladimir Putin is more trusted than Donald Trump to do the right thing for the world among citizens of numerous U.S. allies, including Japan, South Korea and seven European NATO members, according to a survey released Wednesday. Both leaders scored poorly overall in the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2017. There are 132 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 21, 1858, the first of seven debates between Illinois senatorial contenders Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took ...

Men and women are different

NEW YORK — Why aren’t there more women criminals?! Men in jail outnumber women by a ratio of 14-to-1. We male stutterers outnumber women, too. This isn’t fair! We need more affirmative action! These disparities must be caused by sex discrimination because everyone knows there are no ...

Armageddon postponed

WASHINGTON — North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un appears to have blinked and President Trump can claim a foreign policy victory and justification for his strategy. Reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength” approach to deterring adversaries, President Trump stood ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2017. There are 134 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 19, 1942, during World War II, about 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launched a disastrous raid against the ...

Tragedy in Charlottesville

WASHINGTON — In the South during the Jim Crow era, the “one-drop rule,” codified into law, asserted that if a person had just one drop of African-American blood, they were considered “black.” I wonder what we’d learn if we gave former KKK leader David Duke and the “white ...

The chicken and the tax returns

TRAVERSE CITY — Nope. Don’t even try to come up with something better. I’m declaring right here, right now the best news story to be the giant inflatable Trump Chicken staring at the West Wing from outside White House grounds. It was put there by protesters who are still trying to shame ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2017. There are 136 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 17, 1807, Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat began heading up the Hudson River on its successful round trip ...

What Trump said about Virginia protesters

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has defended his response to Saturday’s racially-charged protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, in a winding, combative exchange with reporters that at times mischaracterized the message and purpose of event. In his remarks, Trump described the rally ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2017. There are 135 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 18, 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born in present-day America, on what is now ...

After the coup, what then?

WASHINGTON — That the Trump presidency is bedeviled is undeniable. As President Donald Trump flew off for August at his Jersey club, there came word that Special Counsel Robert Mueller III had impaneled a grand jury and subpoenas were going out to Trump family and campaign associates. The ...

Support for charter schools drops over past year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expanding charter schools around the country is losing support among Americans, even as President Donald Trump and his administration continue to push for school choice, according to a survey released Tuesday. Trump campaigned on a promise to dramatically improve school ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2017. 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 1777, ...

Night thoughts on Trump and America

WASHINGTON — With Donald Trump vacationing at one of his golf resorts, the rest of us may have a chance to relax. But in truth, it’s more like a short break in a continuing nightmare, with just enough time to turn on the light, look at the clock and ponder where we are before the nightmare ...

Almanac –

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2017. There are 138 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 15, 1947, India became independent after some 200 years of British rule. On this date: In 1057, Macbeth, King of ...

Sanctuary Cities and Rule of Law

WASHINGTON — Earlier this week, the Trump Department of Justice told the mayor of Chicago that it would cease funding grants to the Chicago Police Department that had been approved in the Obama administration because Chicago city officials were not cooperating with federal immigration ...

Resistance leaders play long game, dismiss impeachment

ATLANTA (AP) — The resistance movement that flourished with Donald Trump’s ascendance to the White House isn’t necessarily itching to see his presidency undone by the investigation into Russia’s election meddling or even impeachment. They’d rather beat Trump and other Republicans at ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2017. There are 139 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 14, 1947, Pakistan became independent of British rule. On this date: In 1848, the Oregon Territory was ...

Most say time to end effort to repeal health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Message to President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans: It’s time to make the Obama health care law more effective. Stop trying to scuttle it. That’s the resounding word from a national poll released Friday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. The ...