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Liberate food trucks

NEW YORK — Laura Pekarik bakes cupcakes and sells them from a food truck. Her truck provided a great opportunity, letting her open a business without having to spend big to hire a staff and rent space in a building. “Instead of renting a whole brick and mortar and managing a team of ...

Franco and the 2018 Republicans

WASHINGTON — To understand the discouraging plight for Republicans heading into the 2018 midterm elections, it might help to recall a joke popular in Spain in 1975, when Generalissimo Francisco Franco, that nation’s long-ruling and ruthless dictator, lingered for endless weeks on his ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2017. There are 15 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests ...

Democrats have a long way to go

TRAVERSE CITY — Let’s not get too excited, Dems. The narrow election of Doug Jones over Roy “Mall Rat” Moore in Alabama does not mean the party’s back. Far from it. Democrats still have no national message, still have no leadership, still have no money, still have the baggage of ...

Trump’s accomplishments obscured

WASHINGTON — Side issues — some of them created by the president himself — have obscured the accomplishments of the Donald Trump administration during his first year in office. The economy is the most obvious one. From anemic growth in the previous administration, it is now growing at ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 15, the 349th day of 2017. There are 16 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 15, 1939, the Civil War motion picture epic “Gone with the Wind,” starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, had its world ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2017. There are 17 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 14, 2012, a gunman with a semi-automatic rifle killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School ...

Ruohomaki remembered for years of service to Gladstone

GLADSTONE — Delta County recently experienced the loss of a highly-respected community member and public servant when Gladstone resident Leslie “Les” Ruohomaki, 83, died on Dec. 7 following a lengthy illness. Ruohomaki’s funeral took place earlier this week, offering friends and ...

What should we fight for?

WASHINGTON — “We will never accept Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea,” declaimed Rex Tillerson last week in Vienna. “Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine.” Tillerson’s principled ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2017. There are 18 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 13, 1937, the Chinese city of Nanjing fell to Japanese forces during the Sino-Japanese War; what followed was a ...

The true path to prosperity

BERKELEY — It’s often thought that Democrats care about fairness and not economic growth, while Republicans care about growth even at the cost of some fairness. Rubbish. Growth and fairness aren’t opposites. In reality, Democrats have been the party of economic growth and fairness. ...

How They Voted

Senate Bill 544, Create framework for ‘enhanced education savings accounts’: Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate To create an enhanced education savings accounts program that would allow individuals to make tax-deductible contributions to an account used to pay for public school extracurricular ...

Congress a bystander regarding war

WASHINGTON — The first use of nuclear weapons occurred Aug. 6, 1945. The second occurred three days later. That there has not been a third is testimony to the skill and sobriety of 12 presidents and many other people, here and abroad. Today, however, North Korea’s nuclear bellicosity ...

Memo to Jared Kushner

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s son-in-law and designated Middle East peace envoy, Jared Kushner, told the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum last weekend that a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians is key to solving larger goals, such as stopping Iranian aggression and ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2017. There are 20 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 11, 1917, British Gen. Edmund Allenby entered Jerusalem two days after his forces expelled the Ottoman Turks; in a show of ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2017. There are 19 days left in the year. Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sunset. Today’s Highlights in History: On Dec. 12, 1917, during World War I, a train carrying some 1,000 ...

I hate The New York Times

NEW YORK — My hometown paper drives me crazy. I read The New York Times because it often has good coverage. The newspaper pays to send reporters to dangerous places all around the world. This weekend, the Times Magazine did a surprisingly fair profile of Sean Hannity, although they ...

The General and the President

WASHINGTON — This is a tale of FBI power misused and presidential trust misplaced. Last week, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s confidant on matters pertaining to national security from June 2015 to February 2017 and his short-lived national security adviser in the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2017. There are 22 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 9, 1892, “Widowers’ Houses,” Bernard Shaw’s first play, opened at the Royalty Theater in London. On this ...

Understanding Republicans

WASHINGTON — It’s important for us to remember that even though President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, successfully lobbied the nation and eventually signed into law the historic civil rights laws a half-century ago, a higher percentage of congressional Republicans than congressional ...