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Emails are hazardous to your health

FLINT — A new study by the American Psychological Association says constantly checking your email, Facebook and Twitter can be hazardous to your mental health. As my back home pal Moon Dimple would probably say, “Well, duh. Next they’ll tell us eating lard straight from the can is bad ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2017. There are 283 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 23, 1792, Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 in G Major (known as the “Surprise” symphony because of an unexpected ...

Just say ‘No’ to FOX

ESCANABA — Watching FOX NEWS is bad for your health and not watching TV is more informative than watching FOX. Viewers in rural areas, like ours, watch FOX more than other sources of news and information. Rural areas voted for Mr. Trump. It is not a stretch to think that FOX misinformed ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 22, the 81st day of 2017. There are 284 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 22, 1765, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies, which fiercely ...

Trump’s war on the truth-tellers

BERKELEY — Donald Trump and his White House don’t argue on the merits. Instead, they attack the institutions that come up with facts and arguments they don’t like. Last week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer warned that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office couldn’t be ...

Is McCain hijacking Trump’s foreign policy?

WASHINGTON — “The senator from Kentucky,” said John McCain, speaking of his colleague Rand Paul, “is working for Vladimir Putin ... and I do not say that lightly.” What did Sen. Paul do to deserve being called a hireling of Vladimir Putin? He declined to support McCain’s call ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, March 20, the 79th day of 2017. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 6:28 a.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 20, 1942, U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur, having evacuated the Philippines ...

Questions for Judge Gorsuch

WASHINGTON — This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will question Neil Gorsuch about the judiciary’s role. Herewith some pertinent questions: - Lincoln’s greatness began with his recoil from the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act, which empowered residents of those territories to decide ...

An historic opportunity

WASHINGTON — “No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!” — Ronald Reagan President Trump presents his first budget to ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, March 20, the 79th day of 2017. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 6:28 a.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 20, 1942, U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur, having evacuated the Philippines at ...

Ignorant Media

NEW YORK — Has the media gotten worse? Or am I just grouchier? Every day I see things that are wrong or that so miss the point I want to scream. Four examples: Storm Coverage As this week’s storm approached the East Coast, the media reverted to breathless hype: “monster storm ...

Did Obama spy on Trump?

WASHINGTON — The question of whether former President Barack Obama actually spied on President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition has been tantalizing Washington since President Trump first made the allegation nearly two weeks ago. Since then, three ...

What about Trump’s vow on health coverage?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told Americans he’d do it all on health care: “insurance for everybody,” better coverage and lower consumer costs. By the reckoning of nonpartisan budget analysts at Congress, that’s not what will happen if the Republican bill he’s backing ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, March 17, the 76th day of 2017. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 17, 1942, six days after departing the Philippines during World War II, Gen. Douglas ...

Nothing good about March

FLINT — If I were asked to say something nice about the month of March at its funeral, I’d have to decline. What’s there to say? “March was like a girlfriend I once had — usually cold and frosty but with an occasional glimpse of warmth”? “March? Well, it was good for ...

Is Turkey lost to the West?

WASHINGTON — Not long ago, a democratizing Turkey, with the second-largest army in NATO, appeared on track to join the European Union. That’s not likely now, or perhaps ever. Last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared Angela Merkel’s Germany to Hitler’s, said the Netherlands ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 16, the 75th day of 2017. There are 290 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 16, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed a measure authorizing the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West ...

Why the Cuban Missile Crisis matters today

WASHINGTON — Gen. Charles de Gaulle, a French hero and statesman who did not lack for self-esteem, once stated, “When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.” In October 1962, after U.S. charges that the Soviets had installed offensive nuclear missiles in Cuba — just 90 miles ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, March 18, the 77th day of 2017. There are 288 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 18, 1937, in America’s worst school disaster, nearly 300 people, most of them children, were killed in a natural gas ...

America’s longest war

WASHINGTON — Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to spend $1.4 billion of New York’s resources to solve the persistent problem of poverty in central Brooklyn. If he wins legislative approval, Cuomo, a Democrat, intends to spend the money on affordable housing, job training, anti-violence programs, ...