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Democrats are too polite

TRAVERSE CITY — Michelle Obama was known for saying, “When they go low, we go high.” I’ve always loved the sentiment but I wonder if it needs tweaking in today’s political climate. In my opinion, Democrats have always been too polite, too unwilling to call a lie a lie, too reluctant ...

Why vote for Democrats?

WASHINGTON — Given what the Trump administration is saying are record achievements for a president at this stage in office, why would anyone consider voting for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections? Writing in The Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard lists 289 accomplishments of the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 18, the 291st day of 2018. There are 74 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 18, 1892, the first long-distance telephone line between New York and Chicago was officially opened (it could only ...

With friends like these

WASHINGTON — Was Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and then his body cut up with a bone saw and flown to Riyadh in Gulfstream jets owned by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman? So contend the Turks, who have video from the consulate, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2018. There are 75 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 17, 1933, Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany. On this date: In 1610, ...

Containing the catastrophe

BERKELEY — Anyone still unsure of how (or even whether) they’ll vote in the midterm elections should consider this: All three branches of government are now under the control of one party, and that party is under the control of Donald J. Trump. With the addition of Brett Kavanaugh, the ...

Gosnell: The movie

WASHINGTON — Arguably a contributing factor to the continuation of abortion is that it is performed out of sight and thus, out of many minds. A film about one of the worst practitioners of abortion, Kermit Gosnell, opens October 12 in at least 600 theaters. Gosnell is the Philadelphia ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2018. There are 76 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 16, 1793, during the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, was beheaded. On this date: In 1758, ...

How to heal our epidemic of loneliness?

WASHINGTON — If Sen. Ben Sasse is right — he has not recently been wrong about anything important — the nation’s most-discussed political problem is entangled with the least-understood public health problem. The political problem is furious partisanship. The public health problem is ...

How They Voted

With the Legislature holding intermittent sessions during the general election campaign season, the Roll Call Report continues its review of key votes from the 2017-2018 session. Senate Bill 401, Overhaul school pension system: Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate on June 15, 2017 To replace the ...

Socialism destroys

NEW YORK — Socialism is hot. Famous actors recently made a commercial proclaiming that “democratic socialism” creates some of the best parts of America. It’s “your kids’ public school” (says Susan Sarandon), the “interstate highway system” (Rosario Dawson), “public ...

How They Voted –

House Bill 6064, Authorize new corporate subsidy program: Passed 81 to 25 in the House To authorize a new program to give up to $50 million in state taxpayer subsidies to some private business owners through a device the bill would create called a “rural development fund.” Rep. Beau ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 13, the 286th day of 2018. There are 79 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 13, 1999, the Senate rejected the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, with 48 senators voting in favor and 51 ...

Timeless — and wise — advice

WASHINGTON — On a Sunday morning two days before the crucial California presidential primary, hundreds of college-age volunteers crowded into their candidate’s campaign headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco to get their marching instructions for getting every registered voter the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2018. There are 80 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 12, 1973, President Richard Nixon nominated House minority leader Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as ...

Gaslighting and crush

TRAVERSE CITY — Reporters lately are in love with the term “gaslighting.” And yet how many people know what it means? Not many, I’ll bet. I didn’t. I knew it meant something not good because it’s usually used in reference to the president. But I wasn’t sure what until I got so ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 11, the 284th day of 2018. There are 81 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 11, 1991, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of ...

We are all deplorables now

WASHINGTON — Four days after he described Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, as a “very credible witness,” President Donald Trump could no longer contain his feelings or constrain his instincts. With the fate of his Supreme Court nominee in the balance, Trump ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 10, the 283rd day of 2018. There are 82 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 10, 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, accused of accepting bribes, pleaded no contest to one count of federal income ...

Menards vs. City of Escanaba

ESCANABA — What’s moving and shaking in Escanaba? A whole lot. Let me start off with a major item that is impacting the city’s budget: the Menards vs. City of Escanaba “Dark Store” case. As you may be aware, we’ve been fighting a tax valuation case with Menards since 2012. ...