Local columns

Paul Ryan is no Margaret Chase Smith

WASHINGTON — Shortly after Hawaii and Alaska joined the Union and I was still a semi-young wiseguy, smugly sure that a celebrity candidate whose prospective campaign had sparked public interest would become a serious White House challenger, a grizzled political reporter brought me up short ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, April 20, the 110th day of 2018. There are 255 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 20, 1898, the United States moved closer to war with Spain as President William McKinley signed a congressional resolution ...

Trump: Prisoner of the War Party?

WASHINGTON — “Ten days ago, President Trump was saying ‘the United States should withdraw from Syria.’ We convinced him it was necessary to stay.” Thus boasted French President Emmanuel Macron Saturday, adding, “We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term.” Is ...

While China picks winners, Trump picks losers

BERKELEY — “It’s nonsense that there’s a beautiful free market in the power industry,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry said recently as he pushed for a government bailout of coal-fired power plants. Republicans, who for years have voted against subsidies for solar and wind power, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, April 19, the 109th day of 2018. There are 256 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 19, 1993, the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended as fire destroyed the structure ...

Syria, Trump and isolationism

WASHINGTON — The isolationist spirit — a reluctance to become involved in foreign entanglements — goes back in U.S. history to Thomas Paine and his 1776 pamphlet “Common Sense” and to George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address. In modern times, the isolationist spirit had a strong ...

How They Voted

Senate Bill 741, Ban local dog regulations based on breed: Passed 22 to 13 in the Senate To prohibit a local government from enacting or enforcing an ordinance or rule that regulates dogs based upon their breed or perceived breed, including pit bulls. Sen. Tom Casperson, R - Escanaba, ...

How a Supreme Court case could affect your online purchases

WASHINGTON (AP) — Do businesses have to collect sales tax on purchases made on the internet? The answer right now is: It depends. But a Supreme Court case heard Tuesday could change that. Some questions and answers about the issue and the case: Q: Who charges sales tax online right ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 18, the 108th day of 2018. There are 257 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 18, 1938, Superman, AKA “The Man of Steel,” made his debut as the first issue of Action Comics (bearing a cover ...

The dangers of an untethered Trump

BERKELEY — The petulant adolescent in the White House — who has replaced most of the adults around him with raging sycophants and has demoted his chief of staff, John Kelly, to lapdog — lacks adequate supervision. Before, he was merely petty and vindictive. He’d tweet nasty things ...

Searching and seizing

WASHINGTON — “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 17, the 107th day of 2018. There are 258 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 17, 1961, some 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in an attempt to ...

Michigan State Police troopers ready to help

ESCANABA — National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be observed in 2018 from April 8 – April 14. As the Community Service Trooper here at the Gladstone State Police Post, I would like to take this opportunity to let our local community know a few of the different services those of us ...

Road funding for Upper Peninsula

LANSING — Like you, I’m frustrated with the condition of our roads. That’s why I fought for a plan to provide an additional $175 million in road and bridge funding statewide without raising taxes or fees. The money will go directly to counties, cities and villages for road preservation ...

Free speech takes another hit

WASHINGTON — Fox News host Laura Ingraham has apologized, as has the network, for nothing more serious than her tweet: “David Hogg rejected by four colleges to which he applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA ... totally predictable given acceptance rates.)” The ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, April 14, the 104th day of 2018. There are 261 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth during a performance of “Our ...

Strangulation cases are taken seriously

ESCANABA — Strangulation in intimate partner violence is nothing new, however, strangulation has more recently become recognized for the danger it poses to the victim and the community as a whole. It takes about 5 pounds of pressure to crack an egg and an adult male’s handshake is, on ...

Sheriff’s Victim Service Unit here to help

ESCANABA — The Delta County Sheriff’s Victim Service Unit (VSU) is designed to comfort and help the victims and survivors immediately at the scene, provide short term crisis intervention, and make referrals to appropriate agencies and services within the community, according to their ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2018. There are 262 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 13, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. on the 200th anniversary ...

Return of the mom jeans

ESCANABA — I see that “mom jeans” — that ‘90s look where the waistband of a woman’s pants are up around her armpits — are back. Since I’m a guy, you probably expect me to say this is a terrible development in women’s fashion, especially since they are replacing low-rise ...