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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2017. There are 106 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On September 16, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act. Samuel T. Rayburn of ...

Reflections on the week

TRAVERSE CITY — What a gorgeous week in Michigan. Good weather is so rare here, I’ve always thought what we need is a law giving everyone the day off on any sunny day over 65 degrees. You wanna sign my petition? - A new study says coach seats in airliners are so cramped you could die. ...

US government its own worst enemy

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new analysis by the Harvard Business School outlines why U.S. voters are so frustrated with their political leaders — there is a lack of genuine competition between Republicans and Democrats to deliver actual results on major policies such as education, health care, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2017. There are 107 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 15, 1940, during the World War II Battle of Britain, the tide turned as the Royal Air Force inflicted heavy losses ...

The Mafia and the migrants

ROME — I spotted them on my way to dinner with a friend near Castel Gandolfo. They are migrants from Africa, sitting by the side of the road outside a “temporary” residence that, for many, appears to have become permanent. They all have cellphones. They all seem oblivious to us as we pass ...

Sanders’ health care plan puts Democrats on the spot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders rode his impassioned liberal army of supporters through a tumultuous 2016, fighting to snatch the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton. Now he’s disrupting the party anew, forcing Democrats to take sides over his plan to provide ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 14, the 257th day of 2017. There are 108 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” (later “The ...

Trump dumps the do-nothing Congress

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is president today because he was seen as a doer not a talker. Among the most common compliments paid him in 2016 was, “At least he gets things done!” And it was exasperation with a dithering GOP Congress, which had failed to enact his or its own agenda, that ...

Dangerous virtue-signaling of Western leaders

WASHINGTON — Do you ever see a leader of a Western nation pontificating and wonder why he or she seems so divorced from your own day-to-day reality? You go to work every morning, take responsibility for your life, follow the rule of law ... and wonder why these leaders whom you watch on TV ...

Google, Trump and the arrogance of power

BERKELEY — Google’s search engine runs about two-thirds of all searches in the United States and 90 percent in Europe. “Platform monopolies” like this can squelch innovation. Google could favor its own services, such as Google Maps and Google Shopping, for example. This is one reason ...

Turkey’s choice: Past or future

ISTANBUL — Coming from the airport into this city of about 15 million people and 5 million cars, as my driver describes it, I pass ancient Roman ruins and blocks of upscale shops; an old hotel where Agatha Christie penned “Murder on the Orient Express,” smoke shops and modest restaurants, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2017. There are 110 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 12, 1942, during World War II, a German U-boat off West Africa torpedoed the RMS Laconia, which was carrying ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2017. There are 109 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 13, 1788, the Congress of the Confederation authorized the first national election, and declared New York City ...

Will Congress be stirred from its slumber?

“Congress has been dropping in relative power along a descending curve of 60 years’ duration, with the rate of fall markedly increased since 1933. ... The fall of the American Congress seems to be correlated with a more general historical transformation toward political and social forms ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2017. There are 111 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed as 19 al-Qaida hijackers seized control of four jetliners, sending two of ...

Many pitch in to beautify Rapid River School

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Rapid River Education Association: The Rapid River Education Association would like to thank George and Lisa Kanyuh, community members, and the football team for the beautiful flowers in the planters surrounding the school. We greatly appreciate the ...

Seeing Alternatives

NEW YORK — I just got new glasses — without going to an optometrist. It’s another innovation made possible by the internet. Going to an optometrist can be a pain. You have to leave work, get to an optometrist’s office, sit in a waiting room and then pay an average of $95 (in my ...

To Trump from voters: ‘It’s not about you’

WASHINGTON — On a late summer night, some 230 days into the Trump presidency, a dozen Pennsylvania voters gathered around a conference table in Pittsburgh and were asked by respected Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart to just give “a word or a feeling about Donald Trump.” The answers ...

In defense of the groundhogs

TRAVERSE CITY — The University of Michigan is catching heat for stuffing dry ice down groundhog holes to kill the little buggers, which are apparently chunneling the heck of out north campus. The university is worried their passageways will “undermine the foundations of structures, ...

Mining, environment — we can have both

STEPHENSON — Communities across the Great Lakes region have been rediscovering their roots in mining – an industry that is significant to our heritage, central to our culture, and vital to our economy. From nickel and copper to zinc and gold, these precious minerals are proving that mining ...