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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 7, the 158th day of 2017. There are 207 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 7, 1942, the Battle of Midway ended in a decisive victory for American naval forces over Imperial Japan, marking a ...

Don’t forget pets in an emergency

Editorial

In honor of June as National Pet Preparedness Month, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michiganders to create an emergency preparedness kit for their pets to ensure complete family readiness during an emergency or ...

New use for jail

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: With there being a homeless population here in Escanaba, and the building of a new jail here in Delta County. One might wonder why not have the old jail used as a year around homeless shelter serving those people here in the area. That is my idea as a possible use for the old county ...

Making America meaner

Local columns

BERKELEY — On the eve of his election to the House of Representatives, Montana Republican Greg Gianforte beat up Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the British newspaper The Guardian What prompted the violence? Jacobs had asked Gianforte for his reaction to the Congressional Budget Office report ...

Debt ceiling issue tops summer budget agenda

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Even members of his own party were quick to declare President Donald Trump’s budget plan dead on arrival in Congress last month. And in fact, lawmakers are facing a burst of overdue budget-related work this summer. Most of what’s on the budget agenda probably won’t ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 6, the 157th day of 2017. There are 208 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 6, 1944, during World War II, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, on “D-Day” as they began the ...

FRIB budget cut would hurt more than region

Editorial

Many in the local science community are reeling after news of President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal that included significant cuts to funding. They are right to be concerned. Among the potential cuts: $17 million of the $97 million earmarked for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, a ...

Buckley captained conservatism

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WASHINGTON — In 1950, the year before William F. Buckley burst into the national conversation, the literary critic Lionel Trilling revealed why the nation was ripe for Buckley’s high-spirited romp through its political and cultural controversies. Liberalism, Trilling declared, was “not ...

What price separation from Europe?

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WASHINGTON — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has had enough of President Trump. Speaking last Sunday in a Munich beer hall, Merkel suggested that Europe may no longer be able to rely on the United States as a faithful ally and that the continent “really must take our fate into our own ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, June 5, the 156th day of 2017. There are 209 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 5, 1967, war erupted in the Middle East as Israel, anticipating a possible attack by its Arab neighbors, launched a series ...

Teach kids to stay away from construction sites

Editorial

Area schools will soon recessing for the summer break. Kids are no doubt eager to get out of the classroom and into the outdoors as the days grow longer and the weather warmer. Summer also, famously, is construction season, especially in the Upper Peninsula, where only a few months may be ...

Maybe no one has the answer to climate change

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I would like to respond to Brian Black who said Congressman Jack Bergman didn’t have an answer to global warming/climate change, just maybe no one has the answer to climate change/global warming. In the past 150 years the planet has warmed by 0.87 degrees. Last Ice Age was ...

Don’t sabotage Krusin Klassics’ Fun Run

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I’ve been watching this for years and its built up to a point where I feel the need to rant. How cheap and petty can the Escanaba city officials get? Seems they’ve just got to find a way to not only capitalize upon, but sabotage Krusin Klassics’ Fun Run every year as well. At ...

Chomsky’s Venezuela lesson

Local columns

NEW YORK — Venezuela descends into chaos. Its people, once the wealthiest in Latin America, starve. Even The New York Times runs headlines like “Dying Infants and No Medicine.” My Venezuelan-born friend Kenny says his relatives are speaking differently. Cousins who once answered ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 3, the 154th day of 2017. There are 211 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 3, 2016, Muhammad Ali, the heavyweight boxing champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports ...

Ford shake-up sign of new times

Editorial

It’s been a while since we’ve seen headlines around here about executive shake-ups at the top of auto companies and cutbacks of auto industry jobs. Michigan’s bread-and-butter industry has been soaring along for the last seven years, posting record profits and sales. But the dramatic ...

The praying mantis explains today’s politics

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WASHINGTON — To understand the bizarre political era in which we live, let us recall the mating rituals of the praying mantis. In their amorous encounter, the male mantis approaches the female — which is the physically larger and stronger of the two — and, if permitted, mounts the female ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, June 2, the 153rd day of 2017. There are 212 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 2, 1897, Mark Twain was quoted by the New York Journal as saying from London that “the report of my death was an ...

Shipping lobby schemes to sink ballast rules

Editorial

After a spring of beaches littered with dead fish and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources begging anglers and bait shops to be very careful where they catch and use live bait, the shipping industry is in the process of persuading Congress that we should all get used to it. The ...

Marketplace delay

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Eight months late, how many thousands of dollars over the original bid, and the contractor is “pleased” with the progress. Aldi’s may be open before the Marketplace! This should be unacceptable to anyone in Escanaba. At least it should be unacceptable to those running the show. ...