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Wisdom of the crowd

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I want to title this letter as “Wisdom of the Crowd.” I know its a new show that has come out, but let’s think about this. What has been happening in our country is abominable and literally disgusting. It’s time “We the People” stand and fight against the evil, but we have ...

America’s most accomplishing politicians

Local columns

DETROIT — With biblical succinctness, and foreshadowing a resurrection, Mike Duggan said, “Let there be light!” and 65,000 LED streetlights replaced the 40 percent of the city’s streetlights that were broken when he took office in 2014. They are among the many reasons that on Nov. 7 he, ...

AP Poll: Disapproval for anthem protest, Trump response

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans think refusing to stand for the national anthem is disrespectful to the country, the military and the American flag. But most also disapprove of President Donald Trump’s calling for NFL players to be fired for refusing to stand. The NFL protests began last ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 9, the 282nd day of 2017. There are 83 days left in the year. This is Columbus Day in the United States, as well as Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 9, 1967, Marxist revolutionary guerrilla ...

Community made church rummage sale a success

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Rapid River Congregational Church: The Rapid River Congregational Church would like to thank our many customers who came out to out fall rummage sale this week end and bought up some of our “treasures.” ——— Each Saturday the Daily Press ...

Get out of the way

Local columns

NEW YORK — The hurricane devastation is severe. What should the federal government do? Give us lots of money, say many. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, demanded $150 billion — just for Texas. So far, Congress has agreed to $15 billion in hurricane relief. But more will come. Few ...

Can the government keep us safe?

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WASHINGTON — Here we go again. The United States has been rattled to the core by an unspeakable act of evil perpetrated by a hater of humanity. A quiet, wealthy loner rented a hotel suite in Las Vegas, armed it with shooting platforms and automatic weapons, knocked out two of the windows, and ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 7, the 280th day of 2017. There are 85 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 7, 1977, the Queen double-A single “We Are the Champions” (by lead singer Freddie Mercury) and “We Will Rock You” ...

Make Michigan safer for bike riders

Editorial

First, there is no question that what Brandon Nickson did is reprehensible. The former Casco Township resident confessed to beating his girlfriend’s dog to death in April. Despite the evidence, his lawyer argued at his sentencing Monday that Nickson didn’t torture the animal and that his ...

Math, history and tax reform

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WASHINGTON — In school, I liked math the least and history the most. Both can be useful in the coming debate over President Trump’s proposed tax reforms. The one thing I learned in math class is that if the formula is wrong, the answer will be wrong. In history class I learned we are not ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 6, the 279th day of 2017. There are 86 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 6, 1927, the era of talking pictures arrived with the opening of “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson, a feature ...

A good rivalry is needed this week

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ESCANABA — Move up your fish fry Friday night — it’s time for another Gladstone-Escanaba football game. Yes, it’s rivalry week and the talk around water coolers at area financial institutions, factories and other work places is this darn football game. No disrespect to Michigan vs. ...

This weekend, buy from nearby

Editorial

Retail businesses across the state will celebrate Buy Nearby Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. It’s all part of the Michigan Retailers Association’s (MRA) year-round Buy Nearby campaign that encourages shoppers to support their local communities and state economy by buying from retailers ...

The weird odyssey of Trump’s travel bans

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WASHINGTON — The weird odyssey of President Donald Trump’s travel bans continues. The original ban, signed as an executive order Jan. 27, barred absolutely all immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The countries had actually been chosen by the State Department ...

Low marks for Trump’s Puerto Rico response

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are more likely to approve than disapprove of how President Donald Trump is handling hurricane relief in Florida and Texas, but it’s a different story when it comes to Puerto Rico. According to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 5, the 278th day of 2017. There are 87 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 5, 1947, President Harry S. Truman delivered the first televised White House address as he spoke on the world food ...

Double your twitter

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — Twitter is doubling the number of characters for tweets from 140 to 280. So if you thought President Trump’s tweets couldn’t any more nuts, guess again. I think it’s a mistake. Most people can’t be interesting with 140 characters. What makes anyone think they’ll be ...

Michigan takes another step backward

Editorial

It would be difficult to imagine a more transparent politician than Bill Schuette — transparent in his motives, that is. Schuette recently made official his intention to seek the governor’s office, although cynics have read it in every action his office has taken in the past eight ...

Judge Moore and God’s Law

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WASHINGTON — When elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2000, Judge Roy Moore installed in his courthouse a monument with the Ten Commandments that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai carved into it. Told by a federal court his monument violated the separation of church and ...

How They Voted

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House Bill 4616: Make local governments liable for gun ban preemption violations Passed 69 to 39 in the House on September 27, 2017 To authorize private lawsuits against a local government that violates a state preemption on local firearms ownership or use restrictions. The bill would allow ...