Opinion

The bitterness tour

Local columns

MELBOURNE, Australia — When you hear “world tour” you usually think of superstars performing concerts in various cities for adoring fans. Not so with the presidentially deprived, entitlement-driven Hillary Clinton. Last week, Hillary Clinton came to Melbourne, Australia’s second ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 18, the 138th day of 2018. There are 227 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 18, 1953, Jacqueline Cochran, 47, became the first woman to break the sound barrier as she piloted a Canadair F-86 Sabre ...

Term limits not working in Michigan

Editorial

If you’ve ever wondered what is wrong with the Michigan Legislature, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan has bad news for you. Michigan voters prefer it that way. A quarter of a century ago, Michigan voters enacted term limits. Despite evidence that the experiment has been a failure, ...

Take time to consider Kindergarten move

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: As a recently retired Webster Elementary Kindergarten teacher, I have been following the information and discussions concerning the possibility of reconfiguring Webster Elementary into a Kindergarten Center. I recall, quite a few years ago, being on a committee from Escanaba schools ...

Listen to voters on school millage

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Regarding the May 15 article “School millage: I’ll be back?”, Mr. Chaillier’s comment that “…with a 15 percent turnout, we’re still left with a feeling of wonder if we ran this again in November is it something that we could get out to people.” I wonder if the ...

Meaning of patriotic holidays being lost

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Two of out nation’s patriotic holidays are upon us — Memorial Day and Flag Day. Memorial Day seems to be losing it original meaning and Flag Day is all but forgotten. School ending or the beginning of the “summer” season isn’t what Memorial Day is all about. Many, if not ...

One at a time

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Following the 2016 election, President Obama rightly warned the Trump transition team “we only have one president at a time.” It was a reminder that there can be just one person articulating American foreign policy so world leaders will have no doubt as to the United ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 17, the 137th day of 2018. There are 228 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 17, 1968, nine men and women, including brothers Daniel and Philip Berrigan, entered the Selective Service office in ...

Boaters reminded to put safety first

Editorial

As boating season nears, Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourage boaters to protect themselves and others by following important safety tips. Saturday marks the start of National Safe Boating Week and the DNR wants all Michigan residents and visitors to have fun while exercising ...

Invasion of privacy must stop

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Ding-a-ling-a-ling! It sounds like my phone. And it looks like my phone. But when I pick it up, I find it is a sales counter disguised as my phone and I am speaking with a sales clerk. If an uninvited business clerk came through the door and set up a counter in one of my rooms from ...

Are Bibi and Bolton in the Wheel House now?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Brushing aside the anguished pleas of our NATO allies, President Trump Tuesday contemptuously trashed the Iranian nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions. Prime Minister Theresa May of Great Britain, President Emmanuel Macron of France and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were put ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 16, the 136th day of 2018. There are 229 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 16, 1868, at the U.S. Senate impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson, 35 out of 54 senators voted to find Johnson ...

Get cops out of fencing racket

Editorial

A bill moving through the state Legislature would get police out of the petty theft racket, but would leave the door open for them to continue engaging in grand larceny. Still, it’s an important step, and the measure should be adopted. Civil asset forfeiture is an affront to ...

Another Enbridge issue?

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: As we all know, there was damage to underwater oil and electrical lines in the Straits of Mackinac, believed to have occurred on or around April 1, resulting in an insulation fluid spill, caused by a tugboat dragging its anchor through the Straits, owned and operated by Vanenkevort ...

Medicare is an important benefit

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: For more than 50 years, Medicare has provided effective, low-cost healthcare to millions of seniors. In addition, critical health care coverage for many thousands of younger Americans who are disabled is also provided by Medicare. By giving a One trillion, five hundred billion ...

A different definition of ‘financial hardship’

Local columns

BERKELEY — The Environmental Protection Agency recently granted to an oil refinery owned by Carl Icahn a so-called “financial hardship” waiver. The exemption allows the refinery to avoid clean air laws, potentially saving Icahn millions of dollars. Icahn is not exactly a hardship case. ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 15, the 135th day of 2018. There are 230 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 15, 1968, two days of tornado outbreaks began in 10 Midwestern and Southern states; twisters were blamed for 72 deaths, ...

Company helps Big Bay de Noc School

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Big Bay de Noc School: Over the course of the last few years, Big Bay de Noc School students have gained the benefit from ongoing support from Heritage Sustainable Energy Garden Wind Farm and its owner, Marty Lagina. The company and the Marty and Olivia ...

Hating DeVos

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WASHINGTON — People hate Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. When she spoke at the Kennedy School of Government, students held up signs calling her a “white supremacist.” When she tried to visit a school, activists physically blocked her way. The haters claim DeVos knows little ...

Character does matter

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WASHONGTON — With news that Sen. John McCain’s last book, “The Restless Wave” — the seventh he has written with his friend and former speechwriter Mark Salter — is about to come out, I thought of the man I covered and traveled with and grew to both like and respect enormously. On ...