Opinion

State legislature must fix ‘dark store’ problem

Editorial

Is “your fair share,” particularly when it pertains to taxes, a subjective phrase? It’s a question we ask as yet another financial challenge bares its head in Marquette Township. Michigan-based retail giant Meijer Inc., which became a part of the community here in spring 2018, is ...

Hungary’s sound immigration policy

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Two summers ago on a visit to Budapest, I asked the spokesman for the Hungarian government about the growing problem of migrants coming into Europe. He told me Hungary doesn’t have a migrant problem because they don’t have welfare programs. So, he said, migrants continue ...

Ocasio-Cortez feud with Pelosi tests party

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — They don’t talk to each other much, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But they’re lately speaking at one another in a way that threatens party unity and underscores broader tensions reshaping the Democrats. Their power struggle has spilled ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2019. There are 172 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of ...

How the free press helped free America

Editorial

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” — Thomas Paine, “American Crisis” — — — This week, as I do every July 4, I pondered on the bravery and nobility of our ...

I don’t understand

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I don’t understand... Why adopting a child is so expensive. Why there is no law requiring drivers to use blinkers. Why NBC, Disney, Netflix, the NCAA, find it necessary to boycott Georgia over abortion laws. Why there is no stoplight at 30th Street and 3rd Avenue North. (I hear ...

Response to Heller column

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR I don’t usually read Andy Heller, but the title of his July 3rd op-ed, “Distinguishing News from Opinion”, caught my eye. The Newsweek article cited in Heller’s piece, “Trump Administration Argues Detained Migrant Children Don’t Need Toothbrush, Soap”, illustrates how ...

Politics and fireworks

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — This will not surprise you but I disagree with our tinhorn dictator about his Fourth of July celebration. Turning it into a military parade is so juvenile, so beneath us, so … Soviet. We’re better than that. Or used to be, anyway. - I like Michigan’s more restrictive ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2019. There are 173 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 11, 1972, the World Chess Championship opened as grandmasters Bobby Fischer of the United States and defending champion ...

Enjoy the outdoors, but be wise with fire

Editorial

Summer is at its midpoint in Michigan, with people planning campfires, cookouts, fireworks and all kinds of other outdoor activities. While many parts of the state have gotten enough rain to reduce the risk of wildfires, it’s important to put safety first when enjoying the outdoors. Check ...

Look to the Declaration

Local columns

WASHINGTON — On this 243rd anniversary of the beginning of the best thing that ever happened — “The Great Republic” was Winston Churchill’s tribute — many of today’s most interesting arguments about America’s nature and meaning are among conservatives. One concerns the relevance ...

Censoring the census

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The notion of history repeating itself is usually viewed as a negative statement, but some history is worth repeating because we might learn and be guided by it. \In last week’s 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court rejecting the Trump administration’s claim that adding a ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, July 8, the 189th day of 2019. There are 176 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 8, 1947, a New Mexico newspaper, the Roswell Daily Record, quoted officials at Roswell Army Air Field as saying they had ...

Gladstone Public Safety K-9 will be welcome addition

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Bonnie (BJ) Potts: I want to say how thrilled I am that Gladstone Public Safety will now have the ability to get a K-9 member to join their team. The fact that they came up with so many donations in such a short time is testimony to the fact that we have ...

Fourth vs. Force

Local columns

NEW YORK — Happy Fourth of July! We have reason to celebrate. The Fourth honors the founding of America. It’s the anniversary of the day in 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was approved. The Declaration was important. It didn’t say that America would be the best ...

Memo to Trump: Trade Bolton for Tulsi

Local columns

WASHINGTON — “For too long our leaders have failed us, taking us into one regime change war after the next, leading us into a new Cold War and arms race, costing us trillions of our hard-earned tax payer dollars and countless lives. This insanity must end.” Donald Trump, circa ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, July 6, the 187th day of 2019. There are 178 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 6, 1885, French scientist Louis Pasteur tested an anti-rabies vaccine on 9-year-old Joseph Meister, who had been bitten ...

Transparency still a major issue in Michigan Legislature

Editorial

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer presented a $60.2 billion budget to the Legislature Tuesday that includes a .45 cent per gallon increase in the gas tax, which is projected to raise $2.5 billion a year for road repairs. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau It was Tuesday, March 5 that Gov. ...

Unintended consequence of summer of ‘19

Local columns

WASHINGTON — At least three score years ago, my savvy precinct committeewoman impressed upon me an immutable political truth: Every election is not about the candidate(s); no, every election is about the voters ... and about the future. I’m relieved that my precinct committeewoman was not ...

Questions I would have asked the Democrats

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The likelihood I would ever be invited to serve on a network panel questioning the Democratic presidential candidates is equivalent to an invitation to take the next trip to the moon. Still, as I tortured myself watching the two “debates,” which were not really debates, but ...