Opinion

War cries drown out ‘America First’

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WASHINGTON — “Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem?” tweeted President Donald Trump on Easter Sunday. Earlier, after discovering “great chemistry” with Chinese President Xi Jinping over “the most beautiful piece of ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, April 20, the 110th day of 2017. There are 255 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On April 20, 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Wooley v. Maynard, ruled 6-3 that car owners could refuse to display state ...

Legislators need to fix ‘dark store’ tax values

Editorial

We need our state legislators to end the uncertainty and pass into law a fair and equitable tax policy that closes a major loophole allowing so-called “big box” stores to drastically reduce their property tax burden. Under what has become known as the “dark store” property valuation ...

The Medicare scam

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: At the WBKB Alpena Fox News Candidate Forum in July 2016, when asked if he supported either reforming or privatizing Social Security and Medicare, Jack Bergman said, “Reform of privatize Medicare, did I get that right? And Social Security? Well, number one, I believe that over the ...

Don’t buy this pig in a poke

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ESCANABA — I want cheaper gas and cheaper car registration, but they are not on the horizon. The price of gas went up this year because the Legislature raised the gas tax 38 percent, from $.19 to $.263 per gallon. That is why gas prices went up in January. Michigan has the fifth highest gas ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 19, the 109th day of 2017. There are 256 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On April 19, 1967, Kathrine (cq) Switzer became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon (at that time, a men-only event) ...

Transportation group wants more state spending

Editorial

How much money is needed to keep Michigan’s bridges and roads from falling into decay in the next 5 years? A lot more than the state has been spending in recent times, according to a leading transportation advocacy and research group based in the nation’s capital. TRIP, which reviews, ...

Defending Trump

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Valerie Destrampe wrote about all of her problems with the Trump Administration. There won’t be enough paper to respond to each issue she raised. I’ll try a few. Lying: Where did President Trump lie? Back it up. Defying regulations: A wonderful thing. We are being choked to ...

The Bannon-Kushner power struggle

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BERKELEY — The White House war between Stephen Bannon and Jared Kushner wouldn’t matter in a normal administration with a normal president. But there’s nothing normal about the Trump White House, whose major occupant exists in a giant narcissistic bubble impenetrable by anyone but close ...

Lobbying by Trump associates highlights foreign agent law

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Manafort says he’s registering with the Justice Department as a foreign agent. Michael Flynn already has. In both cases, the filings by these associates of President Donald Trump come late — after the lobbying has already taken place — and accompanied by an ...

Veteran suicides need to be top VA priority

Editorial

Depression among military veterans too often leads to them committing suicide, in numbers some view as a crisis. Apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs does not consider dealing with it a priority. A few weeks ago, the VA inspector general released a report highly critical of the ...

A case for preventing children’s scraped knees

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WASHINGTON — When not furrowing their collective brows about creches and displays of the Ten Commandments here and there, courts often are pondering tangential contacts between the government and religious schools. Courts have held that public money can constitutionally fund the ...

How They Voted

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The House and Senate are out for a two-week spring break. Therefore, this report contains no votes but several recently introduced bills of general interest. Senate Bill 59 and House Bill 4409: Authorize student loan tax breaks Introduced by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) and Rep. Andy Schor ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, April 17, the 107th day of 2017. There are 258 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 17, 1937, cartoon character Daffy Duck made his debut in the Warner Bros. animated short “Porky’s Duck Hunt,” ...

Many hands made Home and Garden Show a success

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From: Estelle Smyth, Lori Seawright, Kathy Bloniarz & Pat Rudden The Escanaba Kiwanis Club would like to thank everyone involved in making the 2017 Home & Garden Show and Pancake Days an excellent success once again, especially our show sponsor, American ...

Warrior Trump

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NEW YORK — Somehow, firing Tomahawk missiles at Syria suddenly changed people’s opinions of President Trump. Now they call him a “serious” leader. William Kristol said Trump’s action “reassures you.” Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain, long critical of Trump, now say he ...

Easter – we need it really bad

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WASHINGTON — Easter is almost here and we need it bad. People throughout the world celebrate Easter differently just like people celebrate Christmas differently. When I was a little boy I remember Easter egg hunts at my Grandma and Grandpa Hinkle’s place. They had lots of yard and egg ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, April 15, the 105th day of 2017. There are 260 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson, baseball’s first black major league player, made his official debut with the Brooklyn ...

Medicine must be affordable

Editorial

Many of us have found generic medicines to be good alternatives to more expensive brand-name drugs. But sometimes, they are not available. If we need a certain pharmaceutical, we have no choice but to pay the higher price for the brand-name version. There may be good, acceptable reasons for ...

Time to start work again

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: In the Back to the Future series, the clock tower was a central piece in the movie series. Maybe Escanaba’s clock tower can be in Escanaba’s future movie series. We can go forward in time 10 years and see how things have progressed in Escanaba. Of course, the Escanaba clock tower ...