Opinion

Trump’s war on the truth-tellers

Local columns

BERKELEY — Donald Trump and his White House don’t argue on the merits. Instead, they attack the institutions that come up with facts and arguments they don’t like. Last week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer warned that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office couldn’t be ...

Is McCain hijacking Trump’s foreign policy?

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WASHINGTON — “The senator from Kentucky,” said John McCain, speaking of his colleague Rand Paul, “is working for Vladimir Putin ... and I do not say that lightly.” What did Sen. Paul do to deserve being called a hireling of Vladimir Putin? He declined to support McCain’s call ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, March 20, the 79th day of 2017. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 6:28 a.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 20, 1942, U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur, having evacuated the Philippines ...

Protect yourself from carbon monoxide

Editorial

If people were aware of the dangers associated with carbon monoxide many tragic outcomes could be prevented. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and tasteless gas produced when fossil fuels, such as coal, gasoline, natural gas and oil are burned. In only minutes, deadly fumes can develop in ...

Questions for Judge Gorsuch

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WASHINGTON — This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will question Neil Gorsuch about the judiciary’s role. Herewith some pertinent questions: - Lincoln’s greatness began with his recoil from the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act, which empowered residents of those territories to decide ...

An historic opportunity

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WASHINGTON — “No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!” — Ronald Reagan President Trump presents his first budget to ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, March 20, the 79th day of 2017. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 6:28 a.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 20, 1942, U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur, having evacuated the Philippines at ...

Super One Foods will be missed

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Camilla Blakeslee of Escanaba: I am saddened to read in the Daily Press that our Super One Foods store will be closing at the end of April. The prices on many of the food items that I regularly purchase are competitively priced; lower in price in many ...

Ignorant Media

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NEW YORK — Has the media gotten worse? Or am I just grouchier? Every day I see things that are wrong or that so miss the point I want to scream. Four examples: Storm Coverage As this week’s storm approached the East Coast, the media reverted to breathless hype: “monster storm ...

Did Obama spy on Trump?

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WASHINGTON — The question of whether former President Barack Obama actually spied on President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition has been tantalizing Washington since President Trump first made the allegation nearly two weeks ago. Since then, three ...

Fighting for our right to know

Editorial

For more than two centuries, the bedrock of our liberty and prosperity as Americans has been our right to know what is going on around us and to discuss it freely. Our nation’s founders believed that was so important that when they wrote the Bill or Rights, they made freedom of speech the ...

Yoopers had much to say during U.P. visit

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed being in Escanaba recently, and how much I look forward to my return visits. I was so impressed by the number of residents who came out to share their concerns and their ideas for rebuilding Michigan. As we traveled through the Upper ...

What about Trump’s vow on health coverage?

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told Americans he’d do it all on health care: “insurance for everybody,” better coverage and lower consumer costs. By the reckoning of nonpartisan budget analysts at Congress, that’s not what will happen if the Republican bill he’s backing ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, March 17, the 76th day of 2017. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 17, 1942, six days after departing the Philippines during World War II, Gen. Douglas ...

Nothing good about March

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FLINT — If I were asked to say something nice about the month of March at its funeral, I’d have to decline. What’s there to say? “March was like a girlfriend I once had — usually cold and frosty but with an occasional glimpse of warmth”? “March? Well, it was good for ...

Is Turkey lost to the West?

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WASHINGTON — Not long ago, a democratizing Turkey, with the second-largest army in NATO, appeared on track to join the European Union. That’s not likely now, or perhaps ever. Last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared Angela Merkel’s Germany to Hitler’s, said the Netherlands ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 16, the 75th day of 2017. There are 290 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 16, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed a measure authorizing the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West ...

Why the Cuban Missile Crisis matters today

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WASHINGTON — Gen. Charles de Gaulle, a French hero and statesman who did not lack for self-esteem, once stated, “When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.” In October 1962, after U.S. charges that the Soviets had installed offensive nuclear missiles in Cuba — just 90 miles ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, March 18, the 77th day of 2017. There are 288 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 18, 1937, in America’s worst school disaster, nearly 300 people, most of them children, were killed in a natural gas ...

Automakers should get review of mileage rule

Editorial

If President Donald Trump orders a review of automotive fuel economy standards as he reportedly will do, he will be affirming an important principle: Government should keep its promises. The president is expected as early as this week to grant a request made by 18 automakers, including ...