Opinion

Culture thrives when it’s all shook up

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In July 1954, a 19-year-old Memphis truck driver recorded at Sun Studio the song “That’s All Right.” When a local disc jockey promised to play it, the truck driver tuned his parents’ radio to the station and went to a movie. His mother pulled him from the theater because ...

Big hack attack and the NHS

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GLASGOW, Scotland — The ransomware cyberattack that wormed its way into at least 74 countries recently exposed new vulnerabilities in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), as if it weren’t vulnerable enough. Hospital systems in England and Scotland were taken offline. Major operations ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2017. There are 223 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 22, 1992, after a reign lasting nearly 30 years, Johnny Carson hosted NBC’s “Tonight Show” for the final time (Jay ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2017. There are 222 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 23, 1967, Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping, an action which helped precipitate war between Israel and ...

Veteran says thanks to Honor Flight

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Victor Majestic, Korean War veteran, Rapid River: Thank you Upper Peninsula Honor Flight. I want to thank you for the great trip to Washington DC, for me and my fellow veterans to pay respect to our fallen soldiers. A big thank you to my guardian ...

Cruel and Stupid

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NEW YORK — President Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, ordered federal prosecutors to seek maximum penalties for drug-related crimes. This is both cruel and stupid. It’s cruel because Session’s 5,000 prosecutors must now push for long jail sentences even for people who pose ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 20, the 140th day of 2017. There are 225 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his ...

National security vs computer security

Editorial

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange ...

Where is the evidence?

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I must take exception to the editorial by Richard Clark published on May 17. I consider Richard Clark to be a friend, and we often eat lunch together. He describes himself as a liberal, and I am pretty sure that I am a conservative. In his third paragraph, Clark expresses an idea ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 19, the 139th day of 2017. There are 226 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 19, 1927, the silent movie “Wings,” a World War I drama starring Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers and Richard ...

Comey & The Saturday Night Massacre

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WASHINGTON — History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, said Marx. On publication day of my memoir of Richard Nixon’s White House, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Instantly, the media cried “Nixonian,” comparing it to the 1973 Saturday Night ...

Prevent tragedy during boating season

Editorial

With boating season around the corner, Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages boaters to make their pastime more enjoyable by following important safety tips. Saturday, May 20, marks the start of National Safe Boating Week and the DNR wants all Michigan residents and visitors to ...

Celebrate true meaning of patriotic holidays

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 ...

When will they learn

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Remember Pete Seeger’s great song “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” and its ominous warning, “when will they ever learn?” This is precisely what the pro-Trump people should be asking themselves today. it’s very clear that Trump’s arrogance, hypocrisy, and down right ...

Stop for pedestrians

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: As I relaxed in an establishment at 13th and Ludington enjoying a beverage that I had just dispensed for myself as a customer and watching the traffic go by, I saw an older lady guiding a wheelchair with a passenger attempting to use the crosswalk to cross Ludington Street. She and ...

More column fodder from Trump

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — Another week, another ridiculous amount of Trump nonsense to write about. I should be happy, right? He’s fantastic column fodder. But now the consistency of his “I’m not Nixon, I just act like him, on steroids” buffoonery is just depressing. This is not a man to lead a ...

Would Trump request to end Flynn probe have broken law?

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Some lawmakers are accusing President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice after revelations that FBI Director James Comey wrote a private account of the president asking him to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Congressional ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 18, the 138th day of 2017. There are 227 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 18, 1927, in America’s deadliest school attack, part of a schoolhouse in Bath Township, Michigan, was blown up with ...

3 American Presidents and the Truth

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WASHINGTON — There have been three memorable American presidents, the story goes. President George Washington could never tell a lie. President Richard Nixon could never tell the truth. And President Donald Trump cannot tell the difference. At a White House news conference, Trump referred to ...

New marijuana ballot proposal effort underway

Editorial

A new effort to place legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes on the state ballot, perhaps as early as November, was launched last week. Coordinated by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, a ballot drive started Friday to gather about 252,000 signatures needed to ...