Opinion

Rape kit tracking program a good use of state money

Editorial

We haven’t hesitated to use this space in the past to criticize Gov. Rick Snyder when the state’s chief executive’s job performance warranted it. It only seems right, then, to provide a pat on the back when we believe Snyder has gone or is going in a direction that appears to be ...

‘Pre-mortem’ of the 2018 elections

Local columns

WASHINGTON — American voters, almost invariably dissatisfied with the political status quo, generally endorse change. In 2016, Donald Trump was certainly the candidate of change, and Hillary Clinton, seeking a third consecutive Democratic term in the White House, represented continuity. ...

Can GOP keep Roy Moore out of the Senate?

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans face a limited, unappealing set of options in responding to Alabama GOP candidate Roy Moore, who is caught up in allegations of sexual misconduct decades ago with minors. The election is already underway, with absentee ballots being mailed in with ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2017. There are 44 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 17, 1917, French sculptor Auguste Rodin (roh-DAN’) died in Meudon at age 77. On this date: In 1558, Elizabeth I ...

Snyder must veto ballast bill

Editorial

On July 11, state legislators from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania sent a letter to President Donald Trump calling from the prompt release of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ report on the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet, Illinois. The ...

YAP fills the gaps for kids in need

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: As we approach this holiday season, I am filled with gratitude for the generous and compassionate community of which I am a part. I am reminded that while we traditionally focus on thanks and giving this time of year, one of the most important things we can do is extend the spirit of ...

Expressing our views

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Tim DeClaire wrote to the Escanaba Daily Press to respond to Trixy Kossow’s letter — the point of an op-ed feature. Ms. Kossow may not have articulated her opinions as clearly as she intended, but Mr. DeClaire made her point in his bullying tone, saying she has no right to her ...

Michigan’s auto insurance debate

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: There’s no doubt that Michigan drivers pay the highest auto insurance rates in the nation. I believe that seniors and families should be able to see a rate reduction without a loss in coverage — something that a recently rejected no-fault reform plan would have required. The plan ...

Moments in U.S. history

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — The Trump-Putin bromance continued last week. Trump, who briefly chatted with Putin at an economic summit, was asked by reporters if Putin had said anything about Russian meddling in last year’s U.S. presidential election. Trump’s response: “Every time he sees me he says ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 2017. There are 45 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 16, 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state of the union. On this date: In 1776, British troops captured Fort ...

Too many teachers skipping class

Editorial

Students aren’t the only ones skipping class, according to a new report. Many teachers are, too. That poses problems for obvious reasons. As Michigan looks to improve its standing in education, this is something the state simply must solve. The report, “Teacher Absenteeism in Charter and ...

That Bloodbath in the Old Dominion

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The day after his “Silent Majority” speech on Nov. 3, 1969, calling on Americans to stand with him for peace with honor in Vietnam, Richard Nixon’s GOP captured the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey. By December, Nixon had reached 68 percent approval in the Gallup ...

The corruption of faith

Local columns

WASHINGTON — When Jim Zeigler, the state auditor of Alabama, invoked the Bible to defend Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore against allegations that he had inappropriate contact with underage girls while single and in his 30s (which Moore has sort of denied), it signaled perhaps the final ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Nov. 15, the 319th day of 2017. There are 46 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 15, 1942, the naval Battle of Guadalcanal ended during World War II with a decisive U.S. victory over Japanese ...

NMU buoys on Lake Superior give good information

Editorial

Currently, as you sit, stand or casually lounge around reading this editorial, there are a number of buoys on the Great Lakes that are collecting valuable data and information that can be put to good use. During the Oct. 24 storm that pounded the Upper Peninsula coastline with powerful waves ...

Hunters needed to help the hungry

Local columns

By Keith Creagh and Dr. Phillip Knight LANSING — Michigan’s hunters know firsthand the pride and satisfaction of being able to bring home a nutritious meal of wild game to the family supper table. They also know how hard it can be sometimes to provide that food. Imagine trying to feed ...

Trump’s most damning legacy

Local columns

BERKELEY — In a radio interview, Donald Trump said that “the saddest thing is, because I am the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I’m not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kind of things I ...

Make deer season enjoyable and safe

Editorial

As Wednesday’s firearm deer season opener nears, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers encourage hunters to brush up on safety tips and hunting regulations to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience. Firearm deer season is a special time of year in Michigan. It brings ...

Repeal and replace the tax code

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The Republicans’ tax bill would somewhat improve the existing revenue system that once caused Mitch Daniels (former head of the Office of Management and Budget, former Indiana governor) to say: Wouldn’t it be nice to have a tax code that looked as though it had been designed ...

How They Voted

Local columns

Senate Bill 584: Expand concealed pistol “no-carry zone” exemptions Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on November 8, 2017 To authorize an exemption from the “no-carry zone” restrictions in the law authorizing shall-issue concealed pistol licenses, if a licensee gets extra training. ...