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Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 18, the 261st day of 2017. There are 104 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 18, 1947, the National Security Act, which created a National Military Establishment and the position of Secretary ...

Friends host special open house for library

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Escanaba Public Library: A big thank you to the Friends of the Escanaba Public Library for hosting a terrific Back-to-School Open House at the library on Sept. 9 with fun activities for families and great prizes, including gift cards donated by Meijer ...

A prosecutor’s role in child protection

Local columns

ESCANABA — Recently, a high profile case has ignited local discussion about our state system of child protection. I am a father of a one year old daughter and I am faithfully committed to child protection both at home and at work. Typically, the county prosecutor is the attorney for the local ...

Blame for disaster

Local columns

NEW YORK — “How many once-in-a-lifetime storms will it take,” demands “The Daily Show” comic Trevor Noah, “until everyone admits man-made climate change is real?!” His audience roars its approval. When Hurricane Irma hit, so-called friends admonished me, “Look what your ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2017. There are 106 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On September 16, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act. Samuel T. Rayburn of ...

Remember all hurricane victims

Editorial

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse that what is ...

Reflections on the week

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — What a gorgeous week in Michigan. Good weather is so rare here, I’ve always thought what we need is a law giving everyone the day off on any sunny day over 65 degrees. You wanna sign my petition? - A new study says coach seats in airliners are so cramped you could die. ...

US government its own worst enemy

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A new analysis by the Harvard Business School outlines why U.S. voters are so frustrated with their political leaders — there is a lack of genuine competition between Republicans and Democrats to deliver actual results on major policies such as education, health care, ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2017. There are 107 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 15, 1940, during the World War II Battle of Britain, the tide turned as the Royal Air Force inflicted heavy losses ...

Security clearance needs to be more secure

Editorial

Certain positions in government involve handling of sensitive material. To get such a job, one has to obtain security clearance. How deeply investigators look into one’s background depends on the level of clearance required. It can require as long as 10 months to be approved for ...

Wishes on Wheels gives needy students tools for success

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Families in Delta County that needed some assistance buying school supplies and backpacks for last week’s return to the classroom got some help from the community through the annual Wishes on Wheels project. Area businesses, Kix Country Radio, GFWC-Escanaba Woman’s Club and ...

The Mafia and the migrants

Local columns

ROME — I spotted them on my way to dinner with a friend near Castel Gandolfo. They are migrants from Africa, sitting by the side of the road outside a “temporary” residence that, for many, appears to have become permanent. They all have cellphones. They all seem oblivious to us as we pass ...

Sanders’ health care plan puts Democrats on the spot

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders rode his impassioned liberal army of supporters through a tumultuous 2016, fighting to snatch the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton. Now he’s disrupting the party anew, forcing Democrats to take sides over his plan to provide ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 14, the 257th day of 2017. There are 108 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” (later “The ...

Delay by Equifax is inexcusable

Editorial

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

Trump dumps the do-nothing Congress

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is president today because he was seen as a doer not a talker. Among the most common compliments paid him in 2016 was, “At least he gets things done!” And it was exasperation with a dithering GOP Congress, which had failed to enact his or its own agenda, that ...

Dangerous virtue-signaling of Western leaders

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Do you ever see a leader of a Western nation pontificating and wonder why he or she seems so divorced from your own day-to-day reality? You go to work every morning, take responsibility for your life, follow the rule of law ... and wonder why these leaders whom you watch on TV ...

It is open season on beaches

Editorial

Beach season isn’t over yet in Port Huron and Michigan. Yes, Labor Day has passed but smart alecks will talk trivia about the autumnal equinox. And there are always warm, sunny days in September and October to tempt and torment schoolchildren. But it is open season on beaches in ...

Google, Trump and the arrogance of power

Local columns

BERKELEY — Google’s search engine runs about two-thirds of all searches in the United States and 90 percent in Europe. “Platform monopolies” like this can squelch innovation. Google could favor its own services, such as Google Maps and Google Shopping, for example. This is one reason ...

Turkey’s choice: Past or future

Local columns

ISTANBUL — Coming from the airport into this city of about 15 million people and 5 million cars, as my driver describes it, I pass ancient Roman ruins and blocks of upscale shops; an old hotel where Agatha Christie penned “Murder on the Orient Express,” smoke shops and modest restaurants, ...