Opinion

Utility hikes shouldn’t be in Esky budget

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: When I chose Escanaba for a hometown, it wasn’t my first choice, but the lower utility rates moved it to first place. But this year, my taxes went up, my neighborhood can now be described as “transitional” and sadly, Escanaba’s nickname has become “Methanaba.” When I ...

Question everything

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I have two concerns I’d like to address: the first, being the corruption within the legal system. I’ve learned it firsthand. I never thought I’d see myself in jail until it happened even though I was the one who called and reported an offense. What my point is here is that just ...

Doesn’t look as if he’s from around here

Local columns

WASHINGTON — When John McCain, after graduating from Annapolis and spending 22 years in the Navy, made his first run for Congress from Arizona, he was challenged by a Republican primary opponent for not having lived long in the state. McCain, who, as a POW for 5 1/2 years, had been tortured ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Good Friday, April 14, the 104th day of 2017. There are 261 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth during a performance of ...

Keep close eye on Flint relief funds

Editorial

A lot of money is now flowing into Flint to replace the city’s lead-leaching water lines. The dollars should also come with a fierce watchdog. The Michigan Senate last week approved the awarding of $100 million in federal funds to the troubled city to replace its pipes. In addition, the ...

Why humanities matter

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Your town’s library reading program. Understanding the Native American boarding school tragedy. The discussion with veterans about post-traumatic stress disorder. The special arts program at the third grade classroom. Reviewing the effects of poverty on our culture. These are just a ...

Want better roads? Open your wallet

Local columns

FLINT — A new report says 20 percent of Michigan’s state-maintained roads are in poor condition. I think I speak for 110 percent of all Michigan drivers when I say “Ha ha ha.” Twenty percent is about 60 percentage points shy of the truth. I’m convinced the people who do these studies ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2017. There are 262 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 13, 1742, “Messiah,” the oratorio by George Frideric Handel featuring the “Hallelujah” chorus, had its first ...

Right call made in teen sexting case

Editorial

Although it will likely cost him something politically, we believe the decision Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese made recently to not authorize criminal warrants in connection to what turned out to be a Marquette County-wide teenage sexting investigation, was the right one. Wiese ...

Nixon, LBJ and the Judges’ War

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The Democrats’ drive to defeat Neil Gorsuch is the latest battle in a 50-year war for control of the Supreme Court — a war that began with a conspiracy against Richard Nixon by Chief Justice Earl Warren, Justice Abe Fortas and Lyndon Johnson. By June 1968, Nixon, having ...

The Middle East’s siren call

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In Greek mythology, sirens were beautiful creatures that lured sailors to their doom with their hypnotic voices. In Homer’s epic, “The Odyssey,” ships came to ruin on jagged reefs, following siren song, the pull of the beautiful voices so strong that the hero Odysseus, in ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 12, the 102nd day of 2017. There are 263 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 12, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia, at age 63; he was ...

The war that changed America

Editorial

Terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, concern about Russia and strife in the Middle East are nothing new. Our grandparents and great-grandparents were all too familiar with them, starting 100 years ago this month. It was on April 6, 1917 that the United States declared war on Germany. Our ...

Trump cranks up the fog machine

Local columns

BERKELEY — Donald Trump’s technique for dealing with bad news is to create enough confusion and partisanship to envelope it in dense fog. Consider the most explosive news to come along in recent history — that the FBI has commenced an investigation of Trump aides to find out if they ...

How They Voted

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he House and Senate are on a two week spring break, so rather than votes this report contains some recently proposed constitutional amendments of interest. To become law these require a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate and approval by voters. House Joint Resolution A: Establish part ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 11, the 101st day of 2017. There are 264 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On April 11, 1947, Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers played in an exhibition against the New York Yankees at Ebbets ...

‘America’s jewels’ need support

Editorial

We Americans do not have Crown Jewels such as those displayed in England and a few other countries. We have something much more valuable and much more beautiful: our national parks. No other nation has such a park system. Ours is so envied that it sometimes is described as “America’s ...

It’s time for a third political party

Letters to the Editor

Dear Senators, and Members of the House: With this country becoming more and more “partisan,” meaning a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause, or person especially one exhibiting a blind prejudiced and unreasoning allegiance per Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 10th Edition. ...

Experience US during the Great War

Local columns

“War is the health of the state. It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense.” — Randolph ...