Opinion

The State of the Disunion

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BERKELEY — Donald Trump promised that his State of the Union address would focus on “unification.” But Trump advocating national unity is like a pyromaniac promoting lighter fluids. His goal is, and has always been, disunion. The man thrives on divisiveness. It’s how he keeps himself ...

The state of what union?

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WASHINGTON — Eloquence is not a characteristic associated with President Donald Trump, but in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, the president not only rose to the occasion, he also delivered a message that was beautifully crafted by his speechwriters, a speech devoid of much of ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2019. There are 322 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 12, 1999, the Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice. On this date: In ...

Conservation officers do great work in sub-zero temps

Editorial

With record-setting temperatures and ice storms over the past two weeks along with relentless snowfall expected today, life in the Upper Peninsula has been particularly tough as of late. However, crews have responded very quickly to the power outages, traffic accidents, and poor driving ...

National Salute to Veteran Patients Week

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EDITOR: The week of Feb. 10-16 is designated as National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, and VA facilities across the Nation will be honoring the hospitalized men and women we proudly care for and serve. The employees and volunteers at the Iron Mountain VA Medical Center and its seven ...

Limited government requires limited president

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WASHINGTON — Soon, in a federal court that few Americans know exists, there will come a ruling on a constitutional principle that today barely exists but that could, if the judicial branch will resuscitate it, begin to rectify the imbalance between the legislative and executive branches. It ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2019. There are 323 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 11, 1990, South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity. On this date: In 1531, ...

February is American Heart Month

Editorial

February is American Heart Month and includes the celebration of Valentine’s Day. These national observances present a great opportunity to celebrate love and to focus on heart health. Staying active, eating healthy, and living a tobacco-free life help to keep the heart healthy. ...

Concerning Stone’s arrest

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EDITOR: The article concerning Roger Stone arrest left out many facts concerning this event. When a arrest is made first to issue such arrest a judge must sign the legal document order for the warrant base on some facts. At the time of the warrant one does always need have a criminal record ...

Slum by the Bay

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NEW YORK — San Francisco is one of the richest cities it the world. It’s given us music, technology and elegant architecture. Now it gives us filthy homeless encampments. One urban planner told me, “I just returned from the Tenderloin (a section of San Francisco). It’s worse than ...

Democratic group to spend $30M on voting rights effort

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WASHINGTON (AP) — With the 2020 presidential election on the horizon, one of the largest outside Democratic groups announced a $30 million effort to register voters, push ballot measures that expand voter rights and fight Republican-backed laws in court that restrict ballot access. “At ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2019. There are 325 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 9, 1964, The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” broadcast from New York on ...

Energy scammers using cold weather to take advantage

Editorial

Although Mother Nature has given the area and region a bit of a break from the recent run of record low temperatures, scammers who are using the tough weather to make a quick buck aren’t letting up. According to Michigan’s new attorney general, Dana Nessel, some state residents are being ...

What America needs: A truly great movie

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WASHINGTON — During long, gray, bleak winters — before the women’s and men’s college basketball tournaments and before baseball’s opening days — I confess to an embarrassing secret: I thoroughly enjoy watching TV- and movie-related awards shows on TV, not just the Oscars but also ...

Slaughter of the innocents reaches new depths

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WASHINGTON — The uproar over New York State’s Reproductive Health Act, which allows late-term abortions performed by “health-care practitioners” when the “patient is within 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability or the abortion is ...

Warren struggles to move past Native American heritage flap

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is on the verge of launching a presidential campaign that should be all about her vision for the future. But first she has to explain her past. For the second time in two weeks, the Massachusetts Democrat apologized Wednesday for claiming Native ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2019. There are 326 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Feb. 8, 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England after she was implicated in a plot to murder ...

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

Editorial

Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties (PHDM), in conjunction with My Community Dental Centers (MCDC) of Spalding as well as local dentists, invite residents to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month. This observance is intended to bring increased awareness of the importance ...

A blizzard of storm names

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TRAVERSE CITY — OK, maybe a decade ago it was marginally clever during a bad winter storm to say, “Gee, I guess they called off that global warming thing!” Today, it’s not funny. Regardless of your political beliefs, global warming/climate change is real, and it doesn’t mean the death ...

Among Democrats, a debate over ‘Medicare-for-all’

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WASHINGTON (AP) — “Medicare-for-all” is quickly becoming a rallying cry for many Democratic White House hopefuls, but there are growing questions about how to pull off such a dramatic switch to a government-run health care system. The debate over scrapping private insurers has heated up ...