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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2018. There are 145 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon, facing damaging new revelations in the Watergate scandal, announced he would resign ...

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Editorial

In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers. With no additional burden on household income, breastfeeding is a low-cost way of feeding babies and contributes to poverty reduction. Breastfeeding prevents ...

How They Voted

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The Legislature remains on a summer campaign break with no sessions scheduled until after the Aug. 7 primary election. Rather than votes this report contains some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions. Senate Bill 1051: Require governor create annual state “strategic ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 6, the 218th day of 2018. There are 147 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 6, 1945, during World War II, the U.S. B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb code-named “Little Boy” ...

Businesses support corrections officers

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Tim Fleury, organizer of the MCO Crisis Fund UP Golf Outing: I’d like to thank the Escanaba-area individuals and businesses that supported the Michigan Corrections Organization Crisis Fund UP Golf Outing July 20. The MCO Crisis Fund helps corrections ...

Working for Tips

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NEW YORK — Union protestors and celebrity advocates have decided that waiters’ tips aren’t big enough. They are upset that in 43 states, tipped workers can be paid a lower minimum wage, as low as $2.13 an hour. Not fair! say celebrities like Jane Fonda, who recorded commercials ...

What’s not to like about Trump policies?

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WASHINGTON — Like a baseball team that is way behind going into the fifth inning, Democrats (and socialists) are hoping for the political equivalent of a rainout, so that the game President Trump is winning will be canceled, allowing them time to regroup. The president’s opponents are ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 4, the 216th day of 2018. There are 149 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 4, 1944, 15-year-old diarist Anne Frank was arrested with her sister, parents and four others by the Gestapo after ...

Keep putting pressure on N. Korea

Editorial

New long-range missiles are being built in North Korea, despite assurances by that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, that he desires peaceful coexistence, it was reported this week. Just weeks ago, Kim told President Donald Trump he is willing to pursue disarmament talks. They have been ...

Who is responsible for delayed bridge work?

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I remember, a long, long time ago, I heard the story that a bridge had become unsafe as determined by the people who determine these things. Several plans were talked about and then, with very little thought given to the people who had to use this new bridge, the state hires a ...

Always vote for honesty and integrity

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EDITOR: From the Southern Poverty Law Center: President Trump said at a conference on sanctuary cities recently: “These are not people. These are animals.” His insinuation that immigration status or criminal record somehow determines humanity is not only appalling – it’s dangerous. ...

Where are the Ludington Street benches

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EDITOR: Four questions: 1. What was the cost incurred in building the benches that used to be placed on Ludington Street in Escanaba in the Spring and removed in the Fall? 2. Where are those benches? 3. Why were they removed? 4. When will they be placed back on Ludington Street for public ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2018. There are 150 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 3, 1936, Jesse Owens of the United States won the first of his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics as he took the ...

State warns of dangers from exposure to sun

Editorial

We’re halfway through the summer, yet it’s likely not too late to remind the public about the risks of too much exposure to the sun. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is sharing some tips on ways to stay protected no matter what time of year. Skin cancer is the most ...

Immigrants and the military

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EDITOR: My grandfather, John Jacob Hannon, was an Irish immigrant that went to war for the U.S. in World War I. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website, “foreign born soldiers composed over 18 percent of the U.S. Army during World War I.” In fact, the 77th ...

Civility is in the eye of the beholder

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TRAVERSE CITY — Gov. Snyder recently issued an open letter signed by 220 well-intentioned people and groups calling for “civility” in public discourse. That’s a good thing, right? We all want, as the letter says, “to show the world how we can disagree without being disagreeable, ...

The seduction of socialism

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WASHINGTON — For the current generation, sometimes referred to as millennials, it appears one thing is more seductive than sex — and that’s socialism. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, winner of a New York Democratic primary, are the old and new faces ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2018. There are 151 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 2, 1939, Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt urging creation of an atomic weapons ...

Voting for a write-in candidate

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EDITOR: As part of the League of Women Voters mission to educate voters, we would like to share information on voting for a write-in candidate. A write-in candidate is a candidate in an election whose name does not appear on the ballot, but for whom voters may wish to vote by writing in the ...