Opinion

Island Resort Championship took many hands

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, Island Resort and Casino, Symetra Tour organizers, sponsors and players to the 300 plus individuals who generously gave their time during the 7th Annual Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass. Please accept our thanks ...

Express your feelings on local fireworks ordinance

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: We all agree that the July 4, 2016, Escanaba fireworks show was too short. The excuse was the bad weather. Most of us think that the July 4, 2017, Escanaba fireworks show was too long. The excuse is that there were too many donations for the show this year! If I were in charge of ...

Say thank you to Escanaba Public Works

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Yesterday, July 5, I walked through Ludington Park. It looked like a garbage truck exploded. I don’t know why it is that people don’t take more pride in their local community while celebrating our nation’s independence. People throw litter, dirty diapers, residuals from ...

Enbridge Line 5 testing

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The “Tests confirm Line 5 is in excellent condition” penned by John Gauderman, director, Great Lakes Region for Enbridge, in the Press on June 26 leaves us with a false sense of security. The hydrostatic testing, according to Enbridge, “confirm that Line 5 is in excellent ...

Independence

Local columns

NEW YORK — Did you think about the signing of the Declaration of Independence this week? The July 4 holiday is meant to honor that, not just fireworks. Ironically, government’s grown so much since 1776 that fireworks might be illegal in your town. The Declaration wasn’t about ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, July 8, the 189th day of 2017. There are 176 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 8, 1947, a New Mexico newspaper, the Roswell Daily Record, quoted officials at Roswell Army Air Field as saying they had ...

Not the most dependable of friends

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Dean Heller is a 57-year-old Mormon, husband and father of four who — because he is a U.S. senator from Nevada (having won in 2012 by a paper-thin 46-45 percent margin), a state that Barack Obama carried twice, and because he is the only GOP senator running in 2018 in a state ...

Insulter in chief

Local columns

WASHINGTON — A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1) President Trump once referred to the health care bill passed by the House as “mean.” So how should we characterize his remarks about MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski? The ...

Film details dark store tax issue

Editorial

Congratulations go out to Northern Michigan University professor Dwight Brady and a group of 14 NMU students for being awarded an Emmy for producing a documentary on what is known as the dark store issue. “Boxed In,” a 24-minute film on the tax loophole that businesses of all sizes are ...

Not my voter records

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I am very annoyed that my voter records would be uselessly handled by a government commission to appease the President’s unfounded claims of voter fraud. There have been problems with personnel information in both the government and military, obviously anyone can carelessly carry ...

Doing stuff is dangerous

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — Perhaps you are under the impression that summers are fun and carefree, especially for kids. Perhaps you are incorrect. As a longtime connoisseur of scare journalism (“Next on News 4: What you don’t know about suntan lotion can kill you”), I feel it’s my duty to ...

Two wins for Trump

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision to allow portions of President Trump’s travel ban to proceed is a much-needed victory for the administration. The high court ruled that those “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” could be denied ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, July 6, the 187th day of 2017. There are 178 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 6, 1957, Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title as she defeated fellow ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, July 7, the 188th day of 2017. There are 177 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 7, 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C. for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President ...

Do we really need switchblade knives legalized?

Editorial

File this next one under hard to believe but true nevertheless. There is a group of Michigan senators — principally Republicans but a handful of Democrats too — that believe switchblade knives should be legal. And they believe it strongly enough that they approved a bill repealing the ...

An America first Korea policy

Local columns

WASHINGTRON — “The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly.” So President Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden this week. But how this is to be done “rapidly” is not so easy to see. North ...

Unhealthy acts

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Is there anyone who can point to the “Affordable Care Act” (aka Obamacare) and credibly claim it is accomplishing the goals set for it seven years ago? Insurers are pulling out of the exchanges, premiums and related costs are going up, not down, as supporters of the ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 5, the 186th day of 2017. There are 179 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 5, 1947, Larry Doby made his debut with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the American League ...

Dysfunction wins again in state Capitol

Editorial

Michigan’s best hope of landing 5,000 or so high-tech manufacturing jobs now rests with the governing process in Wisconsin and the other states with which it’s competing being just as dysfunctional as it is here. The state House began with good prospects of having enough votes to pass the ...