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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 12, the 132nd day of 2018. There are 233 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On May 12, 1943, during World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered. The two-week Trident Conference, headed by ...

Green is good at VA medical center

Editorial

Helping veterans with their daily lives and environmental excellence go hand in hand. The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain has earned the Greenhealth Emerald Award from Practice Greenhealth. Practice Greenhealth is a national nonprofit based in Reston, Virginia. Its ...

Seeking justice for Todd

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: We would like to make it clear to the people that we are not appealing the parole board’s decision out of hate or revenge. We are seeking justice for our little brother Todd and trying to keep a promise made to our dying parents to do everything we can legally do by the law to make ...

I can only imagine

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EDITOR: I can only imagine. Those four words are the title of a recent movie attracting national attention and great viewership. Catch it next on video. As for me, I can only imagine... - An America less divided about every issue today —- race, religion, guns, armaments, education, ...

One expensive place

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TRAVERSE CITY — This is probably about the most obvious thing I’ve ever written, but, holy cow, are the theme parks in Orlando expensive. I hadn’t been to one in 25 years. Back then, it cost an arm and a leg. This time it cost an arm, a leg and all of the arms and legs of the next 10 ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 11, the 131st day of 2018. There are 234 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 11, 1943, during World War II, U.S. forces landed on the Aleutian island of Attu, which was held by the Japanese; the ...

Drinking Water Week highlights vital resource at risk

Editorial

Safe, affordable water is a public health and economic necessity that requires greater investment, says the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association (MI-AWWA), which is recognizing May 6-12 as Drinking Water Week, in Michigan as well as nationally. “Part of the message our ...

Troublesome questions for President Trump

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WASHINGTON — In a startling revelation earlier this week, The New York Times published what it claims are 49 questions that special counsel Robert Mueller sent to lawyers for President Donald Trump. The questions are apparently a road map of inquiry that Mueller and his prosecutors and FBI ...

New York AG’s fall: From defender to alleged abuser

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NEW YORK (AP) — Less than three months ago, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman went before the news cameras to announce a lawsuit accusing movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and his former studio of abusing and intimidating a multitude of women. “We have never seen anything as ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 10, the 130th day of 2018. There are 235 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On May 10, 1968, the “Night of the Barricades” began in Paris’ Latin Quarter as tens of thousands of student protesters ...

May is Foster Care Awareness Month

Editorial

During National Foster Care Awareness Month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) wants to stress the important role that foster parents can play in a child or teen’s life. “When children are unable to stay with their families because of safety concerns, foster ...

Don’t risk my life to read a text

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR A girl was killed last night while taking a selfie while driving. It was on my computer. A lot of you saw the story on your phone while you were driving 70 mph between Esky and Gladstone. How much more can it be pounded into people’s heads that they shouldn’t drive while texting? ...

Memo to Trump: defy Mueller

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WASHINGTON — If Donald Trump does not wish to collaborate in the destruction of his presidency, he will refuse to be questioned by the FBI, or by a grand jury, or by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his malevolent minions. Should Mueller subpoena him, as he has threatened to do, Trump ...

The exhaustion factor

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WASHINGTON — The “wall of protection” conservative media has erected around President Trump may be crumbling. Fox News Channel, whose opinion programs — especially Sean Hannity’s — have been staunch defenders (some critics say mouthpieces) for the president, and The Wall Street ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 9, the 129th day of 2018. There are 236 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 9, 1958, “Vertigo,” Alfred Hitchcock’s eerie thriller starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, premiered in San ...

Cleaner air is good for all of us

Editorial

Probably only in small ways, the lives of all of us are going to get a little more difficult over the next several years. The sacrifices, though, will be small compared to the lives we save and the breaths we make easier. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which the Trump ...

How Democrats can stop Trump

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BERKELEY — Why did working-class voters choose a selfish, thin-skinned, petulant, lying, narcissistic, boastful megalomaniac for president? With the 2018 midterms around the corner, and prospective Democratic candidates already eyeing the 2020 presidential race, the answer is important ...

The vulgar goes mainstream

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WASHINGTON — To be vulgar once earned societal disapproval, ostracism from polite company and — in my grandmother’s era — put a young person in danger of having his mouth washed out with soap. Today, vulgarities are now mainstream. People speaking in a way that “would make a sailor ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 8, the 128th day of 2018. There are 237 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 8, 1978, David R. Berkowitz pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn courtroom to murder, attempted murder and assault in connection ...

Plans to replace Line 5 propane production should be put in place

Editorial

Enbridge, the company which owns controversial Line 5, has been saying for years the pipeline couldn’t simply be removed from service because of the key role it plays, despite numerous calls for it to be shut down due to concerns about leaks in the Straits of Mackinac. After reading a story ...