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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2017. There are 110 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 12, 1942, during World War II, a German U-boat off West Africa torpedoed the RMS Laconia, which was carrying ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2017. There are 109 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 13, 1788, the Congress of the Confederation authorized the first national election, and declared New York City ...

Prosecutor not protecting children

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: How bad do things need to be, before the care for victims comes first? Our community has recently watched two little girls get a fresh start, a chance to turn their lives around. Their parents threw out their family rights long ago. They want a second chance? and our local prosecutor ...

Will Congress be stirred from its slumber?

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“Congress has been dropping in relative power along a descending curve of 60 years’ duration, with the rate of fall markedly increased since 1933. ... The fall of the American Congress seems to be correlated with a more general historical transformation toward political and social forms ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2017. There are 111 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed as 19 al-Qaida hijackers seized control of four jetliners, sending two of ...

Many pitch in to beautify Rapid River School

Local columns

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Rapid River Education Association: The Rapid River Education Association would like to thank George and Lisa Kanyuh, community members, and the football team for the beautiful flowers in the planters surrounding the school. We greatly appreciate the ...

Seeing Alternatives

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NEW YORK — I just got new glasses — without going to an optometrist. It’s another innovation made possible by the internet. Going to an optometrist can be a pain. You have to leave work, get to an optometrist’s office, sit in a waiting room and then pay an average of $95 (in my ...

To Trump from voters: ‘It’s not about you’

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WASHINGTON — On a late summer night, some 230 days into the Trump presidency, a dozen Pennsylvania voters gathered around a conference table in Pittsburgh and were asked by respected Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart to just give “a word or a feeling about Donald Trump.” The answers ...

Be prepared when emergencies arise

Editorial

Watching the devastation the storm Harvey has wreaked in Texas and other southern states — and now Irma looms in the Caribbean — it perhaps could not be a better time to mark National Preparedness Month in September. Granted, Michigan doesn’t face being in the path of a hurricane or on ...

In defense of the groundhogs

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — The University of Michigan is catching heat for stuffing dry ice down groundhog holes to kill the little buggers, which are apparently chunneling the heck of out north campus. The university is worried their passageways will “undermine the foundations of structures, ...

Mining, environment — we can have both

Local columns

STEPHENSON — Communities across the Great Lakes region have been rediscovering their roots in mining – an industry that is significant to our heritage, central to our culture, and vital to our economy. From nickel and copper to zinc and gold, these precious minerals are proving that mining ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 2017. There are 114 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 8, 1892, an early version of “The Pledge of Allegiance,” written by Francis Bellamy, appeared in “The ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2017. There are 113 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 9, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction, ...

Inmate training program may have promise

Editorial

We like what we’ve seen from a Michigan Department of Corrections program that trains qualified inmates for specific jobs once they are released on parole. Corrections has set up a pair of so-called vocational villages in the past two years — the first at the prison in Ionia and the ...

Immigrant children and the rule of law

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Earlier this week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that in six months, the Department of Justice will begin the long process for deportation proceedings against 800,000 young people who came to America as babies and young children in the care of their parents and others ...

What the Trump administration said about DACA

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By The Associated Press The White House took a firm stance on Tuesday in outlining why an immigration program created by President Barack Obama needs to be eliminated. President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions described the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as an ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 7, the 250th day of 2017. There are 115 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 7, 1927, American television pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth, 21, succeeded in transmitting the image of a line ...

Don’t diminish local role in short-term rental policy

Editorial

When it comes to setting policy for short-term residential rentals, we don’t think one size will fit all for communities around Michigan. For that reason, we’re concerned by the cookie-cutter approach which two bills pending in the Michigan Legislature would impose throughout the state, ...

What Harvey Wrought

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Like 9/11, Hurricane Harvey brought us together. In awe at the destruction 50 inches of rain did to East Texas and our fourth-largest city and in admiration as cable television showed countless hours of Texans humanely and heroically rescuing and aiding fellow Texans in the ...

Pardoning Sheriff Arpaio

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WASHINGTON — President Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, has drawn predictable responses. The left, which long ago exceeded its sell-by date when it comes to ideas that work, denounced the decision as racist (that’s all they have) and a ...