Opinion

Much pain and confusion

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I watched the Senate Judiciary Committee struggling to understand Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh’s conflicting stories about what happened about 36 years ago. Much pain and confusion. I cannot relate to Ford’s fuzzy earlier recall of details of the actual abuse. Both as a ...

Our Flag – ‘Old Glory’

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The symbol of freedom over 200 years For the nation our forefathers found, For the nation our veterans so valiant and brave Fought the battle in air, sea, and ground. They bled and they died in the name of the flag, And their God they did honor as well, For without ...

Gerrymandering is a bad, no matter who it favors

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — If you’re not familiar with the term, gerrymandering is a game politicians play whereby they redraw voting boundary lines to favor their side. Gerrymandering is why a map of your voting district probably looks like a squiggly, nonsensical piece of modern art and a primary ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 4, the 277th day of 2018. There are 88 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Oct. 4, 1957, the Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into orbit. On ...

Voter registrion deadline approaching

Editorial

Michigan residents have until Tuesday, Oct. 9 to register if they want to vote in the Nov. 6 general election, “This election is vitally important for all Michigan residents because of the number of offices being selected,” Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said. “I urge every qualified ...

Abuse has many faces

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I do not support the slogan, “I believe survivors” as if survivors could not be in error. All of us can be in error. I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and can affirm the serious injury to the survivor. I can affirm the intense pain and persistent battle of overcoming ...

Political theater

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Judiciary Committee Democrats and Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, know full well the FBI has already investigated the Christine Ford sex crime accusation against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Still, they’re threatening to derail his final Senate approval with a “no” vote by Flake ...

Dress rehearsal for impeachment

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was approved on an 11-10 party-line vote Friday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Yet his confirmation is not assured. Sen. Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, has demanded and gotten as the price of his vote on the ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 3, the 276th day of 2018. There are 89 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 3, 1995, the jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles found the former football star not guilty of the 1994 ...

U.P. a top location to take in autumn’s dazzling colors

Editorial

We have seen a real shift in the weather over the month of September, and as October rolls in — so does the fall color season and the stream of tourists that come with it. Peak leaf viewing is mid-September to mid-October, according to Tom Nemacheck, executive director of Upper Peninsula ...

Our schools have fallen far behind

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR Since Republicans began their massive funding cuts to Michigan public schools in 2011, our U.P. schools have been struggling. School boards are forced to make choices between cutting teachers and increasing pupil to teacher ratios, or cutting services, like busses, or programs for ...

Why I’m betting on millennials this Election Day

Local columns

BERKELEY — Millennials (and their younger siblings from Generation Z) are the largest, most diverse and progressive group of potential voters in American history, comprising fully 30 percent of the voting-age population. On Nov. 6, they’ll have the power to alter the course of American ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2018. There are 90 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 2, 1944, German troops crushed the two-month-old Warsaw Uprising, during which a quarter of a million people had been ...

Praise for U.P. Honor Flight efforts

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Dennis Renken of Escanaba: Dennis Renken of Escanaba would like to thank Upper Peninsula Honor Flight and especially thank Scott Knauf and the 100 other folks that organized a wonderful event on the honor flight to Washington D.C. to see the war memorials ...

Flu season is fast approaching

Editorial

The kids are back in school, the leaves are starting to turn and Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties wants to remind you that now is the perfect time to think about getting seasonal flu shots for you and your family. Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by ...

Support for Tom England

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I am writing this in support of Tom England who is running for a six-year term as trustee at Bay College. I find him to be trustworthy, honest and very civic minded in this community. He has served on community college boards in the past including Bay College. His experience and past ...

Erroneous voting instructions

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Approximately Sept. 24, 25, and 26, the Escanaba Deputy Clerk mailed out approximately 400 absentee ballots containing erroneous voting instructions. The erroneous instructions offered straight-ticket voting, which is no longer allowed under current Michigan law. Background: ...

Supreme court circus

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: What has happened to America? We are in the process of choosing our next Supreme Court nominee! Isn’t that routine? Why the circus? Why the grandstanding! Does it have to include character assassination? Does party affiliation have to mean selling ones soul to it? Has ...

Achieving a new low

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR The Big Left Resistance Movement has been rolling since the bombshell election of President Donald Trump. This week they shifted into high gear, and achieved a new low. On Sept 16, a California psychology professor went public with the accusation that Trump Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ...

The purge goes on

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The Great Purge, also known as the Great Terror, was Stalin’s way of dealing with political opposition. Brutal and without mercy, he instigated the greatest political repression campaign in the history of the Soviet Union. The Great Purge officially lasted from 1936 to 1938, but its ...