Opinion

Prevent child abuse by checking a box

Editorial

The Children’s Trust Fund is reminding people filing their state income taxes to remember to check a box that will help prevent child abuse. A checkoff box on a state income tax return form allows residents to donate $5, $10 or more to fund programs in local communities that prevent child ...

Play ball, with informed intelligence

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Even if, inexplicably, you occasionally think about things other than major league baseball, consider this: Why are many premier free agents, particularly sluggers and starting pitchers, unsigned even while we are hearing the loveliest four words, “Pitchers and catchers ...

Prison reform: The time is now

Local columns

WASHINGTON — It didn’t seem to fit in President Trump’s State of the Union address, perhaps something tossed in at the last minute, like a garnish. But there it was: “As America regains its strength, opportunity must be extended to all citizens. That is why this year we will embark on ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2018. There are 321 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 13, 1633, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition, accused of defending ...

Amvets say thanks for White Clover Drive

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Amvets Post 123 Escanaba: We are now into a new year. The Amvets officers want to give a big thank you to the Amvets members that took part in our White Clover Drive for 2017, the local businesses, and all the people that donate their hard earned money. ...

Whose responsibility is it?

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: My question to the Gladstone Board of Education is simple. Whose responsibility is it to ask the questions regarding the Early/Middle College Program and Superintendent Jay Kulbertis? How did the Gladstone Board of Education this year give Superintendent Jay Kulbertis an overall ...

Silk Road and drug sales

Local columns

NEW YORK — Ross Ulbricht was a quiet nerd — an Eagle Scout who never cursed. Then he became a libertarian, and he decided, “I want to use economic theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion.” By coercion, Ulbricht meant force. He viewed laws against drugs as coercion — ...

Again? Yup. What to know about the overnight budget shutdown

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Again? Yup. While you were sleeping, Congress was shutting down the government in a new but familiar display of dysfunction. It’s the second time this year lawmakers have let funding lapse while they staged standoffs intended to draw attention to their causes. The ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2018. There are 324 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 10, 1968, U.S. figure skater Peggy Fleming, 19, won America’s only gold medal of the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, ...

Take precautions when shoveling snow

Editorial

With Michigan’s snow shoveling season lingering on, the Michigan Primary Care Consortium is offering guidelines to avoid personal injury or a serious health care consequence. Of special concerns are individuals facing chronic back challenges, heart disease, high blood pressure and ...

Enbridge has commitment

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I am writing in response to Andrew Heller’s December 6 column, “Business as usual for Enbridge.” As it pertains to our commitment to safely providing propane and more than 6,000 other everyday products made possible through Line 5, we do intend to continue business as usual. At ...

False humility is better than none at all

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Thanks to the reliable American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which keeps careful track of such information, we know that in 2000, President Bill Clinton gave — at one hour and 28 minutes — the longest State of the Union address. In marked ...

Dems head to midterms with energized base

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are heading into the November elections with an energized party base, an unpopular president to rail against and a growing wave of GOP retirements. Now they just need a clear message. In recent weeks, lawmakers have zigzagged from digging in against President ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2018. There are 325 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 9, 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an Allied victory over Japanese ...

Any government recycling effort a step in right direction

Editorial

With his time in office starting to dwindle, Gov. Rick Snyder laid the groundwork for what could turn out to be a robust state-led recycling initiative going forward. Snyder, in an executive order signed late last week, ordered all state government facilities to provide recycling services ...

Reader addresses concerns

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Honestly; free from deception. Integrity: adhering to values. Civility; polite expression. Maybe Prosecutor Strom and Assistant Wickman would like to address two concerns of mine. I too wrote a letter concerning the child abuse case in Rapid River. Along with Ms. Hoffmeyer and ...

Teenagers do stupid stuff

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — Why are teens eating Tide pods? Here’s why … I know many adults are struggling to understand why teenagers across the country are chewing on laundry detergent pods. I believe I can bring some clarity to this question: It’s because they’re morons. I do not say ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2018. There are 326 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Feb. 8, 1968, three college students were killed in a confrontation between demonstrators and highway patrolmen at South ...

Snyder’s proposed trash fee hike is overdue

Editorial

A decade ago, Michigan Republicans managed to stop a plan passed by Democrats in the state House to raise landfill dumping fees. The Democrats were motivated by the endless stream of Canadian trash trucks overturning and catching fire on freeway medians in southeast Michigan. In the Port ...

A Never-Trump press in near panic

Local columns

WASHINGTON — “All the News That’s Fit to Print” proclaims the masthead of The New York Times. “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” echoes The Washington Post. “The people have a right to know,” the professors at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism hammered into us in ...