Opinion

A food trend is born

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — It has long been my contention that farmers and chefs are in cahoots to get us to eat things that are not normally considered food. Brussels sprouts spring to mind first. I had the misfortune to confront a platter of these abominations the other day at a fancier restaurant ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, April 5, the 95th day of 2018. There are 270 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 5, 1764, Britain’s Parliament passed The American Revenue Act of 1764, also known as the Sugar Act, which was repealed in 1766. On ...

More groups need to volunteer

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Often I am asked by families in Escanaba about the possibility of their school-age children being eligible for a weekend food backpack. They regularly strike up conversations when they see me purchasing a large quantity of food for the Gladstone-Rapid River Schools food backpacks. ...

Does the Pope believe in Hell?

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WASHINGTON — “Pope Declares No Hell?” So ran the riveting headline on the Drudge Report of Holy Thursday. Drudge quoted this exchange, published in La Repubblica, between Pope Francis and his atheist friend, journalist Eugenio Scalfari. Scalfari: “What about bad souls? Where are ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 4, the 94th day of 2018. There are 271 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot and killed while standing on a balcony of the ...

Larry Nassar scandal fallout continues

Editorial

The fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal continues. A Michigan State University official who oversaw Nassar, the former MSU sport doctor who will serve the rest of his life in prison after molesting patients under the guise of treatment, is facing criminal charges. William Strampel, who ...

State must demand proof of Line 5 condition

Editorial

Seeing is believing and we simply haven’t seen enough to trust Enbridge’s statements regarding Line 5 where it runs through the Great Lakes at the Straits of Mackinac. For some reason, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality seems content to continue green-lighting the pipeline ...

‘Common sense’ is not driven by fact

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The marketing process convinces people they want something they didn’t know they wanted. Purchase follows and hopefully, leads to “repeat purchase behavior”, the true end goal of marketing. Get people used to a product and discourage them from straying. This way their thoughts ...

Dollars for decency

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WASHINGTON — Last week, Laura Ingraham, Fox News’ queen of snark, tweeted that David Hogg — a 17-year-old who survived the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and has been among the eloquent advocates for gun control — “whines about” being rejected by four universities to which he ...

Poll: Trump benefiting from economic policies

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing American economy and passage of a Republican tax overhaul appear to be helping President Donald Trump lift his approval ratings from historic lows, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Trump remains unpopular ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 3, the 93rd day of 2018. There are 272 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 3, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what turned out to be his final speech, telling a rally of ...

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Editorial

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year’s theme, “Embrace Your Voice,” builds on the idea that our words can have an impact, and that what we say and do about sexual violence matters. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, “We all have a unique role to ...

A spring training quiz for baseball fans

Local columns

“There’ll be two buses leaving the hotel for the park tomorrow. The 2 o’clock bus will be for those of you who need a little extra work. The empty bus will leave at 5 o’clock.” — Dave Bristol, Milwaukee Brewers manager, 1972 WASHINGTON — Everyone needs extra work to prepare ...

John Bolton’s enemies

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WASHINGTON — Among the several ways to judge a person’s fitness for office are the enemies he has made. In the case of John Bolton, President Trump’s choice to become national security adviser, those who oppose his appointment — liberals, neocons and some Republicans all with ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2018. There are 273 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 2, 1968, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the groundbreaking science-fiction film epic produced and directed by Stanley ...

Donations help education center

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Clear Lake Education Center: Clear Lake Education Center is pleased to announce a donation to their Stewards Group from the Jack Pine Lodge and Long Riders Sportsman’s Club. The Jack Pine has hosted the Long Riders Snowmobile Relic Ride for many ...

The Red Pill

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NEW YORK — In the movie “The Matrix,” swallowing a red pill reveals the truth, while downing a blue pill leaves you trapped in illusion. Today, in the parlance of some political activists, “taking the red pill” means seeing the lies of mainstream media — and learning the truth. ...

Hope for the Dead

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WASHINGTON — What is the connection between personal freedom and rising from the dead? When America was in its infancy and struggling to find a culture and frustrated at governance from Great Britain, the word most frequently uttered in speeches and pamphlets and editorials was not ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, March 31, the 90th day of 2018. There are 275 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 31, 1968, at the conclusion of a nationally broadcast address on Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned ...

We deserve to know what those lobbyist lunches buy

Editorial

There is no such thing as a free lunch. Yet, many Michigan lawmakers would have us all think as much. A report released last week by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network — a nonpartisan organization that logs and disseminates political finance information — showed lobbyists reported ...