Opinion

Slow down the revolving door

Editorial

The revolving door keeps spinning in Lansing, delivering politicians from their elected offices into high-paid lobbying jobs with barely a moment in between. At least seven state officials who found themselves without posts when their terms expired on Jan. 1 are now at work trying to ...

The rebirth of industrial democracy

Local columns

BERKELEY — The shutdown is over for now, but for five weeks 800,000 federal employees and 1.5 million federal contract workers were pawns in Trump’s game of brinksmanship, and they may be so again. Trump has also frozen federal workers’ pay for 2019, stopping the automatic 2.1 percent ...

How They Voted

Local columns

The new legislature has not voted on any bills yet, although committees are meeting and deliberating on bills. Rather than votes this report contains some interesting or noteworthy new bill introductions. Senate Bill 61 and House Bill 4118: Authorize unposted 25 mph limit on non-subdivision ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2019. There are 329 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 5, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of U.S. Supreme Court justices; the proposal, ...

Winter thrills can kill, so snowmobile with care

Editorial

This weekend, a visiting snowmobiler was leading a group through some Kalkaska woods when his snowmobile’s ski caught an edge and threw the 45-year-old off his sled and into some trees. This appears to be the eighth snowmobiling death around the state since Christmas. A 46-year-old woman ...

Wait and see on marijuana issue

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: We have taken a great deal of time to research and study the issues concerning the legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan. Here are just some of the facts that were found: 1. The Controlled Substances Act classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance, which states it ...

Thanks for repairing water main

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I have been critical of the city crews in the past. Today, they deserve everyone’s respect and thanks. At 5:30 a.m. the temperature was way below zero when the water main broke. How many of us, you and me, would even be outside in those temps? Yet, the crews went to work and what ...

Only Democrats can save this president

Local columns

Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral. He was my friend, faithful and just to me: But Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honorable man. — Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar” WASHINGTON — Hakeem Jeffries has, it is whispered, ambitions. The 48-year-old congressman now ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2019. There are 330 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 4, 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, 19, was kidnapped in Berkeley, California, by the radical Symbionese Liberation ...

As winter wears on, practicce fire safety

Editorial

With the winter of 2019 wearing on, State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer urges fire safety for all Michiganders, especially the elderly who are most at risk when it comes to fire. “It is so important to talk about fire safety with our parents, grandparents, friends or neighbors. Last year 63 ...

The seen vs. the unseen

Local columns

NEW YORK — Sunday is the Super Bowl. I look forward to playing poker and watching. It’s easy to do both because in a three-hour-plus NFL game there are just 11 minutes of actual football action. So we’ll have plenty of time to watch Atlanta politicians take credit for the stadium ...

Schumer wields leverage and a flip phone

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House plan for peeling off Democrats to support President Donald Trump’s demands for billions in border wall money ran into a particularly stubborn obstacle: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s flip phone. Schumer had already been talking with his ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2019. There are 332 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 2, 1990, in a dramatic concession to South Africa’s black majority, President F.W. de Klerk lifted a ban on the African ...

Help local children when filing Michigan taxes – Check the box

Editorial

Area residents can help keep kids safe in Delta County this tax season by adding a simple check mark to Form 4642 on Michigan 2018 state income tax returns. By donating to Michigan’s Children’s Trust Fund on your state income tax form, you can help prevent child abuse and neglect in our own ...

Campaigns do matter and can change history

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In 1960, when John F. Kennedy was running for the White House against Richard Nixon, winning Democratic presidential tickets still depended on the backing of segregationist party colleagues in the Southern states. In October of that year, when Martin Luther King Jr. was ...

Some Democrats pitch to party moderates

Local columns

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As the first wave of Democratic presidential candidates unveil plans for taxing wealth and universal government-provided health care, John Hickenlooper is making a narrower pitch of beer and bipartisanship. The brewpub magnate and former Colorado governor ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2019. There are 333 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 1, 1960, four black college students began a sit-in protest at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, ...

Sex offender registry afoul of constitution

Editorial

Michigan lawmakers seem keen on making important reforms to the state’s criminal justice system, which should expand protections for civil liberties. Another item they should add to the list: Revamping the state’s Sex Offender Registry Act. The changes are overdue, especially since a ...

Shameful Michigan government

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — This is how shameful Michigan government has been the past 20 years: According to a new MSU study, Michigan ranked last among states — last! — for total education revenue growth, spending 82 percent less by 2015 than we did in 1995. The reason: tax cuts, of course. The ...

President Trump’s marks on the economy slip

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The public continues to give President Donald Trump his best ratings on the economy, but a new poll finds the share who approve of how he’s handling that issue has slipped since last fall. And as his promise of a U.S.-Mexico border wall brought a stalemate over funding ...