Opinion

Will war cancel Trump’s triumphs?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Asked what he did during the French Revolution, Abbe Sieyes replied, “I survived.” Donald Trump can make the same boast. No other political figure has so dominated our discourse. And none, not Joe McCarthy in his heyday in the early ‘50s, nor Richard Nixon in ...

On Trump’s plate: Congress, elections, Korea

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has returned from an end-of year holiday to face fresh legislative challenges, midterm elections and threats abroad. The president began the second year of his presidency with confrontational tweets targeting Iran and Pakistan. He slammed Islamabad ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2018. There are 362 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 3, 1868, Japan’s Meiji (may-jee) Restoration re-established the authority of the emperor and heralded the fall of the ...

Kindness at hospital is remembered

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Ching Bezine of Bark River: Who can forget out old friendships while singing Aud Lang Syne? Especially the friends who have offered us cups of kindness in the years gone by? On June 9, 2011, my husband, after a lengthen stay in our St. Francis Hospital, ...

We already know that smoking kills

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WASHINGTON — Preaching morality while practicing cupidity can be tricky, but various American governments have done it for years regarding smoking. This mental contortion now has a new chapter. The four largest American tobacco companies (Altria, R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard, Philip Morris) are, ...

The UK’s embrace of secularism

Local columns

ANGLESEY, Wales — The UK Daily Mail has again published a story about a subject that has become a recurring theme this time of year. No, not Christmas, but rather drunkenness, though the holiday is used as its primary excuse. Pictures accompanying the story show young people collapsing in ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2017. There is one day left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 30, 1922, Vladimir Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which lasted nearly ...

MSU must commit to transparency

Editorial

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has taken the first two important steps in making things right with the scores of young women and girls who were molested by an MSU physician attached to the gymnastics program. Simon, who has been under fire for her lack of urgency in ...

America at Christmas

Local columns

WASHINGTON — What if Christmas is a core value of belief in a personal God who lived among us and His freely given promise of eternal salvation that no believer should reject or apologize for? What if Christmas is the rebirth of Christ in the hearts of all believers? What if Christmas is the ...

Buoyed by Alabama, Dems eye Tennessee Senate race

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democrats eager to take control of the Senate next year are turning to the state of Tennessee, where a popular Democratic former governor is running for the seat being vacated by the retirement of Republican Sen. Bob Corker. Neither of Tennessee’s two top GOP ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 29, the 363rd day of 2017. There are two days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 29, 1170, Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was slain in Canterbury Cathedral by knights loyal to King Henry ...

Be prepared and safe during extreme cold

Editorial

With arctic temperatures impacting the area, residents should be extra cautious when going out in the extreme cold. “These arctic blasts can create hazardous situations,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, deputy state director of emergency management and homeland security and commander of ...

Heritage breaks two glass ceilings

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton was supposed to break the glass ceiling, which she said has kept a woman from becoming president, but the Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C., has actually done it. Their new president is Kay Coles James, a ...

How They Voted

Local columns

MIDLAND — Michigan’s 38 senators and 110 representatives missed 1,153 roll call votes in 2017 according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org. Six senators and two representatives each missed 50 or more votes in 2017, led by Coleman Young II in ...

Democrats hope to use tax overhaul as a club against GOP

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ATLANTA (AP) — A Democratic congressional candidate outside Philadelphia calls the Republican tax overhaul a “cynical bill” that will redistribute wealth upward. One of her counterparts in California dismisses estimates of tax savings for most U.S. households and says the legislation is ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Dec. 28, the 362nd day of 2017. There are three days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 28, 1917, the New York Evening Mail published “A Neglected Anniversary,” a facetious essay by H.L. Mencken ...

Liferides being offered on New Year’s Eve

Local columns

ESCANABA — Free New Year’s Eve Liferides will once again be available in Delta County this year. Rides are available from 10 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, through 5 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, and are offered in an effort to prevent alcohol-related traffic accidents and fatalities. This year marks ...

Gerrymander petition is grassroots democracy

Editorial

A citizens group made headlines recently when it turned in petitions containing 425,000 signatures in hopes of getting on the ballot a constitutional amendment that will change the way political districts are drawn. The change they propose is designed to combat gerrymandering, the practice of ...

Don’t blame the Democrats

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: In response to Ed McBroom’s Dec. 14 Letter to the Editor: I think we can all agree that Michigan needs to lower its highest in the nation auto insurance rates, however Mr. McBroom’s letter blames Representative Scott Dianda and the House Democrats for the no-fault auto ...

Tax cuts and deficits

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Now that Republican tax cuts for corporations and the super-rich will add 1.5 trillion dollars ($1.5000,000,000,000) to the deficit, how will they fund the massive investment in infrastructure that Trump promised? Will they shrink the bloated military budget? No. Will they withdraw ...