Opinion

For what should we be thankful?

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WASHINGTON — What if the government’s true goal is to perpetuate itself? What if the real levers of governmental power are pulled by agents and diplomats and by bureaucrats and central bankers behind the scenes? What if they stay in power no matter who is elected president or which ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2018. There are 34 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 27, 1924, Macy’s first Thanksgiving Day parade — billed as a “Christmas Parade” — took place in New York. On ...

Prop 1 passage raises multitude of challenges

Editorial

Now that voters have passed Proposal 1 that legalizes recreational marijuana in Michigan, now what? The proposal allows anyone over age 21 to possess and grow personal-use quantities of cannabis and related concentrates and allow licensing activities related to commercial marijuana production ...

Lucrative law enforcement will become lawless

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WASHINGTON — Tyson Timbs made a mistake, but not one as important as Indiana’s Supreme Court made in allowing to stand the punishment the state inflicted on him. He was a drug addict — first with opioids prescribed for a work-related injury, then heroin — when his father died. He blew ...

GOP exploring reasons for gender disparity

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WASHINGTON (AP) — For congressional Republicans, this month’s elections ushered in the year of the woman — literally. West Virginia’s Carol Miller will be the only Republican woman entering the 435-member House as a newcomer in January. She’ll join what may be the chamber’s ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 26, the 330th day of 2018. There are 35 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 26, 1941, U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull delivered a note to Japan’s ambassador to the United States, Kichisaburo ...

Community made Thanksgiving dinner possible

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Community Thanksgiving Dinner Board: Thank you to the whole of Delta County for once again supporting the Community Thanksgiving Dinner and giving so much back to our wonderful community. There were many things to be thankful for and enjoy as we shared ...

U.P. needs propane, not a tunnel

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: We have been told a Line 5 tunnel will provide “energy security” for Michigan, especially propane for the U.P. But 100 percent of the propane NGLs crossing the straits go directly to Sarnia for Enbridge profit, not Michigan need. The 2 percent of Line 5’s natural gas liquids ...

Events brighten the community

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: In our world the way it is today, we look for goodness and happiness to give us hope. There have been two events in our community that have done just that. The other night the Esky Pops gave a concert and it was awesome. They brought happiness, joy and smiles with their songs and ...

Enjoy the holidays this year

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Xmas, bah, humbug vs Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Joyous Yule, Mary Christmas. My Aunt Irma hated the holidays, so much to do, so little time. My neighbor Marge dreaded the baking, gift buying, wrapping, etc. Uncle Charlie sadly always took out a loan. Sophie always complained ...

Grateful for not starving

Local columns

NEW YORK — When we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, I will give thanks for property rights. Property rights allow each individual or family to do what we want with our small piece of the world without having to answer to the whole community. On Thanksgiving, we’ll probably be told to ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2018. There are 37 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 24, 1963, Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, in a ...

Tis the season for holiday scams

Editorial

With Black Friday here, consumers should be cautious of the popular scams that often appear this time of year. The Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula received several reports of holiday scams in 2017 and the years prior. Last year, consumers spent $7.9 ...

Break up Facebook (Google, Apple and Amazon)

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BERKELEY — The New York Times revealed last week that Facebook executives withheld evidence of Russian activity on the Facebook platform far longer than previously disclosed. They also employed a political opposition research firm to discredit critics. There’s a larger story ...

Wayne Stayskal: Cartoonist extraordinaire

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WASHINGTON — Google “Great American Political Cartoonists” and you will undoubtedly find the late Herbert Block (aka “Herblock”) of The Washington Post, (Paul) Conrad of the Los Angeles Times, Michael Ramirez of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and several other cartoonists whose work, if ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Nov. 22, the 326th day of 2018. There are 39 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in ...

Talking turkey about fire prevention

Editorial

SState Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer urges fire safety on Thanksgiving Day, which is the leading day for home cooking fires. Consumers who use portable deep fryers to cook turkeys should know the dangers involved and consider an oil-less fryer which is a safer alternative to cook their ...

Elections, Thanksgiving and legal pot

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TRAVERSE CITY — After the mid-term elections, it’s becoming pretty darned clear that we did in fact see a blue wave of sorts, both nationally and in Michigan. It wasn’t a tsunami-sized wave, but it was close. I like to think the GOP is having a come to Jesus moment and thinking, “Gosh, ...

The Florida fiasco ends

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WASHINGTON — After two recounts — one by machine, the other by hand — after a concession speech by Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor, which was withdrawn and then re-delivered; after hordes of lawyers descended on the state to argue that “every vote should be ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Nov. 21, the 325th day of 2018. There are 40 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 21, 1980, 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. On this date: In 1789, North ...