Opinion

Trump’s beast in the night

Local columns

WASHINGTON — If you have been following the serious destruction brought about by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and the political turmoil caused by the allegations of teenage sexual misconduct made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, along with his firm and ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2018. There are 97 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 25, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the Supreme Court. On this date: In ...

West Nile case shows mosquitoes still a threat

Editorial

Just when it seemed late enough in the year to relax about mosquitoes comes this from neighboring Florence County in Wisconsin: The health department reports a dead crow found earlier this month has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird confirmed for West Nile virus in ...

Thank you, Escanaba area

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: This past September 18 I was privileged to be on the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight to Washington D.C. from Escanaba. As a Vietnam veteran, the experiences seeing the war memorials, the branch memorials, and the Lincoln Memorial were ones I will never forget. But, when I reflect on ...

Fear-based parenting

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WASHINGTON — Police came to Kim Brooks’ parents’ door in suburban Richmond, Virginia, demanding that her mother say where her daughter was or be arrested for obstructing justice. So began a Kafkaesque two-year ordeal that plunged Brooks into reflections about current parenting practices. ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2018. There are 98 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 24, 1789, President George Washington signed a Judiciary Act establishing America’s federal court system and ...

Flowers brightened downtown Esky

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: Escanaba is a lovely town, especially in summer. Thank you to all the community groups, businesses, and individuals that make the effort to decorate our town with flowers all summer long. Visitors and residents both enjoy them. Special thanks to the Master ...

Prices should rise

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NEW YORK — Officials in states hit by Hurricane Florence are on the lookout for “price gouging.” People who engage in “excessive pricing” face up to 30 days jail time, said North Carolina’s attorney general. South Carolina passed a “Price Gouging During Emergency” law that ...

Democrats’ delay tactics

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WASHINGTON — You have to hand it to the Democrats. They know how to use the media and the political process to gum up the works when it is to their advantage. Following the last-minute surfacing of Christine Blasey Ford, who claims she was sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh at a party in ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2018. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 9:54 p.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 22, 1949, the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb. On this ...

Conference provides valuable information on suicide, grief

Editorial

A conference held in Marquette late last week, by all accounts, provided valuable information on suicide prevention and grief counseling. Held at the Holiday Inn of Marquette, the conference brought together a wide variety of experts in the field. Among them was Barb Smith, founder and ...

Vote in recall election

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: With the mid-term election just weeks away it seems a good time to encourage voters to get out and make their wishes known. This is especially true for the townships of Garden and Fairbanks where recall elections are taking place. Some members of the township boards are on the ...

Respect the flag

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR It will soon be time for more parades. Last year while watching the Santa Claus parade, I was really surprised and shocked at the lack of honor and respect given to our American Flag. The same was seen at the other parades in our area. Hardly anyone saluted the flag. Not many young ...

Downside of being right

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WASHINGTON — It is always dangerous to be right, noted Voltaire, in matters where the established authorities are all wrong. In 2002, barely a year after the attacks of 9/11, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, three papers that rarely agree editorially on ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2018. There are 101 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 21, 1981, the Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice ...

Keep children safe when traveling

Editorial

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) want to remind parents and caregivers about the importance of keeping children safe when traveling as part of National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week, Sept. 23 -29. ...

Once upon a full moon

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EDITOR: From Sept. 21-25, people in China will be off from work to celebrate the Moon Festival, which will arrive on Sept. 24. Being family-oriented, gathered under the full moon, they will share food and wine, and give thanks to the ones they love. It’s likely for a wide-eyed child to ...

Miss Michigan won a bigger prize

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TRAVERSE CITY — Miss Michigan didn’t win the Miss America pageant but she did win a bigger prize, I figure. R-e-s-p-e-c-t. You probably didn’t see the pageant. Relatively few did. The ratings said about four million TVs were tuned to it, down about 20 percent from the previous year, ...

The left is running on empty

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WASHINGTON — The woman who alleged in a confidential letter that as a high school student in Maryland in the ‘80s Brett Kavanaugh “pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2018. There are 102 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 20, 1962, James Meredith, a black student, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Democratic ...