Opinion

Freedom Ranking

Local columns

NEW YORK — Is America the world’s freest country? Sadly, no. When researchers first started doing detailed international comparisons, the USA came in second or third. This year, however, we ranked 17th. The comparison I cite is the newly released Human Freedom Index, compiled by the ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2018. There are 331 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 3, 1943, during World War II, the U.S. transport ship SS Dorchester, which was carrying troops to Greenland, sank after ...

Snyder should retire Line 5 beneath Mackinac Straits

Editorial

The Associated Press reported Monday that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder refused to halt the flow of crude oil through twin pipelines in a Great Lakes waterway as they are inspected for gaps in exterior coating, saying there was no imminent threat of a spill. Snyder cited the potential for a ...

Patriotism on the cheap

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WASHINGTON — For the first two centuries of U.S. history — while Americans were proudly winning a war for independence, founding a nation, abolishing slavery, settling a continent and winning two world wars — the patriot was that admirable fellow citizen willing to sacrifice his own ...

The state of President Trump

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WASHINGTON — President Trump’s first State of the Union address set a new standard. For himself. If he lives up to that standard in future speeches, he may go far in changing his image from a blustering, ad-libbing “entertainer,” to someone who looks and sounds, shall I say it, more ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2018. There are 332 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 2, 1943, the remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major victory ...

Trustees should drop anonymity and go on record individually

Editorial

Dozens of women and girls shed their anonymity this week during the sentencing hearing for convicted sex abuser Larry Nassar. They bravely stood in open court, putting their names and faces into the record as victims - or shall we say survivors - of the former doctor who assaulted them under ...

Disciplined fiscal approach vital for Michigan

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: With the Michigan Legislature, Governor Rick Snyder has worked tirelessly over the last seven years to right the state’s budget and finances. This discipline has allowed us to reduce taxes for Michigan families and job providers, invest in important areas such as education and ...

How They Voted

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Senate Bill 749, Increase child care income tax credit: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate To establish that an individual is entitled to claim the same child care tax credit against Michigan income tax as the credit authorized by the 2017 federal tax reform law. This is a means-tested credit that ...

Too many wars, too many enemies

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WASHINGTON — If Turkey is not bluffing, U.S. troops in Manbij, Syria, could be under fire by week’s end, and NATO engulfed in the worst crisis in its history. Turkish President Erdogan said Friday his troops will cleanse Manbij of Kurdish fighters, alongside whom U.S. troops are embedded. ...

Take it slow on ice and snow

Editorial

The Michigan State Police reminds motorists to take their time when driving to destinations when hazardous road conditions are created by snowfall and cold temperatures. Motorists are reminded to take extra precautions when stopping and turning. Remember to do all of your braking before the ...

You have the right to speak up

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: When I was going to college, a statement my advisor and professor stated many times was to stand up for your beliefs and he often mentioned the fact he was surprised at our college that nobody protested anything that they believed in. I recently saw a story about Charles Murray ...

Still upset with prosecutor

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Mr Strom, what were you doing the day that little Rapid River girl was found outside in the cold? Why wasn’t there an investigation done immediately while tracks could still be found in the snow? Why wasn’t the the state police called in to investigate immediately? I think the ...

Don’t take our freedoms for granted

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Given the scenario politically in our nation’s Capital, the average citizen is left wondering what is the truth. Both parties have some people who seem to struggle with that. If behooves us as citizens to be informed as best we can. I am reminded of a famous quote written by Thomas ...

Here’s some data on DACA

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Dear Rep. Bergman: You indicated at the Soo ‘public engagement’ event Jan. 25, 2018, that you’re a “data driven man,” When asked what your position is in regards to the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients, you hedged and said that you don’t support ...

Enforce and obey the speed limit

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: On or about 6:45 a.m. a State Police vehicle was heading south on 29th Street in Gladstone and was actually going the speed limit 25 mph (residential area). Our city police, school buses, and city workers don’t even obey the basic speed law when traveling on 29th Street. They ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2018. There are 334 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 31, 1958, the United States entered the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite, Explorer 1, from ...

MSU board must follow Simon out door

Editorial

The first step toward restoring Michigan State University’s credibility and reputation came this week with the resignation of President Lou Anna Simon, whose handling of the Dr. Larry Nassar scandal brought shame and condemnation to the university. Now MSU will be looking for a new leader, ...

Ignorance is not bliss

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Recently, several individuals have submitted letters to the Daily Press criticizing the work of the Delta County Prosecutor Philip Strom. These letters are generally ill informed and do not provide a true picture of the hard-working people within the prosecutor’s office. As the ...

How Trump is destroying the GOP

Local columns

BERKELEY — America has never before had a president as deeply unpopular at this stage of his presidency, or one who has sucked up more political oxygen. This isn’t good news for the Republican Party this November or in the future, because the GOP has sold its soul to Donald Trump. Three ...