Opinion

Lavrov vs. McCain: Is Russia an Enemy

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The founding fathers of the Munich Security Conference, said John McCain, would be “be alarmed by the turning away from universal values and toward old ties of blood, and race, and sectarianism.” McCain was followed by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov who called for a ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, March 3, the 62nd day of 2017. There are 303 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 3, 1931, “The Star-Spangled Banner” became the national anthem of the United States as President Herbert Hoover ...

McMaster good pick for national security adviser

Editorial

Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, named by President Donald Trump to be his new national security adviser, has been described as “a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker.” That is precisely what the nation needs. McMaster replaces Gen. Mike Flynn, who lost his job because ...

Constitutional manipulation

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Welcome to “Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression.” It states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably ...

Remember when facts were facts

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FLINT — Doesn’t it seem like Trump has been in office for years already? Remember the good old days when facts were facts, Sweden, Bowling Green and Atlanta hadn’t yet been attacked, and 70 percent of the country wasn’t going, “Oh sweet Jesus, what have we done?” - OK, riddle me ...

Shirts vs. Skins 2017

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WASHINGTON — Back before kids sports — with their pricey equipment, expensive coaches and summer camps — had become a major American industry, American boys, when playing pickup basketball on a neighborhood court, would simply separate themselves into competing teams, the Skins (without ...

How They Voted

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House Bill 4001, Cut state income tax rate by 0.2 percent: Failed 52 to 55 in the House To cut the state income tax rate from the current 4.25 percent to 4.05 percent over two years. The tax could go down another .15 percent later but only if the state rainy day fund is allowed to exceed $1 ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 2, the 61st day of 2017. There are 304 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On March 2, 1867, Howard University, a historically black school of higher learning in Washington, D.C., was founded as it ...

Farewell thoughts and notes from a final column

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ESCANABA - Retirement has taken place again but there were still a few items that had to be taken care of before I could officially depart. That is why you’re stuck with one more column, to go with several stories I put together the final couple of days. As mentioned earlier, it’s been a ...

Highways becoming a deadly place

Editorial

Just when we thought it was safe to go out onto the nation’s highways, we now learn the number of people killed each year is increasing. According to a recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety cited in an Associated Press story, U.S. traffic deaths rose 7 percent to 35,092 ...

Bays de Noc fishery has declined

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I’ve fished LIttle Bay de Noc since the mid 1950s and Big Bay de Noc since the early 1970s. I’ve seen the ups and downs. I was a member of the U.P. Game Protection Association that worked with Jerry Peterson in the 1970s to plant walleye fry in gravel pits and later back in the ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 1, the 60th day of 2017. There are 305 days left in the year. Today is Ash Wednesday. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 1, 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state as President Andrew Johnson signed a ...

Bergman needs to listen to people of the 1st District

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I attended a Legislative Chat with U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman in Alpena on Feb. 22. I appreciate the opportunity to meet him and to get his views on a number of issues. One point he made stood out to me. Rep. Bergman spoke at length about how folks have gamed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ...

Why Trumponomics is a recipe for failure

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BERKELEY — When Donald Trump gave a speech last Friday at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, S.C., unveiling Boeing’s new 787 “Dreamliner,” he congratulated Boeing for building the whole plane “right here” in South Carolina. It’s pure fantasy. I’ll let you know why in a ...

Toward better relations with the press

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WASHINGTON — Before becoming a newspaper columnist I was a broadcast news reporter for local TV stations and occasionally appeared on the NBC radio and television networks. I have some experience at being on the receiving end of hostilities directed at the media. At a pro-Nixon, pro-Vietnam ...

Disparaging remarks on Cabinet picks

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: In response to Jim Morrison’s letter from Thursday, Feb. 23. Mr. Morrison, obviously you watch MSNBC’s show with Rachel Maddow and CNN. You sound like one of those snowflakes. I have already given my response to the fascism crap. Many have already written about the good and bad ...

Illegal immigration comes back to the rule of law

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: What if I told you the ‘Left Wing’ and the ‘Right Wing’ belong to the same bird? The overwhelming weight of history and the law is on President Trump’s side in regards to his ‘Executive Order’ on immigration. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the ...

Almanac

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Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2017. There are 306 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 28, 1917, The Associated Press reported that the United States had obtained a diplomatic communication sent by German Foreign Minister Arthur ...

Washington trip stresses forest products issues

Editorial

Workers employed in the U.S. forest products industry traveled to Washington recently and had hundreds of face-to-face meetings with lawmakers and administration officials to underscore concerns about public policies impacting the industry’s future. The Pulp and Paperworkers’ Resource ...

Hurling insults is not a political argument

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I read a letter from Jim Morrison that was published in your paper yesterday, and have some major concerns regarding a letter of mine that was published in your paper in November. In his letter, Mr. Morrison states that my letter, “reads like a defense of fascism and its largest ...