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the other by hand — after a concession speech by Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor, which was withdrawn and then re-delivered; after hordes of lawyers descended on the state to argue that “every vote should be ...

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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 ...

A candidate who believes in what he has lived

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WASHINGTON — The world’s oldest political party has developed an aversion to discretion. The Democratic Party is manacled to an over-caffeinated base that believes that deft government can deliver parity of status to everyone while micromanaging the economy’s health care sector, which is ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 19, the 323rd day of 2018. There are 42 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg ...

Rapid River Rockets say thank you

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This week’s bouquets go to: From Rapid River Rockets coaches and players: The football player and coaches would like to thank the Rapid River businesses, community, and especially the parents for all the support and help during the 2018 season and playoff run. We really appreciate your ...

Hunters not the only ones who should watch for deer

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Michigan’s firearms deer season officially began Nov. 15 and hunters are searching for the elusive whitetail. It’s also the time of year motorists should also be on the lookout for deer. “As hunters head into fields and forests deer will become more active – especially at dawn and ...

Single-payer health care

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NEW YORK — America needs single-payer health care, say progressives. That’s a system where government pays doctors and hospitals, and no sick person has to worry about having enough money to pay for care. After all, they say, “Health care is a “right!” “Who pays for it?” asks ...

Will the real attorney general please stand up?

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WASHINGTON — Last week’s surprise forced resignation of Jeff Sessions as attorney general of the United States set in motion a series of events that will soon resonate in all corners of the Department of Justice. President Donald Trump has been steamed at Sessions ever since Sessions ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2018. There are 44 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 17, 1973, President Richard Nixon told Associated Press managing editors in Orlando, Florida: “People have got to know ...

How They Voted

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This edition of the Roll Call Report highlights bills on issues that may arise in the coming lame duck legislative session. Senate Bill 1171: Undo repeal of lower minimum wage for “tipped” workers Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R), to delete the provision of the 2018 initiated law ...

Don’t play games with pot voters

Editorial

As expected, Michigan voters overwhelming approved legalizing marijuana for recreational use on Tuesday. We still think it was a bad idea, but that does not matter anymore because the voters have spoken. Statewide, Proposal 1 was approved 55 percent to 45 percent. The ratio was similar in St. ...

The remaining election of 2018

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WASHINGTON — The Greek philosopher Heraclitus taught us that “character is destiny.” Nowhere is character more apparent than in how one responds to adversity. After the failed U.S.-organized invasion of Fidel Castro’s Cuba, President John F. Kennedy rightly took responsibility: ...

The shame of the Catholic Church

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WASHINGTON — One doesn’t have to be Roman Catholic or even Christian to recognize the great good the Catholic Church has done. America would be worse off were it not its pro-life stance and numerous acts of charity. But good works are sometimes diluted or even overwhelmed by evil works, ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 2018. There are 45 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 16, 1933, the United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations. On this date: In 1776, British ...

Post midterm, country must strive for unity

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The political tension in Michigan and around the country reached a boiling point with Tuesday’s elections. Neighbors, colleagues, friends and even family have been torn apart over politics. That kind of contempt for our fellow Americans is not healthy. Now that this contentious midterm is ...

Here’s how we fix things

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TRAVERSE CITY — After losing his job in the Nov. 6 election, Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, wanted a recount because the vote was close but he couldn’t get one because of a new state law that only allows recounts in races lost by more than 1 percent. Walker lost by 1.2 ...

What will the Dems do with their new House?

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WASHINGTON — The Democratic Party has won control of the House of Representatives. Its members effectively will be able to block all legislation that the Senate passes and the president wants. They also will be able to unleash their subpoena power mercilessly on the executive branch. Will the ...