Opinion

Poisonous parsnip is dangerous

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: What is going on here with poisonous parsnip? The long green stems with small yellow flowers growing along our roads, U.S. 41 and M-35. I travel on U.S. 41 almost daily. I go through three counties Marquette, Alger and Delta counties. There is poisonous parsnip growing along the ...

Today vs. yesterday and tomorrow

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Today, America is in trouble, here and abroad, some prosperity but emotional unrest, political divide and unequalled controversy, versus — post WWII prosperity, considerable peace, progress and much less governmental disruption, overreach, distrust and instability, not perfect, but ...

Who will the 2020 presidential nominees be?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — As was wisely observed inside the world of renowned philosopher Peter Pan, “All this has happened before, and it will all happen again.” Never is that more true than when American voters choose our presidential nominees. Recall 1976, when, after the criminality, corruption ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, July 27, the 208th day of 2018. There are 157 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 27, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to adopt the first of three articles of impeachment against President ...

Michigan gets high marks as a retirement state

Editorial

A recent study pegs Michigan as a pretty attractive place to retire. Mind you, it doesn’t compare to top-ranked South Dakota, which evidently has become a senior magnet, but at number 14, it fared better than 36 other states as a retirement destination. The study was published in USA ...

Congress needs to do its job

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: This is in response to the July 14th letter titled “Understanding Asylum Seekers and Illegal Immigrants” from Teresa Ross. Your July 3rd letter mentioned “refugees” and “immigrant families”, not “asylum seekers”. Your letters tend to be misleading and factually ...

Both sides guilty of gerrymandering

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — The Michigan Supreme Court recently heard arguments about a proposed referendum to do away with redistricting, also called gerrymandering. If you’re not familiar with the term, gerrymandering is a game politicians play whereby they redraw voting boundary lines to favor their ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, July 26, the 207th day of 2018. There are 158 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 26, 2002, the Republican-led House voted, 295-132, to create an enormous Homeland Security Department in the biggest ...

Lawsuit climate has gone too far

Editorial

So crazy has the lawsuit climate become that a court filing last week probably should have come as no surprise. Still, it is more than a little unsettling. MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas, has filed suit against hundreds of victims of the mass ...

Vietnam Moving Memorial Wall coming to Manistique

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: As you may have heard, the Vietnam Moving Memorial Wall will be visiting Manistique (Aug. 2-6) at the Manistique Marina. The Moving Wall stands as a symbol of America’s honor and recognition of the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War. Inscribed ...

Trump stands his ground on Putin

Local columns

WASHINGTON — “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Under the Constitution, these are the offenses for which presidents can be impeached. And to hear our elites, Donald Trump is guilty of them all. Trump’s refusal to challenge Vladimir Putin’s claim at ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 25, the 206th day of 2018. There are 159 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 25, 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan’s King Hussein (hoo-SAYN’) signed a declaration at the ...

Line 5 pipeline has overstayed its welcome

Editorial

Never say never. It’s about time we learn to stop downplaying risks related to the Line 5 oil pipeline where it crosses the Straits of Mackinac and begin moving forward with what now should be the obvious move to eliminate the threat. If the past several years of questions about condition ...

How to stop Trump’s machine

Local columns

BERKELEY — As the political season heats up, Donald Trump is ramping up his lies through three amplifiers: his rallies, Fox News and his Twitter account. The three function as a big propaganda machine. According to the Fact Checker’s database, the average daily rate of Trump’s false ...

How They Voted

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The Legislature is on a summer campaign break with no sessions scheduled before the Aug. 7 primary election, except for one tentatively planned for July 25. Rather than votes this report contains some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions. Senate Bill 978: Authorize interagency ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 24, the 205th day of 2018. There are 160 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 24, 1959, during a visit to Moscow, Vice President Richard Nixon engaged in his famous “Kitchen Debate” with Soviet ...

Calls prompt warning about tax scams

Editorial

Apparently, tax scammers aren’t inclined to take the summer off. A reader Tuesday reported an ominous message left on his voice mail, implying legal action and other dire consequences from supposedly unpaid back taxes. Worse, his grandparents had gotten the same call. These calls claim to ...

Will N.J. send a Republican to the Senate?

Local columns

“This human nature is shabby stuff, as you may know from introspection.” — Peter De Vries SUMMIT, N.J. — Or from reading the “public letter of admonition” sent by the U.S. Senate’s Select Committee on Ethics to Robert Menendez, the Democratic incumbent seeking a third full ...

Questioning intelligence

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WASHINGTON — Did President Trump bungle the moment in Helsinki by casting doubt on American intelligence findings that Russian agents “meddled” in the 2016 election? His critics, including some Republicans, say so — and on Tuesday, Trump said he had misspoken when he expressed doubt ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, July 23, the 204th day of 2018. There are 161 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 23, 1829, William Austin Burt received a patent for his “typographer,” a forerunner of the typewriter. On this ...