Opinion

Put the brakes on driverless auto taxes

Editorial

Driverless technology is taking off, but Michigan is taking a wait-and-see approach before joining some other states that are eager to begin levying new taxes on autonomous vehicles. That’s the right call. Still, as the state Legislature starts rule-making this fall, it will have to answer ...

Landmarks are worth preserving

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The father of modern architecture, Louis Sullivan, left his mark on Manistique in 1918 with a remodel of the First National Bank building, that according to Robert Twombly in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. Twombly wrote that when the bank held its grand ...

It is sad…

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: It is sad... ...that the President tweets and speaks without consulting anybody. That the original bastion of free speech (an oxymoron) Berkley, now prevents many conservative speakers. That liberals in San Francisco, where else, began a day camp for children with transgender ...

What still unites us?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Decades ago, a debate over what kind of nation America is roiled the conservative movement. Neocons claimed America was an “ideological nation” a “creedal nation,” dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.” Expropriating the biblical mandate, ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2017. There are 123 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 30, 1997, Americans received word of the car crash in Paris that claimed the lives of Princess Diana, her boyfriend, ...

Know the rules before flying a drone

Editorial

They are becoming a common sight in Northern Michigan, much like seagulls and other birds in the air. However, instead of the pleasant sounds of chirping, whistles and caws, this small flying object makes a buzzing sound as it watches and records everything around it. This sight is not a ...

Men and women are different

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: This is in reference to the editorial piece “Men and Women Are Different” by John Stossel in Saturday’s paper Aug. 19, 2017. I agree with Mr Stossel. Women and men are different and that’s a good thing. Talents and skills one gender lacks may be supplied by the other. This ...

Escanaba’s increasing cost of living

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: This letter concerns the every increasing cost of living in Escanaba, and was promoted by the headline “ County preps for increased jail costs” and accompanying article in Wednesday, Aug. 16, Daily Press. Didn’t the new jail just get voted in — after two elections? (My) taxes ...

Trump is on the road to irrelevance

Local columns

BERKELEY — We have endured Donald Trump for seven months. In that brief time he has almost single-handedly destroyed the moral authority of the presidency of the United States at home and abroad, brought us to the brink of a nuclear war without consulting anyone, and sown division and hatred ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2017. There are 124 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 29, 1967, the series finale of “The Fugitive,” starring David Janssen as a doctor on the run after being wrongly ...

Tight security needed at courthouses

Editorial

We can think of no reasonable security measure that would have prevented the shooting last week of Jefferson County, Ohio, Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. The judge, who is expected to recover from his wounds, was ambushed as he was walking from his car to the county ...

Laws that subvert the rule of law

Local columns

WASHINGTON — When John Adams wrote into Massachusetts’ Constitution a commitment to a “government of laws and not of men,” he probably assumed that the rule of law meant the rule of laws, no matter how many laws there might be. He could not have imagined the modern proliferation and ...

Afghanistan: A bottomless pit?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — President Trump is not the first U.S. leader to pivot when it comes to foreign policy. His speech Monday night before American military personnel at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, was in stark contrast to his campaign pledge to put “America first” and his promise to avoid ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 28, the 240th day of 2017. There are 125 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 28, 1917, ten suffragists demanding that President Woodrow Wilson support a constitutional amendment guaranteeing women ...

Programs have successful summer

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From The Gladstone School and Public Library: The Gladstone School and Public Library would like to give a big thank you to all of the area businesses, the Friends of the Gladstone Library and public patrons who helped make our summer reading program a huge ...

Al Gore’s Hype

Local columns

NEW YORK — I was surprised to discover that Al Gore’s new movie begins with words from me! While icebergs melt dramatically, Gore plays a clip of me saying, “‘An Inconvenient Truth’ won him an Oscar, yet much of the movie is nonsense. ‘Sea levels may rise 20 feet’ — absurd.” ...

Almanac

Local columns

Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 26, the 238th day of 2017. There are 127 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women’s right to vote, was certified in effect by Secretary of ...

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North Central’s Austin Poupore (11) runs down North Dickinson’s Brandon Steinbrecher (34) on a kickoff return in Thursday’s season opener at Powers.

Mindset of a Boucher in victory

Local columns

POWERS — One of Anthony McVay’s favorite movies is “The Waterboy.” It’s a movie starring Adam Sandler, who’s a little-known waterboy named Bobby Boucher on a winning college football team. Boucher gets fired as the waterboy, but joins a losing rival college team to become an ...

Court wrong place to enforce literacy

Editorial

There is no question that too many students at Michigan’s largest school district have received a sub-par education. While Detroit children deserve basic literacy, the courtroom isn’t the place to fix the problems that have plagued the district. A civil lawsuit brought by seven Detroit ...

We need a conversation

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: “We need to have a conversation” about; take your pick; illegal immigration, the NFL and National Anthem protests, Race, White Nationalists/supremacists, Confederate statues, slavery, etc. Is anybody else tired of hearing that phrase? A conversation is two or more people talking ...