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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 2017. There are 45 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 16, 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state of the union. On this date: In 1776, British troops captured Fort ...

Too many teachers skipping class

Editorial

Students aren’t the only ones skipping class, according to a new report. Many teachers are, too. That poses problems for obvious reasons. As Michigan looks to improve its standing in education, this is something the state simply must solve. The report, “Teacher Absenteeism in Charter and ...

That Bloodbath in the Old Dominion

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WASHINGTON — The day after his “Silent Majority” speech on Nov. 3, 1969, calling on Americans to stand with him for peace with honor in Vietnam, Richard Nixon’s GOP captured the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey. By December, Nixon had reached 68 percent approval in the Gallup ...

The corruption of faith

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WASHINGTON — When Jim Zeigler, the state auditor of Alabama, invoked the Bible to defend Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore against allegations that he had inappropriate contact with underage girls while single and in his 30s (which Moore has sort of denied), it signaled perhaps the final ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Nov. 15, the 319th day of 2017. There are 46 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 15, 1942, the naval Battle of Guadalcanal ended during World War II with a decisive U.S. victory over Japanese ...

NMU buoys on Lake Superior give good information

Editorial

Currently, as you sit, stand or casually lounge around reading this editorial, there are a number of buoys on the Great Lakes that are collecting valuable data and information that can be put to good use. During the Oct. 24 storm that pounded the Upper Peninsula coastline with powerful waves ...

Hunters needed to help the hungry

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By Keith Creagh and Dr. Phillip Knight LANSING — Michigan’s hunters know firsthand the pride and satisfaction of being able to bring home a nutritious meal of wild game to the family supper table. They also know how hard it can be sometimes to provide that food. Imagine trying to feed ...

Trump’s most damning legacy

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BERKELEY — In a radio interview, Donald Trump said that “the saddest thing is, because I am the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I’m not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kind of things I ...

Make deer season enjoyable and safe

Editorial

As Wednesday’s firearm deer season opener nears, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers encourage hunters to brush up on safety tips and hunting regulations to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience. Firearm deer season is a special time of year in Michigan. It brings ...

Repeal and replace the tax code

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WASHINGTON — The Republicans’ tax bill would somewhat improve the existing revenue system that once caused Mitch Daniels (former head of the Office of Management and Budget, former Indiana governor) to say: Wouldn’t it be nice to have a tax code that looked as though it had been designed ...

How They Voted

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Senate Bill 584: Expand concealed pistol “no-carry zone” exemptions Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on November 8, 2017 To authorize an exemption from the “no-carry zone” restrictions in the law authorizing shall-issue concealed pistol licenses, if a licensee gets extra training. ...

Voters came through for road patrol

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks: Thank you for voting on the Emergency Response/24-Hour Road Patrol Millage and continuing it for another six years. Unofficial results reported were 2,118 “yes” votes and 652 “no” votes. Thanks for your ...

Letter was irresponsible

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The letter from Nov. 2 by Trixy Kossow was not only way off the mark, but your printing of it showed your true colors as a biased media outlet. Plato distinguished between opinion or common belief and certain knowledge. Knowledge is “1+1=2” or “there are no square circles.” ...

A soldier’s story

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Sergeant Hunter said the river was dead ahead. We were to set up along its bank to stop the trapped enemy from escaping. This last 50 yards was the hardest, foliage so thick you had to crawl on all fours, dragging your rifle by the muzzle to get through. A rifle shot... ours. Ten ...

House of Ludington

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I am badly in need of tender, loving, care i.e.. restoration. I am of historical significance to Escanaba. The home of hospitality — your own House of Ludington. Cannot someone help? Anne Murphy Schaaf Escanaba

Preventing veteran suicides a top priority

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IRON MOUNTAIN — On Veterans Day we celebrate the service, sacrifice, and enduring achievements of over 21 million living Americans who served our nation in uniform so that we may enjoy the freedoms we cherish so much. On Nov. 1, President Trump proclaimed November as Veterans and ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 11, the 315th day of 2017. There are 50 days left in the year. This is Veterans Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day in Canada. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 11, 1918, fighting in World War I ended as the Allies and ...

No better time to quit smoking

Editorial

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. By quitting — even for 1 day — smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk. The Great American ...

What happened to common sense?

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Many of us may have become aware of an effort afoot in Michigan to advance the cause of political correctness to levels of idiocy that will reach into our public schools by limiting and redefining what we can call our team mascots. For generations we have cheered the Escanaba Eskimos ...

You first have to like politics

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WASHINGTON — On the consensus list of the most significant American presidents following George Washington, there is a common trait. Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Harry Truman — each of these great leaders was first a very good politician who ...