Opinion

Hillary and Bill Houdini

Local columns

WASHINGTON — How do they do it? I am not the first to compare the Clintons to Harry Houdini, the great magician and escape artist, but Bill and Hillary make him look like a rank amateur. No law seems to touch them. No regulation seems to control them. No prosecutor wants to take the risk of ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 10, the 314th day of 2017. There are 51 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Nov. 10, 1982, the newly finished Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to its first visitors in Washington, D.C., three days ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 13, the 317th day of 2017. There are 48 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 13, 1977, the satirical comic strip “Li’l Abner” by Al Capp appeared in newspapers for the last time. On this ...

How can we prevent terrorist attacks?

Editorial

Once again, we find ourselves asking the familiar question: How can we prevent terrorist attacks such as that in New York City recently? We can’t — at least not without infringing upon liberties we Americans cherish. Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who came to this country from Uzbekistan in 2010, ...

Blocking out unreputable sources

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TRAVERSE CITY — One of the best things I’ve ever done is ban alleged news stories put out by less than reputable sources from the lively and sometimes heated political discussions that often break out under a column I’ve written and posted to my Facebook page. I don’t know why it ...

The doctor will see you now … really!

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WASHINGTON — If you’re tired of the dysfunction in Washington — the backbiting, the questioning of motives, the failure to agree on much of anything, the one-upmanship, the allegations about a “stolen” presidential election, Russian “collusion,” the posturing and boorish behavior, ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Nov. 9, the 313th day of 2017. There are 52 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 9, 1967, a Saturn V rocket carrying an unmanned Apollo spacecraft blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a successful test ...

Don’t be in the dark about diabetes

Editorial

November is National Diabetes Month and this year’s theme is “You are the center of your diabetes care team.” The incidence of diabetes is increasing. All persons with diabetes should see a diabetes educator yearly as recommended by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) ...

Let’s make this Eskymo country this week

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Some of you are old enough to remember the 1979 and 1981 Escanaba football teams. I remember traveling to watch the playoffs in ‘79. The Lansing Sexton game was almost all Escanaba fans. The Silverdome was rockin U.P. Power in ‘79. We were all disappointed at the outcome, but ...

Two new programs to promote literacy

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: In a recent editorial (“The Critical Importance of Reading,” Oct. 23), Dr. Coby Fletcher, superintendent of Escanaba Area Public Schools, emphasized the importance of nurturing reading skills in children, beginning at a very young age. He is absolutely right. According to the ...

Their America, and ours

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WASHINGTON — “Meet you at Peace Cross.” In northwest D.C. in the 1950s, that was an often-heard comment among high schoolers headed for Ocean City. The Peace Cross, in Bladensburg, Maryland, was a 40-feet concrete memorial to the 49 sons of Prince George’s County lost in the Great ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Nov. 8, the 312th day of 2017. There are 53 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 8, 2016, Republican Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president, defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in an ...

Enbridge, pipeline can’t be trusted

Editorial

Enbridge Energy Partners says there is nothing to worry about. The 64-year-old pipelines carrying millions of gallons of crude oil under the Straits of Mackinac are safe and protected. And if anything happened to the twin 20-inch lines, sensors would detect the leak and shut down the pumps ...

The huge tax heist

Local columns

BERKELEY — You know the plot: The bank robbers set off a bomb down the street from the bank, and while everyone’s distracted, they get away with the loot. In the reality TV show we’re now suffering through, Donald Trump is the bomb. The robbers are the American oligarchs who bankroll ...

Chernow’s ‘Grant’ offers judgment of past

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WASHINGTON — Evidence of national discernment, although never abundant, can now be found high on the New York Times combined print and e-book best seller list. There sits Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses Simpson Grant, which no reader will wish were shorter than its 1,074 pages. Arriving ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 7, the 311th day of 2017. There are 54 days left in the year. This is Election Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 7, 1917, Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew ...

Brighter outlook for U.P. energy future

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They say you need to be a hearty soul to live in the Upper Peninsula, but that doesn’t mean you should have to live with energy that isn’t affordable, reliable and environmentally protective. At the start of the Snyder administration, the U.P. had little control of its energy future. ...

Indictments and ham sandwiches

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WASHINGTON — In considering the indictment of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an associate, I am reminded of former Bill Clinton aide and defender James Carville’s line about the ability of a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” Manafort and a longtime ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 6, the 310th day of 2017. There are 55 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 6, 1977, 39 people were killed when the Kelly Barnes Dam in Georgia burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls ...