Opinion

Fan of cart idea

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: In the near future, another grocery store will be opening its doors here. For those who have never shopped at an Aldi’s Market, say down in Green Bay, you are going to be in for a surprise when it comes to their grocery cars. They have come up with a system that never leaves carts ...

New jail worth every penny

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I wish to respond to Carl Arko’s letter that appeared in the Press. As one of those public officials on hand for the groundbreaking of our new jail, I can say with a clear mind that I’m proud of our community. As a county commissioner and a public servant I am proud of the ...

Disabled by government

Local columns

NEW YORK — A third threat to free speech at University of California, Berkeley has led to more censorship than political rioters or college administrators. It’s the Americans with Disabilities Act. Berkeley is expensive. Out of state students must pay $60,000 a year. But for five ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 30, the 273rd day of 2017. There are 92 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 30, 1947, the World Series was broadcast on television for the first time; the New York Yankees defeated the ...

Flint water safe, but fall-out continues

Editorial

Two years after scientists from Virginia Tech revealed the lead poisoning of Flint’s water, the same researcher has declared the city’s drinking water safe to drink. That marks an important milestone in this disaster, but not yet its end. Mark Edwards of Virginia Tech’s college of ...

Men who saved baseball from itself

Local columns

WASHINGTON — From Aug. 10, 1994, to April 25, 1995, Major League Baseball went on strike. The 1994 World Series was canceled. Fans, furious at both management and the players, voted with their feet by staying away afterward. Average attendance at games fell by more than a fifth, and — of ...

Unnecessary roughness

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WASHINGTON — If you like professional sports, a major reason — perhaps THE reason — you attend games, or watch them on TV, is that it helps you escape from whatever occupies your mind the rest of the week. You certainly don’t want the issues of the day encroaching on your ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 29, the 272nd day of 2017. There are 93 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 29, 1982, Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with deadly cyanide claimed the first of seven victims in the ...

September is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month

Editorial

Governor Rick Snyder has declared September as Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month to highlight the importance of preventing sleep-related infant deaths. A baby in Michigan dies nearly every other day due to sleeping in an unsafe sleep environment — that’s over 150 babies every year. Sudden ...

If you don’t vote, someone else will

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Did you know that nearly 1 in 4 Americans is not registered to vote? Voter registration is the key to engaging all Americans in the political process. Tuesday, Sept. 26, was National Voter Registration Day. While national elections get the media attention, local elections in many ...

No consequences for Equifax

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — The most frustrating thing about the Equifax data breach — other than your life savings potentially disappearing overnight, now or 25 years from now — is that no one will truly ever pay for it. The CEO certainly won’t pay for it, even though half of America had its ...

The two storms that hit Puerto Rico

Editorial

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years and an enormous amount of federal aid to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is merited. But Puerto Rico had been hit by another ...

Will NFL demand respect for Old Glory?

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WASHINGTON — “America refuses to address the pervasive evil of white cops killing black men, and I will not stand during a national anthem that honors the flag of such a country!” That is the message Colin Kaepernick sent by “taking a knee” during the singing of “The Star Spangled ...

Trump’s tightening legal noose

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WASHINGTON — The Donald Trump I know is a smart guy who often thinks a few steps ahead of those whose will he is trying to bend. But I lately wonder whether he grasps the gravity of the legal peril that is beginning to show up around him. In the past week, we learned of an unfiltered public ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 27, the 270th day of 2017. There are 95 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 27, 1942, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra performed together for the last time, at the Central Theater in Passaic, ...

The Vietnam War revisited

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WASHINGTON — “The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one’s country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.” — Sen. George McGovern (D-SD) Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have performed a vital public service in making their ...

The UN: Once ‘useless,’ now useful

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WASHINGTON — While campaigning for the presidency, Donald Trump more than once referred to the United Nations as a “useless” organization and “not a friend of democracy.” In his speech Tuesday to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, he apparently has discovered ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2017. There are 96 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 26, 1892, John Philip Sousa and his newly formed band performed publicly for the first time at the Stillman Music ...

The danger of dynastic wealth

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BERKELEY — National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, former president of Goldman Sachs, said recently that “only morons pay the estate tax.” I’m reminded of Donald Trump’s comment that he didn’t pay federal income taxes because he was “smart.” And billionaire Leona ...

A perfect week to hit the trails

Editorial

When it comes to trails, there’s no place like Michigan. With trails that cater to a variety of passions - from biking, hiking and snowmobiling to off-roading, paddling and horseback riding - Michigan has a trail for you. Michigan Trails Week, Sept. 23-30, is the perfect time to hit the ...