Opinion

Jail groundbreaking no reason to celebrate

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Today the Daily Press featured a front page photograph of public officials “celebrating” a groundbreaking “ceremony” for a prison as a “great day for the citizens of Delta County. The accompanying article quotes attending officials as happy to borrow $17.9 million to ...

Accept Donald Trump was elected President

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: At some point, half of the country, and the main stream media, are going to have to accept the fact that Donald Trump was elected President on Nov. 8, 2016. Perhaps not. According to some, the planet Niburu is going to collide with Earth and bring on the Rapture. Sounds kind of hard ...

America’s engine slowed by complacency

Local columns

WASHINGTON — It was an epoch-defining decision to place in Westminster Abbey, among statues of monarchs, priests and poets, a large one of James Watt, inventor of the separate-condenser steam engine. The statue’s inscription says Watt ranks among the world’s benefactors because he ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2017. There are 97 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 25, 1957, nine black students who’d been forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, ...

Civic center gets boost from the Dagenais Foundation

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Escanaba Recreation Department: The city of Escanaba Recreation Department is grateful for the recent donation from the Robert and Jeanine Dagenais Foundation. Funds will be used to provide healthy snacks for the after school program. Students in grades ...

Detoured by government

Local columns

NEW YORK — Michelle Freenor’s business almost failed before it began. That would have been a loss, since her Savannah, Georgia, walking tour gets only good reviews from customers. “Top notch tour guide giving us a lot of history of Savannah’s Historic District,” said one five-star ...

How They Voted

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Senate Bill 335: Revise campaign finance law to reflect Citizens United ruling Passed 62 to 45 in the House on Sept. 19, 2017 to revise Michigan campaign finance law provisions that violate the holding of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Citizens United case. The decision limited the power of ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2017. There are 99 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 23, 1952, Sen. Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., salvaged his vice-presidential nomination by appearing on television ...

Government conflict of interest policies are the right move

Editorial

Northern Michigan is made up of many small, close-knit communities. It’s one of the many reasons people choose to live here. It’s not uncommon, for example, for your child’s teacher to be married to your doctor; or your co-worker to be close friends with your neighbor. The examples go ...

Put mining issue on agenda

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I am worried and I speak for many others that are also worried. We want to know how the MDEQ will let the Aquila Mine self-regulate their pollution. Who will oversee that they do so properly and speedily? Will they test the waters daily? Will they then shut the mine down at once if ...

The Vietnam War 2017

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Three aging U.S. veterans of the war in Vietnam, each of whom still bears the scars of battle, took their seats on the stage of Washington’s Kennedy Center on a cool September evening. They were there to discuss Ken Burns’ historic 18-hour PBS project, ‘’The Vietnam ...

Who wins, who loses in bill aimed at upending Obamacare

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal “Obamacare” would redistribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal financing for insurance coverage, creating winners and losers among individual Americans and states in ways not yet fully clear. Independent analysts say ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2017. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 4:02 p.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation ...

Special courts may need special treatment

Editorial

Some Michigan counties have veterans courts. Some counties have mental health courts. Some have sober courts for drunken drivers. And some have drug abuse courts. The specialty courts, as they are called, go beyond the conviction and sentencing of offenders to offer a comprehensive system or ...

A ‘read-my-lips’ moment for Trump?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — “Having cut a deal with Democrats for help with the debt ceiling, will Trump seek a deal with Democrats on amnesty for the ‘Dreamers’ in return for funding for border security?” The answer to that question, raised in my column a week ago, is in. President Donald Trump ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2017. There are 102 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 20, 1967, the Cunard liner RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 was christened by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in Clydebank, ...

Bring competition to liquor sales

Editorial

Regulators don’t often decide to regulate less. Yet the state liquor commission is attempting to do just that. It wants to open competition in the liquor store industry, and that effort serves well consumers who have suffered under the monopolistic system now in place. The Michigan Liquor ...

Trump focuses on nonexistent problems

Local columns

BERKELEY — It’s easy to get caught up in the deeply flawed character of Donald Trump. We also need to recognize the policy catastrophe of his presidency. Compare the trumped-up problems he’s been focusing on with the real problems facing this country. Last week, for example, Trump ...

The option play

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WASHINGTON — What just happened? President Trump cut a deal with Democrats to pay for hurricane damage relief and raise the debt ceiling without getting anything in return, except the temporary avoidance of a government shutdown. How to describe this? Was it a sellout, or a pragmatic ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2017. There are 103 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 19, 1777, the first Battle of Saratoga was fought during the Revolutionary War; although British forces succeeded ...