Opinion

An adult voice amid childishness

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In his 72 years, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who was raised in segregated Richmond, Virginia, acknowledges that he has seen much change, often for the better, including advances in the 1960s. But in his elegant new memoir, ...

How They Voted

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No bills of general interest were voted on by the full House or Senate this week, which is not unusual for this point in a new legislature. Appropriations committee members have been receiving detailed briefings on a proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Legislative ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2017. There are 314 days left in the year. This is Presidents Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 20, 1942, Lt. Edward “Butch” O’Hare became the U.S. Navy’s first flying ace of World War ...

Support Walk for Warmth Feb. 25

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From: Julie Moberg and Cathy Pearson of the Community Action Agency in Escanaba: We have a big event Feb. 25 in Escanaba — perhaps our biggest event of the year. Our Walk for Warmth raises money, helping residents who have fallen on hard times, heat ...

Repeal! No, Wait!

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NEW YORK — Republicans promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But now they are hesitating. I understand why. Most Americans opposed Obamacare ever since the Democrats imposed it. But now that Congress actually might kill it, more (about half those polled) say, “Wait, I like ...

Interview of Secretary of Education DeVos

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WASHINGTON — Q. What have you learned from the gauntlet you had to run to get here? A. Not knowing exactly what to expect coming into it, I don’t have anything to compare it to, however, it seemed pretty difficult and pretty unnecessary, but I just kept putting one foot in front of the ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2017. There are 316 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 18, 1977, the space shuttle prototype Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its debut “flight” above ...

State education budget a step in right direction

Editorial

Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed a $128 million increase for K-12 schools, which may be good news for some but still a cause for concerns for others. The budget will continue to allocate extra money to the lowest-funded school districts to reduce the equity gap between those districts and the ...

No man is above the law

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WASHINGTON — Do you remember Zoe Baird? In 1993, President-elect Bill Clinton nominated Baird, a prominent lawyer, to be the first female U.S. attorney general. Baird had told the Clinton transition team that she had, in violation of the law, employed a couple, both undocumented immigrants, ...

A new direction on education

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WASHINGTON — American public school students fall well behind students around the world in math and science proficiency. This is not debatable. According to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, both cited in The ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2017. There are 317 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 17, 1947, the Voice of America began broadcasting in Russian to the Soviet Union. On this ...

Unfunded public benefit liability must be addressed

Editorial

Call it the 600 pound elephant in the living room, the problem that few people in positions of power want to discuss. Call it what you will but state government appears ready — again — to take on the nettlesome topic of unfunded public employee benefit liabilities that many in Lansing and ...

Spreading false information

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: During World War II the phrase was used to describe the taking over the media in controlled area by the fascist and totalitarian governments to promote their agendas by suppressing dissident views and using them to publish untruths about those they wished to turn public opinion ...

The Age of the Raging Democrat

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FLINT — I’m the sort of guy who is quite likely to do the opposite of what you tell me to do. It’s my thing. So when alt-right types tell me people of the liberal persuasion should stop fussing and hollering and just fall in line behind the president, no matter how badly he acts, ...

Representative’s disorganized event

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Shortly after arriving at Representative Beau LaFave’s first coffee hour in Iron Mountain, it became glaringly apparent that not much thought or planning was put into this event. With no designated area set aside, we found the least congested place to wait for Representative ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2017. There are 318 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 16, 1862, the Civil War Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee ended as some 12,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered; ...

The President and the Courts

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WASHINGTON — Last week, in a public courtroom in the federal courthouse in Seattle, the states of Washington and Minnesota — after suing President Donald Trump, alleging injury caused by his executive order that suspended the immigration of all people from seven foreign countries — asked ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2017. There are 319 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 15, 1867, “On the Beautiful Blue Danube,” a waltz by Johann Strauss (the Younger), was publicly performed for ...

The warning signs of Fascism

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Have the words “fascist” or “fascism” continuously popped into your head or have they been on the tip of your tongue lately? They have mine, so I decided to go to the Merriam-Webster dictionary to look up the exact definition of fascism. Merriam-Webster defines fascism as: ...

Take a second look at Pakistan

Editorial

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...