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By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Thursday, Aug. 11, the 224th day of 2016. There are 142 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Aug. 11, 1956, abstract painter Jackson Pollock, 44, died in an automobile accident on Long Island, New York.On this date:In 1860, the ...

Michigan lags in quest to make voting easier

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The anemic turnout in Tuesday's primary election is a reminder that Michigan maintains some of the country's most restrictive voting laws.As lawmakers in most states experiment with innovations designed to boost registration and participation in the democratic process, Michigan's ...

Obama and the $400 million

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EDITOR:Who is more trustworthy, President Obama or Pastor Saeed Abedini?President Obama insists the payment of $400 million to Iran was payment of an old loan we owed them and had nothing to do with ransom for the four men released by Iran the same day. An interview of one of the men released ...

Old lies make a return visit

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WASHINGTON - We expect to hear a lot of lies during an election year, and this year is certainly no exception. What is surprising is how old some of these lies are, and how often they have been shown to be lies, years ago or even decades ago.One of the oldest of these lies is that women are ...

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By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Wednesday, Aug. 10, the 223rd day of 2016. There are 143 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Aug. 10, 1846, President James K. Polk signed a measure establishing the Smithsonian Institution.On this date:In 1792, during the French ...

Respect parents in LGBT policy

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Michigan's top education officials are still ironing out a policy that would direct public schools in how to accommodate gay and transgender students. The discussion has been a hot topic since early this year, here and elsewhere. Members of the State Board of Education must consider the wishes ...

The real reckoning

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BERKELEY - In her speech accepting the Democratic nomination for president, Hillary Clinton said the nation was at "a moment of reckoning."She's right, but the reckoning is not simply the choice voters face this fall between her and Donald Trump. The real reckoning is larger, and it will extend ...

How They Voted

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The House and Senate held pro-forma sessions this week with no votes. Therefore, this report continues its series of describing some of this year's interesting or noteworthy bill introductions.Senate Bill 718 and House Bill 5284: Mandate school music classesIntroduced by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. ...

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By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Tuesday, August 9, the 222nd day of 2016. There are 144 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On August 9, 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, a U.S. B-29 Superfortress code-named Bockscar dropped a nuclear ...

Be aware of phishing scams

Editorial

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette recently issued a consumer alert after several Michigan businesses reported receiving a suspicious email from "The Office of The Attorney General."The email subject reads, "The Office of The Attorney General Complaint," attached to the email is a ...

Fix the Delta Plaza

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:"Delta Plaza sale moves forward"I hope that something substantial happens and that Escanaba can be proud of the mall space once again. Developers have ideas and attracting business is not what I do. I will leave that to those who think they know what they are doing. My main concern is ...

Don’t forget Browns

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EDITOR:Back Our Blues is a great idea - just not quite complete. It should be Back Our Blues and Browns. The Delta County Sheriff officers also deserve our support and a big thank you. Our lives are safer and better because of their service.Marianne HueblerEscanaba

Sinking fantasy: Trump defending Constitution

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WASHINGTON - Like shipwrecked mariners clinging to a floating mast, many Republicans rationalize supporting Donald Trump because of "the court." This two-word incantation means: Because we care so much for the Constitution, it is supremely important to entrust to Trump the making of Supreme ...

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By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Monday, Aug. 8, the 221st day of 2016. There are 145 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Aug. 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon announced his resignation, effective the next day, following damaging new revelations in the Watergate ...

Hard work made disc golf tourney possible

Editorial

This week's bouquets go to:From Mary Harris:Bouquets to Jon Harris and the Noc Bay Flyers Disc Golf Club and volunteers for all their hard work and dedication for hosting a first class disc golf tournament, the Discanaba, at Ludington Park on Saturday, July 30. And thank you to all the great ...

Beyond two evils

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WASHINGTON - Many people dislike both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton - for good reason: Both are power-hungry threats to democracy and rule of law.But what can we do? What's the alternative?Fortunately, one political party wants government to have a little less power. Former governors Gary ...

Most young Americans say parties don’t represent them

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Most young Americans say the Republican and Democratic parties don't represent them, a critical data point after a year of ferocious presidential primaries that forced partisans on both sides to confront what - and whom - they stand for.That's according to a new GenForward ...

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By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Saturday, Aug. 6, the 219th day of 2016. There are 147 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Aug. 6, 1945, during World War II, the U.S. B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb code-named "Little Boy" on Hiroshima, ...

A day to honor our combat wounded, fallen heroes

Editorial

Each year on Aug. 7, the nation pauses to remember and pay homage to the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. As America's oldest decoration, the Purple Heart is awarded to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces that has ...

Another Iwo Jima Memorial

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WASHINGTON - In 1945, Rabbi Roland B. Gittelsohn, the first Jewish chaplain in the history of the United States Marine Corps, was asked by his senior Protestant colleague to deliver the sermon at a single, interdenominational service dedicated to the fallen after the historically bloody Battle ...