Opinion

A new direction on education

Local columns

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 ...

End obstructionism

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Dear Senator Stabenow (and Peters), and Democratic representatives, Our Democratic republic needs a dynamic loyal opposition so the ideas of all leaders can be improved and our nation be protected. Your position is vital. Your current obstructionism is not helping us achieve ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2017. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine’s Day. Today’s Highlights in History: On Feb. 14, 1967, Aretha Franklin recorded her cover of Otis Redding’s “Respect” at ...

Climate change and deer population

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: 2016 was the hottest year on record according to climate scientists from NASA. Because of this global trend, people have noticed warmer winters, even in the U.P.! As stated in your article “More deer expected to survive winter” (Feb. 6, 2017), relatively warmer temperatures have ...

Snyder’s budget plan looks good for schools

Editorial

Some bright spots in the governor’s state budget proposal may put some color back into public school classrooms. In a week when teachers are going to work dressed in black mourning clothes to protest the unprecedented appointment and confirmation of Betsy DeVos to lead the federal ...

The danger of Stephen Bannon

Local columns

BERKELEY — President Donald Trump has reorganized the National Security Council — elevating his chief political strategist, Stephen Bannon, and demoting the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Bannon will join the NSC’s principals committee, ...

Foster Grandparent Program gets support

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Cindy Brock, Upper Peninsula Foster Grandparent: The 32nd Foster Grandparent Program Fundraiser was a huge success due to the generosity of individuals, schools, businesses and community organizations in the three-county area of Delta, Menominee and ...

Smearing Team Trump

Local columns

NEW YORK — Oh, no! I did it again. It was a foolish mistake. But I slipped. I read The New York Times. This is bad for my health, because I get so mad at the smug socialist spin, but how can I (SET ITAL) not (END ITAL) read it? It’s my hometown paper. My wife wakes me up with ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2017. There are 323 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 11, 1929, the Lateran Treaty was signed, with Italy recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Vatican ...

Race track not wanted

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I am writing this letter in response to the Barron race track request before the Escanaba Township Board. Personally, I don’t care if this track goes in or not, my problem is with the proposed location. Mr. Barron in his statements said the track isn’t in anyones backyard but his. ...