Opinion

Why humanities matter

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Your town’s library reading program. Understanding the Native American boarding school tragedy. The discussion with veterans about post-traumatic stress disorder. The special arts program at the third grade classroom. Reviewing the effects of poverty on our culture. These are just a ...

Want better roads? Open your wallet

Local columns

FLINT — A new report says 20 percent of Michigan’s state-maintained roads are in poor condition. I think I speak for 110 percent of all Michigan drivers when I say “Ha ha ha.” Twenty percent is about 60 percentage points shy of the truth. I’m convinced the people who do these studies ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2017. There are 262 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 13, 1742, “Messiah,” the oratorio by George Frideric Handel featuring the “Hallelujah” chorus, had its first ...

Right call made in teen sexting case

Editorial

Although it will likely cost him something politically, we believe the decision Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese made recently to not authorize criminal warrants in connection to what turned out to be a Marquette County-wide teenage sexting investigation, was the right one. Wiese ...

Nixon, LBJ and the Judges’ War

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WASHINGTON — The Democrats’ drive to defeat Neil Gorsuch is the latest battle in a 50-year war for control of the Supreme Court — a war that began with a conspiracy against Richard Nixon by Chief Justice Earl Warren, Justice Abe Fortas and Lyndon Johnson. By June 1968, Nixon, having ...

The Middle East’s siren call

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WASHINGTON — In Greek mythology, sirens were beautiful creatures that lured sailors to their doom with their hypnotic voices. In Homer’s epic, “The Odyssey,” ships came to ruin on jagged reefs, following siren song, the pull of the beautiful voices so strong that the hero Odysseus, in ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 12, the 102nd day of 2017. There are 263 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 12, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia, at age 63; he was ...

The war that changed America

Editorial

Terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, concern about Russia and strife in the Middle East are nothing new. Our grandparents and great-grandparents were all too familiar with them, starting 100 years ago this month. It was on April 6, 1917 that the United States declared war on Germany. Our ...

Trump cranks up the fog machine

Local columns

BERKELEY — Donald Trump’s technique for dealing with bad news is to create enough confusion and partisanship to envelope it in dense fog. Consider the most explosive news to come along in recent history — that the FBI has commenced an investigation of Trump aides to find out if they ...

How They Voted

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he House and Senate are on a two week spring break, so rather than votes this report contains some recently proposed constitutional amendments of interest. To become law these require a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate and approval by voters. House Joint Resolution A: Establish part ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 11, the 101st day of 2017. There are 264 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On April 11, 1947, Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers played in an exhibition against the New York Yankees at Ebbets ...

‘America’s jewels’ need support

Editorial

We Americans do not have Crown Jewels such as those displayed in England and a few other countries. We have something much more valuable and much more beautiful: our national parks. No other nation has such a park system. Ours is so envied that it sometimes is described as “America’s ...

It’s time for a third political party

Letters to the Editor

Dear Senators, and Members of the House: With this country becoming more and more “partisan,” meaning a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause, or person especially one exhibiting a blind prejudiced and unreasoning allegiance per Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 10th Edition. ...

Experience US during the Great War

Local columns

“War is the health of the state. It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense.” — Randolph ...

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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ESCANABA — April is designated as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Observing SAAM each year is one way that advocates and our community bring awareness to the prevalent issue of sexual assault. This year’s theme is “Engaging New Voices.” As a community, it is up to ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, April 10, the 100th day of 2017. There are 265 days left in the year. The Jewish holiday Passover begins at sunset. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 10, 1912, the British liner RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, ...

High school changes should be monitored

Editorial

We’re tempted to add to the support that’s swelling for a package of bills that cleared the State House of Representatives late last week. The measures make changes in the requirements needed to graduate from high school in the state of Michigan. According to reports, credit requirements ...

Enough protection already

Local columns

NEW YORK — “Trump may have just signed a death warrant for our planet!” warns CNN host Van Jones. “Disaster for Clean Water, Air,” says the Environmental Working Group. Give me a break. Regulation zealots and much of the media are furious because President Donald Trump canceled ...

The Pence-Graham rule

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WASHINGTON — Millennials and others of a certain age have not lived in a time when fidelity was universally valued and mostly supported by culture — though sometimes hypocritically — and its opposite was roundly condemned. There was even a time when a divorced person could not expect to ...

Students win in tenure crackdown

Editorial

Wayne State University started hearings this week to revoke the tenure of five professors who are “grossly under-performing” and “not doing anything,” in the words of WSU President M. Roy Wilson. Wilson is leading the gutsy move, which is rare in academia. Universities across the state ...