Opinion

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2018. There are 356 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 9, 1793, Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a hot-air balloon, flew from Philadelphia to Woodbury, New Jersey. On ...

Kim Jong Un not a peacemaker

Editorial

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

America needs balanced-budget amendment

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WASHINGTON — Today’s political discord is less durable and dangerous than a consensus, one that unites the political class more than ideology divides it. The consensus is that, year in and year out, in good times and bad, Americans should be given substantially more government goods and ...

Divided Democrats face backlash on immigration

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WASHINGTON (AP) — With a new deadline fast approaching, Democrats in Congress are struggling to adopt a unified strategy to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. Their inaction has enraged liberal activists across the country, who have shifted their anger in ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2018. There are 357 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Jan. 8, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson outlined his Fourteen Points for lasting peace after World War I. Mississippi became ...

Donations made Shop with a Cop a success

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Todd M. Tardiff, Delta County Sheriff’s Office: Thanks again for making ‘Shop With a Cop’ a success. Residents of Delta County: The Delta County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone that helped in making our annual “Shop with a Cop” ...

Presidential election odds

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NEW YORK — President Trump is up 3 percent! I refer to the betting odds. Gamblers (mostly in Europe because political bets are legal there) now give the president a 53 percent chance of finishing his first term. That’s it — they barely think he’ll complete four years. This must ...

Iranian leaders on foreign hand in protests

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As nationwide protests have shaken Iran over the last week, the Islamic Republic increasingly has blamed its foreign foes for fomenting the unrest. So far, Tehran has not offered any evidence to support that claim, though Iran’s opponents throughout the ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2018. There are 359 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 6, 1968, a surgical team at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, led by Dr. Norman Shumway ...

Character counts, but so do results

Local columns

WASHINGTON — I do not make it a practice to comment on the work of fellow columnists, though occasionally some care to comment on mine, which is fine. I’m happy to help them make a living. An exception will be made here because of New York Times “conservative” columnist, Bret ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2018. There are 360 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 5, 1953, Samuel Beckett’s two-act tragicomedy “Waiting for Godot,” considered a classic of the Theater of the ...

Water monitors funding should be permanent

Editorial

Wednesday morning, in a new display of transparency and neighborliness, Imperial Oil sent out a press release warning that it was restarting its Sarnia refinery and things might look a little different across the river. Before the restart, the plant had been shut down for ...

Charitable giving not in jeopardy

Editorial

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. It should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. If you make contributions to recognized charities, you may be ...

Too cold for fireworks

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: A big shout out to the coordinator of the fireworks display on New Year’s Eve. We were driving to our taxi office and turned on 1st Avenue North just as the finale happened. It was awesome! I do have to question why Escanaba does this in this climate. I think it was 2 above zero ...

Masters of the Universe on the road

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — There was a 40-vehicle pile-up on U.S. 31 near Muskegon last weekend. Police blamed the usual suspects: speed and stupidity. “You’ve got to take it slow,” a local police chief said. “When people get on the highway and the speed limit is 70 miles an hour people think ...

Is there a chance for a breakthrough with the Koreas?

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After one of the most fraught years on the Korean Peninsula in recent memory — threats of war amid North Korea’s strongest-ever nuclear bomb test and repeated missile launches — an unexpected, very tentative interest in peace seems to have broken out. In ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2018. There are 361 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 4, 1868, “The Moonstone” by Wilkie Collins, considered by some the first full-length English detective novel, began ...

Our sore winner President

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WASHINGTON — During his winning campaign to capture the White House, Democrat Barack Obama was harshly critical of the White House record of his predecessor George W. Bush. But once in office, Obama — like nearly all presidents before him — heeded the sage advice of a great chief ...

Teachers win refund; shortfall remains

Editorial

Michigan can’t solve the underfunding of its teacher retiree health care account by demanding teachers contribute a small amount from their paychecks, now that the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled the 2010 levy unconstitutional. Teachers will get a refund of the money collected between 2010 ...

Will war cancel Trump’s triumphs?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Asked what he did during the French Revolution, Abbe Sieyes replied, “I survived.” Donald Trump can make the same boast. No other political figure has so dominated our discourse. And none, not Joe McCarthy in his heyday in the early ‘50s, nor Richard Nixon in ...