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By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Friday, Aug. 12, the 225th day of 2016. There are 141 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Aug. 12, 1939, the MGM movie musical "The Wizard of Oz," starring Judy Garland, had its world premiere at the Strand Theater in Oconomowoc ...

Teachers should help pay for benefits

Editorial

Gov. Rick Snyder has made shoring up public employee pension plans a top priority of his administration. But he's getting little thanks from the workers whose retirement benefits are on the line.The governor is pushing the appeal of a court ruling that struck down a Granholm administration ...

Blue refers to all law enforcement officers

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:While reading a recent letter to the editor I was very encouraged to see that the Delta County Sheriff's Office was not forgotten. But, even though we wear brown, Backing our Blue refers to all officers of the law regardless of the uniform color.The color blue is linked to all law ...

How to get out the vote

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FLINT - Nineteen percent of Michigan's registered voters turned out to the polls Aug. 2.Nineteen.For you English majors like me, that's roughly one in five. (I had a teenager with a graphic calculator help me with that.)Think about that. If you called a meeting in your office and only one of ...

Ransom by another name

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WASHINGTON - You've probably heard the very old riddle: When is a door not a door? When it's ajar.An updated version might go like this: When is a ransom not a ransom? When the Obama administration says it isn't.President Obama and his State Department want us to believe that $400 million in ...

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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

Editorial

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

Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Almanac

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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

Editorial

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. ...

Almanac

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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

Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Almanac

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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 ...