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Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2017. There are 137 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42. On this date: In 1777, ...

State smart to target retiree benefits

Editorial

Michigan is making headway in its government pension reforms, and retiree benefits at the local level are up next. Gov. Rick Snyder says this is a priority for him in his last year and a half in office, and local leaders should get on board. If they don’t, the Legislature should intervene ...

Problems with Ludington Park gazebo

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I was born and raised in Escanaba and I love Ludington Park and its million dollar view of the water. But, I’m disappointed in the condition of its memorial fountain and gazebo. My granddaughter, Taylor, lovingly planned every detail of her July 15 wedding to take place at the ...

Night thoughts on Trump and America

Local columns

WASHINGTON — With Donald Trump vacationing at one of his golf resorts, the rest of us may have a chance to relax. But in truth, it’s more like a short break in a continuing nightmare, with just enough time to turn on the light, look at the clock and ponder where we are before the nightmare ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2017. There are 138 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 15, 1947, India became independent after some 200 years of British rule. On this date: In 1057, Macbeth, King of ...

Don’t tie hands of Postal Service

Editorial

First-class postage stamps at 49 cents each may be about to go the way of the carrier pigeon. By next month, the Postal Service may be given permission to increase stamp prices dramatically. Increasing use of online communications has hurt the Postal Service, cutting deeply into its revenue. ...

Sanctuary Cities and Rule of Law

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WASHINGTON — Earlier this week, the Trump Department of Justice told the mayor of Chicago that it would cease funding grants to the Chicago Police Department that had been approved in the Obama administration because Chicago city officials were not cooperating with federal immigration ...

Resistance leaders play long game, dismiss impeachment

Local columns

ATLANTA (AP) — The resistance movement that flourished with Donald Trump’s ascendance to the White House isn’t necessarily itching to see his presidency undone by the investigation into Russia’s election meddling or even impeachment. They’d rather beat Trump and other Republicans at ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2017. There are 139 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 14, 1947, Pakistan became independent of British rule. On this date: In 1848, the Oregon Territory was ...

Donated used books helped a good cause

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Pat Rudden, treasurer, League of Women Voters of Delta County: Thank you to our Escanaba supporters who donated their used books for our annual sale which took place at the Waterfront Art Festival. Thanks also to the community members who support us with ...

Most say time to end effort to repeal health law

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Message to President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans: It’s time to make the Obama health care law more effective. Stop trying to scuttle it. That’s the resounding word from a national poll released Friday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. The ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2017. There are 141 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 12, 1867, President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him as he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War ...

Federal report on Asian carp contains good ideas, plans

Editorial

Although it took longer than expected and the delay caused some to allege the Trump administration was playing politics with the health of the Great Lakes fishery, a federal report containing a series of recommendations on how best to battle the invasive Asian carp in a key access in Illinois ...

Authentic Republican wisdom

Local columns

WASHINGTON — American campaigns were not always, I can testify from personal witness, about the politics of personal destruction. Your political adversary was your opponent, not your enemy. Just 10 years ago, at the funeral of a former Republican president, the eulogy, at the personal request ...

Sanctuary cities vs. hideouts

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In biblical times, a sanctuary city was a place where someone who had committed unintentional manslaughter could find refuge from “the avenger of blood.” If the offender left the sanctuary city, he could be set upon by a relative of the dead person and killed. No sanctuary ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2017. There are 142 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 11, 1997, President Bill Clinton made the first use of the historic line-item veto, rejecting three items in spending ...

Regulating Guns

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NEW YORK — Have a gun license? Plan to bring your gun to my hometown? Don’t. Mean New York authorities will make your life miserable. Patricia Jordan and her daughter flew here from her home state of Georgia. She wanted her gun nearby for protection. Jordan obeyed all the ...

Invasive tech needs low-tech approach

Editorial

In the digital age, threats are encoded, technology is expedient and the legal tradition of limiting the intrusiveness of government simply can’t keep up. Law enforcement gadgets such as Stingrays, which pretend to be cell towers to trick phones into sharing locations, and ...

Anything but shopping

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — A mall in China has installed what are being called “husband storage pods,” which contain a comfortable chair and video games to help him pass the time while she shops. American malls and big box stores, please follow suit. I don’t necessarily need the video games, ...

GOP insurgents claim Trump mantle

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans face a problem as they try to defend a slim majority in the Senate and win races elsewhere: Insurgent primary candidates are trying to lay claim to President Donald Trump’s mantle, and knock out the establishment’s choices. The latest case is in Nevada, ...