Opinion

Soda map flap underscores the region’s U.P. pride

Editorial

If there’s one thing Yoopers have, it’s pride in their identity. Even though we’re part of the same state, we don’t always like being grouped in with the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, where “trolls” from “below the bridge” run amok. And we especially aren’t fond of anyone ...

The limits of free speech

Local columns

WASHINGTON — During the past week, President Donald Trump excited two bitter public controversies by sending and publishing two highly inappropriate and offensively incendiary tweets. The first of these was aimed at four female members of Congress — each a person of color, and, as members ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 23, the 204th day of 2019. There are 161 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 23, 1999, space shuttle Columbia blasted off with the world’s most powerful X-ray telescope and Eileen Collins, the ...

Employment’s glass ceiling needs to just disappear

Editorial

Women have been in the workforce for decades in one capacity or another, but often have been in traditional roles, and when they did manage to break the “glass ceiling,” their paychecks weren’t always as big as their male counterparts’ take-home pay. Women in Michigan still earn just ...

Be informed about marijuana regulations

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The so called crunch time is coming upon us all. That is the time when the five members of the Escanaba City Council will decide if or not we need to sell and commercialize recreational marijuana in our city. A big part of being informed on this issue is to keep up on the fast paced ...

An economic issue

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: At one time there were at least eight grade schools within the Escanaba Public School System. I believe we are now down to two traditional grade schools - Lemmer and Soo Hill. I discount webster as it is Kindergarten only and that’s another story. So discussion is continuing ...

The puzzling problem of vaping

Local columns

SAN FRANCISCO — A 29-story office building at 123 Mission St. illustrates the policy puzzles that fester because of these facts: For centuries, tobacco has been a widely used legal consumer good that does serious and often lethal harm when used as it is intended to be used. And its ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2019. There are 162 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 22, 1991, police in Milwaukee arrested Jeffrey Dahmer, who later confessed to murdering 17 men and boys (Dahmer ended up ...

Wonderful people in the community

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Curt Prond: I would like to send a great big thanks to the person who found and turned in my credit card at Menards on Tuesday, July 16. We are thankful for such wonderful people in this community. ——— Each Saturday the Daily Press salutes ...

Moonstruck by the moon landing

Local columns

By Dan Young ESCANABA — On Sunday night, July 20, 1969, I was a 16-year- old teenager, lying on our living room floor, watching Jules Bergman on our small, 16-inch black and white TV, as he fiddled with a plastic model of a bug-like spacecraft. It had been about four hours since Neil ...

Gagging investigators

Local columns

NEW YORK — Recording events from public land shouldn’t be a crime. Yet when a woman in Utah, standing by a public road, filmed farmworkers pushing a cow with a bulldozer, the farmer drove up to her and said, “You cannot videotape my property.” Soon the police came and local ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, July 20, the 201st day of 2019. There are 164 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after ...

Mining committee bill a good move for state

Editorial

We were very pleased to see that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 4227 into law Monday, officially creating the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future. Introduced in February by state Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, the committee will be responsible for making advisory legislative ...

We need a national consensus on abortion

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR No issue divides Americans as abortion does. Both sides are so passionate that it is the only issue that guides their vote-even though there are other pro-life issues. Other divisive social issues, such as school busing (Brown v. Board of Education) and interracial marriage (Loving v. ...

The old ‘left’ and ‘right’ labels are obsolete

Local columns

BERKELEY — I keep hearing that the Democratic Party has moved “left” and that some Democratic candidates may be “too far left.” But in this era of unprecedented concentration of wealth and political power at the top, I can’t help wondering what it means to be “left.” A ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 17, the 198th day of 2019. There are 167 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 17, 1996, TWA Flight 800, a Europe-bound Boeing 747, exploded and crashed off Long Island, New York, shortly after ...

Facial recognition technology invites abuse

Editorial

Detroit police have been using facial recognition software for more than a year under standard operating guidelines, but without a formal policy approved by the Board of Police Commissioners. That’s not OK. The software has tremendous potential for violating civil liberties, and its use ...

Are Yanks, Brits going their separate ways?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — When Sir Kim Darroch’s secret cable to London was leaked to the Daily Mail, wherein he called the Trump administration “dysfunctional ... unpredictable ... faction-riven ... diplomatically clumsy and inept,” the odds on his survival as U.K. ambassador plummeted. When ...

Democrats confront generational divide

Local columns

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Amy McInerney at first saw Joe Biden as Democrats’ best hope to beat President Donald Trump — an experienced politician with the potential to peel off some of Trump’s working-class supporters. Then she heard Pete Buttigieg speak. “I felt like Pete more ...