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Opinion

Doing the right thing shouldn’t be temporary

Editorial

Doing the right thing simply can’t be a temporary change of direction for state regulators. We were heartened to hear the director of Michigan’s task force in charge of addressing PFAS groundwater pollution declare her agency would upend its current practices and, at least for now, ...

Biden vs. Scott

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The contrast between President Biden’s first address to Congress last Wednesday night and the Republican response delivered by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) reminded me of another occasion between one long-winded and another profound speaker. It was 1863 and the nationally known ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 6, the 126th day of 2021. There are 239 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On May 6, 1954, medical student Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile during a track meet in Oxford, England, in 3:59.4. ...

Lawmakers should publicly disclose conflicts

Editorial

Michigan and only two other states — Idaho and New Jersey — have no statutory requirements for state lawmakers to disclose their occupations, business associations, property, or income to the public, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. That has to ...

Biden vs. Biden on ‘Is America a racist country?’

Local columns

WASHINGTON — “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country.” So declared Sen. Tim Scott, a Black Republican, in his televised rebuttal to Joe Biden’s address to Congress. Asked the next day what he thought of Scott’s statement, Biden said he agrees. “No, I don’t think the ...

Pelosi and Harris made history. What’s next?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — There are many reasons to reflect on the historical significance of President Joe Biden’s first joint address to Congress. It was a great speech by a man who understands why he is in this role, in this time. He knows who we need him to be, and isn’t that a relief. I first ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 5, the 125th day of 2021. There are 240 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On May 5, 1925, schoolteacher John T. Scopes was charged in Tennessee with violating a state law that prohibited teaching the ...

Don’t hold vaccinated hostage

Editorial

We’ve asked Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to tell us when and how she would go about lifting the heavy restrictions Michigan has lived under for more than a year. The governor finally laid out some metrics Thursday, and that’s a start. But the targets are too hard to reach and will take the ...

Inflation is the equivalent of a tax increase.

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: With a tax increase, the government takes more of your money, leaving you a fewer number of dollars, so you have less to spend on goods and services that you need and want. With a tax increase, the government gets more money to spend on things that the government wants, sometimes ...

Biden’s first 100 days

Local columns

BERKELEY — By almost any measure, Joe Biden’s first 100 days as president have been hugely successful. Getting millions of Americans inoculated against COVID-19 and beginning to revive the economy are central to that success. Some two-thirds of Americans support Biden’s $1.9 stimulus ...

How They Voted

Local columns

House Bill 4052, End daylight savings time; put whole state on Eastern time: Passed 87 to 22 in the House To establish that if the U.S. Congress approves, it is the intent of the legislature to make daylight saving time the year-round standard time statewide. This would take effect only if ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 4, the 124th day of 2021. There are 241 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On May 4, 1961, the first group of ìFreedom Ridersî left Washington, D.C. to challenge racial segregation on interstate buses ...

Virginia flunks math

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The state of Virginia, which used to be reliably red and mostly conservative, is providing more evidence of an increasingly blue and liberal hue. Virginia is “considering” renovating its math courses. As the publication Virginia Mercury noted, “In webinars (Virginia ...

Brat sale benefits U.P. Honor Flight

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Gayle DeShambo: UP Health System Home Care and Hospice, AirMedCare Network, Guardian Flight and UP Honor Flight together raised $3,287 to support upcoming UP Honor Flight mission trips. According to Gayle DeShambo, UP Health System Hospice account ...

Collins played vital role in Apollo 11 moon landing

Editorial

His name might not have been as familiar as his counterparts but Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, who died Wednesday at the age of 90, was just as important to the first mission to land on the moon. While the world watched astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon back in ...

Liberty winning?

Local columns

NEW YORK — Do I live in an alternate universe? The media tell me my side is (SET ITAL)winning(END ITAL). Salon claims, “We all live in Kochland, the Koch brothers’ libertarian utopia.” Tucker Carlson says, “Our leadership class remains resolutely libertarian.” What? Who? ...

Unconstitutional debt and future generations

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Earlier this week, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. asked Congress to raise taxes and increase borrowing so his administration can spend $2.3 trillion — on top of the $1.9 trillion Congress authorized two months ago for so-called COVID relief — for thousands of projects he calls ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 1, the 121st day of 2021. There are 244 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On May 1, 2011, President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden during a U.S. commando operation (because of the ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2021. There are 242 days left in the year. Todayís Highlights in History: On May 3, 1948, the Supreme Court, in Shelley v. Kraemer, ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to Blacks or ...

Lakefront property is expensive but city should buy

Editorial

Mark Twain is credited with noting, approximately, Buy land, they re not making it anymore. Although it s not entirely clear in what context the esteemed author and humorist made the statement, it s hard to argue with its accuracy. The same must be said for waterfront property. When it ...