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The ark that carries every living thing

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Thirty years ago, Carl Sagan, one of the lead planetary scientists on the Voyager mission to the outer Solar System, convinced NASA to take one final series of photographs with the spacecraft’s cameras before they shut them down to conserve power, as Voyager flew out into the empty ...

Moderate, centrist: What do these mean?

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WASHINGTON — “For all the thunder on the Bernie Sanders left, the most interesting trend in the Democratic campaign this year may be the re-emergence of the moderate wing of the party, led by charismatic new voices: former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2020. There are 316 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 19, 1945, Operation Detachment began during World War II as some 30,000 U.S. Marines began landing on Iwo Jima, where ...

State looking for nominees for Health Hero awards

Editorial

Know of an individual or group in the Upper Peninsula whose efforts help make the region a healthier place to live? The Michigan Public Health Week Partnership seeks nominations of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to preserve and improve local health for ...

Random acts of kindness

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: When in Walmart last year, near the checkout area was an older man in a wheelchair wearing a Vietnam vet’s hat. I was going over to talk with him, but a young man about 20 beat me there. I stood by and listened as the vet shared his story of war and disability; he could not walk and ...

An establishment in panic

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WASHINGTON — From the day he entered the race, Joe Biden was the great hope of the Democratic establishment to spare them from the horrifying prospect of a 2020 race between The Donald and Bernie Sanders. Today, that same establishment wants Joe out of the race. Why has Biden suddenly ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2020. There are 317 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 18, 1970, the “Chicago Seven” defendants were found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic ...

How They Voted

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Senate Resolution A, Senate Resolution A, Oppose Heartwell’s NRC nomination by defeating Mitterling’s: Passed 20 to 16 in the Senate To disapprove the appointment by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Anna Mitterling to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. Reportedly the real target of this ...

Consumers warned of romance scams

Editorial

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel urges Michiganders to be mindful of romance scams. To ensure consumers protect themselves if they’re interested in using a dating service, Nessel’s office recommends reviewing the Romance Scams: Stay Safe and Avoid Financial Heartache consumer alert ...

DeVos doubles down on education reforms

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WASHINGTON — I recently interviewed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos who claimed the president’s proposed $4.8 trillion budget includes “a significant step toward returning flexibility to the states through a proposal to block grant all of the elementary and secondary education funds ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2020. There are 318 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 17, 1801, the U.S. House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, electing ...

Gladstone Lions Club provides vision screening

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Ken Groh, Gladstone Lions Club: The Gladstone Lions Club is involved with Project KidSight USA. At the U.P. State Fair last year, the Gladstone Lions club and several other U.P. Lions Clubs, provided vision screening services to many young children. This ...

Trump: Good, bad, ugly

Local columns

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump “saved the United States,” says former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. He’s one of the “smartest, most clever, and successful” presidents, says Fox’s Jeanine Pirro. No, he’s “dumb and racist,” says comedian Seth Meyers, and guilty of ...

A primer on domestic spying

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WASHNGTON — “The Framers ... conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let alone — the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized men.” — Justice Louis Brandeis (1856-1941) While we were all consumed by impeachment, a pernicious piece of ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2020. There are 320 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 15, 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana Harbor, killing more than 260 crew members and ...

Helping free fire hydrants: Community service starts young

Editorial

Who thinks about needing fire hydrants in the winter? Junior hockey players. Marquetteís 12U A Homestead Graphics Junior Wildcat hockey team dug out fire hydrants on Jan. 28 along Fair Avenue to Lakeview Arena, specifically from Lakeshore Boulevard to the roundabout. The good deed started ...

Affordable housing needed

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: A recent Daily Press article mentioned a developer looking to put low income housing over by Walmart and Meijer. The city would have to rezone the property. I beg the city to please rezone this property. I work at HATI and a lot of my guests are struggling to find decent affordable ...

Escanaba needs condominiums

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EDITOR: Once again, some developer is proposing a low income apartment complex. Enough already. Condominiums that we seniors can buy or lease are much needed in Escanaba. Sno-birds would like the convenience and those who no longer can mow their lawns and keep up the yard work would welcome ...

We’re all tough people

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — I heard a sportscaster the other day describe a pro athlete as “tough.” He didn’t define what he meant but I assume he meant the guy plays through pain, rises above adversity etc. - the usual jock stuff. Cynical Andy thought, “Well, of course he does, he’s paid ...

Winning means coming in first

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WASHINGTON — In my more than half a century of hanging around the clubhouses and campaign halls of American politics, I have never once met a candidate with the first name or family name “Expected.” Yet the enduring one-size-fits-all excuse/explanation for every presidential candidate who ...