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Opinion

A letter to Daily Press readers

Editorial

Dear Reader: Saying that these are difficult and challenging times for all of us is an understatement. As we face the days and weeks of uncertainty ahead, the staff of the Daily Press wants you to know that we will be there to keep you informed and support our community during these difficult ...

Save the media!

Local columns

WASHINGTON — I confess to a certain self-interest in today’s column. The media, especially newspapers, are in trouble. Conservatives like myself have been relentless in attacking their collective bias over the years, but as more of them fold or reduce staff, it is crucial the institution be ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, April 6, the 97th day of 2020. There are 269 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 6, 1896, the first modern Olympic games formally opened in Athens, Greece. On this date: In 1862, the Civil War ...

Bay College, Verso donate supplies

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: In an effort to help with potential medical supply shortages, Bay College has donated 150 boxes of gloves, 15 boxes of N95 masks, and eight cases of gowns between OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group, located in Escanaba, and Dickinson County Healthcare ...

I’m not that Mike Olson

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Life can sometimes be complicated. The letters to the editor are supposed to be of general interest and not personal. Please bear with me as I try to thread this needle. My name is Mike Olson. I live in Ford River. I am the owner of Genesis Graphics. There is another Mike Olson who ...

The unsung heroes

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Congress passed and the president signed a $2 trillion “stimulus” bill. “Not enough!” shrieked politicians. They said the government must do more. They demanded President Donald Trump reactivate the Defense Production Act, a 1950 law that lets government force ...

AP-NORC poll: About half of workers lose income due to virus

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — About half of all working Americans report some kind of income loss affecting themselves or a member of their household due to the coronavirus pandemic, with low-income Americans and those without college degrees especially likely to have lost a job, according to a new poll ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, April 4, the 95th day of 2020. There are 271 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot and killed while standing on a balcony of the ...

Engage seniors: Reaching out to those in need

Editorial

As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates around the state and nation, many people might find themselves wishing for a kind word or something pleasant to occupy their minds during this period of social distancing and isolation. As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates around the state and nation, many ...

All of us deserve better

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: According to President Trump last week, the governor of Michigan “doesn’t have a clue.” This was his way of responding to Governor Whitmer’s contention that the federal government was not doing enough to help our state procure desperately needed medical supplies in the current ...

Important information about Social Security services

Letters to the Editor

We recognize that you may have questions about how the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) will affect Social Security services. The first thing you should know is that we continue to pay Social Security and SSI benefits. Also, beware of scammers who may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic ...

Creativity, compassion combat coronavirus

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Attention readers: Mark Shields is off this week. Please enjoy the following column by Veronique De Rugy. It’s easy to feel depressed and scared these days. News about the impact and death toll of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, is constant. Government responses have been ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, April 3, the 94th day of 2020. There are 272 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 3, 1996, Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski (kah-ZIHN’-skee) was arrested at his remote Montana cabin. On this date: In ...

Scammers trying to intercept federal checks

Editorial

Michigan’s taxpayers and tax preparers should be extra vigilant for federal stimulus scams, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. With many taxpayers receiving federal stimulus checks directly deposited into their banking accounts, scammers are boosting their phishing attempts ...

Ignore billionaires; public health comes first

Local columns

BERKELEY — Dick Kovacevich, former CEO of Wells Fargo bank, thinks most Americans should return to work in April, urging that we “gradually bring those people back and see what happens.” Lloyd Blankfein, former CEO of Goldman Sachs, whose net worth has been estimated at $1.1 billion, ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, April 2, the 93rd day of 2020. There are 273 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 2, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, ...

Watch out for special interests

Editorial

No doubt some members of Congress had to hold their noses while they were voting for the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. CARES includes a ton of money for initiatives that have nothing to do with COVID-19. Why on earth did anyone think it was important to cough ...

Give it away

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Soon most of us will be receiving $1,200. How will you spend or use it? As for me, somewhat financially stable, I’m giving all of it away, probably in 12— $100 bills. There are plenty of singles, families, places or organizations who could greatly benefit from one or more ...

Fast food

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Governor Whitmer has called for a statewide shutdown, except for essential services like grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, hardware stores, etc. The key word here is essential. We all love our fast foods, and how local restaurants are advertising curb service, deliveries, and ...

The dark hole of debt

Local columns

WASHINGTON — It is not cognitive dissonance — the impossibility of holding two or more contradictory beliefs simultaneously — to favor the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump while at the same time worrying about what the increasing ...