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Opinion

Getting out the vote vital

Editorial

Leaders of both major political parties agree on one thing: The presidential election scheduled for Tuesday is among the most important in American history. Its outcome will shape our government, economy, even our society for many years to come. Your life and that of your children and ...

Reversing the Republican power grab

Local columns

BERKELEY — Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed on Monday as the ninth justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. This is a travesty of democracy. The vote on Barrett’s confirmation occurred just eight days before Election Day. By contrast, the Senate didn’t even hold a hearing on Barack Obama’s ...

Unasked questions on ‘60 Minutes’

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The “60 Minutes” interviews of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates last Sunday were more revealing for questions not asked and for sidestepping than for what inquiring minds really want to know prior to Election Day. First, there was the presumption that ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 29, the 303rd day of 2020. There are 63 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Oct. 29, 1929, ìBlack Tuesdayî descended upon the New York Stock Exchange. Prices collapsed amid panic selling and ...

Drunk driver essays an interesting approach

Editorial

The biggest crime involved in drunk driving is that, too often, it is not just the inebriated person behind the wheel who gets punished. Drunk drivers cause crashes. And those crashes too often have deadly consequences to innocent people unlucky enough to be on the same road at the same ...

Expanding the meaning of pro-life

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Many people vote for particular candidates because they are guided by their pro-life convictions and belief in the sanctity of life. We would like to suggest that the pro-life view be expanded to not only include the well-being of the preborn embryo but recognize the sanctity of all ...

Proposal could enhance U.P. parks, recreation areas

Local columns

By State Legislature’s U.P. delegation LANSING — Upper Peninsula residents have an opportunity on Nov. 3 to ensure Michigan’s use of dedicated natural-resources-related dollars continues for generations to come. The proposed amendment would require all oil and gas royalties to go to ...

America: a land of ceaseless conflict

Local columns

WASHINGTON — When Amy Coney Barrett was nominated to a judgeship on the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2017, Sen. Dianne Feinstein was taken aback by the Notre Dame law professor’s Catholic convictions about the right to life. “Professor,” said Feinstein, “when you read your speeches, the ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 28, the 272nd day of 2020. There are 94 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 28, 1928, Scottish medical researcher Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the first effective antibiotic. On ...

A terror plot and the need for journalists

Editorial

Sometimes, you come across small details that are unimportant to the crux of a story, but, when added to the greater kaleidoscope of history, help us see the world around us a little more clearly. Many such small details were uncovered last week, after the FBI and Michigan State Police ...

Michigan Supreme Court vote

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack and Elizabeth Welch are voters’ top choice for the Michigan Supreme Court this November. They believe courts must be independent, transparent and fair. Together, they bring a lifetime of service to people who otherwise would not have had a ...

Confused about the confusion

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: In Saturday, Oct. 24 paper, the headline was regarding postal delays because of mail-in voting. Really? Anybody with half a brain knows that these stories are made up. Printed to cause anxiety among the voters. Not so long ago, everyone used the postal service t pay bills, write ...

Cheap shots at candidate

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I heard of a letter that made the paper recently. Phil Strom’s letter was endorsing a candidate while taking cheap shots at the opponent. Seriously, one would think that after the mess he left in this county that he would go to such lengths. Seeing his name brought back memories of ...

Support for Milkiewicz

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Todd Milkiewicz is a life-long resident of Delta County, recently retired. As a volunteer, he has served our community as a member of the city planning commission, and for the past two years as a member of the Escanaba Area School Board. His principal service over the past 25 years ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 27, the 301st day of 2020. There are 65 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Oct. 27, 1904, the first rapid transit subway, the IRT, was inaugurated in New York City. On this date: In 1787, the ...

‘Clean Slate’ legislation needed to help people move forward

Editorial

Truly rehabilitated people have a right to start over and begin a new life. Michigan will automatically expunge qualifying felonies after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed bills Monday in Detroit that supporters say will affect hundreds of thousands of people’s ability to work, the Associated ...

Support James in U.S. Senate race

Editorial

There is no “cookie cutter” solution to any problem. What may be the right solution in some areas of Michigan are not necessarily right for all parts of the state. Since March, this has been painfully true in Michigan. During the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, cases in urban ...