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Opinion

Smart911 just smart

Editorial

In an emergency, seconds count, and information is power. That’s especially true here in Northeast Michigan, where the downside of our natural, rustic beauty is that it can take paramedics, police, and firefighters more time to reach a scene than it might in a denser urban area. The more ...

Why so much anger?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — There was a time in America, unknown or not experienced by people under the age of 50, when politics was a contact sport played with mostly accepted rules and the equivalent of “sportsmanship.” Losers would graciously concede and wish the victor well, in most cases vowing to ...

Nuts: The President who was unfit for service

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WASHINGTON — On the morning of Dec. 22, 1944, German soldiers waving white flags approached American troops defending the Belgian city of Bastogne against the Nazi counterattack known as the Battle of the Bulge. The German army had the American defenders completely surrounded and outnumbered, ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 18, the 262nd day of 2020. There are 104 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 18, 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which created a force of federal commissioners charged with ...

Put school bus safety at forefront

Editorial

School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. Riding in a school bus is safer than walking, riding a bicycle, or being driven to school in private vehicles. Today’s school buses are built with safety in mind. According to the National ...

The West is burning, but Trump doesn’t care

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BERKELEY — The air outside my window is yellow today. It was orange yesterday. The air quality index is over 200. The Environmental Protection Agency defines this as a “health alert” in which “everyone may experience more serious health effects if they are exposed for 24 hours.” ...

Voters see economy through political lens in polarized era

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APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Nothing can shake Scott Rice’s faith that President Donald Trump will save the U.S. economy — not seeing businesses close or friends furloughed, not even his own hellish bout with the novel coronavirus. He was once a virus skeptic. But then the disease seeped into ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 17, the 261st day of 2020. There are 105 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the ...

The wheels on the bus go bump, bump, bump

Editorial

Back in the day, schools taught the three Rs — reading, (w)riting and ‘rithmetic. We’d like to add three Ts to this year’s lesson plans — transparency, testing and tolerance. TCAPS students logged on Tuesday for their first day of school, opening the seasonal funnel of ...

A focused Trump can still pull it out

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WASHINGTON — If Donald Trump loses the election, history will attribute his defeat to a pandemic that killed 200,000 Americans during his reelection campaign, and a historic depression deliberately induced to put the economy in a coma as the nation suffered through that pandemic. But ...

Woodward rides again

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WASHINGTON — On hearing that President Trump sat for 18 interviews with Bob Woodward of The Washington Post my first reaction was “what the...” Why Woodward? There can only be two reasons. The first must have been that the president thought he could persuade the man to like him. The ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 16, the 260th day of 2020. There are 106 days left in the year. Todayís Highlights in History: On Sept. 16, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam war deserters and ...

State Senate should be proactive in ballot legislation

Editorial

It has been said that desperate times call for desperate measures. Well, 2020 certainly qualifies, and state lawmakers are looking to address the issue of absentee ballot processing before it could become a major issue. A bill that would allow Michigan clerks to start processing absentee ...

How They Voted

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Senate Bill 892, Make rules for ‘semi-autonomous personal delivery devices’ (‘R2D2’): Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate To establish regulations allowing semi-autonomous “personal delivery devices” to make deliveries on roads and sidewalks. The bill defines these as devices for ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 15, the 259th day of 2020. There are 107 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On September 15, 1963, four Black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist ...

Protect your older loved one from a fall

Editorial

One in four older adults falls every year! Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+. Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. Even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making ...

The Anti-Trump conspiracy

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WASHINGTON — The cable networks, including Fox News, could talk of little else Labor Day weekend but the Atlanticmagazine piece by Jeffrey Goldberg alleging President Trump had said Americans who have died in wars are “losers” and “suckers.” The comments allegedly were made two years ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 14, the 258th day of 2020. There are 108 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 14, 1901, President William McKinley died in Buffalo, New York, of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin; Vice ...

Stolen purse returned, except for the money

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Brenda Tibbetts of Garden: To the person who stole my purse: Thank you for having the decency to return it. I find it extremely unusual that a purse stolen in Escanaba would be brought down and dropped off at Garden’s Mini Mart parking area, unless of ...

China’s dark turn

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NEW YORK — “I’m more anti-China than you!” That’s a new theme of this election. Joe Biden says, “We will never again be at the mercy of China!” Donald Trump replies, “China would own our country if Joe Biden got elected!” It’s strange to hear competition, because just ...